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2017 Speakers & Participants

The Honorable John J. Cullerton, Illinois Senate President

On January 14, 2009, State Senator John Cullerton was inaugurated to his first two-year term as President of the Illinois Senate. Over the past 30 years, he has built a reputation as a lawmaker who takes on some of the state’s toughest problems, finding solutions by negotiating to end gridlock and get Illinois’ business done.  As a lawmaker, Sen. Cullerton was an early national leader on strengthening child safety laws, passing the state’s Child Passenger Safety Act, and Illinois laws requiring that seatbelts be worn by all front seat passengers.  He pushed for increased requirements for young drivers to ensure safer Illinois roads. He worked on the reform bill for the statewide indoor smoking ban that provided guidance to law enforcement to make sure all communities had the ability to ensure compliance.  Senator Cullerton has won numerous prestigious awards.

The Honorable Toni Preckwinkle, Board President, Cook County

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has been a dedicated leader for over two decades. She has worked with the Board of Commissioners, elected officials and County employees to implement major reform and reshape County government through fiscal responsibility, innovative leadership, transparency and accountability, and improved services. Since taking office in 2010, President Preckwinkle has rebuilt the credibility of County government, solving for more than $1.6 billion in budget deficits. She established the County’s first performance management initiative to demand more accountability from County operations and employees. President Preckwinkle has a broad policy agenda focusing on critical public safety reform, strengthening the County’s health care system, and increasing the capacity and capability of economic development efforts.


Mike Acott, President, National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA)

Mr. Mike Acott is the President of NAPA, the national trade association for hot-mix asphalt (HMA) producers and paving contractors. Mike has helped launch national initiatives on perpetual pavements, stone matrix asphalt, large stone mixtures, field management, and rubblizing and helped create the strategic partnership between NAPA, the Asphalt Institute, and the State Asphalt Pavement Associations known as the Asphalt Pavement Alliance. Mike has encouraged proactive strategies that included initiatives on engineering controls for pavers, odor and emission reductions, Diamond Achievement Commendation for plants/sites, warm mix, and the development of best practice guidelines.


Randy Blankenhorn, Secretary, Illinois Department of Transportation

Randall S. Blankenhorn was appointed Illinois Transportation Secretary by Governor Bruce Rauner. As head of the Illinois Department of Transportation, he leads an agency of 13 offices and divisions that serve the transportation needs of Illinois across multiple modes, in rural, suburban and urban environments. At IDOT, Blankenhorn oversees a $2.8 billion operating budget that supports a work force of 5,200 employees, with annual oversight of more than $3.2 billion in capital projects.  Prior to his appointment, Blankenhorn was the executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, leading that agency since its inception in 2006. At CMAP, Blankenhorn oversaw transportation, land use, housing, economic development, environmental and other quality-of-life issues in the seven-county region of Northeastern Illinois.


Robert Schillerstrom, Chairman, Illinois Tollway Board

Chairman Bob Schillerstrom is a partner in Ice Miller's Public Affairs Group. He has more than 30 years of experience counseling clients on matters relating to local and state governments, including community relations, public affairs and strategic public policy development, as well as real estate tax appeals issues and zoning related matters. He previously served three terms as chairman of the DuPage County Board. He earned a reputation for reducing property taxes, lowering county property taxes nine out of 12 years and consistently doing more for DuPage County taxpayers with less money. He has been an active figure in DuPage County politics for three decades, regularly holding leadership positions in local and county governments. He earned his bachelor's degree at Illinois College and his law degree at Chicago-Kent College of Law.


Sergio "Satch" Pecori , Incoming National Chairman, ACEC

Mr. Pecori is President and CEO of Hanson Professional Services in Illinois. He is active on the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Planning Cabinet, International Committee and Design Professionals Coalition. He has served previously on the Executive Committee as Senior Vice Chair & Treasurer. As the fourth president and CEO in Hanson’s 62-year history, with more than 40 years of experience in the engineering industry, Mr. Pecori has a wealth of knowledge designing and managing complex projects throughout the U.S. He also is highly regarded in the technical field, serving as an ambassador for the engineering profession in numerous leadership roles. Mr. Pecori received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in geotechnical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Brian Jack, Director, Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill Architecture
Brian M. Jack is a Director at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture located in Chicago, IL. He is a recognized expert in complex reconstruction and expansion projects, with special concentration on large-scale institutional and private complexes. Brian currently serves as Project Manager for the Kingdom Tower, the soon-to-be tallest building in the world, located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. When completed, this multi-use tower will feature a luxury hotel, office space, serviced apartments, luxury condominiums and the world’s highest observatory. Mr. Jack holds Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Architecture as well as an MBA from the University of Illinois. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He has earned numerous Chicago, national and international awards for building design and sustainability excellence.


