A native of India, Somshekhar (Som) Kundral witnessed industrial waste turning lakes in his hometown toxic. It was then that he decided to transition from a civil engineer to an environmental engineer.

Today, Kundral is an integral part of the design, construction and redevelopment of formerly contaminated properties — including former landfills and dumpsites in Florida. Kundral has also designed several gas management systems for industrial, residential and commercial properties.

As a senior project manager at SCS Engineers, the 2010 FIU environmental engineering grad helps clients transform former landfills and contaminated properties into a business park or an apartment complex.

“Investors and developers find these areas of land attractive because of their low purchase price when compared to pristine land,” Kundral says. “They tap into these properties for redevelopment, and then we help them address environmental concerns to make the property safe for the community.”

With redeveloping these areas comes new opportunities.

“We’re witnessing more e-commerce companies opening up warehouses. This creates new jobs. And so as businesses move in, our clients are consequently helping [Miami-Dade County] bring in millions of dollars in taxes,” Kundral says.

Kundral’s efforts, from overseeing new business developments to mentoring junior staff, have not gone unnoticed. One of the projects Kundral manages recently received honors from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida and the Environmental Business Journal 2020 Business Achievement Award. And due to his significant contributions in the environmental engineering industry, Daniel Dietch, project director at SCS Engineers, nominated Kundral for Waste360’s 40 Under 40 awards, which recognizes leaders under the age of 40 who are shaping the future of the waste and recycling industry.

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