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Vice President, Lead Structural Engineer


In September of 2000, Mr. Engel began managing the business and engineering operations of the new E.L. Robinson Engineering Office in Ohio. Prior to joining E.L. Robinson Engineering, Mr. Engel served with the Ohio Department of Transportation (Ohio DOT) for 30 years. As the Administrator for the Ohio DOT Office of Structural Engineering for two years, he represented the Department as the State Bridge Engineer. Mr. Engel also served as the Ohio DOT Assistant Administrator for the Office of Structural Engineering for 10 years, where he had managing oversight of the Preliminary and Detail Design plan review process, which included a tremendously wide range of engineering projects. While working at Ohio DOT, Mr. Engel had the opportunity to review the scopes and designs for over 3,000 bridge and retaining wall projects. Prior to being appointed as Assistant Bridge Administrator, Mr. Engel was Ohio DOT’s Chief Structural Foundation Engineer. Mr. Engel is responsible for initially developing many of the present bridge and retaining wall Geotechnical polices currently used by Ohio DOT. Rick assisted in the development of Ohio DOT’s Integral Abutment design and subsequently he developed the design details for Ohio DOT’s Semi-Integral Abutment. Mr. Engel was the Project Manager for 25 geotechnical research projects and has participated in developing and applying numerous special project delivery methods, which included developing policies and strategies for Value Engineering, Design/Build, Scope Preparation, Construction & Material Specifications and the evaluation of new Products.

  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Tri-State College, 1971