Muhammad Ali: A Multi-National Perspective

Driven to explore and discover, this world traveler recognizes the benefits of diversity in the workplace.

Muhammad Ali, P.E., senior associate and team leader at Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam, Inc. (LAN)/LEO A DALY in Houston, leads LAN’s Municipal Infrastructure Group, specializing in city urban infrastructure projects. He has served as project manager for planning, analysis, design, and construction of projects involving drainage, roadway, traffic, private and public utilities, and landscaping amenities. He has 18 years of experience ranging in client, program, and project management with strong skills in business development and marketing. He has assisted entities with overseeing multi-million-dollar capital improvement plans to promote redevelopment by improving mobility, drainage, and quality of life. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated an extraordinary ability to complete projects on time and within budget, regardless of the challenges encountered.

In the following Q&A with Civil + Structural Engineer (C+S), Ali describes his diverse experiences from the Middle East to Russia to London to Houston and how that has impacted his career in civil engineering.

C+S: What has been the path to your current position at LAN, including education and professional background and focus?

Ali: I joined LAN in 2006 in Houston as a senior project engineer in the transportation department. I started off designing and managing complex roadway and highway projects for local agencies. Then, I soon had the opportunity to join the LAN team responsible for designing the $360 million Southeast Corridor Light Rail Project in Houston. At that point, I was afforded the opportunity to take on a larger role with more responsibility by managing a larger team of professionals.

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