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International Conference on Asphalt and Traffic

Speakers & Participants

The Honorable John J. Cullerton, Illinois Senate President

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

The Honorable Senator Christine Radogno, Senate Republican Leader

Ms. Christine Radogno is the Senate Republican Leader, and first female Caucus Leader in General Assembly history. She began her third term as Senate Republican Leader in 2013.  She has served in the Illinois Senate since 1997, and she currently represents the 41st District in DuPage, Will and Cook Counties.  She is a sitting member on the Senate Executive Committee. Before running for the Senate, Radogno served as Village of LaGrange trustee (1989-1996), and worked as a social worker at Mercy Center for Health Care Services.  Senator Radogno has received numerous awards, particularly awards honoring her commitment to health care and human services, economic development and Illinois agriculture.  She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago, and a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University.
   

The Honorable Representative Rodney Davis, US House Transportation Committee

Rodney Davis was sworn into his second term in Congress serving the 13th District of Illinois, a 14-county district covering both urban and rural areas of Central and Southwestern Illinois. Prior to being elected, Rodney served as Projects Director for Congressman John Shimkus for 16 years helping Illinois citizens and communities cut through government red tape and secure federal funding. Serving on both the House Agriculture Committee and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has allowed Rodney to be a leader on issues essential to commerce in Illinois. He was the only member of the 113th Congress to serve on two conference committees tasked with bridging the gap between the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill and water resources legislation.

   

The Honorable Representative, Cheri Bustos, US House Transportation Committee

Cheri Bustos earned a bachelor's in political science from the University of Maryland-College Park and a master's in journalism from the University of Illinois-Springfield.  She worked as a reporter and editor for the Quad-City Times for nearly two decades covering crime, city government and health care, among other issues.  Bustos later worked as a director for Trinity Regional Health Systems in Rock Island, becoming vice president of public relations at IHS, one of the largest nonprofit nondenominational health systems in the nation.  In 2007, she was elected alderwoman on the East Moline City Council. She stepped down in 2011 to run for Congress.  Cheri's husband, Gerry, is a captain with the Rock Island County Sheriff's Department. They have three sons.

   

The Honorable Jim Ardis, Mayor, City of Peoria, Peoria, Illinois

Jim Ardis has served as the Mayor of the City of Peoria for two consecutive terms. Prior, he had served the City in many ways including over 10 years on the Peoria City Council. He believes that public service is a noble calling and is an honor the voters entrust him with this office. With a population of 114,000 citizens, the City of Peoria is the urban hub of an exciting and beautiful region, blessed with an abundance of qualified and skilled human resources and rich natural assets. Mayor Ardis earned a B.S in Industrial Technology from Illinois State University. His Community involvement includes St. Vincent de Paul Parish, St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Runner (15 years), Board President of the Tim Ardis Foundation for Hope, Member of the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate Board of Directors, and Founder of Peoria Promise.
   

The Honorable Martin Sandoval, Chairman, IL Transportation Committee

In January 2009, Sen. Sandoval was appointed to serve as the Chairman of the Transportation Committee, where he has worked to bring additional federal transportation dollars to Illinois. He has focused on developing High Speed Rail in Illinois, passing legislation to prohibit people from texting while driving, and banning the use of cell phones in work zones.   Sandoval was instrumental in bringing parties from all four caucuses together to pass a capital construction budget.  Throughout his tenure in the Senate, Sandoval has also been a champion of elementary and higher education.  Sandoval also served as a member of the Appropriations II, Energy, and Licensed Activities Committees.  Sandoval’s career has included appointments to the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, and ten years at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

   

Mike Carrigan , President IL AFFL-CIO

Michael T. Carrigan serves as President of AFL-CIO of Illinois and serves as Member of Advisory Council of Federal Reserve Bank Of Chicago. Michael Carrigan was elected President of the Illinois AFL-CIO on February 28, 2007, by unanimous decision of the State Federation Executive Board. Mr. Carrigan previously served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Illinois AFL-CIO for seven years. Prior to that, he served as business manager/financial secretary for IBEW Local 146 in Decatur from 1992 to 2000. Mr. Carrigan was a journeyman wireman in Decatur from 1978 to 1990 before becoming Assistant Business Manager of the Local.

