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Ronald Boenau PE


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Executive Summary

Ronald Boenau, P.E., is an international transportation research advisor with over 40 years of experience in multimodal transportation research, development and deployment of advanced technologies and innovative services.  Prior to retirement in October 2017, his focus has been in drafting and implementing transportation research bilateral agreements between the U.S. and other countries.  He was the ITS Transit Division Chief for the USDOT Federal Transit Administration during the development of the Department’s ITS Initiative.

Biographical Sketch

Ronald Boenau, P.E., is a registered professional civil engineer with a focus on cooperative international transportation research and technology transfer.  Prior to retirement from the Federal Transit Administrations (FTA) in October 2017, his primary responsibilities addressed developing and implementing bilateral international transportation agreements.    

He has over 40 years of professional engineering and management experience in multimodal transportation research, standards development, planning, design, procurement, construction, operations, and performance evaluations during his employment with FTA, the Federal Highway Administration, the Florida Department of Transportation and transportation engineering consultants DeLeuw-Cather & Company and Andrews & Clark, Engineers.  He has also worked on the personal staff of U.S. Senator Paula Hawkins, U.S. Congressman Harold Hollenbeck and FTA Administrator Art Teele. 

Mr. Boenau served as the Division Chief for the public transport element of the USDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) initiative.  His Division was responsible for developing and conducting the ITS public transport element for research, demonstrations, evaluations, standards development and outreach leading to national deployment of advanced technologies and innovative transportation services. 

He has earned degrees from the State College of Florida [A.A and A.S]; the University of Florida [BCE]; and the University of Maryland [MSCE] and has completed graduate programs in transportation at Northwestern University and the University of Mississippi.  He has been a mentor with SAE, ASCE, Young Professionals in Transportation, University of Maryland, University of Florida, FTA and USDOT.  As a result of his accomplishments, Mr. Boenau has achieved Fellow status in both the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Career Stage

  • Advanced (15+ years in industry)

Professional Associations

American Society of Civil Engineers - Fellow
0 - Present

Institute of Transportation Engineers - Fellow
0 - Present

Intelligent Transportation Society of America
0 - Present

National Society of Professional Engineers
0 - Present

Society of Automotive Engineers - Member
0 - Present

Transportation Research Board
0 - Present

Technology Interests

  • Safety
  • Transportation Systems
  • Vehicles and Performance

Honors and Awards

Achieved Fellow status in both ASCE and ITE

Silver Medal, one of the three highest awards given by the Secretary of Transportation