Scott Smith

Director of Strategic Initiatives, HNTB Corporation
2011 DESA Recipient
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  • M.S. Civil Engineering, 1981

He joined HNTB in Kansas City in 1985 and has served in a number of key positions, including president of HNTB’s Central Division and CEO of HNTB Corporation.

Smith is HNTB’s director of strategic initiatives, overseeing infrastructure business for highways, bridges, rail, aviation, and transit. Smith serves on the KU School of Engineering Advisory Board and is a licensed professional engineer in 10 states. His commitment to bettering the community has earned Smith widespread accolades from Kansas City civic leaders and engineering peers. Smith and his wife, Mary Beth, have two children and live in Kansas City, Mo.

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times