Orange County Branch Newsletter

December 2013


ASCE News - Ravi Shah Named one of ASCE's "10 New Faces of Civil Engineering"

By Becky Moylan, ASCE National

Ravi Shah, P.E., M.ASCE, an assistant project manager at HDR in Irvine, Calif. and an active member of the Orange County Branch and Younger Member Forum, was recently named one of 10 New Faces of Civil Engineering by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The New Faces recognition program promotes the achievement of young civil engineers by highlighting their contributions to and impact on society. Shah will be recognized for this honor at ASCE’s annual Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Gala on March 20, 2014, in Arlington, Va.

Shah joined HDR’s Riverside, Calif. office as an intern his senior year of college. Upon graduation he joined the Irvine, Calif. office as a design engineer. Based on his professionalism and skillset, he was asked to work on the preliminary engineering through final design phases for a $28 million interchange improvement project at the Port of Los Angeles. Throughout the assignment he gained more responsibility, eventually transitioning to the role of civil task lead. Based on the relationship he built with the client, his responsiveness to client needs and his involvement throughout the project, he was promoted to assistant project manager at HDR. The interchange improvement project begins construction early next year; Shah will be working closely with the client during the construction phase.

“Civil engineering is a relationship-based industry and these relationships you build will carry with you through your career. I also appreciate that as I do my job I’m enhancing the built environment and solving challenges while building friendships,” said Shah about what he enjoys about his profession as a civil engineer.

In addition to his accomplishments at HDR, Shah has been active through the ASCE Orange County Younger Member Forum (YMF) where he led a group of 22 volunteers to triple the number of events for younger members within Orange County. He is currently transitioning to YMF past-president from his previous position as president and is currently serving as the Younger Member Liaison for the Los Angeles Sectionof ASCE.

A native of India, but raised in Orange County, California since the age of four, Shah holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, Calif.

ASCE names New Faces of Civil Engineering each year, some of whom will be submitted to the national New Faces of Engineering program run by DiscoverE, formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation. This program includes representatives from civil, mechanical, chemical, industrial and manufacturing engineering professions. Selected New Faces profiles will be featured in February 2014 in a USA TODAY ad during Engineers Week and profiled on the DiscoverE website.

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