Nov 17

2021 Traffic and Safety Forum

Event Details

Ames, Iowa


Gateway Hotel and Conference Center
2100 Green Hills Drive
Ames, IA 50010


November 17, 2021


Event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.

Event Contact
Judy Thomas
InTrans, Aurora, MTC


The purpose of the 2021 Traffic and Safety Forum is to enable traffic and safety engineering professionals to learn about new and innovative systems and processes, share individual experiences, and collectively address issues of interest. In recent years, representatives have attended from cities, counties, consultants, universities, and the Iowa Department of Transportation.


Keynote Speaker – David Harkey, IIHS-HLDI

David Harkey is president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute, whose mission is to reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage from motor vehicle crashes through research and evaluation and through education of consumers, policymakers, and safety professionals.

Before taking the helm at IIHS-HLDI in 2018, Dr. Harkey led the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center for 11 years. There he directed numerous projects to improve roadway design and operations for all road users, develop tools and strategies for enhanced safety analysis, improve safety data for researchers and decision makers, and develop training materials for safety professionals. He has led major research programs and projects for the Federal Highway Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and other public agencies throughout his career and published numerous technical reports and peer-reviewed articles on road safety.

Dr. Harkey received a doctorate in civil engineering from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is actively involved in several professional organizations, including the Transportation Research Board and the Institute for Transportation Engineers.

Tentative Agenda

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Steve Gent, Director, Traffic and Safety Bureau, Iowa DOT

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Keynote Presentation: Vehicle Safety: Then, Now, and Tomorrow
David L. Harkey, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.Break
10:30 a.m. – Noon

"TAS Talks"

Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch (provided) and Videos

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Iowa DOT Director's Vision
Scott Marler, Iowa DOT

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

State of the Practice

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.Break
2:45 – 3:15 p.m.

State of the Practice (cont.)

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.Iowa DOT Update
4:00 p.m.


Download a PDF of this agenda.