Jeffrey Plant, Technical Director, HOCHTIEF, P3 Solutions for North America

Jeffrey Plant is currently a technical director for HOCHTIEF P3 Solutions North America. He is an accomplished Project Manager with over thirty years of transportation, environmental and building project experience for a variety of clients including numerous public agencies, international financial institutions, design-build contractors, private developers, first nations, and industries. Mr. Plant is currently the Technical Director for the Signature on the Saint-Lawrence Group, a P3 joint-venture consortium responsible for designing, constructing, financing, and operating the $4 Billion New Champlain Bridge P3 project in Montreal, Canada. Other recent projects on which he has played important roles include the $3 Billion Gardiner Expressway rehabilitation project in Toronto, Canada, the $1 Billion Port of Miami tunnel project, and the $650 million Highway 2000 project in Jamaica.


Søren Brøndum, Executive Director for Transport, Ramboll Denmark

Mr. Søren Brøndum is Executive Director for Transport in Ramboll Denmark. It is an organization with 650 experts within planning, design, supervision, operation and management of Transport and Infrastructure. Mr. Søren Brøndum is broadly experienced in managing and planning of very large multidisciplinary construction projects with staff up till 100 full time equivalents over a long period. Mr. Brøndum is very experienced in working together with authorities and other stakeholders and has comprehensive experience in interface management. Mr. Brøndum has also as chief of Project Management been responsible of developing Project Management as discipline in Ramboll Denmark He earned his M.Sc. Degree in Civil and Structural Engineering from the University of Aalborg.


The Honorable Dr. Amr Salama, Former Egyptian Minister & Chancellor of the American University in Cairo

Dr. Amr Salama is the Chancellor of The American University in Cairo and former Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Technology of Egypt. He was also a former member of the Shura Council (upper house of the parliament of Egypt) and head of its housing committee. Dr. Salama is the Chairman of the Management Engineering Society and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the President of the Executive Bureau of 57357 Foundation (Children Cancer Hospital). In addition, Dr. Salama is the Chairman of the Council of Housing and Building of Academy of Scientific Research and Technology. Formerly, Dr. Salama served as Chairman of the Housing and Building National Research Centre and President of Helwan University. Dr. Salama received the Excellency Award in 2006 and the State Award for Science in Engineering Science in 2012.


Stewart Leggett, Head of Network Operations, Transport Scotland

Stewart Leggett BEng CEng MCIHT is Head of Network Operations for Transport Scotland, the Scottish Government's national highway authority. Stewart’s present role covers management responsibilities for Intelligent Transport Systems, Road Safety Engineering, Transport Resilience across all modes, Development Management, Speed Cameras, Traffic & Travel Information, Incident Response, Winter Service and Transport Planning for Major Events. Before returning to Scotland in 2004, he worked for a leading traffic and road safety consultancy in Vancouver, implementing the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s road safety program. Prior to this, Stewart worked in Ireland incorporating safety into many of the country’s major road infrastructure projects.


Mike Pearsall, Head, Design Standards, Ontario Ministry of Transportation

Mr. Michael Pearsall is currently Head of Design Standards for the Ministry of Transportation, Ontario, Canada. Mike has worked for MTO for the past 25 years, since earning his Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Queen’s University at Kingston. His career has mainly covered planning, design, construction and maintenance of Canadian highways. Mike has held various positions at the Ministry of Transportation in two different Regions and the Head Office including Manager of Maintenance and now the Head of the Design Standards Section. Mike has been involved with Value Engineering with the ministry since December 1996; he is one of the few Certified Value Specialists in Canada and currently serves as the Past-President of Value Analysis Canada (formerly the Canadian Society of Value Analysis).


