Niranjan Shah: A look in to the Life of Globetrotters Engineering Corporation

Born and raised in a village with no running water or electricity in rural India, Niranjan Shah did not lose hope. He instead rose through all odds to become the founder of one of the most reputable civil engineering firms in America, Globetrotters Engineering Corporation.

Niranjan Shah came to the United States in 1970, where he studied and obtained his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering. Before his relocation, he had received his Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Birla Engineering College at Sardel Patel University in India.

After he decided to settle in Chicago in 1972, Niranjan Shah went on to found Globetrotters Engineering Corporation in 1974. He was the company’s sole employee at the time, occupying an office on the South Side of Chicago. His company has grown to employ over 200 full time professional and technical staff, and now boasts an extensive portfolio of successful projects. Some of the projects have been published as research reports in several journals over the years.

Under Niranjan Shah’s leadership, Globetrotters Engineering Corporation was awarded the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award in 1986 by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The award was in recognition of the impressive performance of the Deep Tunnel Project in Chicago. The company has also undertaken other notable projects such as the Midway International Airport Regeneration, the Mc Cormick Place Expansion, and John Stroger Jr. Hospital.

Globetrotters Engineering Corporation has also undertaken many international projects. These include reviewing and designing security for U.S Embassies around the world, infrastructure projects for countries such as Belize, Philipines, and Indonesia on behalf of USAID.

When he is not leading his company’s operations, Niranjan Shah is actively involved in community service and philanthropy. He has served on many local, state, and federal boards, including two appointments by President Clinton in 1994 and 1996, respectively. His generosity and support for the needy communities cover both the United States and India, through organizations such as Leading India’s Future Today(LIFT), Sister Cities International and The Shah Center at Mc Henry’s County College.

In recognition of his community service, Niranjan Shah has been recognized by the governments of India and the United States. He was a recipient of the USA’s Ellis Medal of Honor in 2006 and the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award of India in the same year.

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