VDOT Commissioner Charles Kilpatrick, P.E., has announced that Robert H. Cary, P.E., L.S. will be the agency’s new Chief of Innovation and Technology.
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,” Cary said. “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.
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 area.
Cary holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech. Following graduation, he 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. He is also a member of AASHTO’s Subcommittee on Design, and serves as the chairman of the Technical Committee of Project Management. Cary is active with both the Transportation Research Board and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program.