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Project Title: Implementing the Research Results from the Second Strategic Highway Research Program

PIN: TRB-SHRP 2-11-02        

Major Unit:
Transportation Research Board

Sub Unit: Strategic Highway Research Program 2


Brach, Ann

Subject/Focus Area:  Transportation and Infrastructure

Committee Membership
Date Posted:   06/04/2013

Mr. Kirk T. Steudle - (Chair)
Michigan Department of Transportation

Kirk T. Steudle is the Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and has served in that position since 2006. He is engaged in all aspects of transportation in the State of Michigan. Mr. Steudle is the 2013 Vice Chairman of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee. He was the 2011-12 President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and is a member of the AASHTO Executive Committee. He is on the Board of Directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), and the Engineering Society of Detroit. He also serves as Chair of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) Advisory Board. Mr. Steudle is a graduate of Lawrence Technological University (LTU), where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering and is also on the LTU Civil Engineering Advisory Board. In 2012, he was inducted into LTU’s Engineering Hall of Fame. He is a registered professional engineer in Michigan. He is also a former city councilman for the City of Essexville, Michigan.

Dr. H. Norman Abramson
Southwest Research Institute [Retired]

H. Norman Abramson (NAE) is Executive Vice President Emeritus of Southwest Research Institute. He is internationally known in the field of theoretical and applied mechanics. His specific area of expertise is the dynamics of contained liquids in astronautical, nuclear, and marine systems. He has served as Vice President and Governor of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. As a member of the National Academy of Engineering, he served on its council from 1984 to 1990. He has served on many NAE and NRC committees, and he was chairman of TRB’s Research and Technology Coordinating Committee and vice chairman of the Committee for Review of the National Transportation Science and Technology Strategy. Dr. Abramson earned a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from the University of Texas.

Mr. Alan C. Clark
Houston-Galveston Area Council Metropolitan Planning Organization

As Director of Transportation Planning for the Houston-Galveston Area Council, Alan C. Clark is dedicated to understanding the region’s transportation needs. For 25 years, he has served as the Director of H-GAC’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), which is responsible for the development of the region’s long range, multimodal transportation plan. Mr. Clark’s responsibilities also include coordinating the Houston-Galveston area’s strategies for reducing air pollution from vehicles. Mr. Clark is a member of the Oversight Committee for Transportation Research Board’s Strategic Highway Research Programs 2, known as SHRP2. This program supports cutting edge research on highway safety planning and renewal. He previously served on the Policy Study Committee on the Impacts of Climate Change and Variability on Transportations Systems and Infrastructure: Gulf Coast Studies Phase I. He is a Texas Department of Transportation Road Hand and an Anchor Award recipient for Transportation Excellence. Mr. Clark is currently an Advisory Board Member for both the Texas Transportation Institute and the Center for Transportation Training and Research at Texas Southern University. Mr. Clark has been a transportation planner with H-GAC since 1983 and has managed its transportation and air quality programs since 1986. Prior to coming to H-GAC, he worked as a transportation planner with the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County and as a traffic engineering consultant.

Mr. Frank L. Danchetz
Arcadis US., Inc.

Frank L. Danchetz has served as Business Practice Director for Transportation Design at ARCADIS, G&M, Inc., since January 2004. Previously, he was Chief Engineer of the Georgia Department of Transportation for ten years and held several other positions over a 33-year career, including Head of the Office of Environment and Location and Director of Planning and Programming. A registered professional engineer in Georgia, he was Vice Chair of the AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways, and a member of the AASHTO Standing Committee on Research. He received a bachelor of civil engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Mr. Danchetz was a member of TRB’s Research and Technology Coordinating Committee and the TRB SHRP Committee that advised on the implementation of the products of the first SHRP program.

Mr. Malcolm Dougherty
California Department of Transportation

Malcolm Dougherty is the Director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), where he leads the $11 billion organization and the Department’s 20,000 employees who build, maintain, and operate the 50,000 lane miles of California’s transportation system. He is also a member of California’s Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee, which provides project oversight on the seismic retrofit of the state’s toll bridges, including the $6.46 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Before being appointed Director, he served as Chief Deputy Director, where he advised and assisted the Director with all aspects of Caltrans’ policies and operations. He also served as District Director in the Fresno area. As District Director, he was responsible for Planning, Project Management, and Maintenance for the district’s five counties, as well as the Capital Project Delivery Program for the Central Region, which spans from the Pacific Coastline to Nevada, and from Amador County to Kern County. Dougherty's career also includes management positions in design, project management,. maintenance, and traffic Operations. Before he worked at Caltrans, Dougherty worked for a consultant with a focus on land development and municipal engineering.

