Bob serves as the Technical Manager for HF Sinclair, a position he has held for the past 25 years through various company name changes, beginning with Navajo Asphalt in 1998. From 1995-1998 he directed the South Central Superpave Center as Program Manager, simultaneously directing the asphalt research program at the University of Texas at Austin, Center for Transportation Research.
Prior to his time at the University of Texas, Bob served first as District Engineer with the Asphalt Institute before being promoted to Regional Engineer of the Central Region. Bob came to Lexington headquarters as Director of Technical Services. Shortly after the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) ended in 1993, Bob became AI’s Director of Research and Engineering Services managing a team of AI engineers with the development of technical training materials as part of a Federal Highway Administration project coined the “National Asphalt Training Center.” Bob also led efforts to address unresolved technical issues faced by user agencies and industry in the implementation of the Superpave system.
Bob served as a member and chair of several Transportation Research Board (TRB) committees and as Chair of the Asphalt Section of TRB from 2008-2014. He is an Emeritus member of TRB Committee AKM20, Standing Committee on Binders for Flexible Pavement.
Among his other great contributions to the asphalt community, Bob has been heavily involved as a leader in the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT). He served on the Board of Directors from 1994-1999, leading AAPT as president in 1997-98. Bob is a life member, winner of the prestigious Walter J. Emmons Award for Best Technical Paper (1996), and, most importantly, an honorary member of AAPT (2018) – an honor comprising a select list of individuals many of whom are Asphalt Institute Roll of Honor recipients.
Bob served the Asphalt Institute as staff representative to the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) during his term as Director of Research and Engineering Services, and as a member of the TAC in his role as an AI member. He was presented with the President’s Award in 2019 recognizing his leadership of the Delta Tc Task Force leading to the publication of IS-240, State-of-the-Knowledge: Use of the Delta Tc Parameter to Characterize Asphalt Binder Behavior. Bob is also a recipient of the Asphalt Institute’s Bernard C. Gray Award (1993).
With a career spanning over 40 years, Bob McGennis has made significant contributions to the asphalt industry and is very deserving of this recognition.