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Robert S. Isabel, PE, BCEE

Vice President, Senior Project Manager

With nearly 20 years of experience planning, designing, and imple­ment­ing reliable water treatment solutions, Rob is a proven project manager committed to collab­o­ra­tive, organized, and commu­nica­tive rela­tion­ships with his clients. His track record of project successes demon­strates not only Rob’s acute attention to detail, but also his foresight to providing solutions before they become problems. When Rob’s not executing successful projects, he’s spending time in Minnesota’s great outdoors. “I love heading to the lake for a long weekend and spending time with my family water skiing, tubing, wake­board­ing and fishing. It’s a great way to connect with nature, relax and forget about our daily challenges!”

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Why CDM Smith? I am honored to be a shareholder in one of the largest privately held engineering firms in the world. This allows us to remain focused on the right priorities for our clients and our firm, which are delivering a legendary client experience and creating an unmatched employee experience. I do believe that we are the best in the industry at doing both. 

What inspires you? My educational background is in Civil and Envi­ron­men­tal Engineering; however, our work in Flint, Michigan reminded me that we are really in the public health industry. Safe and reliable drinking water is key to a healthy community and economy. I’m inspired every day that I get to have such an important impact on our local communities. 

What are your 3 non-work passions? I have had the opportunity to coach my son's and my twin daughters’ competitive youth basketball team over the past four years. I love teaching youth about the game of basketball, teamwork, and competition. I’m also a die-hard University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds fan. Apparently, I’m a glutton for punishment and bad teams….And I love to travel and see the world. I have visited the majority of the countries in Europe and are starting to formulate plans to visit South America, Africa and Asia in the next few years. 

What’s something people might be surprised to know about you? I was originally a physical therapy major in college. I quickly learned that I did not like anatomy and touching strangers, so I needed to quickly find a new career and passion! 

Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on interesting, challenging, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and communities. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of resources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex challenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do excellent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next challenge. I love witnessing that positive rein­force­ment and synergy build with each assignment.


What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then puttering around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once an avid competitive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on interesting, challenging, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and communities. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of resources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex challenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do excellent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next challenge. I love witnessing that positive rein­force­ment and synergy build with each assignment.


What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then puttering around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once an avid competitive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on interesting, challenging, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and communities. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of resources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex challenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do excellent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next challenge. I love witnessing that positive rein­force­ment and synergy build with each assignment.


What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then puttering around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once an avid competitive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on interesting, challenging, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and communities. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of resources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex challenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do excellent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next challenge. I love witnessing that positive rein­force­ment and synergy build with each assignment.


What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then puttering around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once an avid competitive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on interesting, challenging, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and communities. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of resources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex challenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do excellent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next challenge. I love witnessing that positive rein­force­ment and synergy build with each assignment.


What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then puttering around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once an avid competitive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on interesting, challenging, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and communities. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of resources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex challenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do excellent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next challenge. I love witnessing that positive rein­force­ment and synergy build with each assignment.


What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then puttering around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once an avid competitive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
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Rob grew up playing competitive basketball and baseball, and says he’s always amazed at what can be accomplished when a group of talented individuals with different skill sets come together to collaborate on a common goal. Go team! 

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