2017 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Jason T. Shevrin, PE

Nov. 3, 2017

Jason T. Shevrin
Senior Vice President, Special Systems Practice Lead. Arora Engineers Inc.
AGE: 34

  • Alma Mater: Drexel University
  • What is your dream job? Forensic Engineer or Chef
  • What person has impacted your career the most? Joseph Comero Jr.
  • If I could visit any airport in the world, it would be: Singapore Changi Airport
  • If I could have dinner with anyone living or dead: Singer Billy Joel

Jason Shevrin has 12 years of experience in design and management of special systems engineering projects. His expertise includes the design of digital signage and information systems, as well as planning services for technology implementations and future growth capabilities.

He is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of digital signage and wayfinding technologies for aviation and has been featured in news articles. He is passionate about using technology to improve airport accessibility, particularly for passengers with disabilities, and his wayfinding designs help to provide a more intuitive passenger experience for all customers.

Shevrin is a frequent speaker for the Open Doors Organization, which specializes in ensuring people with disabilities have the same access to travel and tourism as everyone else. He has also provided expertise for the Transportation Research Board as part of the research team for ACRP 07-13 Enhancing Airport Wayfinding for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities and for ACRP 03-35 Improving Airport Services for International Customers.

The part of Shevrin’s job that he enjoys most is working with the special systems staff at Arora Engineers. “I also have the unique opportunity to specify and design customer-facing technology systems and solutions,” he said. “I enjoy being able to positively impact peoples’ travel experience as well as knowing that the systems we design are experienced by millions of people every day.”

But a big challenge has been keeping up with technology changes and injecting innovation and technology where responsible and appropriate, said Shevrin. “A continuing challenge is aligning proposed technology with business and operations policies and procedures,” he said. “A good technology may not be useful if there is not a corresponding business practice or policy around keeping it relevant, so we must consider this is all technology designs and proposed innovations.

“Also, the career path direction between technical leadership (engineering) and business management, it’s a challenge and decision that I face constantly,” he said.

But Shevrin likes how the aviation industry brings people and families together. “It allows people to experience other cultures and, of course, enables business,” he said. “I like being able to impact the travel experience in a positive manner for all those who use aviation systems.”

The best piece of career advice Shevrin has ever received is “If you don’t know the answer to a question, say I don’t know. Don’t make something up.”