HDR’s Aubyn Bell Named Progressive Railroading “Rising Star”

Aubyn Bell

Progressive Railroading Magazine recognized HDR’s Aubyn Bell, an environmental planner based in Jacksonville, Florida, as a 2018 Rising Star during the American Association of Railroad Superintendents’ annual meeting in Chicago. The magazine selected 20 “Rising Stars” from more than 150 nominations.

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

As an environmental planner, Bell is responsible for authoring environmental documents, leading environmental studies in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, preparing grant applications and managing projects. A GIS specialist, she performs spatial analysis, mapping, modeling, and develops GIS websites for clients. She is well-known for using her extensive knowledge and valued leadership to improve the efficiency of project teams and the quality of life for communities.

"Aubyn has been a key team player in the completion of numerous regional freight studies. She has a quiet, joyful strength that is well-respected by her team members and is the hallmark of her management style,” said HDR Senior Project Manager Mark Shafer. “Her tireless work ethic and core humanitarian values carry over to everything she does. For example, as part of her volunteer efforts for Beaches Habitat for Humanity, Aubyn used her GIS skills to help them find land in the Jacksonville area for low-income housing."  

“Aubyn brings the talent and vision to make a difference, both in our rail practice and industry-wide,” added HDR Freight Rail Director Bill Hjelholt. “She advocates for, supports and implements innovative solutions that create value for her clients.”

Bell brought her focused insight and collaborative methodology to the FCC Tower Compliance Programs for BNSF and CSX, a CSX TIGER Grant Application and an Environmental Assessment for the Dames Point Marine Terminal Intermodal Container Transfer Facility in Florida.

“There is so much talent in HDR and the railroad industry, I am truly honored that my colleagues and clients respect my work and nominated me as a Rising Star,” Bell said. “When I started at HDR right out of school, I was unsure of my ability to someday manage projects and clients. I am grateful for the mentors and opportunities I’ve had at HDR for personal and professional growth.”

About HDR’s Freight Rail Experience

From bridges to terminals to facilities, 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.