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T&DI Board Appoints Robert Skinner to the Appointed Position on the Board of Governors

Monday, March 30, 2015

Robert E. Skinner, Jr., P.E. M.ASCE has been appointed by T&DI's Board of Governors for the 2-year position on the Board of Governors, commencing October 1, 2015.  Mr. Skinner was Executive Director of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies from 1994 to 2015. TRB is a non-profit organization that serves as an independent adviser to the federal government and others on scientific and technical questions of national importance.   It promotes transportation innovation by sponsoring professional meetings and publications, administering applied research programs, and conducting policy studies.

Prior to becoming Executive Director, Mr. Skinner directed TRB's policy study activities. Before joining TRB, Mr. Skinner was a Vice President of Alan M. Voorhees and Associates, a transportation consulting firm.

Mr. Skinner served on the Metrolink (Los Angeles) Commuter Rail Safety Review Panel and chaired the Special Advisory Panel for the Stem-to-Stern Safety Review of the Boston Central Artery/Tunnel Project.  In addition, he has served on a number of university and research advisory groups, including the Board of Trustees for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Virginia, the visiting committee for MIT's Engineering Systems Division, the Advisory Board for the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida, the External Review Committee for the MIT-Portugal Project, and the Advisory Council for the Carnegie Mellon/University of Pennsylvania University Transportation Center.

Mr. Skinner earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia and received a master's degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  A registered professional engineer, Mr. Skinner has received the Director's Research Champion Award from the Texas Transportation Institute, the James Laurie Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the P.D. McLean Memorial Award from the Road Gang in 2001. He was the 2015 recipient of the Frank Turner Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Transportation.