Bill Sampson, PE, retired after 30 years as Director of the McTrans Center in March 2020. On Friday, March 20, former students and coworkers came together via Zoom, an online web conferencing platform, to celebrate his time with the University of Florida. Having a virtual retirement party allowed participants to celebrate Bill’s time with McTrans while being able to observe social distancing best practices.
During his time with the McTrans Center, Bill was responsible for the ongoing development and technical assistance of the Highway Capacity Software. He also taught training courses on Capacity Analysis and Traffic Engineering. Bill also served as Director of the UFTI’s T2 Center from 2018 to 2020.
In Bill’s 30 years with McTrans, he saw the organization through many changes. Bill oversaw the change from relying on MS-DOS to the revolutionary for the times, Windows 95. He continued to keep McTrans moving forward by overseeing the creation of an online catalog.
Bill Sampson authored a textbook entitled, “Highway Capacity Analysis’ HCM6 and HCS7”, and taught two graduate courses (Traffic Engineering and Highway Capacity Analysis) for 15 years at UF.
Throughout his time at UF, Bill remained a Kentucky Wildcat at heart having received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Kentucky.