Niranjan Shah

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Niranjan Shah
👔 Profession CEO, Engineer
Activités chef d'entreprise

Niranjan Shah is the Founder of Globetrotters International, Inc. along with being a founding partner at Globetrotters Engineering Corp.[1] The company is a major engineering, architecture, and facility management consultancy. Shah was born in a small village in India, where he was raised with no electricity or running water. [2]He later went on to earn a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Birla Engineering College at Sardel Patel University in India. He moved to the U.S. in 1970, where he earned his Master's in Civil Engineering from the University of Mississippi. [3]


Niranjan Shah started as the first full time employee at Globetrotters in 1974; he has since grown the company to over 200 professionals. He has partaken in numerous research efforts for federal agencies that have been published across academic journals and reports[3]. A few of these projects include:

  • The development of Compaction Criteria for Coal Waste Embankments that was utilized by the U.S. Department of Mines.
  • Interim Guide for Design of Premium Pavements and Composite Pavement Design Procedure Manual, which were developed with a strong research team for Premium Pavements (Zero Maintenance Pavements)
  • Marginal Materials for Use in Low-Volume Roads[4].

Globetrotters has grown into a well established and noteworthy firm in Chicago through its local projects like working on the Deep Tunnel Project and in U.S. embassies. Other major projects included Midway International Airport’s Redevelopment, John Stroger Jr. Hospital, McCormick Place Expansion and design and the top management of O’Hare Airport’s International Terminal 5.

Awards, Boards, and Philanthropy

Today, he is licensed across states including Wisconsin, Indiana, and Kentucky.

In addition, Niranjan Shah is known for his philanthropic efforts. He has donated to small villages in India and across areas of need in the United States through The Shah Center, Leading India's Future Today (LIFT), and Sister Cities International. [5]

Niranjan Shah was selected as a delegate for the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2006, an award presented to influential leaders who have made it their mission to share with the less fortunate while upholding the American spirit. Shah was also presented the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award of 2006 by the Government of India. In 1994, President Clinton appointed him to the Goldwater Foundation for Excellence in Technical Education.