Harshda PrasadSE, LEED AP

Managing Director, Structural Engineering

San Diego, California

Harshda Prasad leads LPA’s structural engineering practice in San Diego, spearheading major civic, education, life science and biotech projects. She is a proven leader on complex projects, using her technical expertise and experience to help develop innovative and efficient structural strategies that support the larger project goals.

Harshda brings a wide range of experience to her role. She has lead teams on a wide spectrum of steel, concrete, wood and CMU structures, establishing a reputation for collaboration, solving design problems and understanding and interpreting relevant codes.

Recently she led the structural design of Mission College Performing Arts Center and the Hamilton High School campus-wide modernization and seismic retrofit. Harshda also plays a key role in LPA’s integrated lab planning discipline, supporting the design of high-performing laboratories in both educational and R&D facilities.

Within the firm, Harshda is a technical engineering mentor, raising everyone’s expertise. Known for her empathetic style, she is a passionate advocate for advancing women in the engineering profession. She founded LPA’s Women in Engineering Group and is a founder of Women in Structural Engineering Group (WISE) for the Structural Engineers Association of San Diego (SEAOSD); she also serves as vice president for SEAOSD.

Harshda earned a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and is LEED accredited.