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2019 Speakers & Participants

The Honorable J.B. Pritzker, Illinois Governor (Invited)

Raised by parents who taught him to fight for progressive values from a young age, JB Pritzker has spent his life standing up for social and economic justice and expanding opportunity in communities in Illinois. Those values led JB to become a national leader in early childhood education, working for decades to create and expand early learning programs for low income children. After years of dedication, JB was asked by President Obama in 2014 to help organize the White House Summit on Early Childhood Education. In Illinois, JB recognized that thousands of children across the state go to school hungry every day, and kids can’t learn well on an empty stomach. So JB partnered with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Share our Strength to expand federal school breakfast grants in Illinois, making it possible for 230,000 more kids to get breakfast and start their day off right.


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

President 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.


Tana Utley, Vice President, Caterpillar Inc.

Tana L. Utley is a vice president of Caterpillar Inc. with responsibility for the Large Power Systems Division. Through this global organization, Caterpillar designs and manufactures the most comprehensive lineup of large diesel and natural gas engines and remanufactured components in the industry. Utley joined Caterpillar in 1986 and held a variety of engineering and general management positions over the years.  Utley earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Bradley University and a master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was a Sloan Fellow. She is currently involved in the Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance, SPX Corporation and the Heart of Illinois United Way. She is also a member of the Society of Women Engineers, the Illinois Valley Striders and the USA Triathlon Association.


Manish Kothari, Chairman of National ACEC and CEO of Sheladia

Mr. Kothari is President and CEO of Sheladia Associates Inc, an international architecture and engineering consulting firm in Rockville, Maryland.  He is active on ACEC’s International Committee, Budget Committee and the Design Professionals Coalition. He has served previously on the Executive Committee as Vice Chair.  He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Mangalore University, India and a MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  He is also a Commissioner for State of Maryland's Economic Development Commission and a member of Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Services and Finance Industries with the US Department of Commerce.  Mr. Kothari also previously served on the Business Advisory Council of the National Education Association. 


Claire Hall, Director, Ramboll, United Kingdom

Claire Hall is a Ramboll Project Director and the Team Leader for Transport Project Management in the UK. She received her engineering degree from the University of Cambridge and has worked in the UK Civil/Structural Engineering Industry for over 30 years. Ms. Hall has experience in all stages of project delivery from feasibility, through options appraisal, the statutory process, public inquiry, business case and procurement to construction, with particular expertise in project management of multi-discipline/multi-consultant teams on major projects. Since 2001, Claire has been involved in the 1.86B GBP ($2.37B USD) DBFO Mersey Gateway Project, the major new tolled bridge crossing of the river Mersey in northwest England, for the Halton Borough Council.


Dr. Yuanyang Gao, Director, Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics

Dr. Yuanyang Gao, is one of the premier experts regarding the General Aviation Industry in China. Dr. Gao is an associate professor and the director of the General Aviation Industry Research Center of Beijing University. He is a council member of the Chinese Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA China). He also serves as a visiting scholar of the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley. Dr. Gao has more than 10 years’ working experience developing new large aviation business enterprises in the rapidly developing Chinese aviation market. His general aviation research center has participated in numerous industry research projects. Additionally, his group has provided the research and development in support of major general aviation policies that have been adopted by the central Chinese government.

Jamie Rhee, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA)

Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Jamie Rhee manages one of the world’s busiest airport systems, comprised of O’Hare and Midway International Airports, which serves more than 100 million passengers each year and propels Chicago as a global leader for air cargo activity. Chicago’s airports are also among the most connected in the world, serving more than 260 locations via 50 different commercial carriers to 46 countries worldwide.Rhee has a long history of mastering complex issues in aviation as well as municipal government. Rhee began her career with the City of Chicago, and has worked for nearly 24 years in various roles. Rhee has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctorate degree from DePaul University School of Law.


Dr. Anna Arvidsson, Swedish National Road & Transport Research Institute, VTI, Sweden

 Anna earned a Ph.D. in Physical Geography/Road Climatology at University of Gothenburg, Sweden in 2010, and have since then worked as a researcher at VTI.  She is interested in questions regarding weather and climate and is mainly focused on research regarding winter maintenance and friction measurements  both during summer and winter.  Anna is a committee member of both PIARC and the Transportation Research Board (TRB).


Chip Snowden, Sr. Vice President, Hanson Professional Services

Chip is a Senior Vice President and is the principal for Hanson’s aviation market unit. He has more than 34 years of experience in the aviation industry, serving on both the airport management and consulting sides of the business. In addition to Chip’s direct airport management experience, he has extensive experience in business development, strategic planning, and project delivery for various aviation program emerging practices.  He has worked directly with international airport operator/ developers, infrastructure funds and governmental entities in helping them win and execute major airport P3 privatization programs. Chip’s consulting experience also includes working with domestic and international airport owners in developing airport strategic business plans, airport management best practices, safety and security programs and “airport cities” property development programs.


Alan Eckman, Vice President, AECOM

Alan Eckman is a Vice President of transportation in AECOM’s Denver office. His career is focused on innovative multimodal transportation solutions including planning, designing, and implementation. In addition to a strong planning and engineering background, Alan has successfully led projects involving multi-agency perspective with high-profile objectives and outcomes. He has been heavily engaged with AECOM’s local agency clients in Colorado, as well as the Colorado Department of Transportation’s RoadX program in developing technology pilot projects, and in evaluating and planning for Mobility of the Future.


Richard Young, Vice President, AECOM

Mr. Young has 24 years of engineering and management experience focusing on highway design, GEC and Program management contracts. He coordinates multidiscipline teams and subconsultants performing Phase I design studies, Phase II design plans and program management for Phase II design of interstate corridors. He is an expert in the highway, intersection and interchange geometrics; traffic studies; traffic staging plans; right-of-way documents; hydraulic studies; storm sewer system layouts; design specifications and cost estimates; and CADD. Throughout his career, Richard has supported the Illinois Tollway with proactive service, and has a thorough understanding of the Tollway’s charter, vision and goals.

Dr. Tom Ho, Vice President, T.Y. Lin International

Tom Ho has over 20 years of experience managing award-winning structural design projects, and over 15 years of experience leading seismic retrofit projects for both buildings and bridges. He is a Vice President at T.Y. Lin International, where his primary responsibilities include project management, supervising the preparation of design calculations and drawings, and full construction services for bridges, transit, and special structures. Dr. Ho received his PhD in civil engineering from the University of Colorado in 1984 and has worked for T.Y. Lin International since 1985. He is the author of three papers on finite element evaluation procedures and is a member of the Chinese Institute of Engineers.  Dr. Ho has been involved in the design of bridge projects in high-seismic areas of China, including the $20 billion Hong Kong-Zhuhai/Macau Bridge, the world's longest sea-crossing bridge.


Greg Cuttell, General Superintendent / Sr. Project Manager, Turner Construction Company

Greg Cuttell, is the General Superintendent/Senior Project Manager for the approx. $3.5 Billion 300-acre NFL Football Stadium for the Los Angeles Sports Entertainment District (LASED) in Inglewood, California. The stadium will provide seating for 72,040 spectators over nine (9) levels covered with a cable supported ETFE Roof Canopy.  The approximate 3 million s.f. facility is uniquely comprised of three independent and separate structures with seismic engineering concerns - a Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Retaining Wall system surrounding the sunken Stadium Bowl Structure; a Stadium Bowl Structure separated by an Air Moat to the MSE Retaining Wall that is not connected to the Roof Canopy; and a Roof Canopy supported by thirty-eight (38) Blade Columns that are isolated from the surrounding Engineered Earth Backfill that is not connected to the Stadium Bowl Structure. 


Mr. Paul Doherty, Chairman and CEO, The Digit Group, Inc., Honk Kong

As published by Forbes as “Changing the World”, seen on Bloomberg TV and reported by CNBC as one of America's Business Titans, Paul is a Registered Architect and one of the global Industry's most sought after thought leaders, strategists and integrators of process, technology & business. Paul is currently the President & CEO of The Digit Group, Inc. (TDG), a leading Smart Cities design, build, operate and solutions company, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. He is an author, educator, analyst and consultant to Fortune 500 organizations, government agencies, prominent institutions and the most prestigious AEC firms in the world. Paul has spent the past years in the industry after graduating cum laude from the New York Institute of Technology and graduating from the Career Discovery program at Harvard University’s GSD.


Dr. Amy Epps Martin, Professor, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Dr. Amy Epps Martin has more than 20 years of experience teaching civil engineering materials courses and conducting research on safe, sustainable asphalt technologies at Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute where she is a professor and researcher. She received her education at the University of California at Berkeley.


