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ICAT 2016 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.

Mike Acott, President, National Asphalt Pavement Association

Mike Acott is the President of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (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.


Kurt Summers, Treasurer, City of Chicago

As Chicago’s newest City Treasurer, Summers is the steward of the city’s $7 billion dollar investment portfolio and is responsible for maintaining records and accounts of the city’s finances while ensuring transparency and accountability for all transactions. Treasurer Summers also serves as an advocate to empower young people, workers and small business owners, as well as programs that promote economic growth and financial education. The Treasurer sits on five local pension boards with nearly $25 billion under management. Summers began his career at McKinsey & Company, a preeminent global strategy-consulting firm. Most recently, Summers served as a Senior Vice President at Grosvenor Capital Management and a member of the Office of the Chairman.


Giner Evans, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation, City of Chicago

Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Ginger S. Evans manages one of the world’s busiest airport systems comprised of O’Hare and Midway International Airports.  Evans has 30 years of aviation experience. She joined the CDA in June 2015 after serving as Vice President of Engineering for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) in Washington, D.C. She has overseen major projects at Reagan National and Dulles, as well as the new Silver Line Metrorail extension. Prior to her role as Vice President at MWAA, Evans worked in private consulting on major aviation projects in Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America and rail projects in New York and Washington. Prior to this, she served as Director of Aviation for Denver International Airport.


John Mogge, Interim President, Environment and Nuclear Business Group, CH2M HILL

Dr. Mogge is a principal program manager and sustainability consultant who also serves as Interim President of CH2M HILL’s Nuclear and Environmental Services Business Group, leading a global technical force of professionals in nine practice areas. A recognized thought leader and technical speaker on sustainability, John has been engaged in sustainable development for the last 14 years and has presented at more than 35 private and public forums. Through his work with the World Environment Center, John co-authored a peer reviewed article for academia on frameworks to integrate sustainability into engineering curricula. His focus is on Green and Sustainable Infrastructure. He earned his doctoral degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, and his Masters and Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Florida.


Stephen Fort, President, Turner Construction of Canada

Stephen Fort's career with Turner began in 1999 after seven years as an officer in the United States Navy. He has served in many capacities including Vice President and General Manager of Turner’s Chicago office and Senior Vice President of its Great Lakes Region. Currently he is responsible for overall leadership and management of Turner’s Canadian subsidiary, Canadian Turner Construction Company. In 2009 Steve was profiled as one of Building Design and Construction magazine’s 40 under 40. Under Steve’s leadership, Turner’s Canadian operations complete annual construction revenue of $800M with nearly 1,500 employees in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Colombia, and Yellow Knife, NWT. Steve graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.


Ahmed Darwish, Chairman, General Authority for Suez Economic Zone

Dr. Ahmed M. Darwish is the Chairman of the general authority for the Suez Canal economic zone.  His previous public occupation was the Minister of State for Administration Development in Egypt, and also a Professor at Cairo University.   Dr. Darwish was a consultant to a number of international organizations (UNDP, UNIDO,UNESCO, FAO, ESCWA, European Union and World Bank), government organizations and companies in Egypt, Middle East, Africa, Europe and United States.  He earned his B.Sc. in Electronics and Communication Engineering and M.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Cairo University, and his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Davis. He received the Egyptian National Engineering Award for the year 1999.


Joseph Cazares, VP and Program/Construction Manager, Panama Canal Expansion Program, CH2M HILL

Joseph Cazares, is a Vice President, Program/Construction Manager for CH2M HILL Panama.  He has over 30 years’ experience in design and construction of billion dollar public facility and infrastructure programs.  In his current role, Joseph is the Program/Construction Manager Specialist and Principle-in-Charge for the $5.25+ billion Panamá Canal Expansion Program.  He developed/oversaw the management organization, project management plans, team integration, and program management mentoring and training, and construction management for the Panamá Canal Expansion Program. In addition to the above responsibilities Mr. Cazares serves as a member of the Panamá Canal Authority Executive Expansion Committee; and provides presentations and support, as requested, at the Panamá Canal Authority Board of Directors Meetings.


Alkesh K. Sharma, CEO & MD, Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development. Corp. Ltd.   

Alkesh Kumar Sharma has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) Development Corporation, a $90-billion government-sponsored infrastructure project with aid from Japan.  Sharma took over the DMIC assignment which will span three years. Till recently, he was working as the Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.  The 2006-incepted DMIC is setting up industrial zones across six states to spur development in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra.  The end terminals span 1,483 km between Dadri (Noida) in the National Capital Region and Jawaharlal Nehru Port near Mumbai. This project plays an important role in Prime Minister’s “Make In India” and “Smart City” Programmes.

Jodi Golden, Executive Director, Illinois Capital Development Board

Jodi Golden is the executive director and chief of staff of the Illinois Capital Development Board, the construction-management agency responsible for overseeing state construction and renovation projects.  Prior to this appointment, she had been chief of staff at the CDB.  Ms. Golden had worked in Indiana state government for almost a decade in the state’s treasurer’s office and was the deputy director of the Indiana Education Savings Authority, where she administered and promoted the 529 College Savings Plan.  She returned to Illinois to work with the administration of Governor Bruce Rauner.  Ms. Golden earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale with backgrounds in finance and public administration.


Ron Wright, Construction Administrator, Illinois Capital Development Board

Ron Wright has a BA degree in Public/Business Administration awarded in 1981 and a MA degree in Business Personnel Management in 1983 from Northeast Missouri State University. He also attended Law School at Oklahoma City School of Law in 1983. Ron has served as a Construction Manager with the McDonnell Douglass Aerospace Company and the A. E. Staley Manufacturing Company. He joined the CDB as a project manager in 1993, and since has served in the capacities of Unit Manager, Executive Assistant for Program and Analysis and currently as the Administrator of Construction. As administrator, he oversees the design and construction activities of CDB’s project management team, who are responsible for the management of 280 active construction projects statewide valued at $1.4 billion.


Jack Brockway, President, Herrenknecht Tunneling Systems

Mr. Jack Brockway is President of Herrenknecht Tunneling Systems USA, H+E USA conveyor systems and VMT USA guidance systems.  Jack is responsible for Herrenknecht tunnel-boring-machine and related business in North America where this year approximately 10 Herrenknecht TBMs are or will be in operation. He is a graduate of the University of Washington in mechanical engineering and a registered Professional Engineer in Washington State. He joined the TBM industry in 1973 as a design engineer and has held a variety of positions in engineering, marketing and business management all specific to the supply of tunnel boring machines worldwide. Since joining Herrenknecht 15 years ago, his primary focus has been tunneling projects for North America.


Walter Waidelich, Associate Administrator of Office of Infrastructure, FHWA

Walter Waidelich assumed the position of Associate Administrator for Infrastructure on August 5, 2013. He oversees the development and administration of national highway programs, technical and program assistance for improving highway and bridge infrastructure, and the Federal highway program performance. He provides leadership and strategic direction to a professional staff of 100 highway, bridge, and related engineering experts, as well as guidance to over 1500 professionals throughout the FHWA in developing and implementing FHWA’s annual $40 billion Federal-aid highway program for improving the condition of the nation’s roads and bridges. He leads the development and deployment of new and innovative materials, technologies, methods, tools, and programs to State DOT and related industry groups in support of FHWA’s Every Day Counts.


Roger Driskell, Director of Innovations, IDOT

Roger Driskell is the Acting Director OIPD and Region Four Engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).  Region Four consists of Districts 6 and 7 and includes 31 south central Illinois counties.  Mr. Driskell's responsibilities include planning, administering, supervising and controlling the functions of all the bureaus within Region Four.  In addition, he is IDOT's lead in the review and investigation of alternative contracting methods, including Public-Private Partnerships and Design-Build.  Mr. Driskell is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois.  Mr. Driskell was the 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award bestowed by the Advisory Board of the Civil Engineering and Construction Department at Bradley University.


