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Paula C. Pienton, PE, SE

Senior Vice President
Director – Central Region,


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Paula C. Pienton

Paula Pienton serves as T.Y. Lin International’s Central Region Director and is responsible for managing the firm’s office in Chicago, Illinois.

With more than 30 years of professional experience, Paula is respected industrywide for her project leadership, especially in the Rail and Transit sector. Her technical expertise includes rail and transit engineering and planning projects, capital planning and programming efforts, engineering and inspection services, and construction management for all modes of transportation.

Paula’s past leadership roles have included establishing the direction, marketing, and business development activities for transit and freight rail clients across North America. This includes serving as the Transportation Business Group Manager for the Chicago Region of an international firm while overseeing significant Department of Transportation (DOT) projects.

Paula is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Technical Committee of the Metropolitan Planning Commission of Chicago. She also serves as Committee Chair of the Public Transit Committee of the Illinois chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

In addition, Paula remains actively engaged with Women in Transportation International (WTS), where she serves on the WTS Foundation Board of Directors as Treasurer. Paula is also committed to her alma mater, the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where she serves as an officer of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Association.