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Ron Deverman

Adjunct Professor

Associate Vice-President and Principal Environmental Planning Manager, HNTB


2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109


Master of Project Management Program


BS, Civil/Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana

MA, Literature and Creative Writing, University of Illinois, Springfield


Ron Deverman is Associate Vice-President and Principal Environmental Planning Manager for HNTB, a national engineering, architecture and planning firm, managing environmental impact assessment projects for transportation infrastructure improvements such as transit, passenger and freight rail, roadways, and bridges. Ron has over 32-years-experience in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) with special expertise in community impact assessment, cumulative effects analysis, and other federal environmental regulations, such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and Threatened and Endangered Species Act.  Ron is currently the Program Manager for IDOT’s Office of Intermodal Project Implementation for the CREATE Program, a program of 70 rail improvement projects in the Chicago area; Ron is managing all activities for Phase I environmental, Phase II design and Phase III construction (see www.createprogram.org).

His education includes a BS in civil/environmental engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana, an MA in literature and creative writing from the University of Illinois in Springfield, and post-graduate studies in NEPA and related environmental studies.  Ron is a Past President of the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP).  He has also chaired their national NEPA Symposium, NEPA Working Group, Transportation Working Group (co-founder), and NAEP’s 2016 Annual Conference, among other positions of leadership.  He is a Past President of IAEP, the Illinois chapter of NAEP, founded in 1975 as one of the original three chapters of NAEP.  Ron has authored articles for, Environmental Practice, published by Cambridge University Press, and Environmental Law Reporter.

Ron has conducted numerous training courses on NEPA, environmental compliance, project and interdisciplinary team management, and effective community engagement.  He has also been a key speaker for several national webinars for NAEP and American Public University.  Ron is also a published poet and has spoken nationally on many subjects, including key competencies for environmental professionals, environmental stewardship, and public health impacts and benefits of our transportation choices.  Ron comes from generations of farmers in Illinois’ heartland and has farmed for a living.  In 2009, the U of I Alumni Association awarded Ron the John Knoepfle Creative Writing Award for Poetry, a particularly memorable award as John Knoepfle has been a life mentor to Ron since his days at the university. 

Selected Publications

    “Cohen NEPA Summit: Developing a 21st Century Impact Assessment Structure,” Key Speaker, 41st NAEP Annual Conference, April 2016, Chicago, Illinois.

    “Cultural Landscapes – Deep Culture,” Panel Speaker, 41st NAEP Annual Conference, April 2016, Chicago, Illinois.

    “Setting Policy and Precedence: CREATE in Motion,” Co-Author, peer-reviewed article, Environmental Practice, Volume 17, Number 4, December 2015, Cambridge University Press.

    “Palpable Outcomes: Team Learning and Leadership in Transportation,” Author, peer-reviewed article, Environmental Practice, Volume 17, Number 4, December 2015, Cambridge University Press.

    “Changing Perspectives: EIA and HIA Workshop,” presentation for the 1st International Conference on Transport & Health, July 2015, University College, London, England.

    “Setting Policy and Precedence: CREATE in Motion,” presentation, NAEP Annual Conference, April 2015, Honolulu, HI.

    “Environmental Assessments: Guidance on Best Practice Principles,” Co-Author, Environmental Law Reporter, 45 ELR, February 2015, Environmental Law Institute, Washington D.C.

    “Guidance on Best Practice Principles for Environmental Assessments,” Co-Author, NAEP Report to President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), CEQ Pilot Project, August 2014, NAEP.

    “Health Impact Assessment and Transportation Decision-Making: Environmental Nexus,” 5 Presentations: APA-TRB Summer Conference, August 2014, Nashville, TN; NAEP Annual Conference, April 2014, St. Petersburg, FL; ITE Annual Conference, May 2013, Seattle, WA; APHA Midwest Regional Conference, October 2012, Grand Rapids, MI; APHA Annual Conference, February 2012, San Francisco, CA.

    “Our Choices in Motion,” Environmental Practice, Volume 13, Number 1, March 2011, Cambridge University Press.

    “Water’s Gift – Life in Balance,” Environmental Practice, Volume 12, Number 4, December 2010, Cambridge University Press.