Who We Are

ATANE is an award-winning engineering firm specializing in Construction Management, Bridge Inspection, Material Testing and Design, with offices across the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions.

We strive to EXCEL TOGETHER, setting the standard for quality and thoroughness. Our team of engineers and architects provide structural/civil engineering, program management, construction management, material testing and special inspection.

Our holistic approach ensures the successful delivery of client visions while surpassing project goals. We prioritize public safety, managing quality, cost, and schedule with the utmost diligence. Moreover, our services extend to developing complex design solutions for civil, architectural, and transportation projects.

At the heart of our mission is to improve the communities in which we live and work while at the same time enhancing social, economic, and environmental conditions. We accomplish this through the hard work of our dedicated staff and by expanding our public and private partnerships.

ATANE also takes pride in being one of the largest Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) growing civil engineering firms across New York, Boston, and Philadelphia.

Join us in shaping a brighter future for our communities.

Learn More About our Board of Directors

 

 

Paul Cavota, Board Chairperson
Paul Cavota, Board Chairperson
Paul Cavota, a former Senior Vice President of Construction
Inspection at ATANE, has more than 45 years of experience, including 32 years with NYSDOT. He oversaw all construction infrastructure inspection projects, including highways, bridges, tunnels, dams and utility infrastructure. Paul’s distinguished career includes Construction/Project Manager for the Gilboa Dam Reconstruction, the Croton Aqueduct Rehabilitation and Site Restoration, and the activation of the Third Water Tunnel, all for NYCDEP. He managed ATANE’s JV partnership for Phase 1 of the Gowanus Expressway repairs and interim deck replacement and was Project Executive for the firm’s JV partnership for Phase 2. He also managed the catenary replacement on the New Haven Main Line for CTDOT and the Park Avenue and Nassau Concord Viaducts project on the BQE for NYSDOT. Paul led the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal Infrastructure Rehabilitation for NYCEDC and the Fulton Street Improvements project for NYCDDC. He was Construction Manager for the award-winning rehabilitation of the Cross Bronx Expressway/Bruckner Interchange, which was completed one year ahead of schedule with no contractor claims. Paul was a professor of civil engineering technology at Nassau County Community College from 1973 to 2010, and is a retired Lieutenant Commander in the Civil Engineer Corps of the US Navy, having served over 20 years on active and reserve duty.
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Quaiser Hashmi, P.E., Board Member
Quaiser Hashmi, P.E., Board Member
Quaiser Hashmi, President and CEO, has been with ATANE since 2000,
most recently serving as Vice President of the Engineering Department. During his distinguished career, Quaiser has led critical bridge and highway infrastructure work, many of which received industry accolades. Rehabilitation of the Hudson County Willow Avenue Bridge, design-build reconstruction of the Harlem River Drive Ramp to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, and the Claremont Parkway Bridge over the Metro-North Railroad benefited from his skilled leadership. Prior to joining ATANE, Quaiser was a supervisor in the NYSDOT bridge maintenance unit, responsible for reviewing and developing emergency repair contracts to address structurally deficient bridge components. Quaiser holds an M.S. in Civil Engineering from City College and is a Professional Engineer in New York and Connecticut.
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Walter E. Hickey, P.E., Board Member
Walter E. Hickey, P.E., Board Member
Walter Hickey, P.E., with his extensive engineering, managerial, and administrative experience, brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will undoubtedly contribute significantly to the company’s growth and success.
Walter retired from MTA Bridges and Tunnels as Deputy Chief Engineer. His background in overseeing Capital and Major Maintenance Programs at prominent bridges, such as the RFK Suspension, Lift, and Bronx Truss bridges, along with the Henry Hudson Bridge, reflects his hands-on experience in managing critical infrastructure projects. His proficiency in bridge rehabilitation, water distribution, building construction, rail reconstruction, and mechanical systems aligns seamlessly with ATANE’s work scope. His proven track record and professional standing in the community further enhance the company’s reputation and capabilities to serve our clients.
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Richard T. Anderson, Board Member
Richard T. Anderson, Board Member
Richard T. Anderson is President of RTA Advisory Services LLC, a private firm specializing in industry relations and strategic planning. He is President Emeritus of the New York Building Congress.
For more than twenty years, Mr. Anderson ushered in a period of unprecedented influence and growth for the Building Congress, a public policy organization in its 98th year of promoting the design, construction and real estate community. In his role as an expert in government policy and construction, Mr. Anderson’s views and assistance on a range of issues are sought by private firms, public officials, agency leaders, the news media, good government groups and other organizations inside and outside of the building community. Prior to the Building Congress, Mr. Anderson served as Executive Director of The Dallas Plan, a non-profit group formed to prepare a long-range capital improvements strategy for that city, and as President of the Regional Plan Association, the nation’s oldest metropolitan planning organization serving the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metropolitan region. Mr. Anderson was the first elected President of the 40,000-member American Planning Association, a national group based in Washington, D.C., and served as Chairman of its College of Fellows. He is a founding member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and is Vice Chairman of the APA Foundation. He serves on the boards of the National Building Museum, ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York Foundation, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, the Salvadori Center, Beverly Willis Foundation, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of New York City. He is senior advisor to about 15 building industry organizations in New York. In recognition of his efforts to make New York City a better place to live and work, Mr. Anderson was awarded the 2001 George S. Lewis Award from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, where he served as Public Director and was elected Honorary New York AIA in 2010. He received a 1995 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The Building Congress Board of Directors presented him with a Distinguished Service Award in 2004 and its 2016 Industry Recognition Dinner Distinguished Leadership Award. He was elected to the National Academy of Construction in 2006 and received the De LaSalle Medal from Manhattan College in 2015, the Boy Scouts of America James E. West Award in 2016, and was elected a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building. He was honored by Ronald McDonald House, New York Landmarks Conservancy and the National Building Museum in 2017. The Salvadori Center presented Mr. Anderson with their 2016 award for lifetime contributions to the building industry. Mr. Anderson also serves as President Emeritus of the New York Building Foundation, the charitable arm of the New York Building Congress. A graduate of Rutgers University, where he was elected a Loyal Son in 1989, Mr. Anderson earned a Master of Regional Planning degree from Cornell University and completed post-graduate doctoral studies in public administration at New York University. He is a member of the Union League Club of New York and John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, Florida.
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Mahmood Mohammed, P.E., Board Member
Mahmood Mohammed, P.E., Board Member
Mahmood Mohammed, P.E., has been instrumental in making ATANE one of the Northeast region’s bridge inspection and analysis firms.
As head of the Structural Inspection and Evaluation Department, he leads over 30 inspection teams conducting more than 1,000 bridge and 700 ancillary inspections annually. Mahmood has managed the inspection and evaluation of over 4,000 bridges and 3,500 ancillary structures, including major bridges like the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, the first extradosed bridge in the U.S.
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Douglas McNevin, P.E., CCM, Board Secretary
Douglas McNevin, P.E., CCM, Board Secretary
Doug McNevin, P.E., CCM, Secretary of the Company Board, serves as a Compliance Officer and serves as a Compliance Officer
Doug brings experience in ensuring adherence to industry regulations and corporate governance. His dual certification as a Professional Engineer and Certified Construction Manager reinforces his comprehensive expertise in overseeing projects that meet the highest standards of safety, quality, and efficiency.
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Learn More About our Executive Department Members

Quaiser Hashmi,PE

President and CEO
Acting Regional Manager, Mid-Atlantic North Region

Quaiser Hashmi, President and CEO of ATANE, is responsible for spearheading this vibrant full-service engineering consulting firm in lower Manhattan. Upon accepting this position in May 2019, he stated, “This honor—and challenge—is the culmination of my career at ATANE, which I joined in February 2000.” Most recently Vice President of the Engineering Design Department, Quaiser has been responsible for the management of critical bridge and highway infrastructure work in the tri-state area, including the design-build reconstruction of the Harlem River Drive Ramp to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, recipient of the 2013 ACEC New York Platinum Award for Engineering Excellence, and the Claremont Parkway Bridge over Metro-North Railroad in the Bronx, recipient of the 2015 ACEC New York Gold Award.

Daniel F. DeCrescenzo, Jr.

Executive Director

Daniel DeCrescenzo joins ATANE as our Executive Director, after more than 30 years of public service in the transportation sector of New York City. He will be managing the day-to-day operations of ATANE; by providing leadership and guidance, overseeing company policies and procedures; directing human resources, setting department goals, improving efficiency, and managing the business development and client relationships for the New York and Northeast region.

He most recently served as the President of MTA Bridges and Tunnels (also known as Tri borough Bridge and Tunnel Authority) overseeing 1,000+ employees at 9 toll facilities consisting of 7 bridges and 2 tunnels carrying about 900,000 daily trips and generating annual revenue exceeding $2 billion. He was responsible for carrying out the core missions of providing safe, secure, and reliable passage for customers; advancing state of good repair; and the collection and protection of toll revenue.

In more than three decades of public service, he has played a role in major transformations within the MTA such as the introduction of the E-ZPass electronic toll payment system in 1995, the planning and implementation of MTA’s Open Road Tolling in 2017 and the MTA’s reorganization/transformation in 2019. The most notable new initiative under his purview was the Central Business District Tolling Program.

