Top 40 Under 40: Sheeba Varughese

Sheeba Varughese is a communications engineer for the Los Angeles World Airports’ Information Management and Technology Group (LAWA). She is currently responsible for the implementation of the $48 million CCTV System Enhancement at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), one of the U.S. airport industry’s most complex and challenging electronic security projects. The CCTV Enhancement project will result in the digital conversion of LAX’s massive video surveillance, storage and management system, as well expand the system by more than 500 IP cameras.

Prior to this assignment, Varughese managed the implementation of a number of complex communications systems, including video downlink systems, high-speed public safety microwave radio systems, mobile data systems for incident response vehicles and high-speed networks.

She has served in dual roles as a communications engineer and a project manager. Varughese has managed multi-million dollar contracting and execution for multiple consultants, contractors and suppliers on behalf of LAWA and the City of Los Angeles.

Varughese spent her 13-year professional career in the public sector, and has received commendations for her work, including from the Los Angeles Fire Department for the video downlink project. Her progressive management style has helped build strong project teams that consistently deliver the required results.

A native of Kerala in South India, Varughese earned her Bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from the Cochin University of Science and Technology, and is a registered professional engineer in California. Varughese is married and lives with her husband and two children in Los Angeles.

“In addition to managing the technical and operational complexities of the security program, Sheeba has earned high marks and recognition from her peers and management for promoting a positive, progressive and open leadership style.”

David Kipp, senior vice president, Ross & Baruzzini