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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.

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.


The Honorable David Koehler, 46th District Senator, Illinois State Senate

Senator David Koehler has served as State Senator of the 46th District in Illinois since December 2006.  He has served on a variety of committees including Local Government (Vice-Chairperson); Appropriations II; Commerce and Economic Development; Transportation.  He was born and raised in South Dakota. He received Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971 from Yankton College in South Dakota, and a Masters of Divinity from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Formerly he served as staff member for the National Farm Worker Ministry (NFWM), Community organizer and program manager for the Peoria Friendship House, Executive Director of the Peoria Area Labor Management Council (PALM), President for Labor Management Cooperative Health Programs, Inc., and Member of Peoria City Council from 1982 to 1997.


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.


Ginger 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.


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.


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.

Jim Barbaresso, Vice President and National Practice Leader, Intelligent Transportation Systems, HNTB Corporation
Jim Barbaresso is VP and National Practice Leader for ITS at HNTB Corporation. He has more than 37 years of experience in transportation planning, traffic operations, and ITS in both the public and private sectors. Throughout his career, Jim has demonstrated leadership in the development of emerging technologies, transportation safety, ITS deployment, and new concepts in transportation financing. In recognition of Jim’s international reputation and leadership in ITS, he was selected to chair the 2014 ITS World Congress, which was a springboard for new developments in vehicle connectivity and automation. Jim leads the HNTB ITS Practice and provides subject matter expertise on highway and tolling projects across the US. He has written numerous white papers on public agency considerations regarding new mobility solutions in our age of connectivity and automation.

Stephen Davis, President, The Will Group

Mr. Davis has over 30 years of experience in the construction, consumer and energy related industries. His professional career started with the General Electric Company. He left GE in 1986 to start Electrical Resource Management, the first Will Group Company. The Will Group will celebrate its 30th year in business in 2016. Since 2010, The Will Group has received recognition by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the Top 100 Black businesses in the country. Under his leadership, The Will Group has successfully completed several large construction projects. For example, the Will Group along with its partner McClier, completed the construction of the Kennedy King College campus in Chicago. The Will Group was also selected by the Chicago Housing Authority to manage construction of the Altgeld Gardens public  housing’s “Plan For Transformation”.


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.


Joseph (Joey) Hartmann, Director of the Office of Bridges and Structures, FHWA

As Director of the Office of Bridges and Structures, Dr. Hartmann is responsible for the development and implementation of Federal regulations, policy and technical guidance that support bridge and tunnel programs to improve safety and design practice at the national level. In addition, his office provides leadership and direction in structural, geotechnical and hydraulic engineering aspects of all FHWA programs, and coordinates those activities with FHWA field offices, other Federal agencies, State Departments of Transportation (DOTs), local agencies, academia and with various other partners and customers. Since 2005, Dr. Hartmann has been an Affiliate Professor of Civil Engineering at George Mason University. He holds Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctorate Degrees all in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland.


Jay Hansen, Executive Vice President, National Asphalt Pavement Association

Jay Hansen joined NAPA in November 1998 as Vice President for Government Affairs after more than 12 years working in the U.S. Congress and two years as the senior transportation lobbyist for the American Consulting Engineers Council (ACEC).  Jay has led the asphalt industry’s efforts to enact legislation in Congress that provides growing, predictable, multi-year highway funding, defeated harmful pavement design and pavement-type selection mandates, and secured asphalt pavement research and deployment funding.  Jay was also involved in the construction of an asphalt pavement exhibit at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC which attracts over 4 million visitors annually.  On November 2011, Jay was named NAPA’s Executive Vice President with responsibility over NAPA’s gov't and regulatory affairs, and NAPA’s membership programs.    


Roger Driskell, Director, Office of Planning and Programming, IDOT

Roger Driskell is the Director of Office of Planning and Programming for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The Office of Planning and Programming develops and maintains passenger/freight, a continuing, comprehensive, and multi-modal (highway, public transportation, rail, and airport) planning and programming process to foster safe, efficient, and economical transportation services. They are responsible for developing programs aimed at improving the state’s transportation system.  Prior to his current appointment. Mr. Driskell was the Acting Director for OIPD and Region Four Engineer.  He 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.


