company profile - LEADERSHIP

Alex Zara, P.E. - Founder & Managing Principal

Alex Zara is the founder and managing principal of Xcelsior Engineering, founded in early 2019. Alex graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a minor in business. He is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Colorado (Colorado #0055811) and New York (New York #102522). 

Alex is primarily responsible for marketing, business development, contract negotiations, and quality assurance/quality control of civil engineering for private and municipal clientele. He has vast experience in civil site design, utility design, drainage analysis and design, hydraulics and hydrology, water resources, water system modeling, storm drainage analysis, grading and earthwork, roadway design, and roadway construction. In addition to design experience, Alex has displayed strong capabilities in project management, contract oversight, and construction administration.

In his downtime, Alex enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, skiing, kickboxing and cooking. 


Born and raised in Long Island, New York, Alex began working at his father’s construction company at a young age, dedicating eight (8) summers and another two (2) years post-grad to the business. During this time, he obtained many transferable skills by observing site and civil construction processes, executing change orders, measuring quantities of completed field work, and managing schedules and materials. 

In March 2014, Alex transitioned to NV5, a top ranked engineering firm in the United States. Under the role of project engineer, he began working on a variety of public transportation projects with construction costs up to $15M. He was most notably the lead designer for the County Road (CR) 94 Reconstruction Project (Suffolk County, NY) and the Austin Boulevard Safety Improvements Project (Nassau County, NY). 

Three (3) years later, he moved to Denver, Colorado, where he continued to grow with NV5 under a new role, shifting from designing transportation projects to managing civil site projects for residential and commercial projects.

Alex’s diverse career in construction and engineering provides him with a deep understanding and familiarity with the issues related to the planning and execution of projects, and has granted him a depth of knowledge and expertise with municipalities and agencies across the nation.  

Contact Info:

Cell phone: (720) 310-8110


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Credentials Summary

Current Role:

Xcelsior Engineering Incorporated, Managing Principal

University of Vermont
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Minor in Business

Professional Registrations:
Licensed Professional Engineer (Colorado #0055811)

Licensed Professional Engineer (New York #102522)

Professional Affiliations:
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)

One Business Connection (1BC)

Software Expertise:

Autodesk AutoCAD

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D




Prior Experience:
Araz Industries, Inc.  - West Babylon, NY
Field and Office Engineer

NV5 - Melville, NY
Project Engineer

NV5 - Denver, CO
Senior Project Engineer

Volunteer Work:
Engineers Without Borders (EWB)

Habitat for Humanity

Alex Zara, P.E. - Founder & Managing Principal

Alex Zara, P.E. - Founder & Managing Principal

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