HDR's Amanda Stahlnecker Named Progressive Railroading "Rising Star"

Amanda Stahlnecker

Progressive Railroading Magazine recognized HDR Senior Rail Engineer Amanda Stahlnecker as a 2017 Rising Star during an awards dinner on July 23. The dinner coincided with the Annual Meeting for the American Association of Railroad Superintendents, which was held this year at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis. The magazine selected 20 “Rising Stars” from a field of more than 220 nominations.

Based in Fort Worth, Stahlnecker has earned a reputation for leadership not only at HDR but among HDR’s rail clients as well.

“She’s a key member of our rail staff, whose extensive track design knowledge and experience shines through in her leadership of complex, multidisciplinary projects, development of new clients and mentorship of younger staff,” HDR North Texas Office Principal Luke Bathurst said. “Her technical proficiency has facilitated her involvement as a key design leader on both freight and transit projects.”

Stahlnecker has contributed planning and design leadership to major projects such as the Eagle P3 commuter rail network in Denver and the second main line project for Union Pacific’s crucial Sunset Route in the Southwestern United States.

The Rising Star distinction is open to industry professionals under 40 from Class 1, passenger, regional and short line railways, transit or government agencies, academic institutions and engineering firms or suppliers. Nominations are merit based and come from peers, colleagues, supervisors, clients or associates. Rising Stars are selected for their contributions to the industry, career achievements, demonstrated leadership, professional association activity or community involvement.

Stahlnecker’s adroit management and attention to detail made her a standout for the Rising Star designation just as it did for HDR’s Associate program in 2011. She has consistently been identified for outstanding contributions. She combines technical talent with enthusiastic leadership and professional integrity. She mentors engineering students, interns and colleagues, and she advocates for the variety of career choices available in transportation engineering.

Her professional passion is stirred by multifaceted rail projects that require a high degree of project coordination. She especially enjoys the challenge of bringing complex pieces together, from internal design inputs to external stakeholder feedback.

“Amanda’s attention to understanding her clients is a real differentiator,” said Bill Hjelholt, HDR freight rail director. “She exemplifies a `listen first’ philosophy, and her ability to focus the team on what’s important to the client really maximizes the value HDR can bring.”

About HDR’s Freight Rail Experience

From facilities to steel bridges to soaring flyovers, we offer customized rail infrastructure solutions. We bring our comprehensive suite of services to every project, fusing together engineering and operating practices with regulatory understanding, economics savvy and technical skills to deliver cost-saving innovation. Whether we are designing award-winning public-private partnerships like the Colton Crossing Flyover in California and Tower 55 in Texas, or providing environmental services for the Alaska Railroad rail extension at Port MacKenzie, our goal is to keep our clients’ freight moving safely and efficiently.

About HDR

For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans 10,000 employees, in more than 225 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.