Dr. David McDonald Jr., P.E., Ph.D., PTOE, Vice President, Hanson Professional Services, Inc.

David McDonald is a vice president and chief roadway engineer for Hanson Professional Services, Inc.. He joined the company in 2002 as an experienced roadway engineer. With more than 25 years of experience, he leads Hanson’s roadway technical discipline group, for which he focuses on strengthening the company’s technical services. David earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering in 1990 and 1992, respectively, from Clemson University and a doctor of philosophy in civil engineering in 1999 from Vanderbilt University. He is a licensed professional engineer in multiple states, a professional traffic operations engineer and is active with the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois and the Transportation Research Board. In 2016, he was appointed to a panel that researched the merits of highway lanes designated for the use of connected and autonomous vehicles.

Cynthia Watters, Bureau Chief, Safety Programs and Engineering, Illinois Department of Transportation

Cynthia Watters became the Bureau Chief of Safety Programs and Engineering in 2018.  This bureau is responsible for providing focused multi-discipline coordinated efforts that provide Illinois motorists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists with a safer transportation system.  She has over 25 years of experience in both the private and public sectors.  Cynthia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  


Colin Castle , ITS Program Manager, Michigan Department of Transportation

Collin Castle has worked in the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Office for the past 12 years. He is currently serving as the MDOT ITS Program Manager responsible for the administration, support and oversight of the statewide ITS, Signals, connected and autonomous vehicle program at MDOT. He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Civil Engineering with a focus on Transportation, and is registered Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan.


Jim Wild, Executive Director, East-West Gateway Council of Governments

Jim Wild is the Executive Director of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, the Metropolitan Planning Organization for St. Louis, which represents the 2.6 million residents of the city of St. Louis and the surrounding seven counties in Illinois and Missouri. During his more than 25 years at East-West Gateway, Jim's primary responsibilities have included overseeing the council’s freight, intelligent transportation systems, bicycle/pedestrian, paratransit, and transportation safety programs as well as development and implementation of the Regional Transportation Plan and the Transportation Improvement Program.  Before coming to St. Louis, Jim worked at Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, the MPO for Peoria, IL. Jim received his Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University.


Reema Griffith, Executive Director, Washington State Transportation Commission

 Reema Griffith has been the Executive Director of the Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) since 2005.  Under her leadership, the Transportation Commission serves as the State Tolling Authority, sets the fares and policies for the Washington State Ferry System – the biggest ferry system in the nation, leads the state’s long-term transportation planning, conducts public outreach and education on transportation matters, provides guidance to the State Legislature and Governor, reviews and approves public/ private partnership agreements, and conducts special studies on finance and policy issues. U nder her leadership, the WSTC is testing a pay-per-mile, road-usage-charge as a replacement for motor-fuel-tax funding of highways in a 12-month pilot program, which is the subject of her presentation.


Eric Miller, Executive Director, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

Eric Miller is the Executive Director of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC) since 2015, and has worked with TCRPC for 20 years.  TCRPC was established in 1958 to promote intergovernmental cooperation, regional planning, and a vision for the future. The Commission exists to serve the residents of Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford Counties by offering a forum for leaders of local government, and to develop a vision for the future by defining regional issues, setting goals, and cooperatively implementing plans. The Commission provides planning services including regional projects such as metropolitan transportation planning services provided in cooperation with the Peoria/Pekin Urbanized Area Transportation Study, and projects which promote responsible land use management and protection of the environmental assets.


John Sleavin, Deputy Executive Director, Sound Transit

John Sleavin currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director of Design Engineering and Construction Management for Seattle’s Sound Transit agency.  John has spent most of his career working on transportation projects.  He received his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington in 1984.  Globally, John has worked on Intercity commuter rail and freight rail improvements in Malaysia and neighborhood transit access studies in Singapore.  Closer to home he worked in Portland on the Westside light rail, the Hillsboro Extension, Interstate MAX, and the Portland Streetcar.Mr. Sleavin’s project record is virtually a history of major engineering projects for the Seattle region, including the Link light rail in Tacoma, commuter rail between Seattle and Tacoma, and the original construction of the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel.


