Innovations in Transportation Conference

October 9 & 10, 2018
Scheman Building (map)
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa

Thank you to all those who made the 2018 Innovations in Transportation Conference a success!

Learn about the future of transportation and current practical applications at the Innovations in Transportation Conference, October 9-10, 2018, in Ames Iowa. The day-and-a-half meeting, hosted by the Iowa Department of Transportation and Iowa State University's Institute for Transportation, is designed for transportation professionals at local and state agencies, academia, and business and industry.

Speakers from around the nation will engage participants in contemporary topics such as mobility and accessibility, connected and autonomous vehicles, organizational change, and data analytics. A panel discussion among transportation leaders is also planned.


A complete program, with speaker bios, photos, links, maps, and more, is available on the conference app for iOS and Android. Search for CrowdCompass AttendeeHub, or go to

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Day 1, Oct. 9, 2018

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee / Refreshments
8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Welcome
8:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker:
Simon Anderson
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Invited Speakers:
  • Ben Pierce, HDR, Inc.
  • Omar Maher, ESRI, "Machine Learning, AI, and Transportation"
  • Ed Bradley, Program Manager, Toyota, "Connected and Automated Vehicle Overview - An OEM Perspective"
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Rapid Fire Presentations:
  • Bernie Arseneau, HDR, Inc., "How Agencies Can Get Ready for CV/AV"
  • Randy Barth, 3M, "Connected Roads, Enabling Intelligent Infrastructure"
  • Ashley Buss, Iowa State University, "Enhancing the Fundamental Knowledge and Use of Asphalt Emulsions"
  • Halil Ceylan, Iowa State University, "Self-Heating Electrically Conductive Concrete Demonstration Project"
  • Susan Chrysler, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, "Preparing Work Zones for Automated and Connected Vehicles"
  • Neal Hawkins, Iowa State University, "Innovative Traffic Operations"
  • Nir Keren, Iowa State University, "Virtual Reality in the Service of Transportation"
  • Chris Murphy, University of Iowa's Virtual Soldier Research Laboratory, "University of Iowa/Iowa DOT VR Collaboration for Safety"
  • Sri Sritharan, Iowa State University, "UHPC Overlay for Bridge Decks"
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. AASHTO/Innovation Programs and Highlights:
  • Chad Clawson, AASHTO, "All About AII: Taking Advantage of AASHTO's Innovation Initiative"
  • Sid Mohan, NCHRP, "Better Tools Help Good Craftsmen: Why NCHRP Pushes Application of Research Results and How"
  • Jeff Zaharewicz, FHWA, "Transforming Transportation Through Innovation"
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Reception/Poster Session (see the list of posters and information for presenters below)

Day 2, Oct. 10, 2018

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Coffee / Refreshments
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. AASHTO/Innovation Programs and Highlights:
  • Vince Trimboli and David Coladner, Idaho Transportation Department, "Innovate ITD"
  • Alex Fisher-Willis, Utah DOT, "Innovation Implementation in UDOT - Construction Innovation Management"
  • Gary Vansuch, Colorado DOT, "How Did CDOT's Lean Everyday Ideas Initiative Become a 2018 Innovation In American Government?"
  • David Esse, WisDOT, "Innovation in Wisconsin"
  • David Riley, Arizona DOT, "Arizona DOT's Wrong Way Driver System and Other Innovations"
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Transportation Leaders' Panel Discussion:
  • Mark Lowe, Director, Iowa DOT
  • Tony Furst, Chief Innovation Officer, FHWA
  • Kirk Steudle, Director, Michigan DOT
  • Omar Maher, Practice Lead, Advanced Analytics, ESRI

Featured Speakers

Keynote: Simon Anderson

Simon Anderson, keynote speaker

Simon J. Anderson is a professional futurist, keynote speaker, startup entrepreneur, and emerging technology and trends consultant. He co-authored the 2014 Bellwether Award winning book Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow with fellow global futurist Jack Uldrich.

Simon is dedicated to helping leaders and organizations recognize emerging technologies and trends. Having traveled to more than 25 countries, Simon brings a global perspective to his work. He is also a former advisor to several technology startups and a global education non-profit. Simon's work was recently featured in the World Future Society's monthly newsletter, The Futurist and the Austrian management magazine the Hernsteiner.


