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TSE Acquires Consulting Firm ACI, Forming Next-Generation Systems Engineering Group

Updated: Jul 14

The TSE-ACI group fills a transit industry need for a full-service systems engineering team


By Ken Baker

EMERYVILLE, CA – Transit Systems Engineering, Inc. (TSE) has

announced that it has acquired systems engineering consulting firm Armand Consulting Inc. (ACI) to form a group partnership to meet the nation's growing transit needs.

The new TSE-ACI group forms an innovative, next generation engineering firm, delivering clients and partners the smartest, most progressive multimodal transit solutions and services for complex infrastructure projects.


With a shared vision and expanded depth of resources, the TSE-ACI group will offer world-class transit systems engineering solutions and talent in a broad range of areas, including rail and bus systems engineering, design, integration, systems certification, operations, maintenance, and project and program management.


While TSE remains headquartered in Emeryville, California, ACI and TSE engineers will continue to work on projects out of their existing offices throughout the U.S. in collaboration and support of one another, with ACI operating as a subsidiary of TSE.

Simon Kim, CEO of TSE, announced that ACI’s CEO, Mahvash Armand, will serve as the TSE-ACI group’s Transit Systems Solutions Leader.


“This group has been built today to meet the needs of tomorrow,” Kim said. “We will deliver the quality, sustainable solutions that will be required for the future of transit.”

Armand, a 25-year transit industry veteran engineer, said the new TSE-ACI group comes at a critical time for the delivery of transit infrastructure systems solutions.


Our partnership is a success story for the transit industry,” Armand said. “We are positioned to offer clients a broad spectrum of services that will be second to none. We are responding to the industry’s demand for smarter, more seamless and integrated solutions, performed with a laser focus on the client’s needs. And the acquisition process has been designed to ensure there is zero impact on both firms’ ongoing contracts.”


TSE and ACI currently are performing work on major urban transit systems nationwide. TSE and ACI will continue to fulfill these and all other existing project contracts and obligations, while offering even broader capabilities and robust technical solutions as the two firms integrate operations over the coming months.


Armand added, “This partnership is a result of listening to our clients and learning of the need for a team with a built-in culture of delivering innovative and integrated solutions.”

Learn more about the firms at www.tseinc.us and www.armandconsulting.com.