Sockalingam Sam Kannappan

Professional Engineer


Sockalingam “Sam” Kannappan of Houston is a Professional Engineer. He came to Austin on September 6th 1968 and joined UT. He is a Charter Member of the Society of Piping Engineers & Designers and Advisory Board Member, Asia Society, Texas Center. Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed Kannappan to the Texas Professional Engineers Board from 2012 to 2017. He serves as Enforcement Committee Chairman. He was elected as the Secretary and Treasurer, US National PE Board (NCEES) Southern zone. Houston Mayor Brown declared December 27, 2003 as Sam Kannappan day in Houston to mark his 60th birthday celebration.

He served as member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Gas Pipeline Safety Research Committee, ASME B31.3 piping code committee, and Defend Houston against Bio-terrorism. He served on the Texas On-Site Wastewater Treatment Research Council from 2006 to 2011.

He received Lighting Award from General Electric Company′s Astro Division, Princeton, NJ for estimating the remaining life in a critical component which was already fitted in US Government satellite. He received Merit award from Tennessee Valley Authority for expediting non-conformance reports in the design of Bellefonte Nuclear Power plant. He received award from Crystal Dynamics group of NASA′s Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland for improving laser measurement accuracy. As Chief Engineer, he implemented electric power peak energy reduction programs.

As Chairman of Indo-American Disaster Relief Council, Kannappan worked with the Indo-American Charity Foundation to donate $23,000 to student representatives of UTMB and Galveston Recovery Fund in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. He is the Founder of Bharathi Kalai Manram and Founder Secretary of Sri Meenakshi Temple, and GOPIO Houston Chapter. He is from Nattarasankottai, Tamil Nadu.

Kannappan received his B.E. (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from Annamalai University, India in 1965 and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin in 1970. He is the author of the text book on “Introduction to Pipe Stress Analysis” and developer of Piping Analysis software “EZFLEX”.

Contact: Sockalingam Sam Kannappan, 281 484-2270 (H), My Bio-data

Kannappan′s Ancestors

Philanthropy and Dharma:

Making good Drawings is due to hand practice. Speaking good Tamil is due to tongue practice. All others are due to mind practice. Ancient Tamils have said that meditation, philanthropy and Dharma are passed on along hereditary lines. Bridegroom Ramakrishnan′s ancestors are well versed in meditation, philanthropy and Dharma.

Ram′s father KN.M.N.S. Kannappan′s great grand father KN. Meyyappan donated silver rishbam (bull) to Karikala Choleeswarar Siva temple in Nattarasaankottai (about 1900). He lived to celebrate his eighth birthday. He saw Astami festival at Madurai Meenakshi temple and started the same in Nattarasankottai. This festival is celebrated in Markazhi month in Nattarasankottai even today.

Kannappan′s grandfather Narayanan established lot drawing system (around 1923) to determine the sequential order to line up to make Pongal on first Tuesday in Thai month at Kannathal temple.(more than 1000 families make pongal together similar to Kannaki temple, Trivandrum). Kannappan′s father Sockalingam renovated Thandauthapani (Murugan, Karthik) temple in Pasumandan, Burma (1962). Later he served as Honorary Secretary of Kasi Nattukottai Nagara Chatram. He purchased a big building (East Marat St) in Madurai (1967). From the rent collected, he arranged for the continuation of daily Arthasama Abishekam and puja at Kasi Viswanathar temple. (this is a exclusive privilege given to Nattaukottai Chettiars for the past 250 years in Varnasi).

Kannappan′s mother S. Kaliammai Achi (age 93) was born in Paganeri, sacred town of Pulvanayaki Amman. She gave her children, Saroja, Kannappan, Manonmani, Deivanai, Radhakrishnan and Narayanan good education.

Kannappan′s wife Meenakshi′s father Okkur S.KR.RM.KR. Karuppan Chettiar had extensive business experience (family had private covered walkway from railway station to home in Dieau, Burma). Kannappan family live for the past forty years (1968) in USA. They have four children, Ramesh, Ryan, Abirami and Ramakrishnan. To establish a Tamil sangam, Bahrathi Kalai Manram was started in 1974. To promote spirituality, Houston Sri Meenakshi Temple was started in 1977.

Kannappan family was a good friend of M.G. Ramachandran, Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. With his help, family improved roads and installed florescent lights in Nattarasankottai. Family conducted free eye camps twice.

We pray Almighty that bridegroom, Ramakrishnan, will follow his ancestors in performing good deeds.

Note: Translated from “Bhagaved Gita” Tamil book distributed during Dr. Ram and Dr. Aarthy′s marriage on June 24, 2009 in O.Siruvayal by Dr. Aarthy′s parents.

My Grandfather

My Father and Mother