He also was integral to the agency’s response during major events including the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Superstorm Sandy and led the MTA Bridges and Tunnels through the COVID-19 pandemic.

ATANE and Dan are excited to further advance serving our clients in all areas through his executive leadership.

Mahmood Mohammed,PE

Executive Vice President - Bridge Inspection

Mahmood Mohammed heads the Structural Inspection and Evaluation Department, which comprises over 30 inspection teams conducting more than 1,000 bridge and 700 ancillary inspections annually. His expertise has been instrumental in making ATANE one of the Northeast region’s premier bridge inspection and analysis firms. Mahmood has managed the inspection and evaluation of over 4,000 bridges and 3,500 ancillary structures, including major bridges like the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, the first extradosed bridge in the U.S. He also led the first-of-its-kind investigation/monitoring of the Gold Star Bridge, which received an ACEC NY Platinum Award. Mahmood is a Professional Engineer in 10 states.

Franco Balassone,PE, CCM

Executive Vice President - New England Operations Manager

Franco Balassone, Executive Vice President, New England Operations Manager, is highly experienced engineering professional skilled in construction oversight and management of large and complex highways & bridge, rail and marine infrastructure projects. With proven leadership and management of local and regional engineering teams, Franco has been instrumental in establishing and expanding ATANE’s presence in the New England region. His strong business development skills adding area work to our portfolio while assuring quality deliverables, and garnering client satisfaction. He has led award-winning critical construction engineering and inspection services on the I-95 corridor and the New Haven Mainline for CTDOT, secured owner representative services for RIDOT on major design-build projects and manages OPM services for the Green Line Extension (GLX) for the MBTA.
Prior to joining the firm, he reviewed major highway and bridge projects for the FHWA and managed projects for NYSDOT, CTDOT, and Metro-North, among others. Franco is a Certified Construction Manager (CCM) and licensed as a Professional Engineer in 19 states. He is also a military veteran (Army) and Eagle Scout.

Barry Dawson

Vice President of Quality Compliance

Barry’s experience in the construction Engineering industry includes project management, engineering, quality assurance/control, construction safety, environmental management, and process training in both the public and private sectors. He has had managerial and hands-on experience as well as the development and implementation of numerous successful project management, environmental, safety and quality assurance programs for infrastructure projects in the transportation and nuclear industries. Including being the original author of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA’s) Quality Management Guidelines published in 1992.
Other examples of his experience include:
• 12 years as the Deputy Project Manager and Quality Advisor for the in New York City for the FTA’s Project Management Oversight in Region 2
• Quality Program Director for the developers of the $1.45 B JFK Terminal 4 Replacement Project
• Quality Program Director for the first 5 years of the multi-Billion-dollar East Side Access Project
• Currently Barry is contributing to and in the 6th year and closing out the $3.6 billion Green Line Extension project for the MBTA in Massachusetts as the Program Quality Manager.
• In 2023 Barry was made Corporate Vice President – Quality Compliance for ATANE to refine and enhance their Quality Program to meet all of our client’s needs and requirements to make ATANE our customers #1 Choice.

Douglas McNevin,PE, CCM

Vice President / Compliance Officer

Douglas McNevin, PE, CCM, is a Vice President, Compliance Officer in the Construction Management Department, is a results-driven leader with unique hands-on experience and success built upon integrity, a strong work ethic, excellence in problem solving, and proven organizational and interpersonal skills.
Doug has managed multimillion-dollar governmental projects, responding to issues during the design, procurement and construction phases. He has provided forensic engineering, estimating, claims analysis, and expert testimony for mediation, arbitration, and litigation on numerous construction-related disputes. Doug has also developed and presented training seminars for the construction industry on topics such as project controls, construction contract provisions, and construction delays.
He was a key manager for the initial emergency response to Superstorm Sandy, including awarding and managing the work of a cadre of contractors and construction management, architectural and engineering design firms. Our clients can depend on his adeptness at initiating and supervising the design and construction of large-scale, multidisciplinary projects and coordinating such vital construction program components as quality control, inspection, safety reviews, value engineering, scheduling and expenditures, and claims negotiation and settlement.
Doug joined ATANE in 2015 after approximately 40 years as Deputy Director/Director of Construction for the New York City Housing Authority.
He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from New York University and a Master of Structural Engineering from the City College of New York. He is a Professional Engineer in New York, a Certified Construction Manager, and a past president of the Municipal Engineers of the City of New York.

