As the head of Primera’s utilities-focused civil and structural team, Varsha Singh makes magic happen by encouraging others to step out of their comfort zones. As she explains, “I came to Primera because of its diversified portfolio in various engineering fields. My role allows me to encourage engineers and drafters to work on projects in other business units to broaden their engineering experience. Not many people can say they build people’s confidence daily by pushing them outside of their comfort zones.” Varsha’s expertise is the result of more than 15 years of experience in project management for civil and structural projects for the transportation and utilities sectors. She has experience managing multi-million-dollar projects from presentation and negotiation to closeout, including scope definition, scheduling, resource allocation, budgeting and monitoring, and client management.
Varsha studied civil and structural engineering at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in India, where she earned both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees before coming to the U.S. and earning her Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since then she has completed several training programs for effective project management techniques. Varsha’s experience includes projects in concrete, steel structures for industrial and power generation, precast concrete, cold form steel, waste water treatment components and tanks per ACI, AISC, AISI, PCI, and IBC codes. She’s also led engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects involving execution of design and analysis of concrete structures, tunnels, culverts, bridges, preparing specifications, construction design documents and field support during construction. Varsha’s specialized skills coupled with her attentiveness to project detail helps to ensure that our clients receive the highest level of service through every interaction.
When she’s not managing multi-million-dollar projects, Varsha enjoys anything outdoors as well as traveling. Her two sons keep her active, and together, they travel to a new city or country every year. She also volunteers some of her time by teaching Hindi at her temple every Sunday.