2018 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Ryan Shropshire, PE

Oct. 1, 2018

Ryan Shropshire, PE
Project Manager
HNTB Corp.
Age: 32

  • Alma Mater: Iowa State University
  • Favorite Aircraft: Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
  • Favorite Book: Off Balance, Matthew Kelly
  • Favorite TV Show: Expedition Unknown
  • Favorite Movie: Days of Thunder
  • Favorite Hobbies: Hiking and camping with my family

When Ryan Shropshire was planning his professional career in college, he never envisioned aviation in his future.

Shropshire said he figured he’d follow a traditional civil engineering career, but he got a work placement with Laing O'Rourke while his was a sophomore in college. He got to work with an engineer at London Heathrow International Airport (LHR) where he got exposed to the intricate details of what airport construction looks like.

“It was during the Terminal 5 project and that was one of those big ‘wow’ moments where you see a big project like that going on in addition to all the stuff that was going on at the airport,” he said. ”In my mind it seemed like, wow this is pretty cool. The airport is it’s own self-contained city.”

Shropshire started his career as an HNTB engineering intern in 2007, working on the Manhattan Kansas Regional Airport Master Plan update.

Described as a dedicated and driven individual, Shropshire demonstrated his commitment and skills to become an experienced aviation project manager, specializing in aviation design and construction services. Dependability and responsiveness describe Shropshire approach.

“I've had the opportunity to work on projects at general aviation and international airports that have included snow removal equipment acquisition, obstruction removal, wildlife fence installation, hangar construction, engineered material arresting systems (EMAS), runway status lights (RWSL) and reconstruction of aprons, taxiways and runways,” he said. “No day at work is the same and there are always new challenges to take on.”

His general aviation experience, combined with is commercial aviation experience, includes virtually every aspect of airfield pavement construction, positioning him as a lead for many major airport infrastructure programs.

He has worked with more than a dozen large and small commercial and general aviation airports on a wide-range of projects, which provided Shropshire with a wealth of knowledge and experience of working on nearly every type of airfield paving project.

He’s currently project manager for the reconstruction of Runway 13R-31L at Dallas Love Field, which is in the preliminary design phase. This project encompasses environmental assessment, alternatives analysis of all aspects of the project, as well as incorporating other airfield improvements to address current deficiencies and mitigate future impacts to operations.