March 6, 2015
Bob Matthews, P.E., S.E. (BS Civ Egr '81) has joined RailPros as vice president, Irvine headquarters office manager, to lead the RailPros engineering team and grow the company’s structural division.
Matthews has been a prominent leader in the civil engineering industry for the past 30 years. Prior to joining the RailPros team, he spent much of his career working for a large international engineering firm and has extensive experience in engineering management.
In his last role as engineering director, he coordinated the production activities for civil, structural, rail and electrical disciplines throughout four Southern California offices. Matthews was also the structural department manager for Southern California and project director overseeing project managers on multiple projects. As structural manager, he worked most recently on the Alameda Corridor East Construction Authority’s Nogales Street Grade Separation project. Additionally, he has worked on rail projects with NAVFAC, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Sound Transit.
He holds professional engineer and/or structural engineer licenses in eight states, including California. He graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1981.
He is the chairman of AREMA Committee 9 – Seismic Design for Railway Structures and is also a member of several industry associations including ASCE and AISC.
Now in its 15th year in business, RailPros continues to expand nationally adding new offices in Fresno, Dallas, Salt Lake City, and New England. The firm services a variety of public and private clients in the rail and transit industry offering services ranging from advance planning studies and design through construction management, inspection as well as operations and maintenance support services.