Jesse Elam, Deputy Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Jesse Elam is deputy executive director for policy and programming at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), where he has worked since 2005. He oversees transportation programming, including approximately $160 million per year in grants under the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, Transportation Alternatives Program, and the new Surface Transportation Program Shared Fund, which he played a leading role in creating. He also manages travel demand modeling and policy development at the agency. He has been heavily involved in promoting congestion pricing and in helping develop the ON TO 2050 plan. Previously at CMAP and its predecessor the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission (NIPC), he was responsible for several areas of environmental planning, including water supply and water quality planning.


Louis Feagans, Statewide Technical Services Director, Indiana Department of Transportation

 Louis is the INDOT Managing Director of Asset Management and has over 30 years of transportation experience.  During his career he has worked in hydraulics, water resources, design, asset management, and project management.  He is a professional engineer with a BS for University of Evansville and MS for Purdue University. 


Craig Bargfrede, Winter Operations Administrator, Iowa Department of Transportation

 Craig Bargfrede currently serves as the Winter Operations Administrator for the Iowa Department of Transportation. He has served in this position since December 2013 and is responsible for coordinating all facets of winter operations for the Department. From 2008-2013, Craig worked for Iowa Emergency Management to help state agencies in recovering from natural disasters. Craig also has military background, starting in 1980.  In 2010-2011 he commanded the 734th Ag Business Development Team during their 12 month deployment to Northeastern Afghanistan. In 2014 he retired from the Minnesota National Guard at the rank of Brigadier General after serving nearly 34 years. Craig has a Bachelor’s of Science in Ag Education from South Dakota State University; a Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College and a Masters in Public Administration from Drake University.


Kelly Morse, Chief Chemist, Illinois Department of Transportation

Kelly Morse has been with Illinois Department of Transportation for 24 years and is currently the Chief Chemist.  She is responsible for the Chemical Test Unit within the Central Bureau of Materials. The Chemical Test Unit is composed of the Analytical Chemistry Lab, Bituminous Chemistry Lab and the Instrument Chemistry Lab. Ms. Morse is actively involved State and National research and testing programs such as: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials - National Transportation Product Evaluation Program serving as vice-chair for two technical committees, Transportation Research Board - National Cooperative Highway Research Program serving as panel chair and panel member, Illinois Center for Transportation serving as chair on three on-going projects.


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


Joe Sadauskas, Project Executive, Power Construction

Graduate of Bradley University – Construction in 1999, Working with Power Construction for the past 20 years, Currently as a Project Executive.  Project Experience including Healthcare, Hospitality, Multi-Family Residential, Industrial, and Education.  He is currently working on the Advocate South Suburban Hospital Procedural Center Expansion project, which is being delivered through an Integrated Project Delivery approach including an Integrated Form of Agreement.


Katherine van den Bogert, Program Manager, Survivor Advocates & Volunteers, National Safety Council

Katherine has been with the National Safety Council for 10 years. She works closely with road safety advocates on our common mission of ending preventable deaths in our lifetime. She is also in charge of the Safety Ambassador Program and the Women’s Caucus. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health from Kent State University.


Jason Fuller, Project Manager, HDR Inc.

Mr. Fuller is a Project Manager and Associate Vice President with the Pittsburgh office of HDR. Mr. Fuller is also HDR’s national program lead for Construction Engineering. Currently he is serving as Design Manager for the Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Replacement PPP Project. Over the past 20+  years, besides traditional design experience, Mr. Fuller has gained extensive experience in providing Design-Build and Construction Engineering Services for contractors. He has been involved in the pursuit and execution of multiple, large Design-Build projects. Jason received his BS from the Pennsylvania State University, has 27 years of experience, 23 with HDR, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in PA and multiple other states.


Sean Guzik, Acting Quality Assurance Manager, Chicago Department of Transportation

 Sean is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois and a graduate of Webb Institute with a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and the Illinois Institute of Technology with a Master’s degree in Construction Engineering and Management. He has 15 years of experience ranging from roadway and railroad bridge inspections, underwater diving, wastewater treatment plant construction, and roadway/bridge construction inspection. Sean has worked for the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) for the past 4 years, previously as a Construction Manager, and currently as the Acting Quality Assurance Manager.


Scott Reeise, Project Manager, Illinois Civil Contractors, Inc.

As Peoria’s former Public Works Director, Scott oversaw 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. Mr. Reeise worked with the EPA on the combined sewer outflow project by developing a 100% green solution that will not only correct the outflow problems, but will provide co-benefits such as work force development and neighborhood economic opportunities.  In January 2019, Mr. Reeise accepted a new position as a Project Manager with Illinois Civil in Peoria, Illinois. He has a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from Bradley University and is a licensed Professional Engineer.   


