Dev Rastogi is Vice President and Dallas executive at AECOM, the world’s premier infrastructure firm. In this role, she spearheads the strategy, growth, and leadership of the company’s business in North Texas.
How does your company help other businesses become more effective?
I’m currently working on full-service solutions for the transportation, water, energy, education, and health care industries for our North Texas clients. At AECOM, the more complex the problem, the better. We have access to the largest network of professional expertise, enabling us to meet every client’s challenge head on with diverse, top talent. Our strategic use of data through urban analytics prioritizes safety, security, resilience, and sustainability on every project. And, while the future is about accessing the right data, we need to use it in a meaningful way to meet our clients’ end goals. Translation – we evaluate every client’s project, taking into account the stakeholder needs, ensuring each project is citizen-centric and not purely data driven.
What differentiates your company from others in your industry?
Our common purpose is the same: deliver a better world. We deliver professional services across the project lifecycle – from planning, design and engineering, consulting, and construction management. Clients appreciate us being there every step of the way. We thrive on building client relationships and putting their needs first. We apply our vast experience in transportation, energy, water, the environment, and digital infrastructure with a focus on practical solutions and effective delivery. Our rapid response efforts during this unprecedented time demonstrates just how much our clients and our community matter to us.
What do you enjoy most about doing business in the Dallas Region
Dallas has a vibrant, innovative business climate, and I’ve done some of my most fulfilling work here. I’ve worked in the Dallas Region for many years, and my portfolio spans some of the top organizations in the region including Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Texas Department of Transportation, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, City of Dallas, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers. After working with these top-tier agencies, I always try to share that transfer of knowledge and be a role model for young engineers, especially female engineers on their career journey. I have found the relationships you make here are unlike any others, and I want to pay it forward. Those relationships are the recipe for successful collaboration, yielding the best results for clients.
Why did you decide to become a DRC member?
At AECOM, I have the privilege to work with Wendy Lopez, who has been an active DRC member for years and has served in countless leadership roles, inspiring my involvement. My DRC experience has included board service, the Executive Women’s Roundtable, and Leadership Dallas. Through these programs, I’ve realized leadership is best learned from people thriving in fields different from your own – it’s all about diversity of thought.
How has your business changed in the past five years?
AECOM has evolved into a very innovative, technologically driven business. For a large business, we try to stay nimble and focused on our clients and our employees. Five years ago, we were organized by geography, and now we are organized by business lines.