Rattan Khosa, '79

President & Founder
Amsysco Inc.

Rattan Khosa

Rattan L. Khosa, ’79, is chief executive officer and founder of AMSYSCO, a Romeoville, Illinois-based company that provides unbonded posttensioning systems on commercial structures such as multilevel high-rise condominiums and apartments, office buildings, parking garages, and stadiums.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in his native India, Khosa came to the United States with $8 in his pocket. He earned a master’s degree in structural engineering from the University of Maryland and embarked on a successful career in the posttensioning industry. He later attended Booth’s Evening MBA Program, but he found himself at a crossroads when he lost his job two weeks before graduation. Faced with the prospect of finding a job during one of the worst recessions to date or returning to India, he instead founded AMSYSCO in 1981.

He started the company out of the basement of his family’s home with just $44,000 and no outside financing. Now in its 38th year of operation, AMSYSCO has turned a profit every year since it opened. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has listed more than 100 of the company’s high-rise towers in its “skyscraper database.”

Khosa sits on the council of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, where he established the Rattan L. Khosa Student Entrepreneurs Program. He previously endowed a scholarship supporting one student annually in the Full-Time MBA Program.