Bob studied electrical engineering at the University of Nebraska (BSEE in 1969), earned several advanced degrees in engineering and mathematics, and completed the Ph.D. at the University of Idaho in 1992. Bob was the first Nicholson Visiting Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Wyoming from 1992-1994. He worked for 30 years in power systems engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado. He retired from the Western Area Power Administration, US DOE in December 2010.
Bob has been very active in transit activities. Examples include serving on the Denver Regional Council of Government MetroVision 2040 Citizen's Advisory Committee, Union Station Advisory Committee, two Citizens' Academies by Transit Alliance, and long-time member of US-36 Commuting Solutions (now Commuting Solutions). Other activities include Member, Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Arvada Gold Line Advisory Committee, and Outside Member, RTD FasTracks Sustainability Committee. He ran unsuccessfully for the RTD Board of Directors in 2010. Bob has met with officials of major city transit agencies in Portland OR, Dallas TX, Seattle WA, Phoenix AZ, Calgary AB, and New York NY, to learn about their systems.
Bob and his wife Susan have lived in Arvada for 20 years. Bob enjoys volunteering for community service projects while he serves as President of Arvada Jefferson Kiwanis Club, visiting with his family (three grandsons), studying the connection between transit and sources of energy, exploring old railroad right-of-ways, and driving (or hiking) scary Jeep roads in Colorado.