Neesha Desai joins HNTB Corporation

Desai brings proven leadership and extensive infrastructure program management experience

NEW YORK (Feb. 6, 2018) – Neesha Desai, PE, joined HNTB Corporation as civil department manager and associate vice president, based in the firm’s Empire State Building offices in New York City. Desai is managing the delivery of complex, large-scale highway, bridge and rail infrastructure projects, including design-build programs throughout the New York region.

“Neesha brings an impressive record of accomplishments as a hands-on engineer, project manager and industry leader,” said Stephen Dilts, HNTB’s New York office leader and senior vice president. “Her ability to create and implement innovative solutions provides transportation agencies with a valuable resource to help deliver large-scale infrastructure projects.”

Desai brings more than 20 years of engineering design and project management experience for the reconstruction of highways, bridges and rail facilities in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California, including design-build projects. She has worked with the New York State Department of Transportation, New York State Thruway Authority, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New Jersey Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, among others.

A graduate of the SV National Institute of Technology in India with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, Desai also holds a master’s degree in engineering management from Drexel University. She is a professional engineer licensed in New York, New Jersey and Virginia, and a member the American Society of Highway Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers and the Women’s Transportation Seminar.

HNTB plays an integral role in many of the region’s most important infrastructure programs, including construction manager for renewal and rehabilitation of multiple station facilities for New York City Transit; owner’s engineer for the New NY (Tappan Zee) Bridge; lead structural designer of the Kosciuszko Bridge; technical consultant for the Goethals Bridge replacement project; and the general engineering consultant for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, among others. 

About HNTB
HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm serving public and private owners and contractors. With more than a century of service, including 95 years in New York, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. HNTB’s New York City office in the Empire State Building together with offices in Albany, New York and Newark, New Jersey employ more than 400 full-time professionals.  Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program management and construction management. For more information, visit

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