Curriculum Vitae

Robert van der Plas, PE


BS, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, Rotterdam Technical College, The Netherlands

PE (Professional Engineer), Mechanical Engineering, California State Licensing Board

MA, Economics, San Francisco State University, San Francisco

Employment History

(reverse chronological order)

1998 - Present

1. Publisher, Cycle Publishing: Publisher and editor of bicycle-related books
2. Engineering consultant, bicycle technology
3. Freelance technical translator German-English, Dutch-English

1996 - 1998

1. Engineering consultant, bicycle technology
2. Publishing consultant for Motorbooks International, Osceola, WI
3. Freelance technical translator German-English, Dutch-English

1990 - 1996

1. Publisher and editor, Bicycle Books, Inc., Mill Valley, CA: Publisher of bicycle-related books
2. Engineering consultant, bicycle technology
3. Author of bicycle-related books

1986 - 1990

1. ISA-Technik, Alzenau, Germany: Project manager nuclear handling facilities
2. Freelance author of bicycle-related books and articles

1979 - 1985

Independent consultant, writer, translator, and researcher in the field of bicycle technology, bicycle safety, and bicycle transportation

1975 - 1978

1. California Consulting, San Mateo, CA: Various engineering assignments, including Project Engineer at Chevron Refinery, Richmond, CA
2. Freelance author of bicycle-related articles and books

1974 - 1975

Freelance technical translator, German-English, Dutch-English

1968 - 1974

Standard Oil of California, San Francisco: Engineering technologist

1965 - 1968

Ralph M. Parsons, Frankfurt, Germany: Design engineer

1963 - 1965

Hebron & Medlock, Leicester, Great Britain: Design engineer

1960 - 1963

Record Electrical, Altrincham, Great Britain: Design engineer

Bicycle- and Cycling-related Experience

(chronological order)

1975 - 1978

1. Board member and Secretary, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
2. Delegate and Newsletter Editor, California Association of Bicycle Organizations

1980 - 1990

1. Committee member "Forschungsgesellschaft fuer Strassen- und Verkehrswesen," Germany: Specification and publication of uniform guidelines for design, construction, and maintenance of bicycle infrastructure facilities.
2. Founding member, ADFC, Germany (bicycle-transportation promotional organization), co-organizer of first international Velo-City conference, Bremen, Germany, 1980

1975 - present

Writer, editor, publisher, and consultant in the field of bicycle-related books and articles


1994 - present

Delegate and editor/publisher of proceedings of (annual) International Cycling History Conference

2002 - 2005

Board member, Marin County Bicycle Coalition

For more information

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Fax: (415) 753-8572
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