DFI Announces New Chair of Women in Deep Foundations Committee
Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) announces that Lucky Nagarajan, general manager-engineering and business development for Giken America, is the new chair of the DFI Women in Deep Foundations (WiDF) Committee. She succeeds Maysill Pascal, P.E., senior regional engineer/sales manager for USW, a Menard Group USA Company. The WiDF Committee is a group of women and men who are advocates for retaining women in the deep foundations industry. The goal is to foster greater success and interest of professional women in the industry by promoting networking events, endorsing outreach and building mentoring relationships.
As an integral part of the Giken team, Nagarajan has been managing challenging, extraordinary projects in the United States, Canada and South America. She has more than 15 years of experience in engineering design and business development. Prior to joining Giken America, she was with Nucor Skyline as the Northeast business development manager.
Nagarajan has been involved with the WiDF Committee for the last four years and is a co-founder of the Metro NYC WiDF Chapter. The chapter has been actively organizing industry events in Metro NYC to focus on leadership, mentoring, management and soft skill training. Recently, she has been instrumental in organizing a webinar series, “Converting Crisis into Opportunities-Different Perspectives.”
Nagarajan is also a co-chair of the DFI of India Support Committee, and recently launched a WiDF India group to encourage fellow women engineers to come together to discuss industry-related issues and support each other.
She strongly believes it is very important for every engineer to give back to the community, to help the industry grow and support fellow engineers. In addition to her involvement with the WiDF Committee and DFI of India, she was a member of the ASHE spring seminar panel discussion on “Design Challenges in Urban Environment Today,” and has been a judge at the Future City Competition. She currently serves as chair of Qu-ELP for the Qu-ake network, and is part of AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) High school Virtual Open House program.