Leadership Changes at NSBA [INACTIVE]
May 21, 2002 From NSBA, Inc.
Effective May 31, 2002 Arun Shirole, P.E. will resign as Executive Director of the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA). "Arun has provided key and essential leadership since the creation of the NSBA seven years ago," said Robert Insetta, NSBA Chairman. "Under his direction, it has become the focal point for the steel bridge industry."
Shirole was hired in 1995 as the NSBA's first executive director. Previously, he had served as the Director of Structures and Deputy Chief Engineer for the New York State Department of Transportation. Prior to his work in New York, he held a similar position in Minnesota. Among his many honors was receiving an award from the American Public Works Association as one of the top 10 public works leaders in North America. Shirole's background proved highly beneficial in his work with the NSBA and helped him to create a close working relationship between the NSBA and both the state DOTs and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
Among the NSBA's most notable achievements under Shirole's direction was the development of the AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration, a joint effort between AASHTO and the NSBA, with representation from State DOTs, FHWA, academia and the various industries related to steel bridge design, fabrication and inspection. The purpose of the collaboration is to provide a forum where public and private professionals can work together to improve the quality and value of steel bridges. Shirole also played a key role in gaining widespread acceptance for High Performance Steel in bridge design and construction. In addition, he is credited with enhancing the World Steel Bridge Symposium and converting it from a small event into the major bridge conference in the United States for the industry with world recognition.
"Arun is very respected in the industry and his efforts helped to garner more structures being designed in steel," Insetta said. "He helped put the NSBA on the map and his high level of technical expertise gave the NSBA immediate credibility with designers. His tireless efforts and the insight he provided in advancing the industry's goals will be sorely missed. Fortunately, he has promised to be available to us in the future which will provide stability during our leadership transition. He has accepted the title of NSBA's first Executive Director Emeritus."
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