HDR's Ravi Shah Named ASCE New Face of Civil Engineering

(November 19, 2013) - Ravi Shah, P.E., M.ASCE, an assistant project manager at HDR in Irvine, Calif., was recently named one of 10 New Faces of Civil Engineering by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The New Faces recognition program promotes the achievement of young civil engineers by highlighting their contributions to and impact on society. Shah will be recognized at ASCE's annual Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Gala on March 20, 2014, in Arlington, Va.

Shah joined HDR's Riverside, Calif. office as an intern his senior year of college. Upon graduation he joined the Irvine office as a design engineer. Based on his professionalism and skill set, he was asked to work on the preliminary engineering through final design phases for a $28 million interchange improvement project at the Port of Los Angeles. Throughout the assignment he gained more responsibility, eventually transitioning to the role of civil task lead. Based on the relationship he built with the client, his responsiveness to client needs and his involvement throughout the project, he was promoted to assistant project manager at HDR. The interchange improvement project begins construction early next year; Shah will be working closely with the client during the construction phase.

"Civil engineering is a relationship-based industry and these relationships you build will carry with you through your career. I also appreciate that as I do my job I'm enhancing the built environment and solving challenges while building friendships," said Shah about what he enjoys about his profession as a civil engineer.

In addition to his accomplishments at HDR, Shah has been active through the ASCE Orange County Younger Member Forum, where he led a group of 22 volunteers to triple the number of events for younger members within Orange County. He is currently transitioning to past-president from his previous position as president.

A native of India, but raised in Orange County, Calif. since the age of four, Shah holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, Calif.