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Maroa Mumtarin

TITLE

Postdoctoral Research Associate, CTRE

PHONE

515-294-0306

EMAIL

maroa@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, CTRE

About Maroa

Maroa Mumtarin is housed at the Institute for Transportation, contributing to various research on projects associated with the Center for Transportation Research and Education.

Brittany Eide

TITLE

Web Developer, SUDAS

PHONE

515-296-3041

EMAIL

bneide@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, SUDAS

About Brittany

Brittany Eide is a Web Developer and UX/UI Designer for the Iowa Statewide Urban Design and Specifications (SUDAS) program and Iowa Public Works Service Bureau (PWSB). She oversees the PWSB website and designs interactive experiences, from the early stages of ideation and user research, user flows and journeys, design, and prototyping to the final usability tests.

Brittany has over 5 years of experience in communications, marketing, and design roles in the academia, nonprofit, and game industries.

Yazan Abukhalil

TITLE

Research Engineer, CTRE

PHONE

515-294-9031

EMAIL

yazan@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, CTRE

About Yazan

Dr. Yazan Abukhalil is a research engineer specializing in transportation asset management, performance-based planning and programming (PBPP), and traffic safety. