A leader in urban mobility, global infrastructure and engineering firm Gannett Fleming welcomes Ryan Rice as advanced mobility senior strategist for the Transportation Business Line in the West Region.
“Ryan is nationally recognized as a lead strategist on vehicle automation and technology among departments of transportation (DOTs) and other agencies, and we are excited to have him join our team,” said Eric Rensel, Gannett Fleming vice president and senior transportation operations manager. “He will draw upon his executive leadership experience with the Colorado DOT as he guides one of the nation’s most forward-thinking and innovative operations and technology programs here at Gannett Fleming.”
Rice has led many notable projects, including the Colorado Traffic Incident Management Training Center, which improves first responder and traveler safety. He also led the Colorado DOT Connected Vehicle Program, including earning a U.S. DOT BUILD grant to construct 500 miles of connected vehicle roadways, the nation’s largest connected vehicle project to date. Further, as the co-chair of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Task Force on Highway Automation, he conceptualized and developed the National Strategy for Highway Automation, an actionable strategic roadmap for the national deployment of automated vehicles by 2030.
Rice earned a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in media arts from the University of New Mexico. Rice is a veteran of the U.S. Marines and commanded troops and fleets of armored vehicles in combat operations. During Operation Iraqi Freedom tours in 2007 and 2008, he learned to leverage the latest cutting-edge technologies to accomplish mission goals and will employ the same approach in his new position.