2023 40 Under 40: Usha Tyson, PE, 38

Director, Jensen Hughes; BS, Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer May 15, 2023

An interest in math and science, the intro to fire protection engineering class and the loss of a college friend to a fire pushed Tyson to success. Tyson is a director for the Atlanta office of Jensen Hughes, responsible for supervising staff on fire protection and code consulting projects. As an engineer with 17 years of experience, she is a trusted adviser to clients seeking technical guidance and project oversight. She employs a servant leadership style to support and grow an exceptional team. She has extensive experience in fire alarm and life safety design, fire alarm inspection and testing, evaluation and review of automatic sprinkler design, building code analysis and negotiations with local authorities having jurisdiction. Tyson’s thinking provides an advantage to clients exploring performance-based design approaches in lieu of a code prescriptive approach. Her project experience includes airports, high-rise mixed-use facilities, education buildings, large-scale residential buildings, office buildings and government facilities. Throughout her career at Jensen Hughes, Tyson has worked her way up from intern to director. As part of the University of Maryland alumni group, which has a large presence in Atlanta, she spends her time volunteering as a part of the organization. Volunteering has included helping at the Atlanta Food Bank. Tyson spends her free time on trails with her senior poodle-mix, walking, running and reading. She loves to travel; her favorite travel partner is her mom. They’ve traveled within the U.S. and to Greece, Iceland, Egypt, India and Dubai. Tyson has also traveled to China, Thailand, the Maldives and the Caribbean.