Som Kundral is a Project Manager with the Miami office. He is currently managing a 500-acre C&D landfill redevelopment project involving multiple engineering disciplines. Som serves clients in the region by providing design and construction oversight of groundwater remediation and landfill gas management systems. He says redevelopment on old landfills pose interesting environmental challenges and can be complex given the heavy involvement of regulatory agencies.
Som was born in 1983 in India, raised in Karnataka, a state in southwest India on the coast of the Arabian Sea. He has two younger brothers, both of whom work in Information Technology. His parents are retired and live in India. He grew up in a typical middle-class family with an emphasis on tradition and culture, where one is taught to respect and obey elders and to protect the young.
As a child, he was curious about how things work and admits to destroying numerous gadgets attempting to reveal their secrets – so engineering was a natural career choice. His father is a Civil Engineer who influenced Som to get a Civil Engineering degree instead of a Computer Science degree. Som has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and came to Miami in August 2010, to earn a Masters of Environmental Engineering. While at school, he says he fell in love with the place, the people, and the culture.
Som’s wife, also an engineer, moved from Houston after their wedding in 2012. They enjoy gardening, greenery, and farms. He also collects watches and gadgets. While enamored with motorcycles, once belonging to a biking group as an undergrad, he no longer bikes out of respect for his wife and says he misses it.
Som aspires to become a leader in the industry and wants to grow with SCS Engineers. Som’s mentor is SCS Vice President and Southeast Region Office Director Bob Speed, who states,
I’ve worked with Som for several years. Som accepts tasks regardless of the difficulty and completes each promptly. Our projects usually have numerous stakeholders; Som keeps them informed, so good communications play an important role in keeping our work on-task. I would describe Som as ‘humble, hungry and smart; he truly is an ideal team player for our clients and SCS.
Som is an enthusiastic member of the SCS team. We appreciate his contributions supporting clientele, enhancing our technical reputation, and contributing to our company culture of industry involvement.