HDR’s ‘Change Agent’ Usman Tariq Receives 40 Under 40 Award

(October 26, 2015) - Usman Tariq, PE, LEED AP BD+C, CEM, PMP, associate managing principal in Alexandria, has received Building Design+Construction's 40 Under 40 award.

He was honored at the 5th Annual Under 40 Leadership Summit in Chicago on October 14th and 15th, which convenes more than 100 past and present 40 Under 40 winners and other young AEC industry leaders for leadership training, professional development and networking.

With more than 13 years of design and project management experience in healthcare, science and technology and mission-critical work, Usman oversees the operations for an architecture and engineering staff of 90. He also acts as a mechanical and electrical engineering principal on key projects.

Usman credits the company culture for being where he is today. "At HDR, a lot of people are invested in your success. So the credit is due all around."

Referred to as a "change agent" by Building Design+Construction, the title reflects Usman's work on internal objectives including project management standardization, a change management initiative for the employee performance appraisal system, and the transition from AutoCAD to Revit MEP in his office.

Usman is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland; an exceptional honor, considering he was a part-time graduate student when asked to fill the position. He was also a lead engineer on some of the most challenging projects in the office, reflects Terry Williams, senior vice president.

"He is often one of the first to volunteer for any new initiative, and he has a 'can-do' attitude," Terry says. "Over the past five years, I have seen him grow from an astute technical expert to a well-rounded leader."