Samer Hassan,PE

Vice President / New Jersey Branch Manager

Samer Hassan, Branch Manager of the Iselin, NJ office, joined ATANE in 2012 and has over 22 years of experience in the industry. He is an accomplished structural engineer adept at both inspection and design. He has served as Design Engineer, NBIS Team Leader, Load Rating Engineer, Quality Control Engineer, and Project Manager on multiple bridge engineering contracts, completing structural evaluations for over 2,000 bridges and 500 sign structures. While in these capacities, he managed routine and in-depth inspections, evaluated reports and load ratings, and designed various structural repair details. Samer has an excellent track record in managing complex bridge engineering projects and is recognized for achieving high levels of client satisfaction and trust. His work includes numerous signature bridge structures such as the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Verrazano, Brooklyn, and Williamsburg bridges.
Samer is currently managing ATANE’s bridge engineering practices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In addition, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the City University of New York.

Kevin Conroy,PE

Vice President of Construction Engineering & Inspection in Connecticut Area

Kevin Conroy, Vice President in our Wethersfield, CT Office has over 30 years of experience planning, designing, constructing, and managing complex transportation infrastructure projects for state agencies, municipalities, and private sector clients delivering quality results on time and under budget. Notable projects include the accelerated bridge replacement of the Stamford Metro North Railroad Bridge, which received national honors from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Institute of Steel Construction, and the I-95 Interchange 14/15 and US Route 1 Improvements project, which received an ACEC NY Platinum Award.

A licensed professional engineer, Kevin is a subject matter expert in the areas of construction inspection and management with additional expertise in highway design, traffic calming solutions, and public outreach. His hands-on experience, technical skills, mentoring and leadership capabilities have helped successfully deliver numerous complex projects throughout his long career. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

James P. Connery,PE

Vice President – Construction Engineering Management in Connecticut Area

James (Jim) Connery supports ATANE Engineer’s New England offices, with a concentration in Connecticut, with Project Management and Construction Management services. He uses his engineering expertise and experience to provide clients with guidance and direction on a myriad of Construction Engineering and Inspection service issues. Extensive years of field and management experience have provided him with the ability to quickly identify and solve complex construction issues.
Mr. Connery has decades of experience in Construction Engineering, with the majority at the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT). As a Transportation Division Chief at CTDOT, he managed the Division of Construction Operations, which included the Quality Assurance Unit, the Material Evaluation and Specification Unit, the Central Surveys Unit, the Alternative Contracting Unit, and the Claims and Litigation Unit, along with numerous other responsibilities. Prior to his role as a Transportation Division Chief, he served in a variety of project administration roles for CTDOT, including Chief Inspector, Project Engineer, and Supervising Engineer.

Paul Sousa

Vice President / Director of Material Testing Special Inspection in New England Area

Ahmad Alhalawani,PE, PhD

Vice President / Director of Construction Engineering & Inspection

Ahmad Alhalawani, a Project Manager in the Construction Inspection Department, joined ATANE in 2018 with expertise in program management, project management, contract management and administration, claims, planning and scheduling, procurement and bidding management, cost control, building information modeling, document control, and safety design; and construction areas, including bridge construction, reconstruction, and rehabilitation; highway rehabilitation and reconstruction; paving and resurfacing; storm and sanitary sewers; water mains; and residential and commercial buildings.

He has also functioned as Resident Engineer, Office Engineer, Chief Inspector, and Bridge Inspector for clients that include the New York City Department of Design and Construction, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, NJDOT, NJTA, and the DRJTBC for roadway, bridge, tunnel, water main and sewer, and tunnel projects. His responsibilities with ATANE include a $115 million infrastructure upgrade in Coney Island for the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Representative projects follow.

Taylor DePauw,PE

Vice President / Director of Construction

Mr. Taylor DePauw, P.E., embarked on his career journey after graduating from Manhattan College in 2009 with a BS in Civil Engineering and Mathematics. His first consulting role led him to work as a nighttime paving inspector on a NYSDOT project in region 8, where he was fortunate to have a met an amazing mentor who took him under his wing and guided him through the intricacies of the industry.

With the trust and support of like-minded industry professionals, Mr. DePauw learned to navigate the various roles within the Construction Inspection Industry. He gained invaluable leadership experience as a Chief Inspector, saw critical value in the precision and accuracy of work as an Office Engineer, and as a Resident Engineer, he understood the significance of leading by example and shouldering the responsibility of any outcome, whether favorable or not.

