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.
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.
Carol Kuester is Director of Electronic Payment Systems for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Bay Area Toll Authority, San Francisco, California. She is responsible for managing several high-profile customer service programs, including FasTrak®, the regional and statewide interoperable toll payment system and Clipper®, the multi-operator transit fare payment card. She oversees more than two million user accounts and $94 million in transactions monthly. She has held a number of other positions at MTC including Principal Program Coordinator, Senior Program Coordinator, Associate Program Coordinator. Before joining MTC she was a senior associate at TransTec America Inc. in Hannover, Germany, and Chicago, a transportation planning consult at Hamburg Consult, and a Fellow at the Robert Bosch Foundation in Bonn and Berlin, Germany. She is a Board Member of the Intelligent Transportation Society of California. She earned a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis.
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.
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.
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.