Michael Baker International, a global leader in engineering, planning and consulting services, recently named Don Sepulveda, P.E., as vice president, rail and transit practice lead in the West Region, to expand the company’s transportation and rail presence in a market with multi-billion-dollar rail project growth potential.
Operating out of Michael Baker’s Los Angeles office, Sepulveda will leverage his extensive transportation industry knowledge and relationships to build a team that will pursue new rail and transit business development opportunities focusing on transit, commuter and intercity passenger rail, and freight rail. He also will serve as senior project manager on select strategic rail projects.
“As Michael Baker looks to the future of transportation in the west, Don’s extensive public and private experience will be a valuable asset for clients seeking to diversify and integrate rail and transit in the region,” said Anna Lantin, Michael Baker’s director of the West Region. “Don is well-positioned to support Michael Baker’s efforts to promote rail initiatives to reduce traffic congestion, achieve air quality benefits and promote interconnectivity across the region as We Make a Difference for our clients and the communities we serve.”
Sepulveda brings more than 20 years of railroad infrastructure experience to his Michael Baker role, including work on railroad safety programs and projects, capacity improvements and new transit systems. For the last five years, he served as the executive officer of regional rail for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), where he developed a $2.5-billion rail program. In this position, he worked closely with transportation leaders across California regarding Metro’s involvement with local heavy rail, including; Metrolink, Amtrak, freight carriers and the California High Speed Rail Authority. While serving in this capacity, he led efforts throughout the state to develop infrastructure improvement policies and to integrate passenger rail. Prior to his role with Metro, he held various positions with local consulting firms.
“I am proud to join Michael Baker to build the company’s rail and transit business in the west,” said Mr. Sepulveda. “I look forward to tapping the company’s global and local resources to deliver timely and innovative solutions to address our clients’ complex transportation challenges.”
Sepulveda holds a B.S. in civil engineering from California State University, Northridge. He currently serves on the American Railroad Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA) committees on commuter/intercity and high-speed rail systems. He also is a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and has been active in the organization at the local and national levels.
About Michael Baker International
Michael Baker International is a leading global provider of engineering and consulting services, which include planning, architectural, environmental, construction, program management, and full life-cycle support services as well as information technology and communications services and solutions. The company provides its comprehensive range of services and solutions in support of U.S. federal, state, and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of commercial clients. Michael Baker International has more than 6,000 employees in more than 90 locations across the U.S. and internationally. To learn more, visit www.mbakerintl.com.