Alex Fisher-Willis, Utah DOT, Construction Implementation Engineer

Alex has been with the Utah DOT since 2011. She spent the first years of her career as a Rotational Engineer. In 2013 she became the Quality Engineer for The Point I-15, a large design build project. She was one of the 2017 AASHTO Transportation Management Fellows, where she spent a year in Washington, D.C. working with AASHTO on multiple committees, including the Committee on Construction, Committee on Traffic Engineering and AASHTO Innovative Initiative. Since her return to Utah in April, Alex has been working in the Central Construction office as the Implementation Engineer. In this position, Alex works with the construction crews across the state to improve processes and try new products. She has also been coordinating with the Research and Innovation division in creating an innovation and implementation management program to promote consistent processes and nomenclature for all departments within UDOT.

Ashley Buss, Iowa State University, Assistant Professor

Dr. Ashley Buss is an assistant professor in the Civil Construction and Environmental Engineering Department at Iowa State. She received her Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. in civil engineering from Iowa State studying asphalt materials. Her research areas include asphalt pavements, pavement preservation, asphalt emulsions, and sustainable infrastructure.

Ben Pierce, HDR, Inc., National Lead, Transportation Technology

Ben Pierce has 27 years of experience in transportation consulting acquiring, managing, and conducting studies that examine and assess the impact of different policy and/or technology options on the transportation system. Ben received his master's degree in statistics from Miami University in 1991. He has served as a statistician for a number of projects related to technology assessment and is well versed in all aspects of conducting an Intelligent Transportation System evaluation including planning, test plan development, data collection, analysis, and reporting. During the past decade, Ben has focused on research, conceptual design, prototyping, and deployment of Intelligent Transportation System and Autonomous/Connected Vehicle technologies, and dynamic mobility applications. Most recently, Ben was the lead architect for the successful Columbus Smart City application.

Bernie Arseneau, HDR, Inc., Director, Highways and Roads

Bernie Arseneau is HDR's Highways and Roads director, providing companywide strategic focus on roads, traffic engineering, bridge design, program and asset management and transportation technology. He brings over three decades of transportation experience and expertise. Prior to joining HDR, Bernie spent 30 years at the Minnesota Department of Transportation, most recently serving as the Department's Deputy Commissioner and Chief Engineer in guiding major program decisions and maintaining strong relationships with the legislature and key external partners in the Transportation Industry. He has been active nationally with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB). He was a member of AASHTO's Standing Committee on Highways and its Standing Committee on Highway Traffic Safety, and served on AASHTO's National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD) Executive Board. He served as vice chair of AASHTO's Standing Committee on Performance Management Task Force on MAP-21 National Performance Measures. Additionally, he chaired TRB's Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) 2 Regional Operations Forum for Advancing Systems Operations, Management and Reliability-Technical Expert Task Group.

Chad Clawson, AASHTO, AASHTO Engineering Fellow

Chad Clawson, P.E., is an Engineering Fellow for AASHTO serving in Washington, DC. His assignments include working with the AASHTO committees for the AASHTO Innovation Initiative, Traffic, Maintenance, Bridges and Structures, and Materials and Pavements. Chad earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Idaho in 2003. He represents the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) where he served in various District positions including 10 years as a District Materials Engineer. He will return to the ITD upon completion of his AASHTO Fellowship in April. Chad has a beautiful wife and four great children. When not working, he enjoys steelhead and salmon fishing on Idaho's Clearwater and Snake rivers.

Chris Murphy, University of Iowa, Application Development & Support, Avatar & Design Team Lead

Chris Murphy is originally from Wyoming but attended and graduated from the University of Iowa. He has been with the university's Virtual Soldier Research lab (VSR) since 2004. His responsibilities include modeling, animation, general development and support of our SANTOS application and its various incarnations. He is also the lead developer of the recently created Virtual and Augmented Reality Business Unit (VARBU) within the U of Iowa's Center for Computer Aided Design.

Dave Riley, Arizona DOT, PE, PTOE, Senior Intelligent Transportations Systems (ITS) Engineer

Dave Riley, has been with the Arizona Department of Transportation and the transportation engineering field for about 15 years. Dave is an Arizona native and has a passion for improving freeway delay, safety, and emissions for his fellow Arizonans. Current endeavors include modernizing ramp metering, wrong-way driver mitigation, and low-cost bottleneck improvements.