   

Brian Jack, Director, Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill Architecture

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

   

Paul Clark, President & General Manager, Global Paving Division, Caterpillar Inc.

Paul Clark is President and General Manager of Caterpillar’s Global Paving Division headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.   He is a thirty year veteran of Caterpillar.  Recent positions include General Manager of Caterpillar Tunneling Canada and Sales & Marketing Director for Global Construction & Infrastructure – the sales arm for the Excavation, Earthmoving and Load & Haul product groups.  Other notable positions include the Region Manager for the Western United States and Canada, North American Rental & Used Equipment Manager, Kansas City District Manager, North American Aggregates Manager and BCP/CCE (small construction machines) manager for Europe, Africa and Middle East.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Executive Education certificates from Bradley University and Dartmouth College. 

   

Lee Hutchins, Director Freight Logistics & Planning, AECOM

Dr. Hutchins manages Freight Logistics and Planning for AECOM Transportation with international experience in transportation planning & operations, environmental stewardship, and industrial development. He has over 25 years of professional experience with more than 15 years in design through operations of terminal, port, pipeline & transportation facilities. His experience comes from a history of working with stakeholders in numerous international settings. The common theme in his vast career is the merging of private and public sector objectives seen in core urban cities to form sustainable, resilient communities. He has worked in more than 50 port, terminal, refinery and chemical plants around the globe. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a master’s degree, and a doctorate in transportation and urban planning from Washington University (St. Louis).

   

Dan Baxter, Chief Engineer for Transportation Operations, CH2M HILL

Dan Baxter is a Vice President in the Global Transportation Business Group at CH2MHILL, and serves as the Chief Engineer for Transportation Operations including instrumentation of Highway, Motorway, Toll, Bridge, Tunnel, and Transit systems. Dan currently serves as the firm’s leader in the operation and maintenance of transportation infrastructure. Dan has worked on the $290M Federal Congestion Pricing demonstration in Los Angeles since its inception in 2008, including development of the dynamic pricing aspects of the project. Dan is Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s AHB20(04) Subcommittee on Conference Planning for the AHB20 Freeway Operations Committee. He serves on the Board of Regents for the IBTTA Leadership Academy, and is a graduate of the 2008 Charter Class.

   

Randy Blankenhorn, Acting Secretary, Illinois Department of Transportation

Randall S. Blankenhorn was appointed Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary by Governor Bruce Rauner in January 2015. 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.

   

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.
   

The Honorable Darin LaHood, 37th District Senator, Illinois State Senator

State Senator Darin LaHood was appointed as the 37th district in the Illinois Senate. He serves as the Republican Spokesperson for the Senate Gaming Committee and also serves on the Senate Transportation, Energy, Environment, and Human Services Committees. He specializes in municipal and governmental litigation representing cities, villages, townships and park districts. He also has experience in commercial litigation. LaHood attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa where he received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Following graduation from Loras, he worked as a legislative assistant and Appropriations Committee associate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. He graduated from the John Marshall Law School in 1997 receiving his Juris Doctor; he was admitted to the Illinois Bar that same year.
   

The Honorable Mike McAuliffe, 20th District Representative, Illinois State Representative

Michael is a lifelong resident of the 20th legislative district and is serving in his tenth term. As a full-time legislator, he is the spokesperson on both the Healthcare Licenses and Veterans Affairs Committees. Additionally, he is a member of Appropriations on Public Safety, Healthcare Availability Access, Museums & Cultural Enhancement, Public Utilities, and the Tourism & Conventions House Committees. He was chosen to serve on the prestigious Traffic Safety Advisory Committee. Michael has led the charge to pass legislation to support public safety, military and veterans, education and economic development.  He has been honored by Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois, Illinois Crime Commission, New Horizon School for the Developmentally Disabled, Illinois Committee of Blind Vendors, Illinois Athletic Trainers Association and Illinois Park Districts.