Mr. Stanley Gee
New York State Department of Transportation

Stanley Gee served as the Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) where he functioned as the chief operating officer from May 2007 to July 2012. His leadership was focused on improving the performance and accountability of NYSDOT and communicating results to its customers and employees. For eighteen months prior to January 2011, Stan led the agency as Acting Commissioner during implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (federal stimulus program) while simultaneously managing execution of significantly constrained state operations budgets. He was also a member of the Governor’s Smart Growth Cabinet and Energy Planning Council. National positions held by Stan while at NYSDOT include Vice-Chair of the I-95 Corridor Coalition’s Executive Board, Chair of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) Subcommittee on Organizational Management and a member of their Standing Committee on Performance Management, Sustainable Transportation: Energy, Infrastructure and Climate Solutions Steering Committee and the Joint AASHTO/Associated General Contractors (AGC)/American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Committee. Stan came to state government in 2007 after a distinguished 30+ year career with the Federal Highway Administration. His last position was as the Massachusetts Division Administrator where he oversaw the completion of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project and the subsequent stem-to-stern safety review. He was the recipient of numerous performance and honor awards including the Federal Highway Administrator’s Award for Superior Achievement and the Secretary of Transportation’s Award for Meritorious Achievement. He helped develop an organized and continuing role of field leaders in the strategic planning and management of FHWA through the Division Administrators Council and, served a term as its Chair. Stan attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY where he obtained his B.S. in Civil Engineering. He serves on RPI’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Advisory Council. Stan is currently a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Oversight Committee, now the Committee on Implementing the Research Results of SHRP2. He is a Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and a member of Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honorary Society.

Ms. Mary L. Klein

Mary L. Klein, is President and CEO of NatureServe located in Arlington, Virginia from 2006 to the present. NatureServe is a nonprofit organization that provides scientific basis for effective conservation action. NatureServe plays an essential roll by providing highly credible and detailed information about the condition of species and ecosystems, in a non-partisan way. Ms. Klein is familiar with Federal and state transportation challenges. She oversaw an eight-year collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration to establish ecologically-based transportation planning, including hosting numerous state-based workshop; she has provided scientific expertise to Colorado DOT’s programmatic EIS initiative in the 1990s and worked closely with the Colorado DOT to monitor and update information about species of concern on transportation right-of-way. As a public-private collaborator, she has developed relationships with the highest level staff in environmental ministries throughout the western hemisphere, balanced the diverse interests of more than 1,000 staff in 82 independent organizations, in 14 countries to coordinate participation in national and international initiatives; established partnerships with more than 500 organizations in 30 countries, covering a wide spectrum including indigenous groups, government agencies, multi-lateral organizations, private sector companies, other NGOs, foundations and university researchers; established initiatives for 82-institution association covering the U.S., Canada, and Latin America; and negotiated 60+ public-private cooperative agreements with domestic and international governments. During her 20-years of experience in conservation and information management, Ms. Klein has served as Chair of the NatureServe Board of Directors (1999-2000) and as Vice President of Operations (2000-2005). Ms. Klein also served as Director of the Colorado Natural Heritage Program (1998-2000) and adjunct professor at the Colorado State University and served in regional leadership positions with the Nature Conservancy in the western United States (1989-1997).

Mr. Michael P. Lewis
Rhode Island Department of Transportation

Michael P. Lewis was appointed Director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation in March 2008 and reappointed by Governor Lincoln Chafee in 2010. He also serves as a board member of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, and the Rhode Island Public Rail Corporation. Mr. Lewis was elected President of AASHTO by the Board of Directors in November 2012. He also serves as the Chairman of the Sub-committee on Construction. In addition to his service on the TRB Executive Committee, he serves on the Executive Committee of SHRP II. Prior to his appointment as Rhode Island’s Director of Transportation, Mr. Lewis served with the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority where he was Project Director of the Boston Central Artery and Tunnel Project, the $14.8 billion “Big Dig,” from April 2000 until completion of the project in 2007. Prior to joining the Central Artery/Tunnel project in 1992, Mr. Lewis served eight years with the Massachusetts Department of Highways. Mr. Lewis holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Vermont and also studied engineering at McGill University.

Mr. John R. Njord
Utah Department of Transportation

John Njord is a member of Governor Gary Herbert’s cabinet serving as the Executive Director of the Utah Department of Transportation. He has been honored to hold this position since June 2001. He leads a team responsible for the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operation of Utah’s transportation system. Mr. Njord has over twenty years of engineering leadership experience including several years as Director of Transportation Planning for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. He has championed department efficiency improvements, innovative project delivery methods, accelerated construction techniques, and a focus on customer service. In 2002, Mr. Njord was named “Utah Communicator of the Year” by the Public Relations Society of America. In 2004, he was President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). In 2005, he was the Chairman of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee. In 2012, he was honored with the George S. Bartlett Award for Outstanding Contribution to Highway Progress. He also chairs the US Connected Vehicle Executive Leadership Team. A graduate of the University of Utah and a registered professional engineer, Mr. Njord has served on the Civil Engineering Industrial Advisory Board, and currently serves on the College of Engineering’s National Advisory Council. He is a registered Professional Engineer.

Mr. Charles F. Potts
Heritage Construction and Materials

Charles F. Potts is currently Chairman of the Board - Heritage Construction and Materials, a privately held company headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, with operations in multiple states as well as in China. Heritage Construction and Materials is involved in heavy highway construction and the production of highway materials including asphalt and aggregate. Previously, he was employed by Ashland, Inc., for 18 years, advancing through a variety of managerial assignments and becoming an executive officer of the corporation when he was elected president of APAC, Inc., and senior vice president of Ashland, Inc.—a position he held for 12 years. (APAC, Inc. was Ashland Inc.’s highway construction company.) Prior to joining APAC, Inc., Mr. Potts worked for 16 years for the Florida Department of Transportation where he held positions of increasing responsibility including the State Materials and Research Engineer and the Director of Construction. Mr. Potts is the current chairman of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, past chairman of the National Asphalt Pavement Association, and past chairman of the board of the National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University. He is also past president of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists. Mr. Potts holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the Citadel and West Virginia University, respectively.

Mr. Ananth K. Prasad
Florida Department of Transportation

Ananth Prasad was named Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) by Governor Rick Scott on April 18, 2011. Mr. Prasad is responsible for managing the $8-billion agency that oversees infrastructure projects throughout Florida, including highway, bridge, transit, seaports, rail and aviation projects. Prior to his appointment as Secretary of FDOT, Prasad served as the Assistant Secretary for Engineering and Operations for the agency. Prasad rejoined FDOT in July 2010 after a two-year tenure as a vice president of HNTB, an infrastructure design and construction services firm. Mr. Prasad has a total of 21 years of experience in the transportation industry, including 19 years with FDOT, where he previously held the positions of the Chief Engineer and Director of Construction. In these roles, he was responsible for implementing various innovative contracting techniques, including public-private partnerships for the design and construction of transportation projects. Mr. Prasad earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Regional Engineering College, India and a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida and is a registered professional engineer.

Mr. Gerald M. Ross
Georgia Department of Transportation [Retired]

Gerald M. Ross is Chief Engineer/Transportation Strategist with Jacobs in McDonough, GA. Prior to that he was the Chief Engineer of the Georgia Department of Transportation from 2007 to 2012. He joined the department in 1982 and held a series of positions of increasing responsibility including Assistant Administrator of the Office of Urban Design, Executive Assistant to the Chief Engineer, Administrator of the Office of Road Design and Director of Planning, Data and Intermodal Development. Mr. Ross holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Tennessee Technological University and is a registered professional engineer.

Mr. George E. Schoener
I-95 Corridor Coalition

George E. Schoener has nearly 40 years of transportation experience, 33 with the U.S. Department of Transportation. Currently, as the Executive Director of the I-95 Corridor Coalition, he is responsible for coordinating the multi-modal transportation programs in the nation’s most heavily traveled corridor. While serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation, Mr. Schoener was responsible for managing and directing a multi-billion dollar highway and transit program. In the Federal Highway Administration, Mr. Schoener served in several positions, including the Director of Planning, where he was responsible for managing the $200 million national metropolitan planning program for more than 300 metropolitan planning organizations. As a staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Mr. Schoener worked with Congressional members in designing the landmark surface transportation legislation, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, that provided $156 billion in funding over six years to the state departments of transportation. Mr. Schoener holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Kumares C. Sinha
Purdue University

Kumares C. Sinha (NAE) is the Edgar B. and Hedwig M. Olson Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at Purdue University and is Director of the Joint Transportation Research Program of Purdue University and the Indiana Department of Transportation. Since 1968 Dr. Sinha has taught at Marquette, Purdue, MIT (Visiting Professor), and the Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee (Visiting Professor). He has developed graduate and undergraduate courses on 12 subjects, including highway engineering, geometric design, transportation systems evaluation, infrastructure planning and management, highway infrastructure management systems, public transportation, traffic engineering, and transportation systems analysis. The course on highway infrastructure management was the first such course in a civil engineering curriculum in the country. As a professor, Dr. Sinha has supervised numerous graduate and post-doctoral students and undergraduates, many of whom now hold senior positions in government, academia, and the private sector. As a registered professional engineer, Dr. Sinha has accepted many consulting assignments around the world for organizations such as the World Bank and UN Development and Environmental Programs, as well as many domestic and international agencies. He is Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Journal of Transportation Engineering. He is recipient of many awards and citations and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. H currently serves on TRB’s Executive Committee.

Mr. Shailen P. Bhatt
Delaware Department of Transportation

Shailen P. Bhatt serves as Cabinet Secretary for the Delaware Department of Transportation. His responsibilities consist of managing the day-to-day operations of the state's transportation system including transit, motor vehicles, project construction, maintenance, planning, IT, and HR functions. He is also charged with directing a billion dollar budget and nearly 2,800 employees. Bhatt's background includes working on transportation issues at the local, state, and federal levels. Prior to his confirmation by the Delaware State Senate as Secretary, he served as an Associate Administrator at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in Washington, D.C. In this role, he was charged with setting policy and managing relationships with members of Congress and leading the FHWA's efforts in reauthorizing the nation's surface transportation legislation. At FHWA, Bhatt played a key role in establishing the agency’s initiative on accelerated project delivery called Every Day Counts (EDC). Before joining FHWA, Bhatt served as a Deputy Executive Director with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), where he was responsible for advancing transportation projects and addressing regional transportation needs. During his time at KYTC, he helped oversee a record construction letting period for the state. Prior to that, he was Director of the Bowling Green/Warren County Metropolitan Planning Organization. Bhatt currently serves on the AASHTO Board of Directors and chairs the Standing Committee on Public Transportation; Diamond State Port Corporation, Board of Directors; Northeast Corridor Commission, Co-Chair to Communication and Public Outreach Committee; and State Smart Transportation Initiative, Advisory Committee. He holds a B.A. degree in economics from Western Kentucky University.

Mr. Paul Trombino, III
Iowa Department of Transportation

Paul Trombino III was appointed director of the Iowa Department of Transportation on May 9, 2011, and confirmed by the Iowa Senate on June 28, 2011. Prior to this position, Trombino worked at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) for 17 years. At WisDOT he held several positions, last serving as director of the Bureau of Transit, Local Roads, Rails and Harbors, and previously as the regional operations director of the Division of Transportation System Development, director of the statewide Bureau of Structures and manager of highway bid lettings. Before coming to WisDOT, Trombino spent four years in the finance and banking industry in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Trombino holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and bachelor of science degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also a licensed professional engineer in the states of Iowa and Wisconsin.

Committee Membership Roster Comments
Anne P. Canby has declined to accept appointment as a member effective 12/31/2011.
Debra L. Miller appointment was provisional to the committee, but she was unable to serve.
Malcolm Dougherty was appointed to the committee effevctive September 1, 2012.
Susan Martinovich resigned from the committee effective November 30, 2012.
Shailen P. Bhatt was appointed to the committee effevctive June 3, 2013.