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
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.