   

Steve Friedman, President, S.B. Friedman Development Advisors

Stephen B. Friedman is president of SB Friedman Development Advisors, a firm specializing in creating public-private partnerships for urban redevelopment and revitalization. Over the past 10 years, the firm has played an advisory or analytical role on $4.8 billion of public-private partnership development involving nearly $1.6 billion of public funds.  Key transportation projects include a study on the feasibility of using value capture tools to finance major transportation projects in the Chicago region.  Mr. Friedman holds a Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  He is an active full member of the Urban Land Institute, a board member of The Civic Federation (Chicago), and has served on many other not-for-profit, educational and professional association boards and committees.

   

Jennifer Morrison, Managing Director, Transportation for Illinois Coalition

Jennifer Morrison is the founding partner of Filson/Gordon Associates, a government affairs consulting firm based in Springfield, Illinois.  She also serves as managing director of the Transportation for Illinois Coalition.  TFIC is a statewide coalition of business, labor, local government and not-for-profit organizations united behind support for adequate investment in transportation infrastructure in IL and the US.  Prior to founding Filson/Gordon Associates in 1992 and joining TFIC in 2002, Morrison served as an assistant to former Governor Jim Edgar for economic development and regulatory issues, managed the legislative office of the Illinois Department of Revenue, served on legislative staff and held major positions with statewide political campaigns.  She holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

   

Susan Martinovich, Director, North American Highway/Bridge, CH2M HILL

Susan Martinovich currently serves as the Director of the Transportation Business Group's North American Highway/Bridge business at CH2MHILL.  She is responsible for establishing the North American Highway/Bridge strategy, stewarding federal, state, county, municipal and private client relationships, identifying/analyzing market trends, and fostering the development of new technologies and services to meet clients' needs.  She is involved with organizations including Women's Transportation Seminar, AARTBA, AASHTO and the Transportation Research Board.  She is nationally recognized as an expert in surface transportation development and a strong advocate for alternative project delivery and transportation funding mechanisms to ensure continued investment in the nation's infrastructure. 

   

Adrian Guerrero, Director of Public Affairs, Union Pacific Railroad

Adrian Guerrero is the Driector of Public Affairs for Union Pacific Railroad.  He is responsible for UP's external communications, public affairs, community and government affairs, and corporate phiolanthropy within the State of Illinois.  Additionally he serves as Chairman of the Advocacy Committee of the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program, Co-Chair of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Freight Committee.   Prior to joining Union Pacific, Mr. Guerrero served in various State and Local Government capacities, serving most recently as Assistant Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation, and Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. He earned his BA from DePaul University, and his JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

   

Mike Toohey, President/CEO, Waterways Council, Inc.

With more than 30 years of federal government expertise, Mike Toohey serves as WCI’s President and CEO and joined the association in August 2011. Prior to joining WCI, he served as Consultant with The Livingston Group’s Transportation, Shipbuilding, Shipping and Ports practice area. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Government Affairs for Ashland Inc., a global chemical, energy and construction company. During his 19 years with Ashland, he served as the principle representative to the federal government and also supervised state government relations for this Fortune 500 corporation. His responsibilities also included leadership positions as Chair of the American Chemistry Council’s Federal Legislative Roundtable & Chairman of the Board of American Highway Users Alliance, and board positions with WCI, & Danny Thompson Memorial Foundation.

   

Mike Wawszkiewicz, Senior P3 Project Manager, Division of Innovative Delivery, Ohio Department of Transportation

Mike has over 10 yrs. of experience at Ohio DOT and is currently responsible for managing alternative delivery procurements and providing technical guidance for P3 projects with a total construction value >r $3 Billion.  His current projects include $430M Portsmouth Bypass Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain project &$2.6B Brent Spence Bridge project.  Prior to working in the Division of Innovative Delivery, Mike worked in ODOT's Office of Production where he managed various ODOT roadway projects and participated in developing contract documents for the first two value-based design build projects for ODOT – Cleveland Innerbelt Contract Group 1 and Columbus Crossroads Phase 1. Mike was also responsible for managing private development projects for R.D. Zande & Assoc. for 5 yrs.  Mike graduated from the Ohio State University and is a professional engineer.

   

Anthony Quigley, Engineer of Project Implementation, Region 1, IDOT

In August 2012, Mr. Anthony (Tony) Quigley became the Interim Project Implementation Engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation (Department), Region One, in Schaumburg.  One year later, Tony became the permanent Project Implementation Engineer.  Tony leads over 250 employees who handle high-profile and multifaceted projects in a region that includes the second largest metropolitan area in the country, consisting of six counties, 265 municipalities, and a 100 townships.  The State highway system in Region One encompasses more than 3,000 miles of highways, 1,744 bridges, and 97.8 million miles of travel daily.  Tony oversees the Bureaus of Construction, Materials, Local Roads, and EEO.   The overall objective was to build a safe and efficient highway system.  He earned his BSCE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

   

Cherryl T. Thomas, President & CEO, Ardmore Associates, LLC

Cherryl Thomas is President and Chief Executive Officer of Ardmore Associates, a full-service engineering, land surveying, program, project and construction management firm. Prior to her current position, she served as Chairman of the united States Railroad Board, Commissioner of Chicago's Department of Building, Deputy Chief of Staff in Chicago's Office of the Mayor, and various positions within the Chicago Department of Public Works.  She has an honorary Doctorate Degree from Boston College, a Master’s of Science Degree in Physiology from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and Biology from Marquette University. Ms. Thomas enhanced her career by taking engineering courses at the Illinois Institute of Technology as a non-degree student.

   

Mary Lamie, Vice President, EFK Moen, LLC

Ms. Lamie has over 25 years of transportation experience that includes 22 years with IDOT.  While at IDOT she spent 7 years as the Deputy Director of Highways Region Five Engineer. During this time she was responsible for the development and implementation of the Region’s transportation program which included engineering, management and budgetary responsibilities. Currently, Ms. Lamie is responsible for project management and business development for EFK Moen, LLC.  She continues to be involved with a wide variety of transportation projects that require extensive coordination with local, state and national leaders.  She also works with governmental agencies and the private industry developing and setting transportation priorities and funding strategies.

   

Ramon Dela Cruz, Vice President, Millennia Professional Services of Illinois

Ramon has over 26 years of engineering experience.  He has been involved in a variety of transportation project phases from preliminary engineering, final design, construction, coordination, project management, plan reviews, and proposal development. He started his career at IDOT and worked there for 11 years, with his last position in the Bureau of Design’s Consulting Services Section managing IDOT roadway projects.  He then worked for the City of Naperville and other Consulting firms until he started the firm Millennia Professional Services of Illinois in 2004 with three other partners.  Ramon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. Ramon was selected in 2014 as one of the Outstanding Filipino-American Engineer from the Philippine Engineers and Scientists Organization (PESO).

   

Phillip E. Russell, PE, JD, Senior Advisor & National Director of Alternative Project Delivery, HW Lochner

Phil Russell, PE, JD, leads Lochner's domestic and international alternative delivery program and is the President and CEO of Lochner MMM Group, a partnership between Lochner and MMM Group Limited specifically formed to integrate internationally-gained design-build and P3 experience with an in-depth understanding of U.S. transportation infrastructure systems. Prior to joining Lochner, he spent 28 years with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), working on every phase of transportation development – financing, planning, environmental, right-of-way, design, construction, operation, and maintenance – for tolled and non-tolled highways statewide. For 10 years, Phil also served as Director of the Texas Turnpike Authority Division responsible for establishing TxDOT's first toll collection system, including both manual and open road tolling lanes.

   

David Morrill, Project Manager, Alfred Benesch & Co. 

David Morrill with Alfred Benesch and Company is the Consultant Team’s Project Manager for the Final Design of the eight mile reconstruction of the I-74 corridor crossing the Mississippi River.  Mr. Morrill is responsible for, and provides direct oversight, of the development of the construction documents for the $1 billion bridge and roadway improvements, including the new 800’ Basket Handle True Arch over the river’s navigation channel.  His duties include advancement of the schedule and monitoring of the budget for this complex project, he ensures the technical accuracy of the project’s reports and submittals and responds to questions and comments from all levels of government agencies, local communities, landowners, and other stakeholders.  David holds a BSCE & MSCE from the University of Illinois.  He has been with Benesch for over 35 years.

   

Chuck Wienrank, Pavement Design Engineer, IDOT

Charles Wienrank is the Pavement Design Engineer in the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Materials and Physical Research.  He joined the Department in 2000 after six years of employment in the private sector, where he specialized in the areas of pavement research and pavement management.  In his current position with IDOT, Charles provides pavement design assistance on both new pavement designs and on innovative rehabilitation techniques.  He also serves as the Technical Review Panel chair on pavement design research projects.  Charles earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois.

   

Bob Paternoga, Remanufacuring General Manager, Caterpillar Inc.

Robert “Bob” Paternoga is currently a General Manager with Caterpillar’s Remanufacturing, Components & Work Tools Division. In this role, he provides leadership to the division’s Remanufacturing business, one of the world’s largest, processing more than two million units and recycling more than 100 million pounds of remanufactured products each year. Bob has responsibility for the production operations of 11 facilities located in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil and Europe and oversees the technical and product teams that manage the Cat Reman product line and those of external clients. His commercial team manages Cat Reman sales in the Americas and Europe, sets strategic product direction, and provides core management services globally. Bob is a graduate of the University of Illinois where he earned a degree in Agricultural Engineering – Power and Machinery.

   

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. 

   

Erol Tutumluer, Professor, University of Illinois

Dr. Erol Tutumluer is a Professor specializing in Transportation Geotechnics in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Tutumluer holds Paul F. Kent Endowed Faculty Scholar and serves as the Director of International Programs. Dr. Tutumluer has research interests and expertise in characterization of pavement and railroad track geomaterials, i.e., subgrade soils and base/ballast unbound aggregates, modeling granular foundation systems using innovative techniques, nondestructive testing and evaluation, and sustainable use of foundation geomaterials and construction practices for transportation infrastructure. He has served as an investigator on over 60 research projects with grants received from FHWA, FAA, FRA, US Army Corps of Engineers, NCHRP, NEXTRANS and NSF. 

   

Jim Piekarczyk, Project Manager, Hutchinson Engineering

Jim Piekarczyk received his degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. Following his graduation from UIUC in 1975, Jim worked as a design and construction engineer for a civil engineering consulting company until his appointment as County Engineer for Kankakee County in 1982. Jim recently retired after 30 years as Kankakee County’s Engineer and is now a Project Manager for Hutchison Engineering, Inc. Jim has been past president of the Kankakee Area Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, member and past president of the Illinois Association of County Engineers, member and past legislative committee chairman of the National Association of County Engineers, past president of the Transportation Officials Divisions of theARTBA and former Region 5 County Road Advisor for the Federal Highway Administration.

   

Priscilla Tobias, State Safety Engineer, IDOT

Priscilla Tobias is the Illinois Department of Transportation’s State Safety Engineer and has been with the agency for 23 years.  She is a graduate of Virginia Tech and a licensed Professional Engineer for the State of Illinois.  She has been instrumental in partnering with safety stakeholders to develop and implement effective safety programs and initiatives, influence safety investment decision making, and ultimately reduce fatalities and serious injuries in Illinois. 

   

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.

   

William Vavrik, Vice President and Principal Engineer, Transportation Infrastructure Division, Applied Research Associates, Inc.

