Rob Slimp, PE
With more than 25 years of experience, Slimp knows the many facets of complex transportation and has served on numerous CEO roundtables, addressing the issues the transportation industry faces.
He has been instrumental in growing HNTB, building long-standing client relationships and directing the firm’s delivery of the nation’s most complex transportation infrastructure projects and programs during some of the most challenging economic and legislative climates.
30 seconds with Rob Slimp …
Q. What future role will firms like HNTB play in modern transportation?
A. “At local, state and national levels, elected and appointed officials are looking for ways to deliver our transportation network despite rising construction costs, declining gas taxes and as the desire for small government place difficult constraints on keeping our roads, rails, bridges and ports healthy. Trusted transportation advisers, such as HNTB, help clients develop funding, management and public outreach strategies that turn projects into reality.
HNTB also is instrumental in helping agencies prepare for the disruptive change associated with autonomous and connected vehicles. Autonomous and connected vehicles will change the way transportation systems are designed and how transportation services are offered. Agencies and their partners should be ready not only to adjust to such changes but capitalize on them to better serve the traveling and commuting public."
Q. How is the transportation industry changing?
A. “Our nation’s health depends on its ability to move goods, services and people efficiently and effectively from point A to point B. In part, that means our industry must adapt to the emerging trends and opportunities – alternative delivery and funding, the evolution of environmental sustainability and the introduction of connected vehicles – that will make our transportation work better together as an integrated, multimodal system.”
Q. You’ve said transportation infrastructure is about more than mobility. How so?
A. “Absolutely. A strong infrastructure system creates jobs, promotes economic development and advances America’s competitiveness in the international marketplace. To create a strong system, today’s large, complex multimodal projects should be benefiting from multiple sources of funding – including a commitment to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent by increasing user-paid fees – expanding the use of tolling, and accelerating the growth of public-private partnerships.”
● Bachelor of Science, civil engineering, Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College