David Coladner, Idaho Transportation Dept., Principle Research Analyst

David Coladner is a Principal Research Analyst in the Highway Data Section of the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD). His responsibilities include running the statewide travel demand model and performing travel delay analyses in support of the highway safety/capacity program. David serves as a steward in ITD's Innovation effort - an employee-driven effort to document and celebrate innovative work practices. He has been with the department for 31 years and holds a Bachelor's degree in Physics from Boise State University. While not at work, David can be found stargazing or running (but not at the same time).

David Esse, Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation, Technology & Research Program Chief

David Esse is the Innovation, Technology & Research Program Chief for the Division of Transportation System Development (DTSD) at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Mr. Esse holds a BBA in Marketing from UW-Whitewater, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UW-Madison and brings with him 20 years of business insight and 12 years of engineering practice. Prior to joining the State, David worked in the private sector as a marketing consultant, business development director and mechanical engineer. His engineering career began at MGA Research Corporation in Burlington, WI, where he was the HYGE Accelerator Sled Facility Manager overseeing crash simulations and dynamic testing of occupant protection systems for automotive, aerospace, rail, racing and military applications. David's key role as DTSD's Innovation Program Chief is to facilitate the piloting and adoption of engineering best practices and foster a culture of innovation around the state.

Ed Bradley, Toyota, Program Manager

Ed Bradley is a program manager at Toyota's Washington D.C. office. He follows the federal regulations being developed for connected and automated vehicles. He spends most of his time supporting V2I deployment. Ed started his career 39 years ago as an engineering intern with General Motors. He worked for two other vehicle manufacturers prior to joining Toyota 23 years ago. His career included positions in industrial and product engineering, product planning, sales, distribution and manufacturing. Ed is a graduate of Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Economics. He received an MBA from the University of Michigan. Ed is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Institute of Transportation Engineers. In 2016, Ed was the president of the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Consortium (VIIIC), comprised of 10 OEM's under a cooperative agreement with the FHWA. This was a policy focused consortium for V2V and V2I connectivity. Ed owns nine older cars, but uses a current generation Prius with adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist as his commuter car when he is working in the D.C. office.

Gary Vansuch, Colorado Dept. of Transportation, Director of Process Improvement

As a member of the CDOT top executive team, Gary directs efforts to improve the organization's operations and to make government more effective, efficient and elegant, to help CDOT become the Best Department of Transportation in the Country. He has over 30 years of business improvement and change leadership experience in the energy, financial services and governmental services sectors. Gary is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a Certified Change Management Practitioner. Additionally, Gary served 6 years with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award program, including 4 years as a Senior Examiner and as a member of the national Case Study Development Team. He has also been a Judge for the American Society for Quality's (ASQ) International Team Excellence Awards, and a Judge for the RIT / USA Quality Cup competition for improvement.

Halil Ceylan, Iowa State University, Director, Program for Sustainable Pavement Engineering and Research

Halil Ceylan serves as the Director of the Program for Sustainable Pavement Engineering and Research at the Institute for Transportation. He has extensive experience in pavement field investigation and forensic testing, pavement performance evaluation and modeling, mechanistic-based pavement analysis and design concepts, nondestructive testing and health monitoring of transportation infrastructure systems, smart infrastructure/engineering materials, and engineering application of intelligent data mining and computational intelligence techniques.

Jeff Zaharewicz, Federal Highway Administration, Senior Advisor, Center for Accelerating Innovation

Jeff Zaharewicz has served as the Senior Advisor for the FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovation since October 2016. In this role Jeff is responsible for responsible for providing support, guidance, and policy direction for FHWA's strategic innovation deployment programs. Jeff previously served 5 years as the Local and Tribal Technical Assistance Program (LTAP/TTAP) Manager in the FHWA Office of Technical Services, and has held positions as the Value Engineering and Utilities Program Manager in the FHWA Office of Infrastructure, and management roles with the Park Roads and Parkways and Indian Reservation Roads programs in the FHWA Office of Federal Lands Highways. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Penn State University.

Kirk Steudle, Michigan DOT, Director

Kirk T. Steudle, Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) since 2006, oversees MDOT's over $4.7 billion dollar budget, and is responsible for the construction, maintenance, and operation of nearly 10,000 miles of state highways and more than 4,000 state highway bridges at a department with 2,700 employees. He also oversees administration of a variety of multi-modal transportation programs and projects. Steudle is a national leader in the development of Connected and Automated Vehicle Technologies, and was the 2014-2015 Chair for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) Board of Directors. He also is a member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Steudle is a Past President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and Chairs the Standing Committee on Highways. He was a 2014 member of the National Research Council for the National Academy of Science and the 2014 Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee. He also chaired the second Strategic Highway Research Program Oversight Committee (SHRP 2) for TRB. As well as a member of numerous NCHRP panels and committees on asset and performance management. Mr. Steudle is a graduate of Lawrence Technological University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering, serves on the College of Engineering Advisory Board and he was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2012.

