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Ron Deverman

Adjunct Professor

Vice President and National Environmental Planning Leader, STV


2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109


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Civil and Environmental Engineering


Master of Project Management Program

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

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


Ron Deverman has more than 35 years of experience overseeing large transportation infrastructure projects, including all types of highways, rail and transit, major interchanges, and bridges, and is one of the country’s premiere project managers for conducting studies under the requirements of NEPA and related federal regulations. He has worked with more than 20 state departments of transportation on numerous NEPA EA and EIS documents for major transportation infrastructure projects and has been the manager or environmental lead on more than 60 EA and EIS projects, including preparation of Tier 1 and Tier 2 documents. Mr. Deverman has also delivered 30 Records of Decision (RODs) and 20 Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSIs) and has developed state-of-the-practice methodologies for community, indirect, and cumulative impacts analyses.

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.

He 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. 

Certified Environmental Professional; The Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals (ABCEP) (18992631)


Courses Taught

  • PROJ_MGT 481: Transportation Context-Sensitive Solutions

Significant Professional Service

  • Past President, Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals (IAEP)
  • Past President, National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP)
  • Founding Board Director, International Professional Association for Transport and Health (IPATH)

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.