Key Staff

The Onward Engineering team is comprised of highly trained and experienced professionals from a variety of backgrounds. Our staff includes a deep bench of hands-on project, design, and construction managers, a team of knowledgeable project engineers and designers, a group of seasoned construction inspectors, a collection of accurate and tech-savvy drafters, and a business development division dedicated to submitting winning proposals, expanding our business network, growing our corporate project portfolio, and recruiting the finest talents to join our world-class team.

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Majdi Ataya, PE- President

Majdi Ataya is a Registered Civil Engineer with over 30 years of solid and diversified work experience, utilizing strong technical and interpersonal capabilities. He obtained his BS in Civil Engineering and all coursework leading up to a Masters in Public Administration from California State University Long Beach.

Majdi started his professional career in 1981, working in the private sector for some of the most well-known engineering consulting firms in the country. Between 1989 and 2004, Majdi began the transition into the public sector as the Deputy Director of Public Works and City Engineer for the City of La Habra. Majdi possesses the perfect balance of private sector experience and public sector familiarity.

Majdi genuinely knows the inner workings of public agencies at the City, County, State, and Federal levels. As the President of Onward Engineering, Majdi takes on the role of Quality Assurance and Quality Control Manager. His dedication to providing personalized approaches to projects has resonated with our clients, and is one of the reasons Onward Engineering has garnered so much praise.

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Tom Mauk, Director of Business Development

Tom Mauk Thomas "Tom" Mauk started his career working in the City of Los Angeles CAO's office. He then spent 30 years as the City Manager for a number of cities, including the City of Whittier, the City of Norco, and the City of La Habra.

As a City Manager he was active in implementing and supervising various public works projects including water, streets and roads, parks, and building projects. After retiring as a City Manager, Tom worked in the private sector as a Financial Services Client Services Director with MBIA Muni Services. Tom then completed an 8-year term as the CEO of Orange County, the 5th largest county in the Country. Tom managed 17,000 employees and a budget in excess of $5 billion dollars per annum. He also implemented a number of major high-value public works projects. Through these experiences, Tom understands the process of dealing with public and private agencies and the public as well. Tom is the Director of Business Development for Onward Engineering, playing a fundamental role in improving our firm's long-term and short-term organizational goals, interfacing with and building relationships with our clients, identifying business opportunities, and managing our marketing and business development team.

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Steve Hosford, PE- Director of Design Engineering

Steve is a Registered Civil Engineer with over 27 years of experience managing public works projects. He received his BS in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona and a Management Certification from Chaffey College.

As Onward Engineering's Director of Design Engineering, Steve is responsible for overseeing our team of Project Managers, Design Managers, Project Engineers, and Designers. His experience as a Project Manager on over 50 street improvement projects in Southern California gives him the knowledge necessary to direct our Design Team's effort and to successfully deliver design projects in accordance with our clients' needs. Steve brings his knowledge of project business controls, budgeting and scheduling, preventative maintenance, risk identification, and the ability to manage a diverse workforce to Onward Engineering.

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Patrick Stanton, PE- Director of Construction Management

Patrick Stanton is a Registered Civil Engineer with over 40 years of experience managing both design and construction projects.  Patrick received his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Patrick has a multi-faceted career which includes 30 years working for the County of Orange.

While there, Patrick was responsible for the supervision of plan checkers, inspectors, and designers as an Engineering Manager for one of the Public Works Divisions. During his time at Onward Engineering, Patrick has managed multiple projects funded through various sources including, ARRA, FHWA, FEMA, STPL, and Proposition C. He has a vast knowledge of the Local Assistance Procedures Manual (LAPM) and has provided Construction Management services on a variety of complex public works projects including projects with heavy Caltrans coordination and with multiple stakeholder involvement. Patrick is the Director of Construction Management for Onward Engineering, responsible for overseeing and managing the work of our firm's deep bench construction managers. Additionally, Patrick is named as a Construction Manager on key projects.

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Husam H. Kailani, MBA, CPA, CMA- MENA Liaison

Husam receives his Bachelor of Arts from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Public Administration and Political Science. He also received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Akron in Ohio. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) with over a decade of experience working in the MENA region.

Additionally, he has over 5 years of experience working locally. Positions he has held include Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Husam brings his knowledge of project business controls, budgeting and scheduling, and the ability to manage a diverse workforce to Onward Engineering. Husam is able to analyze and understand market trends and make intelligent decisions. He offers a broad base of practical business experience, as well as a clear understanding of international/cross cultural business. As the MENA Liaison for Onward Engineering, he is responsible for exploring and developing business opportunities in the MENA region.

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Robert “Bob” Parsons- Manager of Inspection Services

Bob Parsons has over 35 years of experience in the construction inspection of public works projects. This experience has taught him to value safety, quality, scheduling, and budget on the job-site. Bob has an AA in Drafting and Surveying and is a licensed General Engineering Contractor "A" and General Building Contractor "B".

As the former Principal Construction Inspector for the County of Orange, Bob can handle a project of any size and complexity. Bob is an essential asset to Onward Engineering. He looks to provide a variety of services which are "customized" to meet the needs of each specific project that Onward Engineering takes on. Bob is familiar with all the tricks, shortcuts, and games that contractors play; therefore, he can estimate the actual time and effort each task will take to keep a project running smoothly. Bob is a Principal Construction Inspector for Onward Engineering as well as the Manager of Inspection Services, responsible for training and guiding our large team of inspectors to provide exemplary services to Onward Engineering's clients.

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Hana Abulaban, PMP- Director of Human Resources

Hana possesses over 20 years of diversified and cross-functional experience. Her experience in business and management has allowed her to excel for Fortune 500 companies in the engineering, construction, energy and chemicals industries. Hana received her BS in Business Administration and MA in Project Management from California State University, Long Beach.

She is a registered Project Management Professional (PMP) who understands effective project execution processes. Hana is the Director of Human Resources for Onward Engineering. Her work overseas with major US firms provided her tremendous insight in understanding and effectively working with culturally diversified teams.  Hana's responsibilities include the selection, training, and assessment of staff. Her effectiveness and versatility assist our team in fulfilling their vision and mission and to meet key strategic objectives.

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Muhammad Ataya, MPA- Operations Manager, Marketing Manager

Muhammad is a knowledgeable and motivated part of the Onward Engineering team. He received his BS in Political Science and Masters in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach.

As the Operations Manager for Onward Engineering, Muhammad is responsible for improving the operational systems, processes, and policies in support of our mission, managing and increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of our staff, assisting our accounting department with payroll, invoicing, and budget preparation, and overseeing and training our administrative staff. Additionally, as the Marketing Manager, Muhammad directs the efforts of our proposal writing team and develops marketing programs and campaigns while actively engaging with our Director of Business Development. He has been instrumental in Onward Engineering's adoption of innovative social media marketing concepts and has taken the lead in the execution of emerging media initiatives.

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David Sloan, EIT- Design Technology Manager

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David plays a critical role in each of our design projects by acting as a Project Engineer, managing all digital data and coordinating with clients for design, utility, and construction coordination. David received his BS in Civil Engineering from the University Southern California (USC) and a second BS in Physical Science from Biola University.

As a Project Engineer and the Design Technology Manager for Onward Engineering, David has performed and coordinated detailed designs on arterial roadways, conducted utility coordination for major relocations on high profile projects and assisted in coordination and project management efforts on multiple projects throughout the Sothern California region. David is also fully versed in both the modern Autodesk Civil3D design software as well as the Land Desktop design platform. Additionally, David acts as community coordinator for high profile projects and coordinates presentations of the project scope, intent and impact in front of the affected stakeholders and local communities.

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