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76 < m ETRO m AGAZINE SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2014 Sanja Zlatanic, PE and the contractor, our client, is a promi- nent Turkish-Korean joint venture." Outside of work, Zlatanic is the secre- tary general for the Associated Research Centers for the Urban Underground Space (ACUUS). ACUUS is an interna- tional organization that encourages part- nerships within the urban underground structures feld and promotes sustainable use of underground space in order to pre- serve urban surfaces for better uses. "With more people moving into cities, these overbuilt and overcrowded urban habitats shouldn't be jam-packed with surface transit lines," Zlatanic says. "Com- munities shouldn't be divided by large surface cuts or highways. Placing the tran- sit underground frees the surface for in- creased greenery, parks and recreational uses, which promotes better quality of life and brings people together." On Sept.16, 2014, ACUUS signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations' UN-Habitat in New York City, which Zlatanic attended. "The UN-Habitat finds it very instru- mental to tap into our experience to help countries develop sustainable, planned use of the underground," Zlatanic says. — Brittni Rubin Born and educated in former Yugoslavia, Sanja Zlatanic graduated in 1988 from Belgrade's School of Civil Engineering in the top 3% of her class. She earned a de- gree in structural engineering with a fo- cus on concrete structures. Without de- lay, she joined Energoprojekt, one of the country's biggest engineering com- panies. Tere, Zlatanic was exposed to a handful of large-scale international proj- ects, including a special project assign- ment in Iraq. However, at the start of the civil war in Yugoslavia in 1991, Zlatanic decided to move to the U.S., where she found a job as a structural engineer at Parsons Brinck- erhoff, working mainly on the design of complex underground structures and tunnels for transit use. During her time with Parsons Brincker- hof, Zlatanic led the design management and technical oversight of East Side Ac- cess and the No. 7 Subway Line Extension. Both are notable transit mega-projects of the New York Metropolitan Transporta- tion Authority. She also served as chief engineer from 2006 to 2010 for Access to the Region's Core, a commuter rail proj- ect to increase passenger service capacity on New Jersey transit between Secaucus Junction, N.J. and Manhattan. "I've been lucky over the past 20-plus years to be a part of major public endeav- ors happening in New York City," Zlatanic says. "It became logical for me to dedicate my career to underground structures, as I have been fascinated with these mega- projects. With large projects came large responsibilities." Zlatanic stayed with Parsons Brinck- erhoff until 2011, when an opportuni- ty arose to grow the tunnel practice for HNTB Corp. arose. In her role as chief tunnel engineer at HNTB, Zlatanic helps identify projects, develops strategy and selects staf. She says she feels personally responsible for quality execution and takes pride in project performance. "When the client is pleased with the so- lution we present and we see them reach- ing out to express their gratitude on the quality of the work, that's the moment you realize that you have done your duty," she says. "For an engineer and public servant, this appreciation means everything and is the most rewarding." Since starting with HNTB, Zlatanic led the underground engineering group for the Crenshaw LAX project, which will be a part of the Los Angeles County Met- ro Rail System. It will include a new 8.5- mile light rail line through southwest Los Angeles connecting the Crenshaw Dis- trict and Leimert Park to Inglewood and the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Heavy construction began in the spring of 2014, and initial revenue service is projected to begin by 2019. Currenlty, Zlatanic is managing a proj- ect in Istanbul, where HNTB serves as an independent design verifer. "We are honored to undertake this im- portant role on the iconic project contain- ing the sixth largest underwater tunnel in the world, which will connect Europe and Asia in Istanbul below the Bospho- rus Strait," Zlatanic says. "Te project is P3 WOMEN IN TRANSPORTATION Zlatanic is currently managing a project in Instanbul for HNTB Corp. VP, Chief Tunnel Engineer TITLE HNTB Corp. ORGANIZATION New York, N.Y. CITY

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