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Project Title: Research and Technology Coordinating Committee (Federal Highway Administration)

PIN: SASP-P-07-92-A        

Major Unit:
Transportation Research Board

Sub Unit: Studies and Special Programs Division


Menzies, Thomas

Subject/Focus Area:  Transportation and Infrastructure

Committee Membership
Date Posted:   11/06/2015

Mr. Timothy A. Henkel - (Chair)
Minnesota Department of Transportation

Timothy A. Henkel is the MnDOT Assistant Commissioner for the Modal Planning and Program Management Division at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). In his current position, he manages the Offices of Asset Management, Passenger Rail, Transportation System Management, Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations, Transit, Aeronautics, Transportation Data and Analysis, and Research. Mr. Henkel's 32+ year transportation career includes working with local government, the private sector and numerous MnDOT responsibilities including executive leadership of multimodal planning, program management, and project development & delivery.

Mr. Kevin Chesnik
Applied Research Associates, Inc.

Kevin Chesnik is Principal Engineer, Applied Research Associates, and is retired from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Mr. Chesnik served as Wisconsin’s member to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) Standing Committee on Highways (SCOH), Standing Committee on Research (SCOR) and chair of SCOH’s Technology Implementation Group (TIG). As Chief Engineer for the Wisconsin DOT, Mr. Chesnik had broad responsibilities for leading the department. In previous roles within the department, he gained experience in rural and urban highway design and maintenance, including developing plans, specifications and engineering documents, environmental documents, hydraulic reports, real estate plats and descriptions, utility plans, and survey maps. He also has been a technical supervisor for design, maintenance, survey, and utility engineering units. Over 90 percent of Wisconsin DOT’s research needs flow through the Chief Engineer. As such, Mr. Chesnik has directed the development, priorities, and funding needs for the DOT’s transportation research program, working with industry, universities, and FHWA staff. Mr. Chesnik has a B.S. degree in civil engineering and a B.S. degree in construction management from the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Karen K. Dixon
Texas A&M University Transportation Institute

Karen Dixon is a Research Engineer with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Previously, she was an Associate and then Full Professor of Civil Engineering at Oregon State University. She received a B.S. degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University, an M.C.E. degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from North Carolina State University. Her fields of specialization are transportation engineering (design, operations, and safety) and site development. Prior to joining the faculty of Oregon State, she was an Assistant and Associate Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Dixon has also worked as a consulting engineer with a variety of civil engineering firms and is a registered professional engineer in the states of Arizona and Texas. She is active in the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Institute of Transportation Engineers. She has won awards for “best paper” from TRB and other organizations and has won faculty awards at Oregon State University and Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Dixon is the author or co-author of over 80 technical papers or research reports including a highway design textbook.

Dr. Patricia Gillette
Colorado Motor Carriers Association

Patricia Gillette is the Vice President of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association. She received a B.S. degree in political science, chemistry, and history from Northern Arizona University in 1988 and a Ph.D. in international studies from the University of Denver. Her areas of specialization are program management, research design and evaluation, public policy analysis, and transportation policy and planning. Dr. Gillette has previously worked for the American Trucking Associations (ATA) Foundation Research Division, and the Western Highway Institute. She has published papers on operating practices in the I-70 Mountain Corridor, motor carrier safety and maintenance practices, in-vehicle monitoring of fatigue of motor carrier operators, and other subjects. Dr. Gillette is a member of the American Transportation Research Institute Research Advisory Committee and serves on the Colorado Operation Lifesaver Board and other civic organizations.

Professor Chris T. Hendrickson
Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Chris T. Hendrickson (NAE) is the Hamerschlag University Professor, Director of the Traffic 21 Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Hendrickson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering. His expertise is in the general area of engineering planning and management, including design for the environment, system performance, construction project management, finance, and computer applications. Hendrickson has received numerous awards, among them the Fenves Systems Research Award from the Institute of Complex Engineering Systems (2002), AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellowships (2000-2002), a Lucent/NSF Industrial Ecology Fellowship (1998), the ASCE Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Award (1994), the ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Award (1989), and a Rhodes Scholarship (1973). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2007), a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (2007), and a member of the Transportation Research Board Executive Committee. Hendrickson has published numerous research articles related to computer-aided engineering, transportation systems, construction project management and environmental systems. Central themes of this work are a systems wide perspective and a balance of engineering and management considerations. He pioneered models of dynamic traffic equilibrium, including time-of-day departure demand models. He was an early contributor to the development of probabilistic network analysis for lifeline planning after seismic events. With others at Carnegie Mellon's Engineering Design Research Center, he developed a pioneering, experimental building design system in the early 1990s that spanned initial concept through construction scheduling and animation. Since 1994, he has concentrated on green design, exploring the environmental life cycle consequences of alternative product and process designs. Hendrickson received bachelor and master of science degrees from Stanford University, a master of philosophy degree in economics from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mr. Leslie N. Jacobson
PB Americas, Inc.

