2016 40 Under 40: Kunal Shah, PE, LEED AP, RCDD, 36
Kunal Shah, PE, LEED AP, RCDD, 36
President/CEO, PBS Engineers Inc., Glendora, Calif.
BS Electrical Engineering, University of California, Irvine
In 2003, Shah helped start PBS Engineers Inc. in Glendora, Calif. With three partners and a shared vision of engineering excellence, he helped the firm grow from a group of five to the team of 58 highly regarded professionals and support staff it is today. Appointed president of the company in 2014, he has been principal-in-charge of many key projects for more than 15 years, with experience in electrical engineering design and project management for aviation, education, health care, government, and commercial facilities. As an electrical engineer, Shah has designed power, lighting, and signal systems for numerous Los Angeles World Airport projects, including airport master planning, major terminal power upgrades, security upgrades of all kinds, hangar design, and terminal renovations. He has also designed power, lighting, and signal systems for educational facilities, encompassing administration, classrooms, auditoriums, cafeterias, labs, and gymnasiums. Having ascended the ranks from intern, to drafter, to design engineer, to senior engineer, to project manager, to principal, and now president, Shah brings the benefit of his first-hand experience from the past 17 years to every project and situation. Outside of the professional setting, Shah gives back to his community by mentoring and speaking to talented high school students at the prestigious Webb Schools of California. He is an active member of the Alumni Council and Committee at his alma mater high school, The Webb Schools of California. He frequently speaks there about career progression and developing a career in engineering. Family time is an important ingredient in Shah’s recipe for success. He and his wife-also an industry professional-enjoy spending time with their two young children.