Bob Williams email: Bob8@comcast.net
Civil/Transportation Engineering Miami-Dade County
Updated 12/23/14: As is oft said, time flies when having fun. Where did the last four decades go? Here’s a quick summary of what I’ve been up to.
After receiving my Bachelors in Civil Eng. and Masters in Transportation Eng. at RPI, I spent six years working for Sperry Rand Corp., designing and installing computerized traffic signal control systems in various cities on the East Coast. In 1980, I switched hats and became the Manager of Miami's Traffic Control System. Eventually I became the Chief of the Traffic Signals and Signs Division of Miami-Dade County's Public Works Dept. Throughout this career, I toiled daily to eliminate congestion on Miami-Dade County arterials, certainly an endless and impossible task.
In mid-2012, I retired and discovered how wonderful life can really be. I have half-a-dozen volunteer jobs and spend the rest of my time travelling around the country and world, biking, canoeing, kayaking, camping, reading, and playing racquetball, all part of my goal to stave off old age as long as possible.
I've been married to Joanne Koski since 1981, having met her in Miami after she fled the winters in her home state of MI. In the '80's, she was a purchasing agent for Eastern Airlines, enabling us to travel the world. She eventually became the Purchasing Director for Miami-Dade Public Schools, and retired from there in 2010.
In the late ‘80’s and ‘90’s, two kids slowed our adventurous lifestyle down, but only a little. Son # 1, Ryan, graduated from Stanford in 2008, moved to Manhattan, and has held several jobs in the tech industry. He’s currently working for Mt. Sinai Hospital on a project advancing the mapping of the human genome as it relates to currently incurable diseases. Version 2.0, Evan, graduated from Duke in 2013 and has been making a big difference in the lives of children in Mississippi with the Teach For America program.
Here are a few pictures of me in college when I apparently couldn't afford a haircut, with family in the '90's, turning gray in my office, and having turned white in retirement: