Kumar Buvanendaran, PE

President and Chief Executive Officer

Kumar Buvanendaran

As part of his role as President and CEO of a Design, Construction Management and Inspection, and Engineering Corporation, Kumar prides himself on his “hands on” management style and his ability to recruit top talent. He supports a work culture that centers on client satisfaction and employee retention and often spends time in each of the firm’s offices. Client satisfaction and quality services are equally paramount in the core values of his business practices.

He is an experienced structural/bridge engineer specializing in the design, detailing and rehabilitation of steel, concrete and composite bridges and transportation structures; bridge inspection, analysis, and rating; and in the design and management of transportation infrastructure improvement projects. Kumar excels in managing, tracking and successfully delivered multiple projects simultaneously including Term Agreements with similar requirements and multiple locations.  He is in constant contact with his team leadership to verify that each project’s goals are met and to ensure that each project is staffed with the most qualified professionals and support associates. Kumar holds a Master of Science degree in structural engineering from the University of London in the United Kingdom. 


John (Jack) M. McDonald, PE

Vice President

Jack McDonald

Jack has over 40 years of comprehensive engineering experience in all phases of civil engineering design and construction activities. For 20 years, Jack has worked directly with many municipalities in the upstate New York area to provide comprehensive engineering services and technical assistance in areas such as facility planning, park design, project administration, water, wastewater, stormwater hydraulics, traffic studies, highway engineering, bridge design, zoning and development review, long-term planning and grant procurement.

Jack holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Buffalo and a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from Union College. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of New York and is a Certified Grade 1B Water Treatment Operator. He belongs to several professional organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Water Environment Federation (WEF), American Public Works Association (APWA), and the American Water Works Association (AWWA).  In his spare time, Jack enjoys restoring historic buildings in the City of Schenectady and spending time with his family.



Anton Rasiah, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Anton Rasiah

Anton is a certified public accountant (CPA) with 34 years of experience in accounting and finance. He has spent 22 years of those years serving in a senior executive role. Anton is known for his international expertise having worked in Asia and Australia prior to becoming a CPA in the U.S. He has extensive managerial experience, including strategic planning in making profitable teams within organizations and managing finance and human resources departments. Anton has a knack for boosting profitability during strained economic times and is a master at championing ERP implementations.

Anton holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Central Queensland University, Australia and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a registered CPA in Ohio and California.



Karim Palomino, PE

Director of Transportation, NY Division

Karim Palomino

Ms. Palomino has 20 years of professional experience. During her career, she has been involved with all phases of project development from preliminary design through construction support and review. Her work includes a wide range of infrastructure projects in which extensive coordination with city agencies, state, federal, community participation and supervision of subconsultants/ subcontractors was required. Karim’s experience includes projects for NYCDOT, NYSDOT, Amtrak, ConEd, Trump/New World Project Management and TBTA.  Due to her excellent multi-tasking skills, she has successfully provided Design & CSS on several NYCDOT bridges which included total bridge replacement, highway reconstruction including retaining walls, new drainage system, relocation of water mains, new lighting system, landscape mitigation, extensive utility installation, temporary ramps and more.

Karim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University, and serves as a board member of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) New York Metro Chapter and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.


A. Thomas Bates, PE

Director of Engineering, NY Division

A. Thomas Bates

Tom is a civil engineer with over 33 years of engineering design and project management experience for a diverse selection of projects. His expertise includes structural evaluations, facility assessments, municipal building repairs and design, slow sand filtration design, water filtration design, stormwater system hydraulic analysis and repairs, repairs and restoration of dams, dam design, structural and hydraulic analysis, dam permitting, dam rehabilitation, hydro-mechanical plant design, bridge rehabilitation, repairs and restoration of slopes, embankments, and stream banks. He is also skilled in municipal pool rehabilitation, feasibility studies, cost analyses, hydraulic modeling, structural design, preparation of bid specifications and drawings, project management, and construction engineering inspection for a broad spectrum of municipal projects.

Tom received his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University, and is a member of AWWA and ACI. In his spare time, Tom enjoys biking and spending time with his family.

Douglas P. Cole, PE, M.ASCE

Director of Wastewater Systems, NY Division

Douglas P. Cole

Doug is a Civil Engineer with more than 20 years of experience.  His responsibilities include project planning, civil and environmental engineering design, and project management and administration.  His areas of specialty include feasibility studies, environmental assessments under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), funding applications, wastewater treatment plant and sewage pumping station design, coordinating the preparation of construction drawings and specifications, State and Federal permitting, project team oversight, bidding, construction phase administration, and quality control. 

Doug holds a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University. He is an active member of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers where he serves as the President for the Capital District Section. He also serves as the Chairman of the Schenectady County Water Quality Coordinating Committee and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers Environmental Group. He is also serves as the Town Designated Engineer on the planning boards for Town of Princetown, the Town of Rotterdam, and the Town of Duanesburg.  Doug also is a classic cars enthusiast, and enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

Jeffrey D. Trzeciak, PE

Project Engineer II

Jeffrey D. Trzeciak

Jeff has over 20 years of experience.  His responsibilities include civil engineering planning, design, and project administration.  His areas of specialty include storm water management and drainage improvements, floodplain management, building design, site planning, site survey, wastewater collection and rehabilitation, wastewater pump stations, water distribution, water storage tanks, slope stabilization, streets and roads, wood structure design, swimming pool improvements, roofing improvements, irrigation/sprinkler system design and layout, golf course pedestrian bridge design, liaison with State and Local regulatory agencies, Federal and State funding applications and grant writing, SEQRA, permitting, preparation of bid specifications and drawings, construction administration, and construction quality control. 

Jeff holds a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and YMCA Y-Guides and enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons and coaching Babe Ruth Baseball.