Ranan Gangel, P.E.
Principal, Structural Engineering Lead
“Being the structural engineer on building projects is a great opportunity to work as part of a team. Taking a job from start to finish; developing relationships with owners, other professionals, and contractors; and providing the best finished product for end-users are the best parts of my job. Creative problem-solving along the way is icing on the cake.”
Ranan has been involved in almost all phases of projects during her 37-year structural engineering career. She is primarily responsible for structural detailing and the production of construction documents before a project bids, and then she works closely with the construction administration department to handle the review of submittals and to answer questions from the contractor. Her primary goal during the construction process is to be responsive as accurately and quickly as possible, to ensure schedules stay on track and deadlines are met.
Get to Know Ranan
Education, Licensing, Boards
- Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (Pre-Professional Engineer) from Oklahoma State University
- Master of Science in Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin
- Living Arts Board Member: chair of Champagne and Chocolate fundraiser, 2018 & 2021
- Emergency Infant Services Board of Directors, 6 Years
- KKT annual United Way campaign coordinator
What attracted you to architectural engineering, and when did you know you wanted to make that your career?
I have thought architecture would be my profession since I was young. It was in college that I learned the difference between architecture and architectural engineering. I soon realized that I would be a much better engineer, and I could still indulge my love of buildings.
What advice do you have for people who would like to begin a career in engineering?
Work hard in math and science classes in school, and don’t get discouraged if things don’t come as easily as you would like. Get a job as an intern in an office that does engineering work. Talk to engineers about their careers and investigate the many different types of careers in engineering. Be prepared for deadlines, late nights, and lots of calculations.
Do you support any local charities? If so, which one(s)?
I support many local charities and non-profits. I have enjoyed volunteering with Meals on Wheels for over 35 years, Emergency Infant Services, Living Arts of Tulsa, Leadership Tulsa, Tulsa STEM Alliance, Tulsa United Way, Tulsa Foundation for Architecture, The Day Center for the Homeless, Tulsa CARES, Tulsa Tough, Habitat for Humanity, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Tulsa Children’s Museum, and the Eastern Oklahoma Community Food Bank.