Susannah Kerr Adler, 38
VP, manager, architecture and buildings technical resource center
Parsons Brinckerhoff, New York, N.Y.
BS, MArch, MIT
Oversees architecture and design services for transportation projects at firm (2007 total billings: $274 million, according to BD+C's Giants 300).
Leads firm's sustainability task force for the Americas.
Manages three of firm's Technical Excellence Centers: Building & Architecture, Ports & Marine, and Mechanical & Electrical.
Developed, teaches transit and sustainability course internally, for clients, and for transportationagencies worldwide.
Founding member, American Public Transportation Association's sustainability task force.
OFF THE CLOCK
Memorable vacation: a sunrise hike up an active volcano in Indonesia; cooked breakfast using heat from the volcano.
Favorite read: Running in the Family, by Michael Ondaatje.
Favorite food: chocolate.
Great-great-grandfather John Lally invented the lally column in late 1800s.