Paul Kovacs, Chief Engineer, Illinois Tollway

Mr. Kovacs is the Chief Engineer for the Illinois Tollway and is responsible for the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the agency's 286-mile system of roadways serving 1.4 million daily users in Northern Illinois.  Currently, he is delivering the second year of the Illinois Tollway's 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.  Mr. Kovacs earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and is a registered professional engineer in Illinois and Michigan.  In his nearly 30 years of professional engineering experience, 17 were spent in the consulting industry.  He joined the Illinois Tollway in 1999 and prior to his appointment to Chief Engineer, he served as the ORT Program Manager and Deputy Chief of Project Implementation. 


Tariq Taherbhai, Senior Director, AON Infrastructure Solutions

Tariq Taherbhai is Senior Director at Aon Infrastructure Solutions (AIS), Aon’s global risk advisory group for alternative project delivery (APD)/public-private partnerships (PPP).  AIS is dedicated  to helping Aon’s clients succeed in the APD/PPP space by providing timely, effective and market leading commercial, risk, insurance and performance security advice.  AIS is also actively engaged in developing new tools and risk transfer solutions for its clients.  Before his current position at Aon, Tariq was vice president of the project legal group at Infrastructure Ontario, with responsibility for all legal and procurement matters related to APD/PPP projects.  He also worked as head of the procurement group at Infrastructure Ontario for approximately two years, and worked in private practice for five years. 


Larry Kyle, Senior Program Manager, HDR

Larry Kyle is a Senior Vice President at HDR with more than 40 years of project management and design experience with a major emphasis on design and planning of highways and bridges. His responsibilities have included project management, detailed design, preparation of route studies, environmental impact reports and studies, plans, specifications and estimates (PS&E). Larry has led major transportation design and planning projects in Washington, California and Arizona.  For the past 10 years, Larry has been leading the GEC contract for the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program in Washington.   Built in the early 1960s, the aging SR 520 bridge structures are now susceptible to catastrophic failure in the event of an earthquake or windstorm.


Brian Burkhard, Technical Practice Group Leader, Jacobs

Brian Burkhard is a Manager of Project for Jacobs and a specialist in intelligent transportation systems and connected vehicles with 28 years of electrical engineering experience.  Brian has worked on the detailed design and specification for many technical solutions for public transportation projects. He helped to plan and design the country’s first connected vehicle communication network integrated with a state highway intelligent transportation system (ITS). He has recently worked on advanced transportation technology projects for AASTHO and LA Metro that include connected vehicle and zero emissions solutions.  Brian holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana and is a registered professional engineer in eight states.


Daniel Gallagher, Vice President, Gallagher Asphalt Corporation

As VP and one of the third generation owners, Mr. Gallagher oversees commercial and industrial sales. Founded in 1928 and now in its third generation of family management, Gallagher Asphalt has paved or resurfaced literally thousands and thousands of miles of pavement, under some of the country’s most challenging conditions. With state-of-the-art, high capacity plants strategically positioned in key suburban locations, Gallagher Asphalt effectively and efficiently services commercial and industrial customers throughout more than 3,000 square miles. They are the recipient of National Asphalt Pavement Association’s Diamond Achievement Commendation for Excellence and Quality Award for Dan Ryan Project.


Michael Warren, Senior Program Manager, CH2M HILL

Michael Warren, PMP is a Senior Program Manager and Lead Technologist with CH2M HILL’s Transportation Business Group providing technology and management consulting to transportation clients worldwide.  He is a certified Project Management Professional with over 20 years of experience in the design, implementation, and operations of large scale IT and ITS systems spanning both the federal & state government markets encompassing Transportation agencies, Homeland Security, Defense, Intelligence, and Civil agency clients.  His expertise comprises Road Usage Charging &Transportation Revenue systems, Voice and Data Communications Systems Design, Business Process Engineering, Procurement & contract development, Software development, Data interoperability, Systems Collocation & Migration, Network design & security, Governance, and others. 


