Sanja Zlatanic, P.E., chief tunneling engineer for HNTB Corporation, was named secretary general of Associated research Centers for Urban Underground Space (ACUUS), an international, non-governmental organization dedicated to partnerships among experts who design, analyze and decide upon the use of cities’ underground spaces. Her term runs 2013 through 2017.
Zlatanic, a vice president based in HNTB’s New York City office, has 25 years of experience with tunnels and complex underground structures. She has been in a leadership role for many large transportation projects in the United States and internationally, including the New York metropolitan area’s Trans-Hudson Express Tunnel project, No. 7 Subway Line Extension project, East Side Access project, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit System, and 63rd Street Line Connection.
Since joining HNTB in 2011, Zlatanic has been leading independent design verification of the Istanbul Strait Road Crossing Tunnel project in Turkey and participating in the expert review panel overseeing design of the SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement project in Seattle.
“Through her active role in promoting sustainable underground space use, Sanja is respected among industry colleagues and project owners around the globe, as evidenced by her ACUUS board position and appointment to secretary general,” said Nasri Munfah, HNTB chairman tunnel practice. “She is well-known for successfully leading complex projects and resolving planning, environmental, design and construction issues along the way.”
HNTB has in-depth experience providing innovative solutions and managing risks on tunneling and underground projects in the highway, transit, rail, aviation and water resources markets. Projects range from small-diameter excavations to the largest machine-bored tunnel in the world. Some of America’s most complex underground projects have benefited from the firm’s award-winning planning, design and support services, including the Devil’s Slide Tunnels in San Mateo, Calif., the Washington Dulles International Airport tunnels and the SR 99 Alaskan Way project.