The family, former students, friends and colleagues of Narendra N. Gunaji have established an endowed graduate fellowship to honor his contributions to the field of civil engineering. Gunaji, professor emeritus of civil engineering, passed away April 6, 2010.
Gunaji joined the civil engineering faculty at NMSU in 1960. He served as director of NMSU’s Engineering Experiment Station and the Building Materials Research and Testing Institute for 27 years.
Gunaji distinguished himself through steadfast dedication to students. He was exceptional at garnering funding for projects to support each of the civil engineering department’s graduate research assistants.
He also distinguished himself within the profession of civil engineering. In 1987, Gunaji was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as the United States Commissioner of the International Boundary and Water Commission with the Republic of Mexico.
“I had the privilege of being among Professor Gunaji’s first graduate students in 1960 and his first Ph.D. graduate in 1965,” said Bruce Tschantz. “He was an outstanding professor, adviser and mentor whose support and encouragement had an immense impact on my own academic career path. I hope that others will join me in honoring his dedication and life to both undergraduate and graduate students, with a pledge or gift to reach the goal of making the Narendra N. Gunaji Graduate Fellowship Endowment a reality over the coming year.”
The scholarship is intended to provide civil engineering graduate student fellowships. For more information, contact Assistant Dean Patricia Sullivan, 575-646-2913, or visit this link.