Scott Kopton , General Manager, Maintenance of Traffic, Illinois Tollway

Scott Kopton is the General Manger of maintenance of Traffic for the Illinois Tollway.  The Illinois Tollway is dedicated to providing and promoting a safe and efficient system of highways while ensuring the highest possible level of service to our customers. Whether it's I-PASS, the Move Illinois Program, open road tolling or keeping you safe with our H.E.L.P. trucks, we are committed to delivering great benefits and services to customers.  The Illinois Tollway is a revenue bond-financed administrative agency of the State of Illinois. Operations are funded by toll and concession revenues. The Illinois Tollway is a user-fee system that receives no state or federal funds for maintenance and operations.


Scott Sigman, Transport and Export Infrastructure Lead, Illinois Soybean Association

Mr. Sigman is Vice President, Transportation and Trade supporting marketing, strategy and communications firm Farmer, Lumpe + McClelland + (FLM Plus), an independent subsidiary of Land O’Lakes.  In that capacity he primarily serves the Illinois Soybean Association in a staff augmentation role, as Transport and Export Infrastructure Lead.  Scott has over 25 years of experience in global trade and transportation planning, assessment of economic impacts, preparation of reports, business plans, assessments and studies focused on container intermodal as well as multimodal freight operations. Mr. Sigman earned his MS in Economics with a focus on Sea Use Law, Economics & Policy in England, from the University of London and was awarded his BA degree with a Double Major in Economics and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 


Dave Weihing, Principal and Office Director, Thornton Tomasetti (Chicago)

As a principal, Dave is responsible for leading and overseeing the development of structural designs, which requires close collaboration with all partners of a project team. He has over 20 years of experience in the development and management of structural designs for local, national and international projects. Dave holds a bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota. He is an Illinois licensed structural and professional engineer and is a LEED Accredited Professional. In 2010, he was named one of Engineering News-Record Midwest’s Top 20 under 40 professionals.  Dave has worked on projects in six continents including tall and long-span structures. His portfolio includes commercial and residential towers, sports stadiums, health care and cultural facilities.


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. 


Mike Coffey,Southcoast Region Director, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT & PF)

Mike Coffey is theDirector of the Southcoast Region, which includes all of Southeast Alaska and the majority of the southern coastal communities along the Alaska Peninsula, Aleutian Islands, and the gulf of Alaska. He is a degreed engineer from Humboldt State University and has over 33 years of maintenance, operations, design and construction experience with the Alaska DOT&PF. Until this past October, Mike was the Chief of Statewide Maintenance and Operations where he served for nearly eight years. Mike also served in several different capacities prior to his 2008 position (Design Engineer, Construction Project Engineer, Regional Reconnaissance Engineer, Regional M&O Manager) Mike has served as the State’s Incident Commander for two of the largest natural disasters in recent years – 2006 Southcentral Flood and the 2015 Dalton Highway Aufeis and Spring Flood.


Katie Nees, Growth Officer & Senior Vice Present, HNTB Corporation

Katharine “Katie” Nees, PE, joined HNTB as growth officer and senior vice president. She is a nationally recognized leader who brings more than 35 years of transportation leadership in the areas of P3, Design-Build, tollway, innovative financing and managed lane projects across the U. S. Prior to joining HNTB, Nees served as the director of the Strategic Projects Division of the Texas Department of Transportation. Her responsibilities included direct management and oversight in the delivery of $28 billion complex, high-profile P3 , design-build and managed lane projects. In 2014, she received the Ethel S. Birchland Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association for outstanding leadership and long-time commitment to transportation.


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.


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.


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. 


Jamil Bou-Saab, Executive Vice President, Terra Engineering, Ltd.

Mr. Bou-Saab is the Executive Vice President and co-founder of TERRA Engineering, Ltd. in Chicago, Illinois. He offers over 25 years of professional experience in transportation, public works and civil engineering projects as a project engineer, project manager, and business owner. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois and Wisconsin. He attended Marquette University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1984 and a Master of Science degree in construction management in 1986. He has been Principal-in-Charge of analysis, design and construction for major public and private infrastructure and transportation projects nationally and internationally. Mr. Bou-Saab received the ASCE Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award for TERRA site development and transportation projects.


George Ghareeb, Vice President, Terra Engineering, Ltd.

