Special Representative, Psomas
Retired Chairman, RBF Consulting
Robert Bein is the former Chairman of the Board of RBF Consulting and has more than 50 years of professional engineering experience. Mr. Bein joined the firm as Chief Engineer and had responsible charge of all engineering work for both private sector and public agency clients. He became President of RBF in 1964 and Chief Executive Officer in 1991. RBF was recognized as one of Southern California’s top civil engineering, land planning and surveying organizations. Mr. Bein is a United States Navy veteran and served in the hydrographic survey unit. He has also served on the engineering staff of the County of Los Angeles and The Irvine Company.
Mr. Bein was a Registered Civil Engineer in 13 states and is a National Past President of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Mr. Bein is an active Board member of the Orange County Business Council, and the Southern California Water Committee. He is a past State President of the Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors of California (now ACEC), and the past chairman of the Civil and Environmental Engineering advisory committee at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He is one of the founders and a member the Civil Engineering and Environmental Affiliates at the University of California, Irvine, and is a member of the honorary civil engineering fraternities of Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi, the Board of Trustees of Concordia University, as well as participating on the boards and committees of other engineering supportive organizations. During Mr. Bein’s term as President of the National ASCE Board, an Infrastructure Report Card was issued for the entire nation. Working with several of the County’s engineering and business organizations and many concerned professionals in the County, he helped create Orange County’s own Infrastructure Report Card which was first unveiled on October 10, 2002 at the Infrastructure Congress at UCI. He continues to be involved with updates to the Orange County Infrastructure Report Card.
Mr. Bein continues his support now as a special representative to Psomas through his representation on several professional and community boards. Dedicated to balancing the natural and built environment, Psomas serves public and private sector clients in Southern California delivering award-winning projects through innovation, creativity and cutting-edge technical expertise. Mr. Bein continues to work to promote the civil engineering profession, starting with school programs where he shares his civil engineering experience including the promotion of infrastructure projects that support our communities, quality of life, as well as the recognition of the heroes and leaders of the profession.