James W. Bryant Recognized as Outstanding VCEMP Alumnus for 2017

James W. Bryant, Jr., Ph.D., P.E. is the Maintenance & Preservation Engineer for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in Washington, DC.  Dr. Bryant has a proven record of successfully leveraging research to provide practical infrastructure maintenance solutions.  He has worked in the private and public sector managing the maintenance and operations of transportation infrastructure in both urban and rural environments and has successfully worked on start-up efforts in both research and non-research related areas.

From 2007 – 2013, he served as the lead staff for the Renewal focus area of the Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP 2), where he directed the $37 million dollar applied research program focused on the maintenance, rehabilitation and construction of transportation infrastructure.

Prior to joining TRB he worked for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) as the Program Manager for the Contract Maintenance Unit where he developed and implemented VDOT’s first competitively low-bid performance-based maintenance contract for roadway maintenance and operations throughout Virginia.

Dr. Bryant currently provides executive oversight and support for 22 volunteer committees in two primary areas within TRB’s Technical Activities Division: (1) Research & Education and (2) Maintenance & Preservation.  He is also responsible for convening meetings and workshops to help facilitate implementation of research results and is an international speaker on innovative maintenance practices.

He earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering in 1999 and 2001 respectively from Virginia Tech’s Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1996. He is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.