CSD Symposium Welcome [Summary]
Bob Callan, P.E., FHWA Division Administration On March 24, 2002, Bob Callan became the Division Administrator in Atlanta, Georgia. He directs a multi-disciplinary staff, which administers front line Federal-aid Program delivery assistance to partners and customers throughout Georgia. This assistance consists of highway transportation and safety services, including but not limited to, planning and research, preliminary engineering, technology transfer, right-of-way, bridge, highway safety, traffic operations, environment, civil rights, design, construction and maintenance, engineering coordination, highway beautification, and administration. Before his appointment as Division Administrator, Mr. Callan served as the Resource Center Manager - East. In this capacity, he lead a multi-disciplinary staff of 42 technical specialists and support personnel who provide technical and program assistance to Division Offices, State DOTs, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and other partners. These specialists are also responsible for advancing state-of-the-art practice of surface transportation technology. Bob Callan provided supervision and guidance to the Center's subordinate supervisors and teams of specialists in the areas of Infrastructure, Planning and Environment, Safety and Operations, Civil Rights, Corporate Management, and Information Management and Support. Prior to this appointment, he held the title of Assistant Division Administrator, Florida Division from January 1990. He joined the Federal Highway Administration's Highway Engineering Training Program in 1969. Upon graduation from the Training Program, he was assigned to the North Carolina Division Office where he held the positions of Assistant Area Engineer, Area Engineer, and later became the Division's first full-time Environmental Coordinator. In 1978, he was promoted to the position of Highway Engineer in the former Office of Environmental Policy (Environmental Review Branch) in the Washington Office. In this position, he coordinated the Headquarters review of Environmental Impacts Statements (EISs) for several FHWA regions, taught several NHI-sponsored courses, and drafted policy and technical guidance for the field offices. In 1984, he moved to the then Office of Engineering's Geometric Design Branch where he was responsible for the review of proposed changes in access to the Interstate System and proposed exceptions to the design standards for Interstate highways. This included briefing the Federal Highway Administrator and recommending appropriate action. He also provided technical guidance to the field in the area of safety enhancement on 3R-type projects, drafted policy and technical guidance on design matters, and reviewed complex highway/interchange designs upon request. In July 1987, he was promoted to a District Engineer position in the New York Division Office where he was responsible for overseeing and monitoring the Federal-aid program in the New York City/Long Island area. He supervised a staff of 3-4 Area Engineers who were responsible for monitoring the design and reconstruction of the East River bridges including the Brooklyn Bridge, the environmental studies on the very controversial Westway Project, and working with the NYSDOT and NYCDOT in developing eligible Federal-aid projects for the $1.6 billion Interstate Transfer Program. At the time over half of the Federal-aid went to the New York City/Long Island metropolitan areas. Bob Callan graduated from the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth and has completed graduate work in Public Administration at Virginia Tech and the University of Southern California. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of North Carolina. He has received numerous performance and honor awards including the Administrator's Award for Superior Service in 1991, the Administrator's Strive for Excellence Award (team award) in 2001, the Secretary's "Thanks a Million" award in 2001, and was a DOT Fellow in 1992-93. He has, and continues to, serve on a number of the agency's national task forces and work groups including Workforce Development Champions, Stewardship/Oversight, Organizational Excellence, Performance Measurement, Continuous Process Improvement, Corporate Management Strategies, Learning and Development System, and Priority Technology Program (task group chair).