Dr. Vavrik is a Vice President and Principal Engineer in the Transportation Infrastructure Division of Applied Research Associates, Inc.  He joined ARA in 2000 and has been responsible for a diverse project portfolio including projects in pavement management, evaluation, materials, and design, as well as transportation research, technology transfer, forensics, sustainability, asset management, operations & maintenance, and software.  Throughout his career, Dr. Vavrik has taken a variety of responsibilities in project delivery, including program manager for large programs, project/task order manager, quality manager, subject matter expert, and project engineer.  He has experience in diverse infrastructure applications, including local roads and streets, rural roads, highways, airports, ports, and intermodal facilities.

   

Michael Kennerly, Director, Office of Design, Iowa DOT

Michael is the Director of the Office of Design for the Iowa Department of Transportation. He has worked for the Department for 31 years, with 12 of those years in his current position.  Prior to that he worked in the Office of Contracts as projects Scheduling Engineer, as a Resident Maintenance Engineer, Detail Bridge Design Engineer, and started as an EIT in the Des Moines Construction Residency. He is a member of the AASHTO Subcommittee on Design, the recipient of the 2013 National Award from the AASHTO Subcommittee on Design, a graduate of the University of Iowa with a BS in Civil Engineering, and the proud grandfather of two.

   

Dean Mentjes, Traffic Operations Engineer, Federal Highway Administration

Dean Mentjes is the Transportation Operations Engineer for the Illinois Division of the Federal Highway Administration.  He serves as FHWA’s specialist for the state of Illinois in the areas of Work Zone Safety, MUTCD, Traffic Operations, and Freight Operations.  Dean has been with FHWA for 24 years, working in several positions in the states of Idaho, Minnesota, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Illinois.  He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Civil Engineering.

   

Paul Nowicki, Assistant Vice President, State Government Affairs, BNSF Railway

Paul started his career with Santa Fe Railway as a market research analyst in 1979.  Since then he has held positions in marketing, strategic planning, business development, logistics and government affairs.  He is currently AVP-State Government Affairs, responsible for BNSF’s government affairs activities in the Midwest. Paul began working in the public policy area in 1994 when he served as staff director for the National Commission on Intermodal Transportation. He recently served as chair of the Western Governors' Association Task Force on Rail Efficiency and Community Livability, and currently serves on the boards of Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council and the Supply Chain Innovation Network of Chicago. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MBA from Northwestern University. 

   

David Lippert, Sustainability Implementation Engineer, Illinois Center for Transportation

David Lippert has a Bachelors and Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His 29 year career at the Illinois Department of Transportation concluded with serving as the Engineer of Materials and Physical Research. Since then he has joined the Illinois Center for Transportation as the Sustainability Implementation Engineer. David is also a Registered Professional Engineer in Illinois.

   

Dan Brassard, Chief Financial Officer, Indiana DOT

Dan Brassard was appointed Chief Financial Officer in December 2009 and is responsible for all Finance and Management Information Systems matters. Dan also oversees INDOT’s financial relationships with contractors, consultants and partners, including the financial administration of the agency’s capital program for transportation including its Public Private Partnership (P3) projects. Dan and his team develop and implement financial management and cost-saving strategies across INDOT.  Dan’s accomplishments as a senior finance executive in the private sector included the integration of several business acquisitions and the design and implementation of multiple process-driven solutions in both finance and operations.  Dan earned a BS degree in accounting and a Master of Business Administration degree in accounting, both from the University of Evansville.

   

Jeffrey Han, Principal Project Manager, HDR Engineering

Mr. Jeffrey Han is a Principal Project Manager at HDR Engineering.  He currently serves as Design Director for the New NY Bridge project and is responsible for the overall management and direction of the design team that includes 30 firms and over 300 full time staff.  Jeff is a licensed Professional Engineer in 5 states and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland.

   

Dan Domalik, Design Quality Control Engineer, HDR Engineering

Mr. Dan Domalik is a Design Quality Control Manager at HDR Engineering and serves as the Design QC Manager for the New NY Bridge project.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer with a background in structural engineering and project management.  Mr. Domalik holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University, respectively, and also has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. Dan is an ASQ-Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence and Certified Quality Auditor.