Steve Mednis, Incident Manager, Illinois Tollway

Steve began his employment with the Illinois Tollway in 2003 as an Equipment Operator/Laborer. In 2011, he became Maintenance Section Supervisor, serving several maintenance facilities. In January 2016, he was promoted to Incident Manager. In his current role, Steve oversees the incident response efforts of Maintenance, State Police, Fire and Rescue, Towing and Recovery for all 294 center lane miles of the Illinois Tollway. Additionally, he oversees the Tollways H.E.L.P. program, Central Sign Shop, Lane Closure Permits Department, Towing and Recovery Program as well as the Traffic Operations Center. He is also a certified trainer of the Statewide Traffic and Incident Management program.


Jeffrey Hochmuth, Senior ITS Engineer, CDM Smith

Mr. Hochmuth has over 30 years of experience in the transportation field that includes a mix of public and private sector experience.  He has extensive project experience with ITS, traffic engineering, transportation planning, operations, data analytics, freight, and most recently connected vehicles and active traffic management systems. Prior to joining CDM Smith, he served as the manager of the Illinois statewide ITS program for IDOT where he gained experience with ITS, systems engineering, TMCs, and programming. Mr. Hochmuth also served as the Assistant Traffic Engineer for the Illinois Tollway gaining operations experience and began his career as a travel demand modeler for the Chicago area MPO. Mr. Hochmuth has been involved in a number of ITS projects around the world. He is currently the ITS task lead for the Illinois Tollway traffic engineering contract.  


Karen Yeomas, Area Engineer, Missouri Department of Transportation

Karen is a 1994 graduate from the University of Missouri - Rolla with a BS in Civil Engineering. She has worked her entire engineering career at MoDOT and has held positions in the Design Department and has been the Area Engineer for the west and southern parts of St. Louis County from 2002 to 2011 and again from 2015 to present. As the Area Engineer, she leads a multi-disciplinary team from design, construction, maintenance, and traffic and acts as a liaison with the community. In her role as Area Engineer, she has been involved in three major professional golf events including the recent PGA Championship.


Charles “Tice” Cole, Project Engineer, Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc.

Tice has been a consulting engineer for the past 16 years. He is a 2003 graduate of Iowa State University of Science and Technology with a BS degree in Civil Engineering. Tice began his career working at the Kane County, IL, Division of Transportation working in traffic, permitting, planning and programming departments. The type and breadth of experience led to his emphasis in Phase I type studies for surface transportation projects throughout northeast Illinois. Tice has worked for consulting engineer Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. for the past 11 years. Tice was the project manager for the Phase I study of the Barrington Road at Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Interchange and Park-n-Ride project which won the inaugural 2019 ACEC Illinois Lincoln’s Grand Conceptor Award, the top engineering award in the state. Tice is a registered PE and certified PTOE.


Travis Voss, Technology Manager, Mechanical Inc.

Travis Voss of Mechanical Inc. is a recent convert to the construction industry. He has spent years in software development focusing on getting data in the hands of people who need it. This is a mindset he brings to construction now as the Technology Manager at Mechanical, Inc. His goal is to help Mechanical leverage new technologies and evangelize the concept of open data standards so project teams can share information seamlessly through the different stakeholders and platforms needed to execute a building project successfully. He may be new to construction, but he is intensely passionate about helping the industry get better as a whole


Wyatt Hays, BIM Coordinator, Mechanical Inc.

Wyatt Hays has been working in the construction industry for the last 12 years, mainly in the MEP subcontractor world.  He has worn many hats over those years Detailer, BIM Model Management, VDC Lead Technician, Designer, and am currently part of our companies Technology Committee.  We strive as a company to stay on the for front of all emerging technologies in our industry.  For the past 2-3 years as Augmented Reality technologies have hit our market, I have made it my mission in finding ways to use this tech to help us get better.


Matt Daeda, Expressway Traffic Operations Engineer, Illinois Department of Transportation

 Mr. Daeda has been with the Illinois Department of Transportation for 17 years.  His duties have included Resident Engineer, Traffic Control Supervisor, and he is currently the Expressway Traffic Operations Engineer for Region 1 where he is responsible for improving the safety and efficiency along the regions expressway system.  Mr. Daeda holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Illinois.