Matt Chiller, Senior Federal Government Affairs Director/ Vice President for Federal Relations, CH2M HILL

Matt Chiller serves as a Vice President for Federal Relations for CH2M HILL, an employee-owned engineering and operations firm specializing in the infrastructure and energy fields.  In this role, Matt is responsible for pursuing the firm’s diverse federal policy goals before Congress and the Obama Administration, including the promotion of legislation to increase the flow of federal funding to states and clients for infrastructure needs. Prior to his work for CH2M, Matt spent 9 years working in the U.S. House of Representatives in a variety of roles including Legislative Director and Deputy Chief of Staff for multiple Members of Congress in the Florida and California Delegations.  Matt holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master of Public Administration from California State University. 


Norma Ortega, Chief Financial Officer, Caltrans

Norma is responsible for Caltrans financial management and policy as well as federal and state programming of transportation projects.  She oversees the Divisions of Accounting, Budgets, and Programming.   She oversees the Caltrans budget of over $12 billion. Ms. Ortega has been with the Caltrans over twenty – five years and has served in a number of increasing responsible fiscal management positions including assignments in the Divisions of Accounting, Auditing, Program Evaluation and Analysis and Local Assistance including 5 years as the Chief Budget Officer.  She represents the Department on federal, state and local funding and financing issues before the State’s transportation fund allocation organization, the California Transportation Commission and the California State Legislature. 


Abdul Dahhan, Vice President, Chicago Testing Laboratory

Abdul Dahhan recently joined CTL's already impressive lineup of industry professionals and will be taking on the role of Vice President of Engineering.  Abdul is  a registered Professional Civil and Environmental Engineer.  Abdul has nearly 3 decades of Engineering experience with his latest role as Bureau Chief of Materials for the Illiois Department of Transportation.  While with IDOT, Abdul developed many specifications for practical use in District 1 and Statewide related to the use of Aggregates, Portland Cement Concrete, and Hot Mix Asphalt, among other materials. Mr. Dahhan is currently a member of the following committees:  ASTM D04 Road and Paving Materials, and IRTBA Illinois Department of Transportation Joint Forum.   Prior to joining CTL, Abdul worked as Bureau Chief of Materials, Mixtures Control Engineer, and others over his 30 year IDOT career.


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.


Russell Zapalac, Chief Planning and Project Officer, TxDOT

Mr. Zapalac is responsible for the oversight of TxDOT planning, environmental, rail, transit and maritime activities, as well as leading TxDOT’s $27 billion alternate delivery and public-private partnership program.  Throughout his nearly 30-year career, Zapalac has always worked with large highway, rail and transit projects. He served as senior vice president and director of transportation for HDR, where he managed the 17-state central region and led 500 professionals. He served as the program manager for TxDOT’s SH 130: Segments 1-4 project. He also worked for the Transportation Corridor Agencies in Orange County, Calif. as the director of Design and Construction where he oversaw a 67-mile, $5 billion tollway program created with design-build contracts.


Mike Rogers, Director of Public Works, City of Peoria

Peoria Public Works Director Mike Rogers is dedicated to improving the quality of the City’s infrastructure through best management practices and providing high levels of customer service. As Director, Mr. Rogers has changed the philosophy of Public Works by developing future plans for sustainability of the community, strategic planning for maintaining and improving the City’s streets and roads for public health and safety. Prior to joining Peoria Public Works, Director Rogers was Assistant Director of Public Works for San Antonio, Texas and Director of Roads, in Wayne County, Michigan. Director Rogers has an MSCE from Michigan State University; a BS Construction Engineering degree from Lawrence Technological University; and a fellowship from the County Leadership institute, New York University’s Graduate School of Public Services.


Jim Trepanier, HMA Operations Engineer, Bureau of Materials & Physical Research, IDOT

Jim Trepanier graduated from Michigan Technological University with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1991. Upon graduation, he began working for IDOT in the Bituminous Unit of the Bureau of Materials and Physical Research as a field engineer. Jim is a licensed P.E. and is presently the Hot-Mix Asphalt Operations Engineer for IDOT, Bureau of Materials and Physical Research.  His duties in this position include developing and maintaining the statewide quality management program for HMA as well as developing and maintaining statewide HMA policies and specifications.  