Randy West, Director, National Center for Asphalt Technology

Dr. West directs the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) faculty and research engineers to develop and evaluate new products, design technologies, and construction methods that lead to asphalt pavement improvements. NCAT is one of the world’s leading institutions for asphalt pavement research and testing, and the information they provide plays an important role in the maintenance of our nation’s infrastructure. Dr. West's areas of specialization include: sustainable pavements, life-cycle cost analysis, asphalt mix design, asphalt specifications, test methods, quality assurance, automated testing, asphalt production, pavement construction. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida, and his MSCE and BSCE degrees from Auburn University.


Tom Skancke, Commissioner, Nevada Department of Transportation Board of Directors

With nearly three decades of communications and public policy experience, Tom Skancke is one of the nation’s foremost authorities around transportation infrastructure and economic development. He specializes in fundamental problem identification and integrated analyses of complex systems. His approach centers around changing perceptions and identifying overlooked opportunities for systemic change. For nearly 30 years, Skancke has been the CEO and president of The Skancke Company where he served as the lead advisor on hundreds of transportation infrastructure projects both regionally in Southern Nevada and nationally. He became widely recognized as a top transportation strategist, whose vision is now transforming the way surface transportation is perceived and marketed around the globe.

Kevin O'Toole, Chief of Transformative Applications & Smart Cities/Internet of Things, Illinois Dept. of Innovation & Technology
As the lead for the transformative ERP program at the State, Kevin is in charge of a team of 200+ employees and consultants with over $250M of budget. Kevin is responsible for the strategic direction of ERP and the information and business technology transformation across the State of Illinois. Before joining Illinois, Kevin was Vice President and led the global integration of the entire IT department for a private sector company. He was able to turnaround an under performing IT department of 200+ and create a trusted advisor relationship with his business counterparts. Through this partnership, he enabled the company to leverage SAP/ERP,, business analytics, integrated mobility and other strategic platforms resulting in millions of savings and increased sales. Kevin has a BA and MBA from Bentley University McCallum Graduate School of Business.

Clayton Harris III, Executive Director, Illinois International Port District at the Port of Chicago

In his role as Director, Clayton is committed to developing and maintaining a world-class port that operates as a modern, strategically driven facility and is focused on generating and expanding economic activity and employment for the benefit of the City of Chicago and State of Illinois. Clayton was formerly the Director of Gov't Affairs for the Midwest with CH2M HILL. After earning his BS in Aerospace Technology and while working at the Pentagon in Combat Systems Engineering in the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization Clayton attended law school full time while continuing to work full time at the FAA then at the US Department of Agriculture as an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Specialist. Once he graduated from Howard University’s School of Law he moved to Chicago to become a Cook County Assistant States’ Attorney.


Bill Viste, Project Coordinator, Division of Aeronautics, IDOT

Bill Viste serves as Project Coordinator for IDOT’s Office of Intermodal Project Implementation, Division of Aeronautics. Bill is responsible for the development of the new IDOT Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program and is also the principal technical lead for the South Suburban Airport (SSA) project. He contributed to the administration and organization of the Illinois UAS Oversight Task Force (IUASOTF) and was the primary author of the Task Force’s UAS Recommendations Report. Bill is an FAA-certificated pilot (manned aircraft) and was among the first at IDOT to receive a Remote Pilot Certificate (UAS). Bill earned his degree from the University of Illinois in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and has been with IDOT over 14 years. Prior to his role as Project Coordinator, Bill was the Division of Aeronautics Airport Planning Engineer & Environmental Specialist.


Robert Rocque, CEO AerialOne

Robert Rocque, is currently the CEO of AerialOne. Prior to Leading AerialOne, Mr. Rocque was CEO of Drone Dynamics, an early stage company in providing professional UAS Aerial Technology solutions gathering services, with lineage going back to 2013. Previously, Mr. Rocque was the CEO of NTE LLC, an On-Premise and Cloud Based multi-tenant ERP and B2B Collaboration solution, for the Fortune 500 and SMB market, specifically marketing and selling through a consultative sales model. Through Mr. Rocque's leadership, NTE broadened from a single feature set, to a full collaborative SCM suite, with clients in many industries. Mr. Rocque lead NTE from 2004 to 2015. Mr. Rocque earned his MBA w/Honors Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX and Bachelor’s Degree from Bradley University, Peoria, IL.


