2020 40 Under 40: Mo Fahim, FMP, EIT, 38

Practice Leader | Intelligent Building Technologies, ESD, Chicago; BS Electrical Engineering and BS Computer Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

By Chris Vavra and Amara Rozgus May 14, 2020

Fahim’s career has been about rising to the occasion when a challenge comes along. When ESD tasked him with moving from Chicago to Abu Dhabi in 2011 to establish its first international office, he leapt in and succeeded. Fahim, who grew up in Saudi Arabia and is of Syrian descent, had a background in technology and electrical disciplines back in Chicago. As project field engineer in Abu Dhabi, he quickly adapted to different disciplines he had not been involved with before such as HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, fire alarm and automation. It wasn’t long before Fahim was able to lead all technology-related consulting, design and construction services as well as help lead MEP project management and field operations for millions of square feet concurrently. Fahim returned to Chicago in 2017 as a senior project manager and has continued his career progression. Upon his return he helped in implementing the vision of “The Living Lab” at the company’s new Chicago headquarters. It is an integrated workplace that is designed as a showcase of new technologies. In his current role as practice leader, he shapes the vision of the connected workplace, intelligent buildings and the future of commercial real estate properties through use of technology and smart building solutions. He continues to redefine technology enablement for consulting engineers and is involved in spearheading the adoption of digital transformation within the built environment. Fahim has given back to Chicago as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. While in Abu Dhabi, he mentored fellow engineers and team members. He also works on ways to help people, especially displaced children, from his native Syria. Fahim’s favorite recreational activities include cycling, go-karting, off-road driving, hiking and cooking.

Author Bio: Chris Vavra, Associate Editor, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief