Study Committee Biographical Information

Kirk T. Steudle, Chair, was appointed Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in March 2006. Since joining MDOT in 1987, he has served in a number of posts, including Chief Deputy Director, engaged in all aspects of transportation in the state of Michigan; Bay Region Engineer, responsible for the administration and delivery of all transportation programs and services for the 13-county region surrounding the Saginaw Bay area; and Metro Detroit Deputy Region Engineer. Mr. Steudle represents MDOT on the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council and chairs the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Subcommittee on Asset Management and Standing Committee on Highway Traffic Safety. In 2004 he was a member of the National Asset Management Delegation, conducting a Transportation Asset Management Seminar in Riga, Latvia, for the countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. In 2005 he participated in the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)–AASHTO International Scan with regard to Asset Management in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and England. Mr. Steudle currently plays a leadership role in the development of vehicle infrastructure integration, sits on the Board of Directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), and is a member of the AASHTO Executive Committee and the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) 2 Oversight Committee.


Forrest M. Council is a Senior Research Scientist at the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC), where he served as Director from 1993 to 1999. He is also a Senior Research Consultant to VHB, a transportation engineering firm in Vienna, Virginia. In his 35 years at HSRC, Dr. Council directed more than 20 projects and authored more than



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Study Committee Biographical Information Kirk T. Steudle, Chair, was appointed Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in March 2006. Since joining MDOT in 1987, he has served in a number of posts, including Chief Deputy Director, engaged in all aspects of transportation in the state of Michigan; Bay Region Engineer, responsible for the administration and delivery of all transportation pro- grams and services for the 13-county region surrounding the Saginaw Bay area; and Metro Detroit Deputy Region Engineer. Mr. Steudle represents MDOT on the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council and chairs the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Subcommittee on Asset Management and Standing Committee on Highway Traffic Safety. In 2004 he was a member of the National Asset Management Delegation, conducting a Transportation Asset Management Seminar in Riga, Latvia, for the countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. In 2005 he participated in the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)– AASHTO International Scan with regard to Asset Management in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and England. Mr. Steudle currently plays a leader- ship role in the development of vehicle infrastructure integration, sits on the Board of Directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), and is a member of the AASHTO Executive Committee and the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) 2 Oversight Committee. Forrest M. Council is a Senior Research Scientist at the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC), where he served as Director from 1993 to 1999. He is also a Senior Research Consultant to VHB, a transportation engineering firm in Vienna, Virginia. In his 35 years at HSRC, Dr. Council directed more than 20 projects and authored more than 163

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164 implementing the results of the second strategic highway research program 80 articles and reports. His research has ranged from studies of motor vehi- cle injury for specific populations (children, beginning drivers, seat-belted occupants) to projects aimed at identifying and strengthening research methodologies in the roadway safety field. Over the past 15 years, he has directed the planning, development, and implementation of FHWA’s High- way Safety Information System, a database that contains crash, roadway inventory, and traffic volume data for nine states. Dr. Council chaired the National Research Council’s Committee for Review of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Large Truck Crash Causation Study and served on the Research and Technology Coordinating Committee and the Committee for Guidance on Setting and Enforcing Speed Limits. He has also served on several Transportation Research Board (TRB) standing com- mittees and National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) project panels. He earned his BS, MS, and PhD from North Carolina State University, all in civil engineering. Dr. Council is Chair of the SHRP 2 Safety Technical Coordinating Committee. C. Douglass Couto is Director of Transportation for State and Local Gov- ernment at Citrix Systems, Inc. Previously he held various public-sector positions. He was Information Officer in the Michigan Department of Information Technology, providing support for major enterprise systems and MDOT. He also was Chief Information Officer for MDOT after serving as Chief Information Officer for the state of Iowa. Mr. Couto spent 22 years in various information management positions while on active duty with the United States Air Force, including Director of Information Management for the Air Force Intelligence Agency in San Antonio, Texas. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and master’s degrees in business admin- istration and public administration from the George Washington University. He is also a graduate of the National Defense University. He chairs TRB’s Information Systems and Technology Committee. Thomas B. Deen (NAE) is a transportation consultant and served as Execu- tive Director of TRB from 1980 to 1994. He is former Chairman and President of PRC-Voorhees, a transportation engineering and planning consulting firm, where he was in charge of major urban highway and rail transit projects, both in this country and abroad. Mr. Deen served as Chair of the national inter-