Barrett Flinn, Advanced Engineering Manager, Building Construction Products, Caterpillar Inc.

Barrett Flinn is currently the Adv. Eng. Manager within Caterpillar Building Construction Products division. In this role, he has established a project portfolio to deliver advancements in Safety, Automation, Electrification and Innovation. Since joining Caterpillar in 1989, he has worked in research, design, and development on a number of machine applications including Graders, Loaders, Tractors, Trucks and Excavators with customers, dealers and suppliers across the globe. Barrett graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, earned his PE Licensure, and completed Caterpillar's Management for the 21st Century. He is passionate about managing his team to understand the voice of the customer, competitive position, and market trends. These principles have enabled them to deliver superior products, with the highest value at the lowest cost.


Michael Rittenhouse, Safety Services Technology Solutions for North America, Caterpillar Inc.

Michael Rittenhouse has been with Caterpillar for 21 years. He started his career with them as a campus recruiter and has held various positions in the company since then. He’s worked in several different areas including Distribution, Operations Planning, Manufacturing Logistics, Global Proposal Services and New Business Management. He is currently a Parts Operations Consultant in the Dealer Operations Support Department. Prior to Caterpillar, Michael worked for Abbott Laboratories and Erlichman Company. He is a graduate of Bradley University and holds a Bachelor of Science in manufacturing engineering.


Jeremiah Shirk, Director of Transportation, Republican National Committee

After working in collegiate basketball coaching, Jeremiah matriculated to Indianapolis as the Operations Manager of the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee, and the Chief of Staff for the Director of the Indianapolis Dept. of Public Works. Jeremiah then served as Director of Transportation for the RNC 2016 National Convention, leading a 1-year effort to plan and execute logistics for the National Convention in Cleveland, OH, including overseeing elements of transportation, public safety, and national security. After successful completion of that event, Jeremiah provided transportation consultation at the 2016 BMW Championship at Crooked Stick in Carmel, IN, and recently completed responsibilities as Transportation Director for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration in Washington DC, a significant, national transportation, logistics, and national security event.

David Bowers, Director of Public Works, City of Las Vegas

David is the Director of Public Works and an alumni of Bradley University. The City of Las Vegas is one of the most iconic, vibrant, and progressive cities in the nation and David recognizes the impacts and importance of the transportation innovation disruptions that are occurring. By creating an Innovation Team that combines the strengths of the IT Department and Public Works, the City of Las Vegas has been able to rapidly respond to and implement new ideas that will make the city safer and more efficient for travelers and residents. David and the Innovation Team have been successful in obtaining funding and developing partnerships to create fiber based infrastructure to allow for high capacity V2I and IoT communication in the downtown Innovation District.

Max Grogg, Pavement Performance and Implementation Engineer, FHWA

Max Grogg has worked for the FHWA for over 30 years in various locations and positions. He is currently the Pavement Performance and Implementation Engineer in FHWA’s Office of Asset Management, Pavements, and Construction. His main duties involve improving pavement performance data in the HPMS database and assisting states with performance management, pavement management, and asset management. Previously, Mr. Grogg was the Program Delivery Team Leader in the Iowa Division of Federal Highway. Mr. Grogg has worked with various state highway agencies around the country on pavement design, construction, maintenance, and management issues; destructive and nondestructive testing technologies, and the use of life-cycle cost analysis. He also worked for a national pavement consulting firm and IDOT.


Scott Reeise, Director, Public Works Department, City of Peoria

As Peoria’s Public Works Director, Scott oversees the seven divisions of the Department: Engineering, Streets and Sewers, Facilities, Traffic, Fleet, Urban Forestry and Administration which includes the management of Solid Waste. Mr. Reeise started his career with the City of Peoria as a Civil Engineer in March 2004. He was promoted to City Engineer in 2013, the position later reclassified as the Assistant Public Works Director in 2015. He has been involved in projects throughout the city, including the Allen/Alta roundabout, the University Street improvement project, the transformation of Main and University Streets and is currently working on the MacArthur Bridge repair project. Originally from Metamora, Director Reeise has a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from Bradley University and is a licensed Professional Engineer.