In March of 2021, Mr. DePauw embraced a new chapter by joining ATANE Consulting where he helped manage projects as an Assistant Vice President. Relying on lessons learned, a willingness to absorb new ideas and with great thanks to trust, support and wisdom of his colleagues at ATANE, he progressed to his current position as Vice President – Director of Construction for New York. Although hard work and respect are pillars of Mr. DePauw beliefs, he credits his career achievements to the faith that others placed in him and to the opportunities that he was fortunate enough to receive.

Mr. DePauw emphasizes the importance of learning though listing, taking trusted advice, admitting when you are wrong and being humble when correct. He understands that the best solutions often come from collaboration and that no one person, including himself, has all the answers. He pays it forward by mentoring those who are eager to seek his guidance and he finds great joy in seeing others succeed.
Mr. DePauw is grateful for the healthy work-life balance that ATANE provides, and tressures time spent with his family, engaging in their lives, and teaching them his favorite outdoor activities like fly fishing, golf, and skiing. His philosophy revolves around the idea that you reap what you sow, and that investing in the work you love leads to personal fulfillment and happiness in life.

Haris Khan,RA

Vice President of Facilities Design

Haris Khan, Vice President in the Facilities Design Department, oversees projects within the residential, health care, and educational sectors, and is also experienced in architectural design and planning. He has worked on many federal, state, and local governmental projects, including those for the New York City School Construction Authority and the New York City Housing Authority, and New York City department of Parks and Recreations. Haris also manages various real estate development projects in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia.

Haris holds an MS in Facilities Management from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor of Architecture from National College of Arts. He is a Registered Architect in ten states including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Philadelphia, LEED Accredited Professional, and Project Management Professional.

Srinivas Gidugu,PE

Vice President / Lab Director in Mid - Atlantic Area

Srinivas Gidugu, a Special Inspector in the Bensalem Material Testing Lab, joined ATANE in 2013 experienced in wastewater engineering, management and business development. He has extensive experience in process design, planning and final design; wastewater treatment and pumping; biological nutrient removal; CSO reduction; data collection and analysis; biosolids and residual management; life-cycle costing and economic analysis; and project closeouts. Srinivas possesses proven ability in project management as well as a team member to provide quality, on-time deliverables.

He holds an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University; is a Professional Engineer in New York, Florida, and Pennsylvania; and a member of the Water Environment Federation and the New Jersey Water Environment Association.

Rizwan Mumtaz,PE, CCM

Vice President / Director Construction Management in New York & New England

Mr. Mumtaz, a Certified Construction Manager (CCM), has over 43 years of diverse, versatile engineering experience, including over 35 years of experience in construction management. Mr. Mumtaz is a member of the Construction Managers Association of America (CMAA) and is a qualified project leader with a proven track record of successful construction management and delivery. His background includes managing all phases of construction work, in a number of countries other than USA, and directing a broad range of projects in dense urban environments, including facilities, roadways, streets, water/wastewater, sewer, and associated utilities. He has demonstrated ability in management, supervision, analysis of technical/legal questions, and analysis of costs. Mr. Mumtaz has led several mega International Projects as a Construction Director/Program Director to successful completion and project closeout. He has extensive experience in working with government agencies, client developer organizations, and consultancy/contracting organizations on infrastructure work of residential, commercial, industrial, leisure, mixed-use, and other engineering projects located in urban environments/settings with significant involvement in public and stakeholder outreach/meetings.

Explore ATANE in your Location. We offer extensive services tailored to meet the unique demands of your market, from innovative solutions to consulting, ensuring your business not only thrives but leads in its industry.

Explore ATANE in your Location. We offer extensive services tailored to meet the unique demands of your market, from innovative solutions to consulting, ensuring your business not only thrives but leads in its industry.

New York, NY

40 Wall Street,
New York, NY 10005

Phone:(212) 747-1997

Edison, NJ

2147 NJ Route 27 South, Lincoln Place, Suite 202
Edison, NJ 08817

Phone:(732) 744-1490

Wethersfield, CT

100 Great Meadow Road, Suite 400
Wethersfield, CT 06109

Phone:(860) 761-1001

Boston, MA

56 Roland Street, Suite 202
Boston, MA 02129

Phone:(617) 778-7300

Providence, RI

275 Promenade Street, Suite 150
Providence, RI 02908

Phone:401-347-2160

Ossining, NY

47 Hudson Street, Bldg. B&C
Ossining, NY 10562

Phone:(914) 945-9010

Bensalem, PA

3412 Progress Dr., Suite C
Bensalem, PA 19020, 19020

Phone:267-523-5334

Mount Laurel, NJ

Phone:(215) 496-9322

Philadelphia, PA

Phone:410-605-0592

Baltimore, MD

Phone:410-605-0592

Miami Lakes, FL

Phone:(786) 456-5266