Basem Muallem joins HNTB as Southern California practice leader, regional transportation lead and vice president

Former Caltrans District 8 director brings 40 years of experience with Southern California projects

ONTARIO, Calif. (June 27, 2023) – Basem Muallem, PE, has joined HNTB Corporation as Southern California practice leader, regional transportation lead and vice president. He will focus on growing the West Region’s design/program management practice from the firm’s Inland Empire and Orange County offices.

“Basem brings a wealth of experience in transportation planning and engineering, with a focus on delivering innovative and sustainable solutions that meet the needs of our clients,” said Michelle Dippel, HNTB Western U.S. president and executive vice president. “His proven track record of successfully managing complex transportation projects and working with stakeholders to achieve positive outcomes, will be an asset to grow our business in the region.”

Muallem has four decades of experience working in the Inland Empire on complex transportation projects for the California Department of Transportation, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, Riverside County Transportation Commission and Western Riverside Council of Governments.

He spent 32 years working for Caltrans and served as Caltrans District 8 director, managing both Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Muallem served as the program manager on the Redlands Passenger Rail Project, first mile extension of Metrolink into downtown San Bernardino, and the OmniTrans multimodal transit in San Bernardino, among others.

Muallem received Bachelor of Science degrees in civil engineering and biology and a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from California State University Long Beach.