Anniversary Interview: Rob Dowler

Rob Dowler is celebrating 11 years with HMB this month.  Rob serves as HMB's Vice President and Highway Design Division Manager.  He leads one of the top highway design groups in the state. In honor of Rob's anniversary, we asked him a few questions:

What made you get into civil engineering?

I had always really liked math and science and was fortunate to be selected for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Engineering Scholarship upon graduation of high school.
Where did you attend college? What did you major in?

I attended the University of Kentucky and majored in Civil Engineering.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Each day is different and every project we work on has different challenges.  Our highway design staff works as a team to tackle the issues and develop solutions.  It’s great to work with such a talented group of individuals.

What’s the most interesting part of your job?

Many times it’s dealing with the public on projects.  It’s always very interesting to hear the different perspectives and issues that come up at public and/or right of way meetings.

Which project(s) are you most proud to have worked on in your career? Why?

There are a number of projects both big and small, too many  to list that I’m really proud to have played a role on.  The ones that really stand out are those projects where we were able to greatly improve a hazardous situation for the people that use the road/bridge every day.

What has been your best, worst or funniest moment at HMB?

Best moments are every time we win a big project.  Worst moments are every time we don’t win a big project. Seems like there’s another “funniest” moment every week in our group.

What are your hobbies?

Coaching (flag football, basketball, and baseball) and golf (though I don’t get to play very often).     

If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only take one item what would it be?

My wife Lori (love you babe!)

What’s your favorite movie?

Bull Durham

What’s your favorite TV show?


What would be your dream vacation?

Two weeks with my family in Fiji.

What superhero would you be and why?

Superman, just because it would be great to be able to fly.

If you could travel by plane, train, automobile or boat, which would you choose?

Plane, because I like to get where I’m going fast.

What is your favorite genre of music? Do you have a favorite band?

Country, Florida-Georgia Line.

What’s your favorite type of food? Do you have a favorite restaurant?

Steak, Jeff Ruby's.

What's your favorite sports team? Do you prefer college or professional?

UK/Cowboys/Reds – Pro in football and Baseball, College in Basketball.

Rob Dowler - Vice President, Highway Design Division Manager
Rob Dowler - Vice President, Highway Design Division Manager

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