George currently is a Vice President for TERRA Engineering responsible for administration, operations and business development. George holds his PE from the State of Illinois and Missouri. He holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from Bradley University. Prior to joining TERRA Engineering, George served as a Project Manager for Dar Group, an international design firms where he was instrumental in the completion of a 400 million dollar airport project. His international experience exposed him to engineering practices in various countries including England, Italy, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Qatar and Lebanon. George started his career with the Illinois Department of Transportation where his last served as the Bridge Management Engineer for the State of Illinois.


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 Illinois 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.


Cassie Branum, Senior Associate and Senior Urban Designer, Perkins+Will

Cassie Branum is a Senior Associate and Senior Urban Designer from the Atlanta, Georgia office of Perkins+Will, one of the world’s top architecture and design firms.  Directing large and complex interdisciplinary efforts, Cassie works with clients and design teams that span continents and project types. Globally, she is respected for her ability to build strong relationships, synthesize ideas, achieve consensus and forge new strategies to make great design happen.  Ms. Branum holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from Florida State University and three degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology: a Master of Architecture, a Master of City & Regional Planning and a Master of Science in Urban Design. She has also been a guest lecturer at Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture since 2010.


Sean McGinnis, Command Product Manager, Global Minimg, Surface & Technology Business, Caterpillar Inc.

Sean McGinnis is currently the Command Product Manager within Caterpillar Global Mining, Surface and Technology business.  In this role, Sean is the entrepreneur within Caterpillar to define and lead an end to end business that delivers automated and autonomous solutions for surface and underground mining applications.  He joined Caterpillar in 1999 and has been successful in a wide variety of roles. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1996 and Masters of Science in Technology Management in 2005 both from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.  Sean completed Caterpillar’s Management for the 21st Century program in 2007 and Paving the Road Leadership Program in 2015.  He has served on the Board of Directors for WD Boyce Council of the Boy Scouts of America as the Vice President of Exploring & Learning for Life.

Terrence Sullivan, Principal, Muller + Muller Architects

Terry Sullivan is a principal for Muller + Muller Architects in Chicago, where he is involved in all phases of their range of project types, which include planning, transit, infrastructure, and buildings. Terry has a strong passion for bridge design and has spoken to numerous organizations on the interface of architecture and bridge design, which is a component of his wide array of City of Chicago projects during his 21 years at Muller + Muller.  His recognized bridge design experience on modern bridges includes design involvement on Damen Avenue, North Avenue, and Halsted over the Canal Bridges as well as current design work on the Division bridges over the Canal and River. Additionally, he has completed design work on numerous historic bridges and bridge houses, including the Wells St. Bridge, and is currently working on Van Buren and LaSalle river bridges.


Mark Masteller, Chief Landscape Architect, Iowa DOT

As Chief Landscape Architect for the Iowa Department of Transportation, Mark oversees the Roadside Development Section of the Office of Design.  He and his staff’s main areas of responsibility include highway landscaping, seeding and erosion control for highway construction projects, developing projects for improvements to the interstate rest area system, helping develop and support the department’s vegetation management programs and administering the Living Roadway Trust Fund and the DOT/DNR Fund.  A 1978 graduate of Iowa State University, Mark worked for a private design/build landscape firm for two years before starting with the DOT.  Mark held positions at the DOT in preliminary design, mapping and graphics, and final road design before starting work in the Roadside Development Section in 1983.  He has held his current position since 1989.


Ben Worel, Road Research Engineer (Acting), Office of Materials and Road Research, Minnesota DOT
Mr. Worel received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota and his Professional license from the State of Minnesota.  His work experience is primarily in the area of pavement research and pavement management.   He has worked as both as a consultant at Braun Intertec (1989-1996) where he worked on the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) and the Long Term Pavement Performance project (LTPP).  Currently, Mr. Worel works for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) (1996-Present) as the Road Research Engineer (acting) and as the MnROAD Operations Engineer.   He is also involved nationally as the chair of TRB’s AFD40 Committee (Full Scale Accelerated Pavement Testing) and a member of a FHWA LTPP Expert Task Group.


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.


Edward D. Cox, ITS Engineering Manager, Division of Traffic Management, Indiana DOT

Ed manages ITS Engineering for the Indiana Department of Transportation's Traffic Management Group. He has more than 24 years of experience in traffic operations for INDOT. Ed is a 1991 graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering. He is also an Indiana Professional Engineer.

