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Ashfaq Syed, 

PE

Associate, Project Engineer

Ash joined Datum's Dallas office in 2016 and due to his can-do attitude, hard work, and dedication, he was promoted to Associate in 2019.  

His project experience includes healthcare, higher education, K12, parking garages, renovations, and commercial buildings.  Some of his projects included the University of Colorado Health System, Park Cities Presbyterian Church, Highland Park Village renovations and Cityplace renovations. 

Ash received his bachelor’s in civil engineering from College of Engineering, Guindy, and his master’s in civil engineering (specialization: structural engineering) at Texas A&M University.

Q & A

What inspires you about your work?

Problem Solving. It is one thing that I love about what I do as a Structural Engineer. The ability to overcome challenges & constraints to achieve the client’s vision is what keeps me motivated at my work.

What is one of the most memorable challenges you faced on a project?

My first and most memorable project at Datum was the UCHealth Parking Garage in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. I was the functional engineer working on the design of the parking garage with Jeff Koke, PE & Dave Thomas PE, SE. As a graduate engineer, It was a great learning experience for me. The most memorable challenge in this project was the design of the 32’-6” cantilevering canopy. The tricky part is that the canopy is laterally supported at the first elevated level. I had to analyze and limit the deflections of the canopy by considering the stiffness of the elevated floor framing. It was even more memorable when I was able to see the actual canopy being installed on site.

What makes you interesting? 

I believe it is my interpersonal skills that make me interesting. I always like to lighten the atmosphere with my witty humor, P.S.: My most important role at Datum is bringing breakfast bagels to the office on Fridays.

Why do you work at Datum?

Datum has a long history of being one of the premier structural engineering consultants the Dallas Area and when I got the opportunity to work with them, I couldn’t say no. I like working at Datum for the PPE’s (pun intended): People, Projects & Experience. Datum has a productive work environment with great teamwork. All of this with the opportunity to work on some unique projects make working for Datum an exciting and enriching experience.