New York City office’s rail department operations lead is among 20 recognized individuals who have built extraordinary industry portfolios in just a few short years.
NEW YORK (Nov. 9, 2020) – Engineering News-Record New York honored HNTB New York City office rail department operations lead, Ken Wasserman, PE, as one of 20 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 New York office and is an integral part of the nationally recognized rail transportation group.
“Ken understands how all of the pieces of the engineering puzzle fit together and leverages this knowledge to innovate and provide extraordinary value to our clients,” said Joseph Pizzurro, PE, HNTB New York Metro’s transit/rail practice leader and senior vice president. “Ken shows more leadership and expertise than many senior level peers in our industry and frequently is sought after for his input and innovative approach.”
Wasserman worked nine years in the industry before joining HNTB in 2018 as a structural engineer, project manager and deputy rail department operations manager for an 80-person group in HNTB’s New York office. He received a Bachelor of Science in civil and environmental engineering from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He further proved his dedication to the position and industry by receiving his master’s in structural engineering from Rutgers in 2012. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Wasserman has led constructability, phasing, staging, construction cost estimation and construction scheduling workshops which have resulted in inventive, efficient and cost-saving approaches to projects. His recent success at HNTB in this area includes the Long Island Rail Road Jamaica Capacity Improvements Phase II project. Ken serves as deputy project manager for the $1.5 billion overall construction project, supporting HNTB’s delivery of design services.
In addition to his project responsibilities, Wasserman actively is involved in the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Council of Engineers and is a graduate of the ACEC New York Leadership Institute Class of 2020. Ken has spent the past four years working part-time for Professional Publications, Inc., serving as a Civil Professional Engineering and Fundamentals of Engineering review course instructor. He also is a member of Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi and is involved in local Metropolitan Railway Club activities.
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.