Thomas T. Kim, PE

Civil Engineer of the Year
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Thomas T. Kim, PE
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HDR Engineering, Inc. (24 years and 6 months)
3230 El Camino Real, Suite 200
Irvine, CA,  92602


• MBA, University of California LA, 1993
• BS, Civil Engineering, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 1989


• San Bernardino Associated Governments: Colton Crossing Rail-to-Rail Grade Separation Project
• Port of Long Beach:  Pier - B On-Dock Rail Support Facility Project



Contribution to the Profession:

• Advisory Board, Mobility 21
• Board of Directors for the ACEC, Los Angeles
• Outstanding Engineer in Public Sector, 2011, ASCE LA -Metropolitan
• American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA)
• President, KASCE (Korean American Society of Civil Engineers)
• Board of Directors for the Asian American Architects and Engineers Association


• One of founding members of the Green Council of South Park in Los Angeles

Suggested Award Summary:

Tom Kim, PE, is a Senior Vice President and Southern California Transportation Director for HDR Engineering, Inc.  He has been active in the ASCE since 1989, and he has more than 24 years of expertise in engineering and planning of transportation project, and has been recognized for his passion to improve the quality of life for Southern California residents through his work on projects such as award-winning Colton Crossing Grade Separation Project and the Port of Long Beach Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility. Both projects are critical in making national goods movement more effective.  The Colton Crossing Project eliminated a major rail bottleneck in a key goods movement corridor by grade-separating two major transcontinental railroads.  The project has significantly relieved congestion and reduced rail and roadway traffic delays while improving regional air quality.

In addition, Tom has successfully delivered numerous key transportation projects throughout Southern California including complex grade separations, highways, commuter rails, Port facilities, and station designs. He is an effective communicator and proven consensus builder, which he has demonstrated on projects that required the buy-in of multiple stakeholders.     

Tom is very passionate about making a difference. He likes to know that what he does matters and will help the quality of life for others. He wants to contribute to people’s lives, and he is passionate about turning a “can’t do” into a “can do.”


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