Kyle N. Roberts, P.E., F.ASCE, the civil engineering resources manager and aviation projects director in charge of planning and programming at Burns & McDonnell, has been named a fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Roberts began at “Burns & Mac” in 2004 and has spent his entire career in the commercial and military aviation industries. He has served such clients as the Federal Aviation Administration, USACE, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), and other commercial and private customers worldwide. His specialized experience includes overall airport and airfield master planning, a deep understanding of the airside and landside components involved in campus and airport master planning, site development, and civil and site engineering design of pavements, utilities, and drainage elements.
Roberts has worked on five continents and in more than 15 countries. Aside from projects throughout the U.S. and its territories worldwide, his international experience includes projects in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Australia. He had in-country stints for engineering work in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006 and 2018 and in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2007.
In 2014, Roberts was named the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) Western Chapter Young Engineer of the Year. In 2020 he was promoted to Burns & McDonnell’s Principal Group, a senior leadership designation achieved by fewer than 2% of employees. In 2021 he was named a Top Young Professional by Engineering News-Record Midwest and later was named to ENR’s National Top 20 Under 40 list as part of ENR’s annual Top Young Professionals program. Also in 2021, Roberts was named to the Top 40 Under 40 list by Ingram’s Magazine, a local periodical highlighting business leaders and achievements in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
He is a member of the local ASCE Kansas City chapters, the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE), the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Society of Military Engineers (SAME), and the American Planning Association (APA). As a member of ASCE, Roberts served as a contributor for the aviation section of the Kansas Infrastructure Report Card in 2017.
He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor degree in civil engineering, and from the University of Kansas with a master’s degree in engineering management. He is currently licensed as a professional engineer in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, and Hawaii, as well as certified by the Green Building Certification Institute as a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional (PMP), and by the American Planning Association as a Certified Planner (AICP).