Mark Lowe, Iowa DOT, Director

Governor Reynolds appointed Mark Lowe as director of the Iowa Department of Transportation on May 26, 2017. Before taking this position, Mark served as the Iowa DOT's general counsel from 2008 to 2009, as its Motor Vehicle Division director from 2009 to 2016, and as its interim director from November 29, 2016, to the date of his appointment by Governor Reynolds. Before entering state government, Mark was an associate and then shareholder with Hopkins & Huebner, P.C. in Des Moines. He has also served as associate general counsel for Norwest Financial in Des Moines and, prior to law school, as a planner at the Region XII Council of Governments in Carroll, Iowa.

Neal Hawkins, Institute for Transportation, Associate Director

Mr. Hawkins has 28 years of experience in traffic engineering, operations, and safety working as a city traffic engineer, private consultant, and academic researcher. He currently serves as Associate Director for InTrans, Co-Director for the REACTOR lab, and PI for an 18 state pooled fund on Road Weather Information Systems.

Nir Keren, Iowa State University, Associate Professor

Nir Keren is an Associate Professor of Occupational Safety and a faculty fellow at the virtual reality application center at Iowa State University. Keren is developing VR applications for transportation design, operations, and safety and use these application for researching these transportation arenas.

Omar Maher, ESRI

Omar is a Machine Learning enthusiast with 10+ years of experience in Analytics & AI. He's currently the Practice Lead for Machine Learning at ESRI, the global GIS provider, working on the intersection of AI and GIS. Omar cofounded two tech startups that heavily used machine learning for providing smart user recommendations and personalized experience, and served as the analytics lead for other multinational companies.

Randy Barth, 3M, Government Transportation Safety Account Representative

Barth is a graduate of Washburn University with a BA in Communications. After 14 years working for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company at its factory in Topeka, he accepted a position with 3M's Transportation Safety Division as a government transportation safety specialist in August of 2004. His job responsibilities include reflective sign sheeting, pavement marking and related services for state and local accounts in Kansas and Iowa. Barth has held leadership roles with the Kansas Association of Uniform Traffic Control, Oklahoma Traffic Engineering Association, and American Traffic Safety Services Association's Heart of America chapter.

Sid Mohan, National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Implementation Manager

Sid Mohan joined the Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) in October 2017, and manages the NCHRP Implementation Program. He has a background in program evaluation, policy analysis, strategic planning, and data management. Prior to joining the NCHRP, he worked with the World Agroforestry Center (a part of the CGIAR) from 2012, where he led research programs across several developing nations. He also evaluated the success of programs to encourage smallholder farmers to add tree cover on agricultural land in order to improve soils and increase agricultural productivity. Sid previously worked for the Maryland State Highway Administration from 2006-2011 as a Business Analyst; there he developed systems to track trends and created management information reporting systems, and supported the agency's performance management program. Sid has a Master of Public Management degree from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Baltimore.

Sri Sritharan, Iowa State University, Wilkinson Chair of Interdisciplinary Engineering and Interim Assistant Dean of College of Engineering

Dr. Sri Sritharan is the Wilkinson Chair of Interdisciplinary Engineering and Interim Assistant Dean of College of Engineering at ISU. His research expertise includes earthquake-resistant design of structures, precast systems, ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC), and soil-foundation-structure interaction. A fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), Professor Sritharan has published over 250 journal and conference papers and has advised more than 60 MS and Ph.D. students. Professor Sritharan has received numerus awards and recognition for his research and outreach activities, including the 2015 Martin P. Korn award from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award from the American Concrete Institute and T. Y. Lin Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Susan Chrysler, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Susan Chrysler is a human factors psychologist and Senior Research Scientist at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) in the Traffic Operations Group. She also serves as Associate Director of a National Safety University Transportation Center, Safe-D, which focuses on leveraging disruptive technology to improve roadway safety. She returned to TTI in 2014 after spending three years at the University of Iowa as the Director of Research at the National Advanced Driving Simulator. There, she established the Safer-Sim University Transportation Center in 2013 through a US DOT grant and served as its first director. Dr. Chrysler's areas of expertise include human factors, driving simulation, driver behavior, visual attention, traffic operations, visibility, and photometry. Dr. Chrysler received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Tony Furst, Federal Highway Administration, Chief Innovation Officer

