Acting Administrator/Deputy Administrator for Operations, Chief Engineer

Tim Smith 

Tim Smith was named Acting Administrator in January 2020 for the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA). His responsibilities include leading a 3,000-employee organization on its mission to provide a safe, well-maintained, efficient highway system that enables customers to connect to life’s opportunities. 

Prior to being named Acting Administrator, Tim was a 21-year employee of MDOT SHA, where he most recently served as Chief Engineer and Deputy Administrator of Operations, a position that he still fulfills today. In this role, Tim is responsible for all daily highway maintenance, construction and traffic operations across Maryland, which includes 17,000 lane miles of state roadways and 2,500 bridges.

Tim has 26 years of experience in the field of civil engineering in both the public and private sector with a focus on transportation and materials. During his MDOT SHA career, he has served as District Engineer for Anne Arundel County and Southern Maryland as well as State Materials Engineer responsible for material quality assurance testing and design. He is active in the Maryland Quality Initiative – MdQI – and currently serves as co-chair for the group’s annual conference.

He graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Virginia Tech and is a registered professional engineer in Maryland. Tim resides with his wife and three sons in Howard County, Maryland.