Dev Rastogi: The Business Builder

By Maureen Foody

As the daughter of a physician and homemaker/Montessori school teacher who emigrated to the United States in the late-1960s and moved around from New York to Iowa to their longest-lasting home in Little Rock, Ark., Devarati (Dev) Rastogi. P.E., vice president and managing director of the Transportation Business Group at Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN), experienced the sights of many different cities as she grew up. Both her mother, Kusum, and her father, Shivnandan, encouraged all three of their children to pursue their interests. Rastogi had a clear penchant for mathematics and anything that was problem-solving related.

“I’ll always remember Ms. Bond, who, after I was put in a lower-level math class due to moving around, saw something in me and encouraged me to keep studying math at higher levels, which definitely mattered in my development,” Rastogi said. Benefiting from a supportive family and teachers, Rastogi eventually enrolled at Washington University in St. Louis in 1979, majoring in civil engineering. She took a broad range of courses and using this expansive knowledge began her career as a project engineer working for Hydro Air in St. Louis.

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