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study committee biographical information 165 agency committee that prepared the strategic plan for America’s development of intelligent transportation systems. In recent years, he has been appointed chair of several blue ribbon Maryland state committees investigating signifi- cant rail and road projects in the state. He also serves on an advisory board for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Mr. Deen holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and a certificate from Yale University’s Bureau of Highway Traffic. Joel P. Ettinger is currently Executive Director of the New York Metro- politan Transportation Council, the transportation planning organization for the New York metropolitan region. Before that appointment, he was Regional Administrator for the Federal Transit Administration in Chicago, with responsibility for federal transit activities in the states of Illinois, Indi- ana, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Between 1976 and 1981, he served as Chief of the Analysis Division in the Headquarters Office of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration (UMTA), where he was responsible for managing the alternatives analysis program for major urban mass transit investments. Mr. Ettinger joined the federal govern- ment in 1968 as a highway engineer trainee in FHWA. He completed an 18-month training program that included assignments at FHWA regional and division offices and at the Puget Sound Governmental Conference, the metropolitan planning organization in Seattle, Washington. He joined UMTA in 1971 as a Transportation Planner in the Headquarters Office and helped administer UMTA’s planning program for urban areas and states. He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the City College of New York and a master of science degree in transportation planning from Northwestern University. David R. Gehr is Senior Vice President, Highway Markets, for Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), providing marketing guidance and technical exper- tise to PB’s highway-related pursuits and ongoing projects and devel- oping strategies for growth in the firm’s highway portfolio. Previously Mr. Gehr worked for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) from 1971 to 1999. He held several senior executive positions at VDOT, including District Engineer, Director of Operations, Chief Engineer, and Assistant Commissioner for Operations. In 1994 he was appointed

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166 implementing the results of the second strategic highway research program Commonwealth Transportation Commissioner for VDOT. Before join- ing VDOT Mr. Gehr served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. He has served on the Board of Directors of ITS America and as Chair of the I-95 Corridor Coalition. He received a BS degree in civil engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and has done graduate work in transportation planning and in systems engineering. He was a member of the Committee for a Study for a Future Strategic Highway Research Program. Robert C. Johns is Director of the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota, which carries out research programs, provides interdisciplinary education programs for transportation students, and con- ducts training and outreach programs for transportation professionals and policy leaders. Before joining the university in 1988, he worked for the Met- ropolitan Council of the Twin Cities Area, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. He is Chair of the TRB Technical Activities Council, which consists of eleven group chairs who oversee the research and outreach activities of 200 technical committees. He was formerly Chair of the TRB Policy and Organization Group, Chair of the Management and Leadership Section, and Chair of the Committee on Strategic Management. He has also chaired committees for ITS America and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. He serves on the Minnesota Guidestar Board of Directors and the Minne- sota Freight Advisory Committee. Mr. Johns holds a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and an MBA and a master’s degree in English from the University of Iowa. Robert C. Lange is Executive Director for Vehicle Structure and Safety Integration at General Motors (GM) Corporation, where he focuses on the in-service safety performance of GM motor vehicle products and real-world customers’ experiences with those products. He joined GM in 1994 follow- ing a 12-year career with Failure Analysis Associated (FaAA), an engineer- ing consulting firm, where he was involved with research and consulting activities for motor vehicle safety. Before joining FaAA, he held a variety of design engineering positions at Ford Motor Company. Mr. Lange has written extensively about motor vehicle safety topics, including the design

