Spotlight on Philanthropy

Robert D. Stevens, Ph.D., P.E., AICP, F.ASCE


  Robert D. Stevens, Ph.D., P.E., AICP, F.ASCE

Robert D. Stevens, Ph.D., P.E., AICP, F.ASCE has been an active ASCE member since he was a student at The University of Akron. Through his early ASCE involvement, Bob gained leadership skills and confidence that helped shape his professional life. 

With a global career spanning over 50 years, Bob worked primarily in the transportation sector where he led environmental assessments, planning, design, and construction management of roads, bridges, rail, transit, and airport projects. He is an ASCE President Emeritus, is completing a 3-year term as the President of the United Engineering Foundation (UEF) and working part-time as an Executive Vice President at Arcadis. 

Bob has been in many volunteer leadership roles, including serving as a founding governor and officer of ASCE's Transportation and Development Institute, Chair of the ASCE Technical Region Board of Governors, and a member of the ASCE Board of Direction. He is currently a Trustee of UEF. Being involved and giving back to the civil engineering profession as a volunteer, and a donor, helps Bob spread his message that civil engineering “is a wonderful profession…[that] offers so many opportunities to grow in new directions.”

Throughout his career, Bob has been an ambassador for the civil engineering profession – meeting and talking with members of the public, students and society at large, educating them about the role civil engineers play in protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public.

I’ve had a great career that has been both fulfilling and meaningful. Civil engineers do more than any other profession to keep people safe and healthy by providing clean drinking water, proper waste disposal and treatment, and safe transportation systems. We prevent problems while other professions treat problems after people experience them. It is a wonderful people-serving profession.” 

Becoming a member of the Founder Society of the ASCE Foundation, Bob has made a generous donation to support ASCE’s valuable programs – programs that provide valuable professional skills like leadership development and offer opportunities for civil engineers to continuously engage with the profession and push for a better and brighter global future. He has also been a member of the Pacesetters Circle for the past 9 years. The Pacesetters Circle honors individuals who have been loyal annual supporters of the ASCE Foundation for five, or more, consecutive years.

Bob graduated from The University of Akron with B.S. degrees in civil engineering and math, Yale University with a Masters in City Planning and a Certificate in Traffic Engineering, and The University of Michigan with an M.S. and a Ph.D. in civil engineering focusing on transportation.

A registered professional engineer in seven states, Bob and his wife, Bonnie, reside in Keller, Texas near their grandson.