Debra Perkins-Smith, Director, Colorado DOT Division of Transportation Development

Debra is the Director for the Division of Transportation Development, DTD, at the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). She is responsible for 100 staff in the areas of Research, Multi-modal Planning, Environmental Programs, Information Management, and Transportation Performance.
Debra has over 30 years of combined public and private experience in transportation and environmental planning, and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech. She is a member of the Executive Steering Committee for the Western Road User Charge Consortium (WRUCC). A Colorado Women of the Year in transportation for WTS and a Governor appointee on the Scenic Byways Commission and Denver Regional Council of Governments Board of Directors. She also serves on the Regional Air Quality Commission in Denver.


Steven Santovasi, Department Manager for Geospatial Services, Burns & McDonnell

Mr. Santovasi brings over 25 years of experience in Geospatial Solutions specializing in Geographic Information Systems, Mobile Mapping, Web Mapping, High Accuracy GPS locational services, 3D Drone Mapping and UAV solutions. His vast experience includes administration of large GIS programs for utilities, emergency management, environmental, governmental, planning, and engineering, as well as the implementation and administration of Burns & McDonnell’s geospatial desktop, web, and mobile solutions OneTouchPM and OneTouchMobile. He was the recipient of a 2011 ESRI Special Achievement in GIS Award for outstanding work in GIS Technology for Surveying. He's a ember of GISCI, PODS, URISA, NEARC, and NEGIS, and a past member of the GISCI Core Competency Committee.


Carole Morey, Chief Planning Officer, Chicago Transit Authority

Carole Morey is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Illinois College of Law.  Prior to joining the CTA, Carole practiced corporate, real estate and construction law at Sidley & Austin and Fagel & Haber (currently Thomson Coburn).  Since joining the CTA in 2006, she has served the CTA in both the legal and infrastructure departments, including three years as Vice President, Infrastructure, overseeing the CTA's capital construction program.  She currently serves as CTA's Chief Planning Officer.


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.  


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.


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.


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.


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.


Joseph Monroe, Operations Engineer, D8 IDOT

Joe began his career with a Geotechnical firm in St. Louis and was hired by the Illinois Department of Transportation in 1994. He initially was a rotation engineer where he moved through every District 8 Bureau until 1998 when he was promoted to the Systems and Services Engineer position. He became an Operations Field Engineer in 1999 and the District 8 Operations Engineer in 2006. He is a licensed PE in both Illinois and Missouri and obtained his BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from SIUE. Joe and his D8 Ops team have handled numerous floods the past decade and coordinated relief and recovery efforts through the State’s Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) on multiple significant events.


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. 


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. 


John Diel, Asphalt Operations Manager, United Contractor Midwest

John Diel has spent the last twenty five years in the Heavy Highway Construction field working in different asphalt related capacities. Currently John is Asphalt Operations Manager for United Contractors Midwest, serving in this position for the last 16 years. His responsibilities include overseeing production at 16 HMA facilities, development of materials sources and mix designs, and keeping the Board of Directors current with changes to the industry.  Prior to this John spent 18 years in the public sector with IDOT District 6 Bureau of Construction and the Sangamon County Highway Department.


Tim Murphy, President, Murphy Pavement Tech., Inc.

Mr. Murphy is the President/Owner of Murphy Pavement Technology, Inc. (MPT) since 2002 to present.  MPT provides teaching, training, troubleshooting, and testifying on asphalt related projects around the world. He graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology inDecember 1984, is a Registered Professional Engineering in Illinois and an active member of the Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association since 2008. prior to starting his own company, he was the President of Chicago Testing Laboratory & JFG Technical Center, the District Engineer for the Asphalt Institute (AI) Chicago Office, and the Sr. Resident Engineer and Physical Tests Engineer for District One of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).


Ahmad El Khatib, Project Manager, Chicago Testing Laboratory, Inc.

Mr. El Khatib has extensive experience in the materials science of paving materials. Prior to joining CTL, Ahmad completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies at the prestigious Civil Engineering institution, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and conducted research at the world-renowned Illinois Center for Transportation. Ahmad was a leading member of the research team that developed, in collaboration with Professor Imad Al-Qadi, the I-FIT method (also known as the Illinois Modified SCB Test Method) for characterizing asphalt pavement fracture resistance. Ahmad is a Project Manager at Chicago Testing Laboratory’s central facility in Warrenville. Currently, he oversees the R&D program with an emphasis on the roll-out and implementation of the I-FIT test.


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.