Welcome to ATANE

A Message from Len Schneidt, Acting President & CEO

Welcome to ATANE.  As Executive Vice President of the Design Department, I have had the opportunity to observe a relatively small engineering consulting firm grow into a mid-size, full-service architectural and engineering company.

Our growth over 3 decades has been through a combination of dedication and passion to deliver excellence in construction management and inspection, environmental, engineering design, architecture/facilities design, land surveying, special inspections and material testing services. Fundamental to this success has been our outstanding people and the unique culture we have fostered.

Our re-branding in 2018 resulted in a contemporary, future-focused organization able to move into new markets and territories, attract a newer generation of professionals, and continue our long-standing relationships with client partners and stakeholders.

ATANE works with public agencies and authorities as well as private entities to deliver a diversity of project types and purposes.  We are large enough to respond quickly to any client request, yet small enough to bring a personalized approach to every assignment.

We hope you will visit our website often and accompany us on our journey.  We look forward to serving you.

– Len Schneidt, Acting President & CEO

Meet our experienced and talented leadership team.
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Len Schneidt's,P.E.

Acting President/CEO, Board Chairperson

Len Schneidt’s distinguished career encompasses leadership roles as project manager, chief engineer, district manager and principal for major consulting firms in the New York metropolitan area, most recently directing ATANE’s Engineering Design services, including all regional operations. He has managed multi-disciplinary planning and environmental assessments as well as preliminary and final design of projects comprising highways, arterial streets, transit and rail freight facilities. Len led ATANE’s work on the award-winning Harlem River Drive Ramps to RFK Bridge and, in a previous employment, the local and national ACEC award-winning Peter Minuit Plaza and Bus Loop at the Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan.

Len is a member of numerous professional engineering associations, including ASCE and ACEC New York, and is a Professional Engineer in New York and New Jersey.

Mubbashir Rahman

CFO

Mubbashir Rahman, CFO, has been employed with ATANE since 1997. He develops and maintains an efficient and effective financial and administrative organization and selects, trains, supervises, and counsels all accounting and billing personnel. He also takes the lead in strategic planning, organizational transformation and performance management.

Mubbashir’s expert oversight includes responsibility for all financial operations, including preparation of periodic financial reports, maintaining accounting records, managing internal and external audits, coordinating and producing tax documents, and monitoring accounts receivable, accounts payable and billing accuracy. He has maintained a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk, manage the production of the annual budget and forecasts, calculate variances from the budget, and report significant issues to management. He ensures the integrity of fiscal data and modeling transparency and accountability and that all accounting policies comply with generally accepted accounting principles or financial reporting standards.

Mubbashir holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the NED University of Engineering & Technology.

Richard A. Bernardo, P.E.

Senior Vice President
New England Region

Richard A. Bernardo, Senior Vice President and New England Regional Manager, joined ATANE in 2017 with many years’ experience in the civil engineering field, specializing in civil, transportation, and environmental engineering. His experience includes numerous civil design and construction projects, roadway reconstruction and highway relocation design, traffic impact studies, and construction inspection.

Prior to joining the firm, he was Senior Vice President/Regional Manager for New England operations, responsible for overall supervision of all four offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, including operation budgets, project quality control, and marketing. He also served as Rhode Island office manager, controlling the operation and function of the Providence office.

Richard holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Roger Williams University and is a Professional Engineer in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine.

Raja Sekhar Nelapati

Regional Manager

India

Raja Sekhar Nelapati has extensive experience in planning and execution, design, construction, maintenance, construction materials investigation, and supervision of road and highway projects, including review of road safety management plans and implementation of remedial safety measures. He also has experience coordinating teams of consultants and engineers from executing agencies, monitoring project progress, coordinating with governmental agencies to resolve worksite issues, addressing contract-related issues, and implementing resettlement and relocation action plan/land acquisition-related issues. Prior to joining ATANE, Rajah spent 15 years with the National Highways Authority of India in roles of increasing responsibility.

Hesham Kotby,P.E.

Executive Vice President, Construction Inspection/Board Member

Hesham Kotby, Executive Vice President of the Construction Inspection Department, manages and supervises ATANE’s large-scale infrastructure projects. As a veteran Project Manager and Resident Engineer, he has been responsible for on-site, day-to-day operation of projects and interface with utility companies and governmental agencies. Since joining ATANE in 1999, Hesham has managed some of the firm's largest New York City Department of Design and Construction projects, including the Grand Street Trunk Water Main, recipient of the ACEC New York 2018 Platinum Award for Engineering Excellence and the CMAA Metro NY/NJ 2017 Project of the Year Award.

Hesham holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Alexandria University and is a Professional Engineer in New York and Delaware.

Paul Nietzschmann,PE

Executive Vice President
 of Engineering Design/Board Member

Paul Nietzschmann, Executive Vice President of Engineering Design, joined ATANE after serving for 14 years as Vice President and Senior Vice President of a global engineering consulting firm, most recently leading the Bridge Design practice across New York and New Jersey. His distinguished career encompasses project management, design, inspection and seismic and structural analysis for major bridges, highways and transit structures in complex urban areas. He is a Professional Engineer in New York; New Jersey; Washington, DC; Pennsylvania; Connecticut; Florida; Rhode Island; and Maryland and recipient of the ASCE Met Section 2013 Civil Engineer of the Year and 2017 Roebling awards.

Mahmood Mohammed,PE

Executive Vice President/Board Member

Structural Inspection and Evaluation

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.

Richard Hallahan,P.E.

Senior Vice President,
Special Inspections

Richard Hallahan, Senior Vice President, heads ATANE's Special Inspection Department and its state-of-the-art material testing laboratories. He is adept at construction, materials inspection, special and controlled inspections, inspection monitoring, progress inspections, building assessments, and quality control. Projects under his purview have included batch plant inspections for all MTA Capital Construction and NYCT projects under construction; post-Superstorm Sandy inspections in hard-hit areas of New York City; SCA special inspections at more than 300 facilities citywide; special and forensic inspections at NYCHA housing developments; and special inspections for a platform over active LIRR tracks that will support two high-rise towers at Hudson Yards. Rich is a Professional Engineer in New York and New Jersey.

Alfonso Lopez,P.E.

Senior Vice President, Water/Wastewater/Board Member

Al Lopez, Senior Vice President for ATANE’s Water/Wastewater practice, has held positions of responsibility throughout his career. As NYCDEP Deputy Commissioner for the Bureau of Engineering Design and Construction, he managed a $2 billion annual capital improvement program; as Deputy Commissioner for the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment, he was responsible for operations and maintenance of New York City’s wastewater treatment system and management of the 1,900-person agency. Immediately prior to joining the firm, he was NE Regional Manager, Water/Wastewater, for a major design and consulting firm.

Al has served as principal-in-charge on major firm undertakings, including the ATANE-led joint venture for the Gilboa Dam Reconstruction. Phase 3, the rehabilitation of the dam, was completed two years ahead of schedule, receiving a 2015 ACEC New York Gold Award for Engineering Excellence and a 2014 CIB New York Award of Merit.

Al is a Professional Engineer in New York.

Yusuf Poonawala,PE, F.ASCE

Senior Vice President

Marketing

Yusuf Poonawala, Senior Vice President of the Marketing Department, is responsible for developing strategic business and marketing plans and managing operations for ATANE’s ongoing work in India.   His proven leadership capabilities and wealth of diversified experience have resulted in annual sales of over $150 million. As Senior Engineer, Yusuf reviews technical scopes of work for all infrastructure and facility construction and rehabilitation projects and prepares project engineering technical approach reports and labor and cost estimates for governmental agencies throughout the eastern US.  Yusuf is a Professional Engineer in ten states and an ASCE Fellow.

Meryle A. Kaleda

Vice President and General Counsel

As General Counsel, Meryle Kaleda advises senior management on all corporate legal matters pertaining to contracts, procurement, risk management, regulatory compliance, finance, human resources and employment, and safety.  She reviews, drafts and negotiates contracts and other business agreements and provides insurance defense litigation oversight and insurance contract compliance supervision. Prior to joining ATANE, she served as Associate General Counsel and Vice President of a New York City-based women/minority-owned professional design and construction firm.  Meryle is admitted to practice law in New York State and the Second District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Lori Littlejohn,ESQ

Compliance Officer

Lori Littlejohn, ATANE Compliance Officer, is highly experienced in the development, implementation, and management of corporate compliance and ethics programs. Her expertise includes anti-corruption, data privacy, data protection, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, cybersecurity, anti-money laundering, terrorist financing, economic sanctions, customs compliance, commercial export controls, sexual harassment, and diversity and inclusion. As such, she oversees ATANE’s code of business ethics and standards of conduct, including anti-corruption policies, and develops training initiatives for its continued improvement.

Lori received her Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law and an MBA and BS from Florida A&M University. She is admitted to practice law in New York and Florida.

Anish Deshpande,PE, PG

Assistant Vice President/Senior Project Manager 

Environmental Services

Anish Deshpande is a leading member of our Environmental practice, which serves developers, real estate property owners, asset investors, and facility managers as well as public agencies. His in-depth experience encompasses employment with A/E/C consulting firms and environmental specialty organizations. He has led a task order contract for USEPA-compliant environmental site assessments and investigations of brownfield sites for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation. As Project Manager for the Chelsea Piers Redevelopment, Anish led environmental engineering services for a proposed private redevelopment that required remediation of VOC and SVOC contamination via Best Management Practices. Anish is a Professional Engineer in New Jersey and a Professional Geologist in New Hampshire.

ATANE’s management team consists of experienced industry professionals who lead through example. They guide the organization daily, mentor its employees and truly embody what it means to Excel.Together.
Leonard Schneidt, Board Chairperson
Leonard Schneidt, Board Chairperson
Len Schneidt’s distinguished career encompasses leadership roles as project manager, chief engineer, district manager
and principal for major consulting firms in the New York metropolitan area, most recently directing ATANE’s Engineering Design services, including all regional operations. He has managed multi-disciplinary planning and environmental assessments as well as preliminary and final design of projects comprising highways, arterial streets, transit and rail freight facilities. Len led ATANE’s work on the award-winning Harlem River Drive Ramps to RFK Bridge and, in a previous employment, the local and national ACEC award-winning Peter Minuit Plaza and Bus Loop at the Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan. Len is a member of numerous professional engineering associations, including ASCE and ACEC New York, and is a Professional Engineer in New York and New Jersey.
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Paul Nietzschmann, Board Member
Paul Nietzschmann, Board Member
Paul Nietzschmann, Executive Vice President of Engineering Design, joined ATANE after serving for 14 years
as Vice President and Senior Vice President of a global engineering consulting firm, most recently leading the Bridge Design practice across New York and New Jersey. His distinguished career encompasses project management, design, inspection and seismic and structural analysis for major bridges, highways and transit structures in complex urban areas. He is a Professional Engineer in New York and New Jersey and recipient of the ASCE Met Section 2013 Civil Engineer of the Year and 2017 Roebling awards.
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Hesham Kotby, Board Member
Hesham Kotby, Board Member
Hesham Kotby, Executive Vice President of the Construction Inspection Department, manages and supervises ATANE’s large-scale infrastructure projects.
As a veteran Project Manager and Resident Engineer, he has been responsible for on-site, day-to-day operation of projects and interface with utility companies and governmental agencies. Since joining ATANE in 1999, Hesham has managed some of the firm's largest New York City Department of Design and Construction projects, including the Grand Street Trunk Water Main, recipient of the ACEC New York 2018 Platinum Award for Engineering Excellence and the CMAA Metro NY/NJ 2017 Project of the Year Award. Hesham holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Alexandria University and is a Professional Engineer in New York and Delaware.
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Mahmood Mohammed, Board Member
Mahmood Mohammed, Board Member
Mahmood Mohammed is the Executive Vice President 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.
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Alfonso R. Lopez, Board Member
Alfonso R. Lopez, Board Member
Al Lopez, Senior Vice President for ATANE’s Water/Wastewater practice, has held positions of responsibility throughout his career.
As NYCDEP Deputy Commissioner for the Bureau of Engineering Design and Construction, he managed a $2 billion annual capital improvement program; as Deputy Commissioner for the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment, he was responsible for operations and maintenance of New York City’s wastewater treatment system and management of the 1,900-person agency. Immediately prior to joining the firm, he was NE Regional Manager, Water/Wastewater, for a major design and consulting firm. Al has served as principal-in-charge on major firm undertakings, including the ATANE-led joint venture for the Gilboa Dam Reconstruction. Phase 3, the rehabilitation of the dam, was completed two years ahead of schedule, receiving a 2015 ACEC New York Gold Award for Engineering Excellence and a 2014 CIB New York Award of Merit. Al is a Professional Engineer in New York.
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Quaiser Hashmi, Board Member
Quaiser Hashmi, Board Member
Quaiser Hashmi, a Vice President in the Engineering Design Department, has been with ATANE since 2000,
and is responsible for the management of critical bridge and highway infrastructure work. His leadership has resulted in numerous award-winning projects, such as the rehabilitation of the Hudson County Willow Avenue Bridge; 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. 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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Jayesh Patel, Board Member
Jayesh Patel, Board Member
Jayesh Patel, Vice President of the Surveying and Mapping Department, has been with ATANE since 1992.
His wealth of surveying experience in and around the New York City area includes topographic, utility, property line, damage acquisition, cross-section, profile, as-built, monuments and benchmarks, and GPS surveys for parking lots, building sites, bridges, highways, railroads, subway stations and tunnels. He has served as Survey/Project Manager on some of the company's most high-profile projects, including work in the aftermath of September 11. Jayesh holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Lukhdhirji Engineering College.
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At ATANE we understand that business is local, and that our clients' success depends on us being right there with them in the communities they serve.

To view the contact details for offices near you, click on the link nearest to your location.

At ATANE we understand that business is local, and that our clients' success depends on us being right there with them in the communities they serve.

To view the contact details for offices near you, click on the link nearest to your location.

Corporate HQ, NY

40 Wall Street,
New York, NY 10005

Phone:(212) 747-1997

Fax:(212) 747-1947

Albany, NY

1187 Troy Schenectady Rd, 3rd Floor
Latham, NY 12110

Phone:(518) 690-0144

Fax:(518) 690-0147

Baltimore, MD

401 East Pratt Street, Suite 2245
Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone:(410) 605-0592

Fax:(410) 605-0593

Bensalem, PA

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

Phone:267-523-5334

Fax:267-523-5421

Boston, MA

56 Roland Street, Suite 202
Boston, MA 02129

Phone:(617) 778-7300

Fax:(617) 268-7831

Bridgeport, CT

36 River Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Phone:(203) 362-1552

Fax:(203) 362-1554

Fairfax, VA

11166 Fairfax Boulevard, Suite 407
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone:(703) 277-9525

Fax:(703) 277-9528

Iselin, NJ

485 Route 1 South, Building E, Suite 200
Iselin, NJ 08830

Phone:(732) 744-1490

Fax:(732) 744-1494

Melville, NY

68 South Service Road
Melville , NY 11747

Phone:(631) 694-5734

Fax:(631) 270-4482

Mount Laurel, NJ

161 Gaither Drive, Suite 101
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Phone:(856) 642-7890

Fax:(914) 945-9012 or (914) 945-9017

Ossining, NY

47 Hudson Street
Ossining, NY 10562

Phone:(914) 945-9010

Fax:(914) 945-9011

Philadelphia, PA

1601 Market Street, Suite 1020
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone:(215) 496-9322

Fax:(215) 496-9323

Providence, RI

275 Promenade Street, Suite 150
Providence, RI 02908

Phone:401-347-2160

Fax:401-454-4349

Wethersfield, CT

100 Great Meadow Road, Suite 400
Wethersfield, CT 06109

Phone:(860) 761-1001

Fax:(860) 422-4050

Bangalore, India

80 Feet Road, RMV 2nd Stage, Ashwath Nagar
Bangalore, Karnataka 560094

Phone:+91 80 3192 9797