From "Through the Pipline", the newsletter of the ASCE, Texas Section, Rio Grande Valley Branch. Click here to read the original Newsletter.
Isidoro Arjona, P.E., PMP, is Vice President and Principal in Charge of the Rio Grande Valley Region of Raba Kistner Consultants, Inc. The region under his responsibility extends from Laredo, Texas, east along the U.S.-Mexico Border to Brownsville, Texas. He is also responsible for the operations of Raba Ingenieros, S de R.L. de C.V., Raba Kistner’s wholly owned Mexican subsidiary. Founded in 1968, Raba Kistner is an industry leader among engineering consulting firms, specializing in addressing the key risk areas of management services that address the complete life cycle of its clients
Mr. Arjona is a licensed professional engineer in the States of Texas and Minnesota, and also holds professional registration in the Country of Mexico. He is certified as a Project Management Professional, and is registered as an Inspecting Engineer by the National Ready Mix Concrete Association.
Arjona received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, and earned his Master of Civil Engineering degree from Auburn University. Mr. Arjona’s professional expertise involves geotechnical, construction materials engineering and testing, and environmental consulting. Mr. Arjona has practiced professionally in both the U.S. and Mexico, particularly along the U.S.-Mexico Border. His knowledge of engineering and construction practices across both countries has benefited multiple projects, particularly projects involving U.S. Companies with capital investments in Mexico. By bridging the cultural gap between the two nations, Mr. Arjona has been able to successfully execute a significant number of projects in Mexico following U.S. standards, while protecting the interests of clients and safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of the general public.
Mr. Arjona’s geotechnical project expertise encompasses challenging subsurface conditions, from the expansive clays of South-Central Texas, to the supersaturated lacustrine clays of Mexico City, to the karst conditions in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, to the irregular solution cavities in rock in zones within the Metropolitan area of Monterrey, Mexico. The demands of projects have required the implementation of innovative solutions involving geophysical (electrical resistivity imaging) in conjunction with geotechnical exploration and video recording of boreholes to characterize subsurface conditions, to providing cost-effective project solutions to Clients.
Mr. Arjona has authored several presentations involving geotechnical and construction materials engineering topics and case studies in South Texas and Mexico. Mr. Arjona has been an active participant in ASCE in the Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the Texas Region of ASCE for about two decades, and is the Scholarship Committee Chair of the Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers.
ASCE Fellow membership status is a prestigious honor held by fewer than 3.5% of ASCE members and there is no direct admission to this membership grade. Fellow status must be attained by professional accomplishments via application and election by the Membership Application Review Committee (MARC). Additionally, members must be nominated by their corresponding branch.