Malcom T. Kerley, P.E.

Former Chief Engineer and State Structure and Bridge Engineer, Virginia Department of Highway; Former President of NXL Construction Services, Inc. 

Institute of Bridge Engineering External Advisory board member Mal Kerley.

Malcom T. Kerley, PE retired in January 2020 after an engineering career of 49 years.  After college, he started his career with VDOT as an engineering trainee in the bridge program. He advanced in his career working in the state design area as a designer, reviewer and supervisor.  

In 1992, Mal was promoted to the position of state structure and bridge engineer. He served on the staff of the chief engineer to provide direction, guidance and management of the Department's Structure and Bridge Program. Responsibilities included: the management of the central office Structure and Bridge Division and oversight of the planning, design, construction, maintenance and inspection of the Department's 20,000(+/-) structures. He also served as VDOT's voting member on the AASHTO Subcommittee on Bridges and Bridges (SCOBS).

Mal was named VDOT's chief engineer in 2002, where he served the commissioner's staff to provide direction, guidance and management of VDOT's Engineering Program. Responsibilities included: oversight of six (6) Divisions: Innovative Project Delivery, Location & Design, Materials, Right of Way and Utilities, Scheduling and Contract, and Structure and Bridge. These divisions impact the administrative and engineering activities in the preliminary engineering plan development and construction phase of project delivery. During his time as Chief Engineer, Mal was appointed by AASHTO as the SCOBS Chairman.

After retiring from VDOT, Mal served as President of NXL Construction Services, Inc. (NXL) providing oversight, direction and strategic planning until his "full" retirement.  

Mal remains active in the support of bridge related activities.

He is a Professional Engineer licensed in Virginia and holds an ME in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia and a BS from the Virginia Military Institute.