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study committee biographical information 167 and performance of occupant restraint systems, fuel system design, vehicle structures, vehicle size and safety, crash risk analysis, and brake systems. He is a member of the Board of the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety and past member of the Board of the National Safety Council. He earned his BS and his MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. Sandra Q. Larson is Director of the Research and Technology Bureau at the Iowa Department of Transportation, where she has served since 1988. She is responsible for planning, development, and implementation of the department’s research and ITS program. She has also served as Director of the Engineering Bureau, Director of the Bridges and Structures Office, Resident Construction Engineer, and Bridge Design Engineer. She is the TRB State Representative for Iowa and serves on several TRB commit- tees, including Surface Transportation Weather, Portland Cement Pave- ment Construction, and General Structures. She is AASHTO Research Advisory Committee Chair, Standing Committee on Research Vice Chair, and past Highway Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures Vice Chair. She is also Chair of the NCHRP Ideas Deserving Exploratory Analysis Committee. She holds bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and gen- eral science–biology from Iowa State University and is a licensed civil and structures engineer. Ananth K. Prasad is Vice President for HNTB Corporation and currently serves as Market Sector Leader for the U.S. Department of Transportation. He is responsible for coordinating HNTB’s service offerings to departments of transportation throughout the southeastern United States. Previously, Mr. Prasad worked for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) from 1991 to 2008 and was FDOT’s Chief Engineer for 3 years before join- ing HNTB. Mr. Prasad joined FDOT as a Scheduling Engineer and has been Construction Project Manager, Assistant District Construction Engineer, Resident Engineer, and Director of Construction. He currently serves on many TRB committees, was a member of the SHRP 2 Oversight Commit- tee, and chaired AASHTO’s Technical Implementation Group. Mr. Prasad holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering and a master of engi- neering degree in civil engineering; he is a registered professional engineer in the state of Florida.

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168 implementing the results of the second strategic highway research program Mary Lou Ralls is Principal of Ralls Newman, LLC, in Austin, Texas, a firm specializing in the advancement of structural engineering technolo- gies, including accelerated construction. Before becoming an indepen- dent consultant in late 2004, Ms. Ralls was with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for 20 years, serving for the last 5 years as State Bridge Engineer and Director of the Bridge Division. While at TxDOT, she was a member of the AASHTO Highway Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures and was Chair of the Technical Committee for Security and Vice Chair of the Technical Committee for Research. She also was a member of the AASHTO Task Force on Transportation Security. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and is a licensed professional engineer. She serves as Chair of the TRB Design and Construction Group. Ms. Ralls is also a member of several NCHRP panels on transportation structures and security. She is a member of the SHRP 2 Technical Coordinating Committee for Renewal. Mary Lynn Tischer is Director of the Multimodal Transportation Planning Office and Federal Intergovernmental Transportation Liaison for VDOT. The Multimodal Transportation Planning Office was created to facilitate implementation of VTrans2025, Virginia’s statewide multimodal trans- portation plan. As Federal Intergovernmental Transportation Liaison for VDOT, Dr. Tischer leads the development of initiatives at the federal level with regard to the commonwealth’s transportation system. From 2002 until 2005, she was a Special Assistant to the Governor and the Secretary of Transportation, working with the Virginia legislative delegation and others to secure federal legislation favorable to the state. She has held administra- tive posts in the U.S. Department of Transportation, FHWA, the Arizona Department of Transportation, and the Volpe National Transportation Sys- tems Center. From 1989 to 1997, Dr. Tischer served VDOT as Director of the Office of Policy Analysis, Evaluation, and Intergovernmental Relations. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Rosemont College, a master’s degree from American University, and a PhD in political science from the Uni- versity of Maryland. Dr. Tischer has served on several AASHTO commit- tees, including the Task Force on Federal Reauthorization, the Standing Committee on Planning, the Task Force on Economic Development, and the Standing Committee on Highway Transport. She was a member of the

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study committee biographical information 169 Financing and Economic Evaluation Committee of the International Road Congress and was Chair of the International Association for Travel Behav- ior Research. Dr. Tischer is a member of the SHRP 2 Technical Coordinat- ing Committee for Capacity. John P. Wolf is Assistant Division Chief in Traffic Operations for Transpor- tation Planning and System Management for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). He has held numerous positions at Caltrans, where he helped develop transportation system performance measures for the California Transportation Plan, managed the Traffic Operations Strate- gies, developed the Transportation Management System Master Plan, and worked on emerging Corridor Mobility Management strategies. Each of these efforts promoted performance measurement and the need for trans- portation system providers to work cooperatively to improve transporta- tion system performance for California. He also led the development of the Freeway Performance Measurement System (PeMS) through the University of California, Berkeley, as a research project. PeMS will be mainstreamed as a Caltrans system. Mr. Wolf holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Scranton and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the Catholic University of America. He is a member of the SHRP 2 Technical Coordinating Committee for Reliability.