Mr. Leslie “Les” Jacobson is a Vice President and Senior ITS Manager for WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. He has over 37 years of experience in transportation engineering. He is involved with or manages tolling, managed lane, and ITS projects, particularly active traffic management, across the country. He is involved with transportation systems management and operations policy, planning, standards, development, deployment, software development, and operations activities. Les worked for the Washington State DOT for 22 years before joining Parsons Brinckerhoff in 1999. Les has a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington and a Master's Degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a licensed professional engineer. He chairs the TRB Regional Transportation Systems Management and Operations committee and is a member of the TRB Freeway Operations committee. He is also a member of ITE and is a member of the Execute Committee for the Transportation Systems Management and Operation Council.

Mr. Gregory C. Johnson
Maryland Department of Transportation

Mr. Gregory C. Johnson is the Administrator, State Highway Administration (SHA) for the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT). Johnson served as second in command of the Michigan Department of Transportation for six years, where he implemented innovations in project development and delivery, including: alternate project delivery, accelerated bridge construction, wider use of carbon fiber to lengthen the life of bridges, and e-construction. In addition to his leadership in using innovation to deliver complex projects efficiently with cost savings, Johnson has focused on safety, excellent customer service, enhanced partnering, and active traffic management. As part of his focus on partnering, Johnson has been a staunch advocate for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) throughout his career, speaking about DBEs at local and national forums. He also established a youth mentoring development program to employ urban youth and expose them to transportation-related careers. Johnson serves on many national boards and committees, including: Conference of Minority Transportation Officials National Executive Board, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Standing Committees on Highways and Research, American Society of Civil Engineers, Ferris State University Construction Industry Advisory Board, and National Operations Center of Excellence Executive Board. Johnson has a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Michigan and a masters of public administration from Western Michigan University.

Dr. Christopher M. Puchalsky
Deleware Valley Regional Planning Commission

Dr. Christopher M. Puchalsky is the Director, Transportation Planning for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC). He currently leads four separate offices responsible for transportation planning across modes and scales – Office of Corridor Planning, Office of Transit, Bicycle, and Pedestrian Planning, Office of Travel Monitoring, and Office of Modeling and analysis. Dr. Puchalsky began his progression at the DVRPC in 2007 as a Senior Transportation Engineer; Manager, Modeling and Analysis; Associate Director, Technical Services; and then Associate Director, Systems Planning. Prior to DVPRC he was an independent consultant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Mexico City, Mexico, and a Design Research Engineer for the Ford Motor Company. He has presented papers at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual meeting and participated as a friend of committees. Dr. Puchalsky has been an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo since 2012 and was a transportation planning methods lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 and 2010. Dr. Puchalsky holds Bachelor and Master of Science in mechanical engineering degrees from Temple University, and earned his Doctor of Philosophy in transportation systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Rosalie Ruegg
Technology Impact Assessment Consulting, Inc.

Ms. Rosalie Ruegg has more than 30 years of experience in economic impact assessment of advanced technologies. Prior to founding Technology Impact Assessment (TIA) Consulting, Inc., Ms. Ruegg was Director of the Advanced Technology Program's (APT) Economic Assessment Office of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In this capacity, she developed and implemented a comprehensive evaluation program, and led and served on boards responsible for selecting R&D projects for more than $1 billion of federal awards. She also formed and convened panels of industry executives, business specialists, and senior economists who provided advice to the government on the business and economic merit of industry proposals. Before joining ATP, Ms. Ruegg was a senior economist in NIST's Center for Applied Mathematics, where she led an award-winning, multi-sector economic impact study for Congress. Earlier, she was a financial economist for the Federal Reserve System's Board of Governors. She has more than 60 publications, among them a case-study guide for science managers and an economics textbook. As a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service, she received DOC's Gold Medal for excellence. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, she received degrees in economics from the Universities of North Carolina and Maryland, an M.B.A from The American University, and has extensive executive training from the Federal Executive Institute and Harvard University. In 2001, she was the recipient of the Institute of Industrial Engineers' Wellington Award, for outstanding contributions in the field of engineering economics. Ms. Ruegg was also the Principal Author for the Overview of Evaluation Methods for R&D Programs for the Department of Energy.

