Having Ananth share his understanding of the immense challenges facing transportation agencies today will translate well to other DOT and transportation agencies around the country.
Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) January 13, 2015
Ananth Prasad, PE, has joined HNTB Corporation, assuming a national role as leader of the firm’s transportation practice. Prasad will develop and direct strategies that enhance HNTB’s service to state departments of transportation across the country. He is based in the firm’s Tallahassee, Florida, office.
“Having Ananth share his understanding of the immense challenges facing transportation agencies today will translate well to other DOT and transportation agencies around the country,” said Rob Slimp, PE, CEO, HNTB. “Our firm is proud to be a leading infrastructure solutions provider to DOTs – central to our 100-year legacy. Ananth’s understanding of the impact of emerging technologies on the transportation system will be especially critical to transportation agencies as they prepare for the future of our transportation system.”
Prasad departed the Florida Department of Transportation’s top position Jan. 2, 2015, following his four-year appointment by Gov. Rick Scott. In a December 2014 statement, Gov. Scott praised Prasad saying, “Secretary Prasad has been part of my administration since the very beginning, and he has been pivotal to making sure we could make a record investment of over $10 billion in our transportation system this year (2014).”
Prior to his becoming secretary of FDOT, Prasad served as assistant secretary for engineering and operations for the agency. Prasad rejoined FDOT in July 2010 after a two-year position as a vice president with HNTB.
As FDOT secretary, Prasad led the agency with a budget of $10 billion and 6,500 employees responsible for providing a safe and efficient transportation system to the fastest growing state in the country. His forward-looking leadership resulted in financial close of state’s largest public-private partnership, the $2.4 billion I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project in Orlando; delivering SunRail commuter rail service in Central Florida; creating a system of managed lanes in South Florida; securing funding for the new intermodal center at Orlando International Airport; and completion of Tampa International Airport’s master plan.
Prasad has more than 24 years of experience in the transportation industry, including 22 years with FDOT, where he previously held the positions of chief engineer and director of construction. He was responsible for implementing various innovative contracting techniques, including public-private partnerships, and he has been a proponent of advanced technologies to improve safety and mobility.
Engineering News-Record, the top trade magazine for the transportation construction industry, named Prasad one of the Top 25 Newsmakers for 2013 and recognized FDOT as the Southeast Owner of the Year.
Prasad completed his undergraduate studies at National Institute of Technology in Rourkela, India, and earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida.
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