Holly Wilson, Resident Engineer, D1 IDOT

Holly Wilson graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.  Holly has worked with IDOT for 15 years and has spent her last 13 years in the Bureau of Construction.  From 2004 to 2010, Holly was an Assistant Resident Engineer for the reconstruction of the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94), that included the reconstruction of express and local traffic lanes, retaining walls, sewers, frontage roads, sidewalk work, and the construction of knee wall and access control fencing along the Dan Ryan Expressway.  From 2010 to 2014, Holly worked on the resurfacing of the Eisenhower and Stevenson Expressways, the reconstruction of the Central Ave over I-55 interchange and the reconstruction of Ohio Street Feeder Ramp over I-90/94.


Matt Daeda, Expressway Traffic Engineer, D1 IDOT

Mr. Daeda has been with the Illinois Department of Transportation for 14 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 safety and efficiency along the regions expressway system.  He was part of the maintenance of traffic development team for the Jane Byrne Interchange Reconstruction project.  He holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Illinois.


Adam Schaefer, Quality Control Supervisor, Curran Contracting

Adam is the Quality Control Supervisor for Curran Contracting.  He began his career at Meyer Material in 2000 working in the aggregate division.  After graduating from SIU, he joined the concrete division as a QC Representative.  He oversaw several major projects in the Chicago and Milwaukee area including the Marquette Interchange, I294 Reconstruction from O’Hare to state line, Oak Creek Power Plant, and the Hank Aaron Bridge.  In 2010 he Joined Curran as an HMA technician; and in the past six years has become the QC supervisor overseeing projects on I90 and I88, and helped bring Curran two straight Contractors of the Year awards from the IRTBA.  Curran will begin its fifth straight year on the tollway with a 50 million dollar plus WMA full depth reconstruction project. 


Laura Fay, Winter Maint. & Effects Mgr., Western Transportation Institute – Montana St. University

Laura Fay, Research Scientist, serves as the Program Manager for the Winter Maintenance & Effects research group at the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University. She is also the Associate Director for the Center for Sustainable Transportation in Cold Climates University Transportation Center. Ms. Fay holds a M.S. in Environmental Science and Health from the University of Nevada, Reno and a B.S. in Earth Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Ms. Fay is an active member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) under the National Academies and serves on the Low Volume Roads Committee and the Winter Maintenance Committee and is a founding member of the Unpaved Road Institute.


Amy Harms, Mixture Controls Engineer, D2 IDOT

Amy graduated in 1998 with an Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees from Illinois Valley Community College.  In addition, she graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Illinois State University.  Amy started at IDOT in 2000 as an Engineering Technician in the Bureau of Construction and had various winter assignments in Environment, Studies & Plans, and Programming.  From 2003 to 2005, Amy attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for her Civil Engineering degree.  Amy returned to IDOT and became a Resident Engineer in Construction and did an 18-month rotation in Hydraulics before returning to Construction in the summer months and Hydraulics during the winter months.  In 2014, Amy was promoted to her current position as the District 2 Mixtures Control Engineer. 


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.


John Lavallee, Operations Manager, STATE Testing

John is the Operations Manager at S.T.A.T.E. Testing. He has over 19 years in the construction materials field with an emphasis in HMA/WMA design and construction. He has worked for a contractor, Curran Contracting, as their QC Supervisor. John has been involved with various industry committees and held the title of Vice-Chair in the IAPA QC Managers group.  John graduated from Southern Illinois University with a BS in Civil Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer.


William Buttlar, Professor, University of Illinois

Dr. Buttlar is a Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He is also the founding Director of Online and Blended Learning in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and holds the title of Narbey Khachaturian Endowed Faculty Scholar.  He has over 200 publications in the area of asphalt materials and pavements and over 40 invited presentations and keynote lectures.  He also serves as Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of Road Materials and Pavement Design, and recently served on the board of directors for the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists.  Dr. Buttlar is the chair of RILEM TC-MCD, and is leading international collaborations investigating the mechanisms of cracking and debonding in asphalt and composite pavements.