Ms. Stephanie Wiggins
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)

Stephanie Wiggins is the Executive Officer—Congestion Reduction Demonstration Initiative of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a position she has held since 2008. She received a B.A. degree from Whittier College in 1992 and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Southern California in 2007. She has previously worked for the San Bernardino Associated Governments as director of management services and the Riverside County Transportation Commission, where she held positions such as Regional Programs Director, Rail Department Manager, and Rail Program Manager. Ms. Wiggins is active in the Women’s Transportation Seminar (founding president of the Inland Empire Chapter and 2005 member of the year) and the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials.

Dr. James M. Winford, Jr.

James M. (Jay) Winford, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., is President of Prairie Contractors, Inc., of Opelousas, Louisiana. He previously served as Vice-President of James Corporation/Prairie Contactors and as Materials Engineer for the Winford Corporation. Prairie Contractors specializes in the production and construction of hot-mix asphalt (HMA) pavements, operating three fixed-based HMA plants in south central and southwestern Louisiana along with two aggregate distribution facilities. The company also offers materials testing and consulting services. Dr. Winford earned an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Tulane University and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Auburn University. He is active in the American Society of Testing and Materials, American Society of Civil Engineers, International Society for Asphalt Pavements, Transportation Research Board, Louisiana Asphalt Pavement Association (past President), and the National Asphalt Pavement Association.

Mr. Theodore Zoli
HNTB Corporation

Mr. Theodore “Ted” Zoli is a structural engineer who is leading the design of elegant and enduring bridges around the world and making major technological advances to protect transportation infrastructure in the event of natural and man-made disasters. An expert in long-span, cable-supported bridges, he has played a key role in the creation of a number of bold contemporary structures, from the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge in Boston to the Lake Champlain bridge between NY and VT. Zoli’s work on the monumentally scaled Missouri River Pedestrian Bridge demonstrates his ability to respond to the contexts and challenges specific to each project. By dramatically reducing the weight and cost of the original design — involving a highly complex, horizontally curved surface — and devising solutions to address both wind- and pedestrian-induced vibrations, he ensured the success of the bridge’s striking “S” shape. In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, Zoli has focused, as well, on developing protective strategies to retrofit iconic bridges across the United States to maintain their structural integrity against the possibility of damage from explosion. In an era of aging infrastructure and catastrophic structural collapses, Zoli is safeguarding vulnerable links in the nation’s highway system and developing design principles for the construction of robust, new landmarks in the United States and across the globe. In September 2009, Zoli was made a MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. This prestigious award was granted for major technological advances to protect transportation infrastructure and for his innovative designs. In 2012, Zoli was selected as ENR’s Award of Excellence winner, considered the construction industry’s most prestigious honor. Theodore Zoli received a B.S. (1988) from Princeton University and an M.S. (1989) from the California Institute of Technology. Since 1990, he has been affiliated with the HNTB Corporation, where he currently serves as a senior vice president and national chief bridge engineer. He has served as a visiting lecturer in Princeton University’s Department of Civil Engineering and an adjunct professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University.

Committee Membership Roster Comments
The committee membership information is updated to remove committee members Lawrence Orcutt, Daniel Murray, Frances Banerjee. Added new members and their biographical information as of 09/01/2012: Karen Dixon, Patricia Gillette, Harold Paul, Stephanie Wiggins

The committee membership information is updated to add the biographical statements of new members: Kevin Keith, Michael Morris, J. David Roessner, and Robert Sack.
Removed the following former committee members as of 07/07/11:
E. Dean Carlson,
R. Scott Rawlins,
Joseph Sussman
Kevin Keith

Added New Chair: Michael Meyer

9/30/11 - Arthur M. Dinitz and Larry E. Tibbits were removed.

9/30/11 - New committee members were appointed and added:
Kevin Chesnik
Timothy A. Henkel
Ronaldo T. "Nick" Nicholson
James M. (Jay) Winford

11/06/2015 - New committee members were appointed and added:
Dr. Chris T. Hendrickson
Mr. Leslie Jacobson
Mr. Gregory Johnson
Dr. Christopher Puchalsiy
Ms. Rosalie Ruegg
Mr. Theodore Zoli

11/06/2015 - Members removed were:
Michael Morris
J. David Roessner
Robert Sack
Wayne Kittleson
Ronaldo Nicholson
Kumares Sinha