Ashlee McLaughlin, Transportation Planner, Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study

 Ashlee McLaughlin has been a Transportation Planner with the Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study (CUUATS) since 2013 working on long range planning, corridor planning, public outreach, and the agency’s federal transportation requirements. Ashlee’s past experience includes urban planning research with the United Nations Human Settlements Program in Mexico, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Archeworks in Chicago.


Laura Heckel, Asset Management Engineer, Illinois Department of Transportation

Laura Heckel holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her experience includes stints working for the Illinois Department of Transportation in addition to Applied Research Associates and her own consulting firm. Laura’s experience ranges from pavement research to asset management. In Laura’s current role as the Asset Management Engineer for IDOT, she leads the management of the transportation asset management plan, works with asset management committees, manages submissions to the Federal Highway Administration, and coordinates with central bureaus and the districts to ensure that TAMP objectives are followed in line with other department goals.


Robin Helmerichs, Traffic Incident Management Coordinator, Illinois Department of Transportation

Robin joined IDOT in 2018 to oversee the statewide TIM program after spending over 17 years at the Federal Highway Administration as a transportation engineer.  She has twenty-six years of experience from the county, state, and federal governments; specializing in engineering and emergency management.  Robin earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. 


Jim McKay, Emergency Traffic Patrol Manager, Illinois Department of Transportation

Mr. McKay has been with the Illinois Department of Transportation / Emergency Traffic Patrol for 38 years. Starting as a patrol driver for 17 years providing expressway incident management, promoted to engineering technician for 19 years responsible for ETP equipment & fleet operations, budget and procurement, develop equipment specifications, provide training for staff, administrative duties. He is currently the ETP facility manager where he is responsible for the safe and efficient 24/7 incident management operations on Chicagoland’s seven major expressways currently patrolled.


Thomas Williams, Project Engineer, Power Construction

 A Construction Management Graduate of Indiana State University, Thomas has worked with Power for past 3 years, currently as a Project Engineer. He is currently working on the Advocate South Suburban Hospital Procedural Center Expansion project, which is being delivered through an Integrated Project Delivery approach including an Integrated Form of Agreement.


Brian Hill, Hot Mix Asphalt Engineer, Illinois Department of Transportation

Brian Hill is a Hot Mix Asphalt Field Engineer in the Illinois Department of Transportation, Central Bureau of Materials.  He joined the Department in July 2016.  He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 


Ken Baker, Township Engineer, McHenry County Highway Department

Ken Baker is the Township Engineer for McHenry County Highway Department.  He is a gGraduate of Lewis University.  Ken has worked both the private side and public side.  He started at McHenry County Division of Transportation in 2002.  Currently he is part of a team that manages the Pavement Preservation/Pavement Management programs for the DOT.


Tyler Brann, Regional Product Support Manager, Wirtgen America

Tyler Brann is the Product Support Manager for Spray Jet Pavers covering the United States and Canada for the Wirtgen Group. The Wirtgen Group is an internationally operating group of companies in the construction machinery sector. Based out of Wake Forest, North Carolina, Tyler has been in the heavy equipment industry for 16 years, focused on Vögele paving products for 9 of those years. Extensive experience on high profile jobs such as Formula One racetracks, airport runways and major and secondary highways has provided Tyler with expertise in PCC, RCC, 3D paving, Spray Paving technology, and special application paving. As a recognized expert in his field, Tyler also instructs at Wirtgen America’s Center for Training and Technology in Nashville, Tennessee, teaching courses such as Vögele System Integrity and Super 1800-3i Spray Jet Technology and Application.

Jeff Kern, Quality Control Manager, Open Road Paving
Nick Carter, CEO & Founder, IngeniousIO

Mike Staggs, Engineering Team leader, Federal Highway Administration

Mike, downstate Engineering Team Leader for the FHWA Illinois Division Office, has been employed with FHWA for 27 years. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas. While employed with FHWA, Mike held various positions in 5 different states prior to arriving in IL in 2001 as the Safety and Traffic Engineer and later promoted to the Safety and Mobility Team Leader. In 2008, Mike moved into his current Engineering Team Leader position. He is married and has 3 sons ages 24, 25, and 27.


James Werner, Construction Manager, McHenry County Highway Department



Cynthia Jones, Project Manager, DriveOhio



Jay Hietpas, Director of Connected & Automated Vehicles (CAV-X), Minnesota DOT