Study Committee Biographical Information

David L. Winstead, Chair, is a member of the law firm of Holland & Knight, LLP, which has offices in Maryland and the District of Columbia. His practice includes zoning, land use, transportation policy, and municipal affairs. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Winstead served as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation. He was elected President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in 1998. As head of the Maryland DOT, he also chaired the Maryland Port Commission, the Maryland Aviation Commission (which has responsibility for Baltimore– Washington International Airport), and the Maryland Transportation Authority. From 1991 to 1995, Mr. Winstead served in a pro bono capacity as chair of the Maryland Transportation Commission. From 1975 to 1979, he was a special assistant to Senator Charles Mathias. From 1981 to 1987 he was the Executive Director of the Washington–Baltimore Regional Association. Mr. Winstead is active in numerous professional and civic organizations, including the Urban Land Institute, the Economic Club of Washington, and the National Aquarium. He is the Honorary Chair for National Transportation Week—2002. He currently chairs the Project Panel on Development of Technical Methods for Environmental Justice Analyses for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program. Mr. Winstead has a B.A. in economics from Denison University, an M.B.A. from Columbia University, and a J.D. from Columbus School of Law at Catholic University.


Anthony L. (Tony) Alarid recently retired from the New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department, where he was Human Resources Director. He was responsible for administration and personnel operations, classification compensation, payroll and



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The Workforce Challenge: Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Qualified Workers for Transportation and Transit agencies Study Committee Biographical Information David L. Winstead, Chair, is a member of the law firm of Holland & Knight, LLP, which has offices in Maryland and the District of Columbia. His practice includes zoning, land use, transportation policy, and municipal affairs. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Winstead served as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation. He was elected President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in 1998. As head of the Maryland DOT, he also chaired the Maryland Port Commission, the Maryland Aviation Commission (which has responsibility for Baltimore– Washington International Airport), and the Maryland Transportation Authority. From 1991 to 1995, Mr. Winstead served in a pro bono capacity as chair of the Maryland Transportation Commission. From 1975 to 1979, he was a special assistant to Senator Charles Mathias. From 1981 to 1987 he was the Executive Director of the Washington–Baltimore Regional Association. Mr. Winstead is active in numerous professional and civic organizations, including the Urban Land Institute, the Economic Club of Washington, and the National Aquarium. He is the Honorary Chair for National Transportation Week—2002. He currently chairs the Project Panel on Development of Technical Methods for Environmental Justice Analyses for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program. Mr. Winstead has a B.A. in economics from Denison University, an M.B.A. from Columbia University, and a J.D. from Columbus School of Law at Catholic University. Anthony L. (Tony) Alarid recently retired from the New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department, where he was Human Resources Director. He was responsible for administration and personnel operations, classification compensation, payroll and

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The Workforce Challenge: Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Qualified Workers for Transportation and Transit agencies benefits, labor relations, and training for the department’s employees. He was formerly personnel director for the City of Santa Fe and for the Administrative Office of the Supreme Court of New Mexico. Mr. Alarid has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Southern Colorado State University. He is a member and past chapter president of the Society for Human Resources. David S. Ferguson has been the Chief of Personnel Resources for the Florida Department of Transportation since January 1973. He is responsible for developing and directing the personnel and training program for the department’s 9,000 employees. In 1994 he managed the development and implementation of a new personnel system for the department. Changes included a consolidation of job classes from more than 1,800 to fewer than 100; pay broadbanding; a knowledge, skills, and abilities selection system; a computerized system for ranking employees for superior proficiency pay increases; and a bonus payment program. He is currently developing an electronic performance and evaluation system and bonus payment ranking program for the department. He is assisting the Florida Department of Management Services in revising the Florida Career Service System and outsourcing all human resource transactional activities. He has a bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College. Margaret L. Forde is President of Northeast Houston Community College, where she has been an educator and administrator since 1984. Previously she taught at the University of Houston, Wichita State University, and Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas. Dr. Forde has a bachelor of arts degree in English, a master of education degree in English from Wichita State University, and a doctorate in education from the University of Houston. She also has a certificate in urban and regional planning from Kansas State University. She serves on the boards of several civic and public service organizations and for several years has produced and hosted legislative news analysis programs for public television in Houston. Cameron Gordon is the Executive Director of the American Council on Intergovernmental Relations, which focuses on tracking inter-

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The Workforce Challenge: Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Qualified Workers for Transportation and Transit agencies governmental financial and economic flows and conducts research on urban economic development, the political economy of infrastructure decision making, infrastructure and economic development, and intergovernmental governance and political structure. From 1992 to 1996 he was Manager of Infrastructure Economic Studies for the Institute for Water Resources of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning, and Development from 1996 to 2000. He also served on the staff of the U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Taxation. Dr. Gordon has a B.A. in history from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in economics from the City University of New York. Damian J. Kulash recently retired as President and CEO of the Eno Foundation for Transportation, which conducts policy forums, operates educational and leadership development programs, produces technical monographs, and publishes Transportation Quarterly in support of the nation’s transportation programs. Dr. Kulash previously served in a number of posts at the National Research Council, including 6 years as the Executive Director of the Strategic Highway Research Program; he also served as Director of the Special Projects Division of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). From 1977 to 1982, Dr. Kulash was Deputy Assistant Director of the Congressional Budget Office, where he managed policy studies in areas of transportation, water resources, and agriculture. Dr. Kulash has a B.S. in industrial management from the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from MIT. Paul J. Larrousse is the Director of the National Transit Institute at Rutgers University, an education and training institute for public transit. He was previously the general manager of transit systems in Madison and Waukesha, Wisconsin; Wayne and Oakland Counties, Michigan; and York, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Transit Cooperative Research Program Oversight and Project Selection Committee, having served as chair in 1999–2000, and is a member of the American Public Transportation Association. He has a bachelor’s degree from St. Anselm College and a master’s degree from Brooklyn Polytechnic University.

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The Workforce Challenge: Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Qualified Workers for Transportation and Transit agencies John M. Mason, Jr., is the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Research, and Outreach in the College of Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. He is also Professor of Civil Engineering and Research Associate with the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute. Dr. Mason has served as Chair of the Education and Training Committee of ITS America; Chair of the Executive Committee, Highway Division, American Society of Civil Engineers; and President of the Council of University Transportation Centers. He previously served as the Associate Director of the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute, Director of the Center for Intelligent Transportation Systems, and Division Coordinator/Executive Committee in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Mason has a B.S. in transportation from Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in transportation engineering from Villanova University, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania. Myra Howze Shiplett is a Senior Consultant at the National Academy of Public Administration’s Center for Human Resources Management. Prior to joining the academy in 1999, Ms. Shiplett worked in both the executive and judicial branches of the federal government. She has served as Assistant Director for Human Resources and Statistics for the federal judiciary, Director of Administration for the Federal Housing Finance Board, Associate Director for Passport Services and Associate Director of Human Resources at the Department of State, Assistant Director for National and International Affairs with the Office of Personnel Management, and Director of Personnel for the Federal Trade Commission. Ms. Shiplett has also taught at the high school and college levels. She holds a master’s degree in urban affairs from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg and a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She is a graduate of the Department of State’s Senior Seminar in American Diplomacy. Thomas R. Smith is a Vice President and the Director of Human Resources for Wilbur Smith Associates, an international trans-

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The Workforce Challenge: Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Qualified Workers for Transportation and Transit agencies portation consulting company based in Columbia, South Carolina. His responsibilities include employee recruitment and retention, compensation and benefits administration, training and development, employee and community relations, health and safety, governmental compliance, and human resource information systems. Previously he served as the human resources director for accounting, technology, and engineering firms. He has been certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resource Certification Institute. He has a B.S. in business management from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Darwin G. Stuart recently retired from the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), where he was Manager of the Market Research Department. He had previously served as Manager of Planning and Research and Manager of Strategic Planning. Prior to joining CTA, he worked for Barton-Aschman Associates, a Chicago-based national transportation consulting firm. He currently serves on several TRB committees, has chaired two study panels of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program and the Transit Cooperative Research Program, and has served on several others. He received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, a master of urban planning from the University of Illinois, and a master of transportation science and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Northwestern University. Paul E. Torgersen is President Emeritus of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He holds the John W. Hancock, Jr., Chair of Engineering, and continues to teach part-time. In 1970, he was appointed Dean of the College of Engineering, a post he held for 20 years. He served as President of the Corporate Research Center until being appointed president of the university in 1993, a post he held until 2000. Dr. Torgersen is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the American Society of Engineering Education. He received the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Teacher Award while at Oklahoma State University in 1963. In 1971 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the College of Engi-

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The Workforce Challenge: Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Qualified Workers for Transportation and Transit agencies neering, Ohio State University. In 1994 he received Virginia Tech’s first affirmative action award. He received the Benjamin G. Lamme Meritorious Achievement Medal from Ohio State in 1990 and the American Society of Engineering Education Lamme Medal in 1994. Also in 1994, Lehigh University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree. He is the author or coauthor of five books and numerous technical papers. Dr. Torgersen received a B.S. in industrial engineering from Lehigh University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Ohio State University. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a registered professional engineer.