Transportation Infrastructure Thought Leaders

  • Ben EdelenVice President

    Drawn to the diversity of the work, Ben Edelen has provided transportation and civil/site services to state, local municipalities and private entities since 1984. Early in his career, Ben was fortunate enough to get involved in a 17-mile arterial project that affected major sections of undeveloped properties in Lexington, Ky. His team was able to position the roadway alignment to work for Lexington and the property owners. Ben has continued to work for Lexington and several of the property owners involved in that early project, developing a strong working relationship with developers and the community.

    Ben's experience includes hands-on design and management of large-scale projects. His private development credentials include retail, office and residential developments that required planning and zoning, environmental, design, permitting, traffic, construction services and overall participation from inception to completion. Ben has worked extensively in Kentucky and has participated in projects throughout the Southeast.

  • Rashed IslamManaging Principal

    Rashed Islam's experience ranges from transportation planning and modeling to fundamental traffic engineering. He manages a team of highly qualified transportation professionals to successfully complete on-time and on-budget projects. He is responsible for travel demand modeling, network simulation, traffic volume collection, data analysis, and various traffic engineering and modeling studies at HDR.

    Rashed has worked with private and public sector clients for more than 18 years and demonstrated unique leadership in building consensus for high profile-projects. He coordinates closely with community stakeholders through neighborhood meetings, public hearings, boards and commissions, and council meetings. Rashed is actively involved in various community organizations, including Austin Chamber of Commerce, Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, Real Estate Council of Austin and others. He led the Chamber's Take on Traffic initiative in 2008-2009 to identify locations of highest congestion in Austin, and was awarded Volunteer of the Year by the Austin Chamber for his efforts. Rashed's innovative thinking and balanced approach to solving traffic congestion problems have made him a trusted advisor for many of his clients.

  • Jason McGlashanDirector Transportation Planning

    Since he began his consulting career in 1993, Jason McGlashan has strived to bring innovation, creativity and exceptional client service to each of his projects. Jason's diverse project management experience includes plan development for multi-modal regional transportation, campuses and airports. He has led city and county comprehensive policy planning, corridor and access management studies, design traffic reports, congestion management and travel demand management plans, and a variety of traffic impact studies. Jason has applied his extensive technical training in regional and sub-area travel demand forecasting to develop ridership forecasting models for streetcar projects across the United States, including Miami, Winston-Salem, Sacramento Streetcar, Omaha and Albuquerque.