Tony Furst is the Chief Innovation Officer of the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Innovative Program Delivery. He leads an Office that provides national leadership and direction to rapidly advance innovative practices and technologies into project delivery at the State, local and Federal levels through the Every Day Counts (EDC) program; advance innovation in the federal-aid related elements of innovative finance strategies such as tolling, GARVEE bonds, and State Infrastructure Banks, and; advance innovative practices in workforce development to attract, develop, train and retain the transportation workforce of the future. Prior to this assignment, Tony was the acting Executive Director from Sept 2015 to Mar 2016. From 2012 to 2015 Tony led FHWA's Office of Safety in the development, deployment, and evaluation of policies and programs to improve highway safety. He ensured those efforts were fully integrated with safety initiatives within the Department of Transportation and built partnerships with those throughout the industry who share a mission of improving highway safety. From 2003 to 2012, Tony lead the Office of Freight Management and Operations where he directed the development of freight policy, provided data analysis and decision-support tools regarding goods movement, and developed professional capacity building programs and training for freight professionals. Tony has held positions in the Department of Transportation with the Maritime Administration, the Office of the Secretary, and the Transportation Security Administration. Tony is a retired Coast Guard officer. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his M.B.A. from the University of Washington.

Vince Trimboli, Idaho Transportation Department, ITD Communication Manager

A member of the Idaho Transportation Department's senior leadership team, Vincent Trimboli has managed ITD's office of Communication since August of 2016. His team is a full-service collaborative shop that manages and facilitates public involvement and public information for transportation projects on more than 12,000 lane miles of highway, in one of the nation's most geographically diverse states. ITD's Office of Communication also handles all marketing, media requests, and day-to-day public outreach for the department's six highway districts, the Division of Motor Vehicles, The Division of Aeronautics, the office of Highway safety, and public transportation in Idaho. This includes professional video production and designing/managing the department's award-winning website. Before working with ITD, Trimboli was Communication Manager for the City of Boise's Public Works Department for nine years. Prior to that he worked as a journalist for nearly a decade. He was a sports director, reporter, and producer at several local TV stations, and worked as a radio announcer and features reporter for a daily newspaper. He has been a volunteer and board member for Junior Achievement of Idaho, and also coaches Little League baseball and youth football. He is the play-by-play and voice of Idaho's high school football and basketball state championships. Trimboli graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Montana and is an avid runner, hunter, and camper.


List of Poster Presentations

  • Ashley Buss, ISU, "Scientific Innovations in Microsurfacing and Slurry Seal Mixture Design" - TR-755
  • Kejin Wang, ISU, "Feasibility Study of 3D Printing of Concrete for Transportation Infrastructures" - TR-756
  • Katelyn Freesman, ISU, "Exploration of Ultrasound for the Evaluation and Preservation of Structures" - TR-757
  • Behrouz Shafei, ISU, "Use of Cold Gas Dynamic Spraying for Repair of Steel Structures" - TR-758
  • John Shaw, ISU, "Un-Ticketing: An Upside-Down Approach to Speed Compliance" - TR-759
  • Sri Sritharam, ISU, and Ahmad Abu-Hawash, Iowa DOT, "Implementation of Design and Performance Verification of a Bridge Column/Footing/Pile System" - TR-673
  • Rhonda Pecenka, Iowa DOT, "E-Construction: Use of Mobile Devices for E-Construction"
  • Marian Muste, University of Iowa, and Dave Claman, Iowa DOT, "Self-Cleaning Box Culvert Implementation"
  • David White, Ingios Geotechnics, Inc., and Chris Brakke, Iowa DOT, "In Situ Modulus Measurement using Automatic Plate Load Testing and Validated Intelligent Compaction"
  • Kimbal Olson, Iowa DOT, "Virtual Reality Implementation for Public Engagement: Seat Belt Demonstration and Work Zone Safety"
  • Ravi Yellavajjala, North Dakota State University, "Corn Based Deicer"


For more information, contact Judy Thomas, 515-294-1866,