Nick Chen, P.E., to Manage Aecom's North America Tunneling Practice

Nick Chen, P.E., has joined Aecom, a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for government and commercial clients around the world, as vice president and manager of its North America Tunneling practice.

Located in Boston, Mass., Chen leads management and support responsibilities for clients located throughout the United States and Canada. Chen, a renowned tunneling specialist with over 30 years experience, is an expert in developing innovative cost saving construction methodologies and a pioneer in applying synthetic fibre reinforced shotcrete as permanent lining of underground facilities including tunnels, shafts and caverns. His specific areas of expertise include the design and construction of hard rock and soft ground tunnels, deep excavation supports, cut-and-cover tunnels and bored tunnels.

"Nick brings significant experience in the design and construction of water and transit tunnels and enhances our leadership position in the tunneling market," says Andy Haubert, P.E., executive vice president of AECOM's specialty practices group in North America. "He will lead the growth and expansion of our already strong practice by providing technical leadership, business line integration and pursuit support throughout North America."

Prior to joining Aecom, Chen served in an executive position with another large engineering consulting firm where he was responsible for winning and delivering underground projects for a team of 200 engineers. Nick is currently a member of the American Concrete Institute Subcommittee for Underground Shotcrete, and an identified tunnel/underground transit safety and security expert for the NI2 Center for Infrastructure Expertise Critical Infrastructure Library.