A second-generation railroader, Gregory B. May, PE, LEED AP BD+C, was lucky to be introduced to railroading at a young age by his father, Jeff, who worked for Conrail. Growing up, he would visit rail yard, bridge, tunnel, and terminal projects with his father. While other children played with toy trains, he got to see and be around the real thing. "One of my fondest railroading memories was getting to check out and actually drive a locomotive (only a few feet) when I was about 12 years old,” Greg recalled. “I was hooked on railroading at that point."
Greg comes from a long line of engineers, including his father, uncle, aunt, grandfather, and grandmother. This led to encouragement in math, science, engineering, and transit, as well as interesting dinner discussions. Greg later went on to work at Urban Engineers, where he worked hand-in-hand with his father, who led the firm’s rail and transit division. "It’s not something that most people get to enjoy. It really has connected us more closely and I’m thankful for that," Greg said.
Greg now serves as vice president and practice leader for rail and transit, where he oversees Urban’s rail and transit project design efforts for passenger and freight railroads throughout the country. Greg also took over the leadership of Urban's national rail and transit design and construction management division a few years ago. Under Greg's leadership, Urban continues to serve a multitude of class 1 railroad and transit agencies around the country on complex and diverse engineering and construction support assignments. Greg has been instrumental in cultivating new opportunities with several agencies. Most recently, he was instrumental in securing an assignment as the engineer of record for the Washington Terminal Yard Rehabilitation project, Amtrak's largest maintenance and storage yard on the Northeast Corridor.
Greg actively participates and is a member of several national engineering, construction management, freight railroad, and transit organizations. He is frequently engaged to share his knowledge and "lessons learned" for the benefit of the industry. His insight, ability to satisfy clients, and availability at any hour of the day to support the needs of the projects he leads and the industry he supports is immeasurable. Greg truly is one of the rising stars in the railroad industry. Urban is fortunate to have a dedicated and talented leader like him.
A registered Professional Engineer in New York, Greg is also a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction, as well as NICET II and III certified. He has additionally participated in the NorthEast Transportation Training and Certification Program. Greg’s studies focused on mechanical engineering at Villanova University and the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of such organizations as the American Institute of Steel Construction, the American Railway Engineering & Maintenance-of-Way, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Highway Engineers, and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.
As practice leader, Greg oversees strategic pursuits while also serving as a project manager. He is experienced in all phases of engineering design and construction on a wide variety of rail projects including right-of-way, track, yard, structures, building facility, and station projects. His rail project experience includes work for several class 1 freight railroads as well as regional and national passenger rail agencies. Greg has worked on projects almost every region in the United States.