2019 40 Under 40: Michael Tobias, PE, LEED AP, CEM; 37

Founding Principal, New York Engineers, New York City BS Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

By Jack Smith and Amara Rozgus May 16, 2019

Tobias is a visionary in the construction industry, with a passion to progress the industry forward. This passion resonates as the founding principal of New York Engineers, an Inc. 5000 fastest growing company. New York Engineers is an innovative construction engineering firm focusing on mechanical, electrical and plumbing designs. He has overseen the design of more than 1,000 construction projects in all market sectors, leading a global team of 50 top performers. His insights are shared with the world by writing more than 200 engineering articles and being featured on Impossible Engineering on the Discovery Channel, ABC News, Fox News, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The New York Post and Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine. Tobias approaches engineering as a vehicle to raise the quality of life of New York Engineer’s clients and staff simultaneously. He established New York Engineers in 2012 when he was barely 30 years old and since then the firm has added multiple offices. He attributes his success at New York Engineers to running his company more like a modern tech company rather than a traditional MEP firm. He led one of the original FIRST Robotics Team 63 McDowell High School in Erie, Pennsylvania, to the national championship tournament. High school children learned engineering, programing, construction concepts and had a great time doing it. Tobias also helped build several homes for Habitat for Humanity. During his free time, he shares his love for travel and adventure with his wife and two young children. He and his family are frequently traveling and exploring different countries around the world. Tobias is also an avid sailor, snowboarder, surfer and hockey player. 

Author Bio: Jack Smith is a Content Manager at CFE Media. Amara Rozgus is Editor-in-Chief of Consulting-Specifying Engineer.