IAI - Board of Directors
Harish Rao, P.E., MBA
Harish Rao PE is the structures engineer for the Dallas Ft Worth International Airport, Asset Management. He is charged with overseeing the airport’s structural assets to include Capital projects and maintenance. He relocated from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2014 where he received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a MBA from Penn State University. His vast professional experiences includes positions with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Michael Baker International, as well as a veteran of the United States Army. Harish enjoys science fiction, gardening, sightseeing, and is devoted to his Pittsburgh professional sport teams.
DFW International Airport
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is a global superhub, connecting passengers and cargo from North Texas to destinations across the world. Owned by and centered between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW generates economic impact for the region by connecting people through travel, creating jobs and keeping commerce moving. As the second largest driver of economic impact in the state, behind the Port of Houston, DFW recognizes its role in the overall well-being and long-term prospects for development of the economic systems at local, national and global levels. DFW closed out fiscal year 2020 as one of the busiest airports in the world in the midst of the pandemic. In total, 47.4 million passengers flew to, from or through DFW in FY2020. While that number is significantly lower than the previous year’s total of 73.3 million, DFW was one of the highest performing airports in the U.S., operating at 66% capacity while passenger counts in the U.S. were only 39% of the previous year. DFW preserved most of its route network and finished the year with 272 direct destinations.
Cargo operations at DFW became even more important in 2020, transporting food, supplies and lifesaving pharmaceuticals. Twenty-three cargo airlines operated from DFW providing worldwide freighter service to 14 of the top 20 cargo hubs in the world.
The dramatic impact of COVID-19 drove significant changes in commercial aviation across the globe, and DFW was no exception. The customer experience will remain a priority and DFW will be a leader in the recovery efforts for the industry and the North Texas region. Returning to pre-pandemic levels will take resiliency, innovation and leadership; as well as ensuring DFW is always safe, clean and ready.