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Dr. Rameshwar Singh, a faculty member in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at San Jose State University, has been appointed to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Water Quality Control Board must safeguard the quality of surface and groundwater in nine counties; members of the Board interact with other regional boards, water districts, and State and Federal agencies. Singh’s appointment required State Senate confirmation.

“I was excited and honored,” Singh says of the appointment. “Rarely is a member of the Indian-American community appointed to such positions. I am going to work hard to make a positive difference in the Board’s decision-making in the public interest.”

Singh earned his B.S. and M.S. from Auburn University in Alabama and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1965. He specializes in water resource engineering, and has consulted over the years for companies including General Electric and Lockheed, as well as the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Singh is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, and is the past president of the California Society of Professional Engineers.

“As an academic,” Singh notes, “I will apply my knowledge and experience to protect and sustain the quality of all our water resources forever. All polluting discharges from surface runoff, industries, waste disposal sources, and waste water treatment plants to the water bodies, rivers, and groundwater must be regulated. Reducing the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and advancing the cause of green engineering all go hand in hand.”

Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan

Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan has been a regular contributor to India Currents since 2001.