Hunter, based in the firm’s Chelmsford office, will play a crucial role in helping the firm’s transit and rail clients plan and implement programs that provide vital passenger services, HNTB said.
“Ed is a highly respected leader in the transportation community here in Massachusetts. He is recognized for his expertise in managing complex programs that enable transit systems to build infrastructure and operational systems needed to meet growing passenger needs,” said Gary Bua, PE, HNTB’s Massachusetts office leader and vice president. “His executive-level experience in virtually every aspect of rail transportation provides extraordinary value for our team and our clients.”
Hunter brings more than four decades of engineering and construction operations experience, officials said.
Hunter has previously served as assistant general manager for design and construction with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) for more than a decade, where he was tasked with managing 216 projects worth more than $11 billion.
Some of the projects he oversaw included commuter rail, transit stations, facilities, bridges and tunnels as well as transit operations, as well as oversight of consultants, vendors and contractors.
In the past, Hunter also served as a resident engineer with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation on several projects, including the Central Artery Tunnel and the I-93 Tunnel and Aquarium Station modernization, among others.
An alumnus of Clarkson University, Hunter earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He also received a Master of Business Administration from Suffolk University.
Hunter is a member of the Construction Management Association of America, where he is designated as a certified construction manager. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Boston Society of Engineers.
Hunter has been honored with multiple awards throughout his career, including the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York 2017 Diamond Award for engineering excellence.
In 2016, he was recognized by the Boston Society of Civil Engineers for Personal Government Civil Engineering for his work at the MBTA. Hunter was also awarded the CMAA’s New England Chapter 2016 infrastructure project of the year award for projects less than $100 million, as well as the organization’s 2011 Person of the Year award.