Vishnu K. Lakdawala, Ph.D., Commissioner

Vishnu K. LakdawalaDr. Lakdawala, a member of the Commission since June 8, 2002, obtained his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Bangalore University in India in 1972 and his Master of Engineering in High Voltage Engineering from Indian Institute of Science in 1974. He worked as Research and Development Engineer in Jyoti Limited for three years in the high voltage instrument transformers division. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Liverpool in 1980. After serving as senior research associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics in the University of Liverpool for a year, he joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where he conducted research for a year. He joined the faculty of Old Dominion University in 1983 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is currently the Chief Departmental Advisor and Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Lakdawala has served as the president and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Hindu Temple of Hampton Roads. Dr. Lakdawala received the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) 2019 National Environmental Achievement Award for Local Public Service, honoring his transformative leadership, technical understanding, focus on community engagement, and deep commitment to the environment as an HRSD Commissioner. Dr. Lakdawala resides in the City of Virginia Beach.

Appointed: 06/08/2002
First Full Term: 06/08/2002 – 06/07/2006
Second Full Term: 06/08/2006 – 06/07/2010
Third Full Term: 06/08/2010 – 06/07/2014
Fourth Full Term: 06/08/2014 – 06/07/2018
Fifth Full Term: 06/08/2018 – 06/07/2022
Sixth Full Term: 06/08/2022 - 06/07/2026

Commission Chair: 2009 to 2016
Commission Vice-Chair: 2008 to 2009
Finance Committee Member: 2022
Operations and Nominations Committee Member: 2006, 2008

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