Brad Booker, Regional Lean Manager, Turner Construction

Brad Booker currently serves as the Regional Lean Manger for Turner’s Great Lakes Region, which covers Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. Brad joined Turner as a Field Engineer in 1994, after earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and completing Officer Basic Course as a Reserve Army Officer. He was a Project Manager in the Special Projects Division until 1998 when he joined the Estimating Department. He was an estimator for 2 years then joined the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center team as the Project Engineer from 2000 - 2002. As that project was completed Brad was activated and served 14 months on active duty as a Captain in the United States Army. Upon his return in 2004 he worked on a variety of academic and science buildings at several community colleges and replacing the video boards at Soldier Field.


Jay Behnke, President & CEO, STATE Testing

Mr. Behnke is the founder and President of S.T.A.T.E. Testing, LLC. Prior to opening his own firm in 1999, Mr. Behnke began his career with the Illinois Department of Transportation. He served as the Area Mixture Control Supervisor for Northern Cook County (Chicago-metro area). He later branched into the private sector and served as QC manager for one of the largest paving contractors in Illinois. Mr. Behnke and his firms have been responsible for the developing mix designs and specifications that have allowed the increase in both performance and use of recycled materials for HMA and SMA materials across Illinois. Innovations include the first uses of GTR, FRAP, RAS, and warm mix technology in Illinois. Mr. Behnke developed the Chicago DOT’s binder bumping chart for design of high ABR mixes and has implemented regional specifications


Ross Anderson, Vice President, Bowman, Barrett & Associates

Ross K Anderson, Senior Vice President Bowman Barrett and Associates Chicago, Il has been working at BB&A for the last 19 years. He has been involved in pavement design, maintenance, construction and material selection for the O’Hare Modernization Program since its beginning in 2003. Serving in the capacity of the Chief Engineer for the Master Civil Engineer for the program. He has also worked in the Public Works field and for private industry.


Douglas Steen, Assistant Vice President, TranSystems

Doug has 30 years of architectural experience, including 15 years as an in house owners representative, with eight of those as lead architect for design and planning worldwide for Hertz. He has completed numerous programming, planning and operational projects at various corporate administrative facilities around the globe, working with key senior staff on the programming, planning and implementation. These projects included stand alone and consolidated rental car, equipment rental and car sales facilities, as well as various corporate office projects. Doug has collaborated with most of the top major airports in North America and many in Europe. With TranSystems, he has acted as team leader, architect of record, lead functional design architect or senior architect on 5 key long term airport projects with a total construction value of close to $4.5 B.


Bill Buttlar, Glen Barton Chair of Flexible Pavement Technology, University of Missouri

In his current position, Bill Buttlar oversees the Missouri Asphalt Pavement and Innovation Lab (MAPIL), funded in part by the Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association. Between 1996 and 2016, Buttlar served as professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and held the title of Narbey Khachaturian Endowed Faculty Scholar and Associate Dean. He has more than 200 publications in the area of asphalt materials and pavements and more than 50 invited presentations and keynote lectures. Buttlar is the chair of RILEM TC-MCD, is an editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Road Materials and Pavement Design, and serves on the Board of Directors of AAPT. He is a founding member of City Digital at U+ILabs in Chicago and provides leadership in smart infrastructure initiatives at the center.


Tom Blair, Assistant District Engineer, MoDOT

Tom Blair serves the transportation needs of the St. Louis Metro District as the Missouri DOT's Assistant District Engineer responsible for Operations. He is responsible for all maintenance operations, traffic engineering, and real-time transportation services. In his capacity he works with multiple external partners in an effort to provide a world-class transportation experience that delights our customers and promotes a prosperous Missouri. Also, Tom has been having great fun leading MoDOT’s Road to Tomorrow initiative, soliciting innovations that have the potential to create new transportation revenue streams, since June 2015. MoDOT’s R2T team is still ‘open for business’ and scheduled to pilot some innovative pilot projects! Tom has a BSCE degree from Iowa State University and MS in Engineering Mgt. from Missouri S&T. Tom is a registered professional Engineer. 


