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Swarna Karuppiah, 



Swarna joined Datum in 2016 and was recently promoted to Associate. She has a can-do attitude and is dedicated to her profession and her role in the firm. She has gained valuable experience in the design of cultural buildings, office, healthcare, and research facilities. Her project experience includes; The Dallas Holocaust Museum, Highland Park Presbyterian Church, BSA Harrington Cancer Center, and Texas A&M University MREB 2. She has been very active in several professional organizations including; Leadership Collective, Austin Chapter of AIA, Sustainability and SE 2050 Committee Member, ASCE, and awarded the NCSEA Young Member Summit Scholarship.

Swarna received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, and her Master’s in Structural Engineering at the University of Southern California.

Q & A

What inspires you about your work?

The unanticipated challenge that comes with every project and the willingness to solve it in the crunch time.

Why do you work at Datum?

For the family environment.
For the great opportunity to work closely with the brilliant staff pursuing the art of structural engineering.
And, last but not the least, half-day Fridays!

What makes you interesting? 

Having the ability to filter out negative traits and just look at the positives in every person.

What motivates you?

Determination to grow by continual learning is what keeps me motivated.