2003 Distinguished Service Award: Rajan Sheth

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Rajan I. Sheth
President and Chairman of the Board
Mead and Hunt, Inc.
MSCEE ’72

Rajan Sheth makes no small plans. Indeed, he wants to transform the company he has headed since 1994 — Mead & Hunt — into the world’s best engineering consulting firm.

Under Sheth’s tenure as president and chairman of the board of the Madison-based company, Mead & Hunt has more than doubled its employees, with earnings up more than 300 percent. Annual sales total nearly $30 million. The company, founded in 1900, operates offices in many states, and is ranked among the top 350 architectural and engineering firms in the country. It was recently named one of the 100 fastest growing consulting firms in the country.

This incredible growth aside, Sheth is most proud of Mead & Hunt’s reputation as a family-friendly company that is supportive of the personal and professional growth of its employees. The company provides services in the areas of bridges, highways, airports, water resources, flood and industrial facilities, historical preservation, and infrastructure.

Sheth came to the U.S. in 1970 to complete his training as a civil engineer in Madison. Born in Bombay, India, he received his BS in civil engineering from Maharaja Sayajirao University in 1970. He earned his MS in civil and environmental engineering from UW-Madison in 1972.

He was responsible for Mead & Hunt’s recognition as one of the top bridge and highway design firms in Wisconsin and has designed more than 200 bridges in his career.

Sheth has earned several awards in his field, including the 1982 Young Engineer of the Year award from the southwest branch of the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers. The same organization named him Engineer of the Year in Private Practice in 1983 and Engineer of the Year in 1988. He was also named Outstanding Civil Engineer in 1993 by the Madison branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

He has been active in the ASCE, the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Council of Engineering Companies. He currently serves on the Industry Advisory Board for the college’s Engineering Learning Center and actively assists the university in establishing an endowed professorship for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Sheth and his wife, Kashmira, a UW-Madison alumna, have two daughters attending UW-Madison: Rupa is a senior majoring in industrial engineering and French; and Neha is a sophomore majoring in industrial relations and French.