HDR’s Rosca Named to Top 40 under 40 by Mass Transit

(September 12, 2016) - Gheorghe Rosca Jr., HDR's rail and transit section manager in its Irvine, California office, was named to Mass Transit magazine's Top 40 under 40. This annual list honors distinguished industry professionals for making significant contributions to rail and transit. Honorees were nominated by their peers and judged on criteria that included job commitment, industry involvement, achievement and innovation in his or her field.

Rosca leads development and strategy for HDR's Southern California rail and transit practice. He has been responsible for the management and design of railroad and transit-related infrastructure projects, including multidiscipline, capacity-improvement projects involving extensive environmental permitting.

Robert Klovsky, HDR's Southern California transit leader, said Rosca is deserving of the recognition, and more. "The passion and energy that Gheorghe brings to projects set him apart in our business. His leadership roles working with Orange County Transit Authority, San Diego Association of Governments and other Southern California agencies consistently enable us to exceed our clients' expectations. More importantly, Gheorghe builds genuine relationships and trust with everyone he works with — clients as well as employees at all levels. He is a tremendous leader who exemplifies service to others, especially our clients."

Rosca credits his parents with his passion for education and hard work. The family emigrated from Romania when he was a child. He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from California Polytechnic Institute in Pomona and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

Recognizing the need for more railway engineering professionals, Rosca helped launch a railway engineering program at his alma mater. Today, he serves as an adjunct professor in the program. "Very few universities in the United States have classes for rail or mass transit," Rosca said.

Rosca served on Committee 17 of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association. Through his involvement with AREMA, Rosca worked with railway professionals to develop design criteria for high-speed rail infrastructure in the U.S. He advises the board of directors for the Railway Association of Southern California, of which he is a past president.

"Growing up, I never would have imagined working in rail and transit, even though my grandfather worked for the Romanian National Railway," Rosca said. "I'm pleased I was able to learn from mentors during my 10 years in the industry. The work is very rewarding and I can see how it transforms, connects and creates more sustainable communities."

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