Kieran Sharp recently retired after almost 42 years' service to the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB). During that time, he worked on a wide range of pavement, materials and asset management research projects for Austroads, State Road Agencies (including the Queensland NACOE and Western Australia WARRIP programs), the National Transport Commission, industry, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the OECD.
He was the Manager of the Australian Accelerated Loading Facility (ALF) program during the 1990s. At various times he was a member of the Austroads Pavement Reference Group, Asset Management Task Force, Heavy Vehicle Reference Group and Environmental Reference Group as well as multiple Project Steering Committees and Reference Groups.
In 2003, Kieran became the first member of ARRB to receive an Austroads Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to Austroads activities over the previous 20 years.
Kieran is the Chair of the Technical Committee of the Road Engineering Association of Asia and Australasia (REAAA) and a co-opted member of the Governing Council. In 2012, he was elected an Honorary Member of REAAA. Recently, he has been working with the World Roads Association (PIARC) to establish cooperative technical committees addressing the topics of pavement technology, climate change and sustainability, and road safety. In 2017 he was elected Chair of the REAAA Australian Chapter.
In 2013, he was awarded the Roads Australia Award for Technical Excellence. He was also ARRB’s Technical Editor and a mentor to young professionals, both within ARRB and to the REAAA Young Professionals group; this will be continuing in his retirement. He was the principal author of the book ARRB: The First 50 Years, published in 2011.