Marshall M. Herman 804-692-2134
April 5, 2017
VDOT SELECTS NEW CHIEF OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY
Cary to Lead Agency into the Future of Transportation
RICHMOND, Virginia – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Commissioner Charles Kilpatrick, P.E., today announced that Robert H. Cary, P.E., L.S. will be the agency’s new Chief of Innovation and Technology.
“This is a new position at VDOT,” said VDOT Commissioner Kilpatrick. “Rob is bringing new opportunities to transportation infrastructure in the commonwealth. He will have the freedom and latitude to work across all aspects of our organization and guide us in implementing new ideas.”
Cary will concentrate on finding and using new technology, innovative practices and other opportunities to advance transportation infrastructure in Virginia.
“New transportation technologies, such as connected and autonomous vehicles, are very exciting especially in relation to economic development and safety opportunities,” said Cary. “In this role, I plan to focus on implementable innovations – not just looking at what we can do in five to 10 years, but now. By working across the agency and together with industry leaders, I truly believe we can make Virginia the ‘Silicon Valley’ for transportation.”
Cary began his career with VDOT in 1992 as a transportation engineer in VDOT’s Staunton District and later became location and design engineer in the Salem District before being promoted to assistant district administrator for preliminary engineering. Cary held additional leadership roles as the district engineer in both the Lynchburg and Salem districts. He has served as the Richmond district engineer since 2014.
While in the Richmond District, Cary directed road maintenance, construction and operations across approximately 18,700 lane miles of roads in the Richmond District’s 14 counties overseeing a budget of approximately $450 million and leading the District’s 850 employees in delivering services to the 1.3 million citizens of the Richmond District.
Cary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech. Following graduation, Cary joined William H. Gordon Associates of Woodbridge as a staff engineer and surveyor. In 2007, Cary was appointed chairman of the American Association of State Highway Officials’ (AASHTO) Technical Committee on Preconstruction Engineering Management. Cary is also a member of AASHTO’s subcommittee on design, and is active with both the Transportation Research Board and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program.
Cary currently serves as the chairman of the American Association of State Highway Officials’ (AASHTO) Technical Committee of Project Management, a member of AASHTO’s Subcommittee on Design, and is active with both the Transportation Research Board and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program.
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