   

Jay Behnke, President, 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 other regional specifications.

   

Michael Warren, Sr. 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. 

   

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.

   

Wilfrid Nixon, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa

Dr. Wilfrid Nixon is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa, and is also President and co-owner of Asset Insight Technologies, LLC, a consulting company in the field of winter maintenance. Dr. Nixon received his Bachelor’s and Doctorate degrees in engineering from Cambridge University, England, in 1981 and 1985 respectively.  Wilf started his research in winter highway maintenance in the late 1980’s working initially on ways of improving snow plow performance. He has conducted research for a number of federal and state agencies.  He has written over 100 papers and reports on his research, and has made numerous presentations around the world.  Wilf has worked on numerous committees and panels relating to winter maintenance at both the National and International level.

   

Ann Berube, Civil Engineer, IDOT

Ann has been employed with the Illinois Department of Transportation as a Civil Engineer since 1985 after receiving her BSCE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1984.   During her initial years of service, she worked in the Bureaus of Materials, Construction and Design prior to settling in the Bureau of Construction.  She has worked as a Resident Engineer, Local Agency Construction Supervisor, Area Construction Supervisor and is currently the Bureau Chief of Construction in Region 1/District 1. She has overseen a large variety of projects from State Park parking lots to complex bridge and roadway construction.

   

Catherine Kibble, Section Chief for the Consultant Services Section in the Bureau of Design, IDOT

Catherine has been employed with the Illinois Department of Transportation since 1983, first as a co-op and then as a full time Civil Engineer after receiving her BS from Marquette University in 1986.  During her 23+ years of service, she has worked in the Bureaus of Construction, Programming and is currently the Consultant Services Section Chief in the Bureau of Design. Her experiences include being a Resident Engineer in Construction, a Phase I Squad Leader in the Bureau of Programming overseeing Phase I studies and she is now working in Phase II dealing with the oversight of contract plan preparation.  She has been involved with a wide variety of projects including widening and reconstruction, resurfacing and bridge reconstruction projects; most notably she was the Phase II Project Manager for the Kingery Reconstruction project. 

   

Tim Peters, Local Policy and technology Engineer, IDOT

Tim Peters graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering in 1985.  He worked for Martin Marietta in Denver Colorado for 7 years.  While working for Martin Marietta he earned an MBA from the University of Northern Colorado.  He joined the Illinois Department of Transportation in 1992 as their Communications Systems Engineer.   He has served as IDOT Equipment Engineer for over 10 years.  He was also IDOT’s Winter Operations Engineer and currently he is IDOT’s Local Policy and Technology Engineer.

   

Randy Ray, Engine Sales and Aducation Director, Navistar, Inc. 

Randall Ray, Engine Sales and Education Director.  Randall has been with International for 29 years, during this time he has been in various Product Launch or Sales and Marketing roles.  Most recently he has been involved in the transition to SCR engines by International and rolling this out to the dealers and customers.

   

Derek C. Parish, District Materials Engineer, District 4, Illinois Department of Transportation

Derek serves as the Bituminous Field Engineer for IDOT's Division of Highways' District 4, which encompasses twelve counties in West Central Illinois.  In this position he is responsible for overseeing the Quality Control and Quality Assurance testing, verification of mix designs, and bituminous plant facilities for all HMA mixtures produced or placed in the District.  He also makes recommendations about construction practices involving HMA mixtures to the District's field inspection personnel. Derek is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois. 

   

Mr. Khaled Hasiba, Research Assistant, University of Illinois

Mr. Hasiba is a PhD student at the university of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a graduate research assistant at the Illinois Center for Transportation. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the American University of Sharjah and his Master’s from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010 and 2012 respectively. His research interest and expertise focus on transportation logistics and pavement materials, with an emphasis on studying facility performance and quantifying infrastructure damage caused by oversize and overweight vehicles. Khaled is a registered engineer-in-training, and has 4 years’ experience in providing transportation infrastructure research and consulting services.