HNTB project engineer Philippe Santos honored as ENR New England Top Young Professional

The awards program honors individuals who have built extraordinary industry portfolios in just a few short years.

CHELMSFORD, Mass. (Oct. 27, 2020) Engineering News-Record New England honored HNTB project engineer Philippe Santos, PE, as one of 10 Top Young Professionals for 2021. The honor was announced online earlier this month and will appear in the March 2021 print issue of the industry trade publication. He is based in the firm’s Massachusetts office.

“Phil has shown strong technical expertise and leadership at HNTB as part of the firm’s nationally recognized rail transportation group throughout his eight years in the industry,” said Gary Bua, PE, HNTB Massachusetts office leader and senior vice president. “He works extremely well with our clients and has strong technical skills. He also passes on his knowledge by mentoring entry-level recent college graduates. Phil is sought out by staff not just for his knowledge, but also for his consistently positive approach to problem-solving and mentoring.”

Santos began working for HNTB as a track engineer following his graduation from the University of Massachusetts – Lowell with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. He further proved his dedication to the position and industry by receiving his master’s in civil engineering from Northeastern University in 2015. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Santos’ rail expertise has positioned him to serve on many complex Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority projects throughout the commonwealth, including as project manager for the Red Line Winter Resiliency project; deputy project manager for the Cabot Yard Rebuild; and deputy project manager for the South Station Expansion/Tower 1 Early Action project. He also provides counsel and technical expertise on projects for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Connecticut Department of Transportation and Amtrak.

In addition to his project responsibilities with HNTB, Santos is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Boston Society of Civil Engineers, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association and New England Rail Club. He also attended the American Council of Engineering Companies Massachusetts Genesis Program for professionals in 2016. Santos also volunteered for several years as a tutor to students participating in the Threshold Program at Lesley University.

ENR’s Top Young Professionals program honors individuals who have built extraordinary industry portfolios in just a few short years. This annual region-by-region contest — previously known as Top 20 Under 40 — highlights a group of individuals under the age of 40 who represent the industry’s top rising leaders by giving back to their industry and local communities.