HNTB’s growing aviation practice adds new hires; provides innovative airside and landside solutions to airports throughout the U.S.

Vivek Khanna, Sara Henderson, Robert McFadden bolster firm’s capabilities in aviation engineering, planning and project management

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Dec. 5, 2018) – HNTB Corporation, a national infrastructure solutions firm celebrating more than a century of service to clients, continues growing its aviation practice to help meet transportation demands, improve mobility and enhance economic competitiveness of airports across the nation. The firm welcomes Vivek Khanna to its Dallas office and Sara Henderson to Chicago. Robert McFadden makes an office move from HNTB’s San Diego office to Denver.  

“These individuals boost our team’s expertise and offer innovative solutions to our airport clients who are working to advance important projects that improve both safety and convenience for passengers,” said Laddie Irion, HNTB aviation market sector leader and senior vice president. “Recruiting needs in the aviation industry are great and we’re honored these professionals have joined our team to work on some of the most significant airport infrastructure projects and programs currently underway across the nation.”

Vivek Khanna, Ph.D., PE, M.ASCE, senior project manager – engineering, has a proven record of serving on complex airport projects throughout the central U.S., and more than 15 years of experience in airport engineering, planning and programming. At HNTB, he will work on projects at Dallas Love Field, Denver International Airport, Houston Airport System, and more. Prior to joining HNTB, Khanna served as a senior project manager – aviation design for another consulting firm. 

Khanna earned a Ph.D. and Master of Science in civil engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the Thapar Institute of Engineering in Patiala, India.  

Sara Henderson, PE, returns to HNTB as an aviation project manager – engineer supporting the Denver International Airport Concourse A West Expansion and Dallas Love Field Runway 13R-31L Reconstruction projects. She has 15 years of experience, including project management, design, planning and project construction. Henderson has served on a variety of complex airport projects throughout the U.S., including Kansas City International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Dallas Love Field and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Henderson previously worked at HNTB as a civil engineer, focused on aviation and construction services.

Henderson earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering from the University of Missouri.

Robert McFadden, PE, senior project manager – engineering has 12 years of diverse transportation design experience that includes serving as drainage and grading task lead for the Los Angeles International Airport Runway 25R-7L Extension project. At HNTB, he will serve on the Denver International Airport Concourse Expansion Project. 

McFadden earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Northern Arizona University. 

HNTB has served on, or currently serves, some of the most complex aviation infrastructure projects and programs throughout the U.S., including architect-of-record for Orlando International Airport South Terminal C; planning and concept design for Tampa International Airport automated people mover; program and construction management for Denver International Airport Hotel and Transit Center; planner and structural engineer-of-record for Charlotte-Douglas International Airport parking garages; and architect-of-record and engineer, as part of a design-build team for San Diego International Airport Terminal 2 West Building and Airside Expansion. 

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