Bryan Wagner, Environmental Policy and Program Manager, Illinois Tollway

Bryan began his career with the Illinois Tollway in 2007 as an Environmental Planner. His responsibilities have evolved from permit compliance oversight to being the agency’s lead on 404/401 permitting, traffic noise, and Clean Construction Demolition Debris (CCDD). As part of his efforts he has permitted over $6 billion in roadway construction, established over 800 acres of land to be protected and restored via permitted responsible wetland mitigation, led the planning and design efforts for 67 linear miles of stormwater best management practices that are to be constructed as part of the Move Illinois program and instituted the agency’s processes for CCDD. Bryan is also the agency lead for sustainability efforts which include the development of a sustainability policy for the Tollway along with overseeing the implementation of the FHWA’s INVEST program.


Tom Zehr, Bureau of Materials, IDOT

Tom earned Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois.  He has been working at IDOT Central Bureau of Materials since May 1997, and has been involved with HMA almost the entire time.  He is a Professional Engineer in Illinois since 2001. Currently, Tom is the HMA Implementation Engineer, and has been actively involved with I-FIT development and testing.


Brian Kuttab, Project Manager, IDOT Region 1

Brian Kuttab, P.E. is a registered professional engineer in Illinois and has been with the Illinois Department of Transportation, District One for 25 year as a Phase II Design Project Manager, managing and administering major projects such as the Dan Ryan Expressway reconstruction, I-55 at Lake Shore Drive interchange reconstruction, IL 59 & the Diverging Diamond Interchange reconstruction project in Naperville, and currently the reconstruction of the Jane Byrne (Circle) Interchange in Chicago. Mr. Kuttab brings along over 37 years of professional experience in the private and public sector, nationally and internationally, and is a 1978 graduate of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.


Eric Ray, Resident Engineer, IDOT Region 1

Eric Ray is an IDOT engineer in the District One Bureau of Construction with over 17 years of experience in design and construction of highway and bridge projects. He has served as resident engineer on several major projects including the Dan Ryan Expressway Reconstruction, Congress Street Bascule Bridge Rehabilitation, the Jane Byrne Interchange, and I-55 at Lake Shore Drive Interchange reconstruction. Eric has a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Tennessee State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois.


Benjamin Beerman, Sr. Structural Engineer, FHWA

Benjamin Beerman brings over 20 years of experience related to program delivery and oversight, design, repair/rehabilitation, management, inspection and construction for both highway and rail structures located throughout the United States. He currently serves as a Senior Structural Engineer with the Federal Highway Administration Resource Center based out of Atlanta, GA and is the national deployment coordinator for Accelerated Bridge Construction for the agency. He chairs the TRB Joint Subcommittee for Accelerated Bridge Construction (AFF00-2), serves as the FHWA’s liaison for the AASHTO SCOBS subcommittee on bridge construction (T4), is an Executive Panel member for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s University Transportation Center for Accelerated Bridge Construction, and co-chairs the Georgia/Carolina’s regional PCI committee.


Jeff Withee, Highway Materials Engineer, Federal Highway Administration

Jeff Withee has been at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for 6 years leading programs in materials quality assurance, asphalt performance testing, and highway materials training. He leads FHWA materials quality assurance stewardship reviews of State DOTs to assess program compliance and identify successful practices for national deployment. Jeff also manages the delivery of the Highway Materials Engineering Course. Prior to FHWA, Jeff worked 12 years at the Maryland State Highway Administration in pavement design, soils & aggregates, and materials quality assurance. Jeff is a registered Professional Engineer in Maryland.


Matt Fletcher, Project Manager, Hanson Professional Services

Mr. Fletcher, a licensed professional and structural engineer, is a vice president and project manager for Hanson Professional Services Inc. He works at the firm’s Peoria, Illinois, office. He has worked with clients ranging from Class I railroads and major railway companies to industries and government agencies. He also serves as technical design lead for Hanson’s railway market, managing and guiding staff during the planning, design and production of final construction documents for clients such as the BNSF Railway Co., Union Pacific Corp., Norfolk Southern Corp., Alaska Railroad Corp. and Canadian National Railway Co. In 2014, Mr. Fletcher was received the Civil Engineer of the Year Award from ASCE's Central Illinois Section. He was selected as a Rising Star in Structural Engineering by Zweig White’s Structural Engineer magazine in 2012.


