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International Conference on Asphalt and Traffic

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ICAT Asphalt Board

Chair, Asphalt Board

Omer Osman

Deputy Secretary


Omer Osman was appointed as the Deputy Secretary of Transportation of IDOT. In this position, as a part of the Office of the Secretary, he works closely with the Office of the Governor and the Illinois General Assembly to effectively and efficiently establish and implement Illinois’ transportation policies. Prior to this position Mr. Osman was the Director and Chief Engineer of IDOT Division of Highways. He also served as the chair of the Qualification Based Selection Committee. Mr. Osman is a graduate of Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1989 with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. He has an MS in Construction Mgt. from Bradley University. Mr. Osman is a registered Professional Engineer in Illinois.
Vice Chairs, Asphalt Board

William Frey

Executive Director


William graduate from Purdue University 4 with a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering.  He the worked for IDOT for over 29 years and retired in 2013.  Bill held positions in District 6 and the Central Office, from Resident Engineer to Deputy Director of Highways.  Presently, Bill serves as the Executive Director of the Associated General Contractors of Illinois (AGCI) representing highway, heavy and utility contractors throughout Illinois.


Kevin Burke III

Executive VP


Kevin is the Executive Vice-President for the Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association (IAPA), which represents most of the hot mix asphalt producers in Illinois. Prior to joining IAPA, he spent 20 years with IDOT in the Bureau of Materials & Physical Research and the Bureau of Local Roads & Streets. Kevin graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Asphalt Board Members

Imad Al-Qadi

Founder Professor

University of Illinois

Ross Anderson

Vice President

Bowman, Barrett & Assoc. Inc.

Jay Behnke

President & CEO

S.T.A.T.E. Testing, LLC

Ross Bentsen

Senior Engineer

Quigg Engineering Inc.

Redmond Clark


Asphalt Plus

Allen Cullinan

Sr. Vice President

United Contractors Midwest

John Fortmann

Vice President

TranSystems Corp.

Steve Gillen

Materials Engineer

Illinois Tollway

Salman Hakimzadeh


Reliable Asphalt Corp.

Imran Hossain

CEC Assistant Professor

Bradley University

Sihyun Kim

CEC Assistant Professor

Bradley University

John Kos

Senior Vice President

H.W. Lochner

Kris Maillacheruvu

CEC Professor

Bradley University

Victor Modeer, Jr.

Infrastructure Manager


Maher Omar

Associate Professor

University of Sharjah

Derek Parish

District Operations Engineer


Brian Pfeifer

Engineer of Materials


William Pine

Quality Control Director

Heritage Construction & Materials

Tony Quigley

Project Implementation Engr.

IDOT, Region 1

Christine Reed

Senior Vice President

Knight E/A, Inc.

Omaima Salah El-din

Former Chairperson

Nat'l Housing Research Center

Milton Sees

Government Relations

Capital Infrastructure Group, LLC

Eric Thirkildsen

Vice President

Terra Engineering, Ltd.

William Vavrik

Midwest Division Manager

Applied Research Assoc., Inc


Cindy Williams

Quality Assurance Manager

Chicago DOT