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The North American Tunneling Conference (NAT) is the premier biennial tunneling event for North America, bringing together the brightest, most resourceful and innovative minds in the tunneling and underground construction industry.

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At the NAT Conference, we are bringing together some of the brightest minds in the industry. Get to know our expert speakers and start planning your conference experience today.

NAT Luncheon Speaker

Speaker: Cosema E. (Connie) Crawford, Senior Vice President Rail/Transit Global Practice Leader, Louis Berger U.S., Inc., A WSP Company

Connie Crawford has over 35 years of public and private sector experience in the management, design and construction of major transportation programs. She served as Chief Engineer for MTA New York City Transit, where she was responsible for a $2.25 billion annual capital program for subway and bus infrastructure. Previously, as Chief Engineer for the New York City Department of Transportation, she managed planning, design, construction and maintenance of the City’s bridges and tunnels. Ms. Crawford serves as the chief engineer for the Northeast Corridor Maglev Train project that proposes to provide one hour service at 311mph between New York City and Washington, DC. She managed major transit projects in the Middle East, including project director for over $2 billion of construction on the Doha Metro system, and project coordinator for a 100km metro system in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. She currently oversees the Santa Ana Streetcar Project in California for the Federal Transit Administration. Ms. Crawford holds a master and bachelor degree in engineering from Princeton University, where she also taught a course on bridge engineering. She is a licensed professional engineer and is involved in numerous professional organizations, including the Transportation Diversity Council, FIRST Robotics and the Moles.