Les Melhorn, Vice President, Transportation Business Group, CH2M

Mr. Les C. Melhorn is a University of Illinois Civil Engineering graduate. He has 39 years of professional experience with CH2M HILL, a global engineering firm. He has directed major transportation projects, design-build procurements, and prepared procurement documents and participated in the project delivery of innovative project delivery methods including construction manager at risk and construction manager general contractor. His roles include technical and management responsibilities as project manager, project engineer, quality control reviewer, and project start-up lead.


Damon Ranieri, Manager BIM Integration, Lend Lease

Mr. Ranieri is a BIM/Revit/AutoCAD Subject Matter Expert and engineering professional with recognized global experience implementing Building
Information Modeling and a variety of design software packages. He has managed multiple successful BIM implementation initiatives for A/E/C
firms over the past seven years, including deployments in Sao Paulo, London, and Tianjin, China. He is proficient in developing and distributing
training, intranet resources and demonstrations worldwide. As BIM Integration Manager, Mr. Ranieri leads and develops the implementation of VDC technologies within the Chicago office of Lendlease.  He is vital in championing the value of the exciting new tools for the pre-construction process and the early phases of coordination as well as fabrication and building operations.


Cindy Williams, QA Manager, City of Chicago

Ms. Williams began her career in construction management in Chicago, IL after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!).  In 1998, she joined the City of Chicago’s Department of Transportation and has held the position of Quality Assurance Manager for the past 8 years.  She has helped shape and put into action CDOT’s aggressive recycled product specifications and pilot programs and continues to work on improving the materials specifications and construction practices of the “green” evolution in Chicago.


Scott Koefod, Principal Scientist, Cargill Deicing Technology

Scott Koefod has a PhD in inorganic chemistry and is Principal Scientist for Cargill Salt and Cargill Deicing Technology, where he has worked for 25 years in Research and Development in the areas of deicer testing and product development. Scott is the principal inventor on 20 U.S. patents related to salt and deicer technology and he also taught chemistry at the University of Minnesota for over ten years.


Michelle Voegele, Area Engineer, Missouri Department of Transportation

Michelle serves as MoDOT’s local connection within the City of St. Louis community. Michelle works with her team to oversee MoDOT’s planning, design, traffic operations, construction and maintenance of 550 centerline miles of roads and bridges and 150 signals in the City of St. Louis. Michelle demonstrates an ongoing ability to communicate effectively with government and community leaders, strengthening relationships with both the public and private sectors. Michelle also oversees the St. Louis District’s Mobility Asset Management team. Michelle, is a native of Collinsville, IL, and is a registered professional engineer in Missouri. She received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Upon graduation, she started her career in 2003 in MoDOT’s St. Louis Traffic Department.


Hasan Ozer, Research Assistant Professor, ICT, UIUC

Dr. Ozer earned his BSCE degree from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey, MSCE degree from Northwestern University and PhD from UIUC. He joined the non-tenure track faculty of CEE at UIUC since August, 2011 as a Research Assistant Professor. His research is primarily concentrated in the areas of computational fracture mechanics, numerical modeling of pavement response, sustainable pavement systems, use of recycled materials in pavements, rheological and mechanical characterization of asphalt sealants and binders. Ozer currently serves as principal or co-principal investigator of several IDOT and FHWA sponsored studies on recycled material characterization and development of sustainable pavement systems. He has also been chairing the ASCE Transportation and Development Institute’s (T&DI) Highway Pavement Committee since 2014


Jaime Hernandez, Postdoctoral Research Associate, ICT, UIUC

Dr. Hernandez finished his PhD from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December 2015. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the National University of Colombia at Medellin and a master’s degree from Ohio University. His research interests include modeling of flexible pavement structures, tire-pavement interaction, and pavement instrumentation. Currently, Jaime is a postdoctoral research associate at University of Illinois, and he is collaborating in an instrumentation project conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration at John F. Kennedy international airport aim to study load and environment induced responses in concrete pavements. In addition, he is developing a micromechanical model of the semi-circular beam test and serving as instructor of Pavement Analysis and Design


Shan Zhao, PhD Student, UIUC

Shan’s research interest is mainly on the theory and application of non-destructive test in civil engineering with the focus on ground-penetration radar (GPR). He is currently studying the use and application of GPR to evaluate thin asphalt overlay.