David L. Harkey
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
David Harkey is Director of the Highway Safety Research Center, University of North Carolina where he previously served as the Associate Director for Operations. He is also a senior research engineer and focuses on applying transportation engineering principles and research evaluation methodologies to improve highway safety for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists in the areas of traffic operations, geometric design, and roadside design. Harkey works closely with the behavioral researchers at HSRC on many studies to develop and evaluate countermeasures that combine engineering and behavioral components to address safety problems. Dr. Harkey has conducted studies for the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Academy of Sciences, and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as well as several State Departments of Transportation. He has managed more than 30 major research projects and authored over 70 articles and research reports. He currently serves as the Principal Investigator for Federal Highway Administration’s Highway Safety Information System. Dr. Harkey holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and a M.S.E. and B.S.C.E. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina. Dr. Harkey is actively involved in the Transportation Research Board of The National Academies, currently serving as the Chair of the Safety Section within the Safety and Systems Users Group.
Douglas W. Harwood
Douglas W. Harwood is Program Director in the Transportation Research Center at MRIGlobal, a not-for-profit research institute located in Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Harwood has more than 40 years of research experience for federal, state, and local agencies, and he has served as principal investigator of numerous Federal Highway Administration and National Cooperative Highway Research Program research projects in traffic safety, highway geometric design, and traffic operations. He has led research projects that have addressed the relationship of vehicle characteristics to highway geometric design and traffic safety. Mr. Harwood is a licensed professional engineer in Missouri, Kansas, and Montana. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Highway Safety Performance and served as chair of the TRB Committee on Operational Effects of Geometrics. He holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from Clarkson College and an M.S. degree in transportation engineering from Purdue University.
Century Engineering, Inc.
Thomas Hicks recently retired as Director of the Office of Traffic and Safety for the Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA) where he was responsible for coordinating the work of five Divisions: Traffic Engineering Design, Traffic Operations (maintenance and operations), Traffic Development and Support (studies and research), Motor Carrier, and the Maryland Highway Safety Office. Mr. Hicks joined MSHA in 1968 and served in a number of positions of increasing responsibility, including State Traffic Engineer, Assistant Chief Engineer for Traffic Safety, Deputy Chief Engineer and others. Prior to his Maryland assignments, Mr. Hicks was the first State Traffic Engineer for the Oklahoma Department of Highways. Mr. Hicks has a B.S.C.E. from the University of Maryland and he completed the graduate school program of the Bureau of Highway Traffic at Yale University. Mr. Hicks taught traffic engineering fundamentals for three years at the University of Oklahoma, and he was a guest lecturer and mentor in the Advanced Transportation Operations program at the Texas Transportation Institute of Texas A & M University for 5 years. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Maryland.
George Mason University
Cing-Dao (Steve) Kan is Professor at George Mason University and Director of its Center for Collision Safety and Analysis. Under his direction the Center focuses on understanding events where objects collide or crash, the nature of such impacts, correlations to outcomes, and potential mitigating the consequences to road users and vehicles. His experience with crash testing and simulation of test events extends from vehicles to roadside barriers and includes the design, installation, use, and maintenance of various types of such barrier systems. Many of his research studies have involved finite element analysis of structures under impact loading to determine either vehicle crashworthiness or barrier performance. In many cases his work has been designed in accordance with the AASHTO Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware. Dr. Kan has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland, a M.S. in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University, and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Jimei University in Xiamen, China.
CH2M Hill, Inc.
Susan Martinovich serves as the Director of the Transportation Business Group’s North American Highway/Bridge business at CH2MHILL. She is nationally recognized as an expert in surface transportation development and a strong advocate for safety initiatives to reduce fatalities, alternative project delivery methods, and transportation funding mechanisms to ensure continued investment in the nation’s infrastructure. Prior to joining CH2MHILL she was the Director for the Nevada Department of Transportation for 6 years. Upon her retirement from NDOT she 28 years of service, having started as a summer intern while in school. As Director she formed the Department into a responsive and customer friendly agency through broader communications strategies both within and externally to give, receive and follow-up with information; and to improve transparency and show accountability to the Nevada Governor, Legislature and public. Ms. Martinovich is actively involved and recognized in many national transportation organizations, including the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, Transportation Research Board, and the Women’s Transportation Seminar. She has been part of the leadership of committees on research, safety, and management training. She is a past president of AASHTO, and also served on the TRB Executive Board. She was recently honored as a White House Champion of Change for her contributions to transportation innovation in America, and was honored with a Distinguished Leadership Award at the National Design-Build Conference in 2012.
Priyaranjan Prasad is among the world's most respected experts in injury biomechanics. A leader in automotive safety, both nationally and internationally, he worked at the Ford Motor Company 35 years, where he retired in 2008. Most recently he was Technical Fellow in Automotive Safety, reporting directly to the Chief Technical Officer at Ford and the Vice-President of Research and Advanced Engineering. He was responsible for directing the research, development and implementation of active and passive safety technologies worldwide for the company. His contributions in safety research have been recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, and by the International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury. He has also led several working groups and participated in committees of professional organizations such as the Society of Automotive Engineers, the International Standards Organization (ISO), and the International Harmonization Research Activity. Dr. Prasad is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers, a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and has received many other accolades. He has a Ph.D. in bio-mechanics and a M.S. in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Bihar College of Engineering in India.
C. S. Reese
Brigham Young University
C. Shane Reese is Professor of Statistics in the Department of Statistics at the Brigham Young University. His areas of interest include Bayesian hierarchical models, Bayesian optimal experimental design, Bayesian reliability analysis, and sports statistics. Recently he has explored the impact of highway safety interventions on crash rates and established models to detect "hot spots" with high crash rates. His research also includes Bayesian hierarchical modeling of the impact of statewide (Utah) installations of cable barriers. The statistical models developed by Dr. Reese and colleagues were recognized by the Utah Department of Transportation Executive Directors Excellence in Transportation Safety Award in 2014. Dr. Reese has a Ph.D, in Statistics from Texas A&M University and an M.S. and B.S. in Statistics from Brigham Young University and he holds visiting appointments at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Virginia Tech's Bioinformatics Institute (VBI). Dr. Reese is also an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association.
Omar G. Smadi
Iowa State University
Omar Smadi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering and the Director of Roadway Infrastructure Management and Operations of the Center for Transportation Research and Education (CTRE) at Iowa State University. He recently lead the research program that established the Roadway Information Database for the Second Strategic Highway Research Program, an undertaking that not only involved collecting original data on roadways in six U.S. locations, but also assembling roadway-related data and information from state and local transportation agencies for inclusion in the database which will be available for research use in the future. He also manages InTrans's pavement management research projects, including two long-term pavement management-related projects for the Iowa Department of Transportation. Dr. Smadi also he teaches civil engineering courses in the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering at Iowa State University. He has a Ph.D. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Yarmouk University in Jordan. He is a member of several technical committees of the Transportation Research Board, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the International Road Federation.