Ratul D. Sarmah, PhD, EI


  • 2008          PhD in Structural Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • 2003          M.S. in Structural Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • 1987          Bachelor in Civil Engineering, S.V.R. College of Eng. & Tech., Surat, India


Professional Certification: 

  • Engineer-In-Training (Michigan), October, 2004


Professional Experience:

(Dec.2004 – present) Design Engineer, EIT

Supervisor: Jerald A. Schneider,PE,SE, President, Schneider Structural Engineering, Inc.

Job Responsibility: Project Management & Communication, Structural analysis and design, Code review, Inspections, Foundation design, Load rating, FE modeling in STAAD & TEKLA, Precast & prestressed structure design, Wooden structure design & Review of shop drawings. Few important projects completed are:

  • $50 million Cornhusker Energy Ethanol Plant, Lexington, NE – Boiler Building and Piperacks.
  • $60 million (60 MGPY Biodiesel & 55 MGPY Ethanol Facility), Beatrice Biodiesel, LLC, Beatrice, NE – Fame structure, Refinery building, Pipe racks, Load-out Buildings and Boiler building
  • $5 million 6-story Precast Crosby Place Parking Garage, Topeka, KS
  • $42 million Ethanol Plant (40 MGPY), Penford Corporation, Cedar Rapids, IA – Distillation structure, Fermentation structure, Ethanol Storage and Cooling Tower Foundations
  • $50 million Aventine Renewable Energy’s Ethanol Plant (50 MGPY)- Silo Foundations, U/G Tunnels/Pits and Receiving Building for plants at Aurora, NE & Mt. Vernon, IN.
  • $30 million Ethanol Plant (22.45 MGPY), Louisiana Green Fuels, LLC, Lacassine, LA
  • Cargil Meat Solutions plants in different states of US – FE modeling, Fatigue analysis and design of structural components like, DT saddles, U-bolts, Rails, Brackets, Hangers, Hanger rods etc.
  • Structural analysis, design, and drawings for 6-Floor precast Parking Garage and 6-Floor Condominium at Topeka, KS
  • $50 million Ethanol Plant (50 MGPY), Aventine Renewable Energy Inc., Aurora, NE
  • $5 million 6-story Crosby Condominium Building, Topeka, KS
  • $30 million Ethanol Plant (22.45 MGPY), Louisiana Green Fuels, LLC, Lacassine, LA
  • $5 million 6 Floor, 50,000 sq.ft. Crosby Place Condominium Building, Topeka, KS
  • $10 million Tyson Foods Inc.- New Restrainer Addition, Dakota City, NE


(2001-2004) Graduate Research Assistant, UNL 

Advisor: Christopher Tuan, PhD, PE, SE, Professor, CE Dept., UNL

Job Responsibility: Research on large deformation crash dynamics contact problem – a project sponsored by Department of State – completed a PhD dissertation on “Simulations of Progressive Failure of Cable Barrier”, in May 2008, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


(1988-2001) Scientific Officer and Senior Scientific Officer, ASTE Council, India

Advisor: Director, Assam Science Technology & Environment Council, Assam, India

Job responsibility: Analysis and design of structures, supervision of various civil works in field, implementation of various renewable energy programmes of the State and preparation of detailed project reports on micro hydro-electric project including execution of related civil works.


Published Paper: 

  • Sarmah, R.D., Tuan, C.Y., and Foster, E.T., “Three-Dimensional Barrier Impact Response Modeling (BIRM3D)”, Second International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation, Cape Town, South Africa, 5-7 July 2004


  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute