Since joining the firm in 2000, I have observed a relatively small engineering firm evolve into a dynamic, full-service architectural and engineering company.
Our growth over three decades has been driven by a combination of dedication and passion to deliver excellence in PM/CM, engineering, architecture, special inspections, survey/mapping, and environmental 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 moving into new markets and territories, attracting a newer generation of professionals, and continuing our long-standing relationships with client partners and stakeholders.
ATANE works with public agencies and authorities as well as private entities to deliver diverse 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.
Meet our experienced and talented leadership team.
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President and CEO
Quaiser Hashmi, President and CEO of ATANE, is responsible for spearheading this vibrant, 350-person full-service 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.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Vice President,
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.
Senior Vice President, Construction Management
Khaled Husein leads ATANE's construction management group in its mission to provide services to our diverse clients. He offers national and international experience in the construction industry on both public- and private-sector projects, including key projects such as the $450 million construction program for the General Services Administration Brooklyn Courthouse in downtown Brooklyn, NY; the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) post-Superstorm Sandy emergency recovery efforts to restore power, heat and hot water in Coney Island, Red Hook and Staten Island; the $216 million comprehensive upgrading/rehabilitation of the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Houses (28 buildings) in the Bronx for NYCHA; the $61.5 million Rikers Island Kitchens construction in Queens, NY for the Department of Design and Construction on behalf of the Department of Correction; the $45 million reconstruction and restoration of the historic Manhattan Supreme Court in downtown; and the $27 million Erie Basin Vehicle Evidence Facility in Brooklyn for the Economic Development Corporation on behalf of the New York City Police Department.
Khaled holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University and is a Certified Construction Manager.
Yusuf Poonawala,PE, F.ASCE
Senior Vice President
Yusuf Poonawala, Senior Vice President of ATANE, has been employed with the firm since 1994. As Senior Engineer and Manager of the Marketing Department, he has been instrumental in successful client pursuits and has subsequently served as Principal-in-Charge and Technical Advisor on many of these vital projects. An invaluable firm resource, his contributions to the firm’s presence along the Eastern Corridor include serving as Acting Regional Manager of Mid-Atlantic South operations and Principal-in-Charge for Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces; the 500-acre Devasya Spiritual and Cultural Retreat in Virginia; and a new, two-story Islamic Mosque in New York City. Yusuf also oversees all engineering and technical operations of ATANE’s India headquarters.
A Professional Engineer in 11 states and the District of Columbia, Yusuf is also an ASCE Fellow; active member of ASCE, SAME, and ASHE; and Practicing Institute of Engineering evaluator, with responsibility for approving continuing education seminars for PDH accreditation in New York State.
Vice President, Facilities Design
Kenneth Mangam, Vice President of Facilities Design, is responsible for a wide range of projects—from small residential developments to citywide school systems and innovative transit stations as well as emergency repair/restoration in the aftermath of damaging storms. ATANE’s work in these areas includes new buildings/additions/alteration design, condition and forensic assessments, ADA accessibility, sustainable design/LEED certification, and MEP.
Since joining the firm in 2001, Ken’s numerous project work includes Deputy Project Manager for two NYCT Enhanced Station Initiative joint venture architectural/engineering assignments in support of the design-builder and Project Manager for master planning for a cultural retreat in Virginia featuring a traditional Hindu temple, lakefront cabins, trails, and other amenities.
Ken is a Professional Engineer in eight states.
Vice President, Surveying and Mapping
Jayesh Patel, Vice President in 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.
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.
Anish Deshpande,PE, PG
Assistant Vice President/Senior Project Manager
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.
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.
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.
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New York, NY
Mount Laurel, NJ
Fax:(914) 945-9012 or (914) 945-9017
Miami Lakes, FL
Phone:+91 80 3192 9797