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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 21, Number 1, Spring 2007

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Volume 21, Number 1, Spring 2007

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James E. Roberts


James E. Roberts

James E. “Jim” Roberts, who served as the state’s top bridge engineer at Caltrans, passed away at the age of 75 on July 6, 2006. Mr. Roberts, who retired in 2001 as the Department’s Chief Deputy Director, served as a structural engineer at Caltrans for more than half a century, including 15 years as California’s State Bridge Engineer. He spearheaded the Department’s $4.5 billion seismic retrofit program and oversaw nearly $50 million in seismic research projects. He was also named to the National Academy of Engineering in 1996, the only state-employed engineer to be so honored.

Jim was an early supporter of MCEER’s highway project (at the time known as NCEER), and served as an active participant on the project’s external Highway Seismic Research Council (HSRC). His advice and input during the formative stages of the project was very valuable and appreciated. We will miss his dedication, wise counsel and good humor very much.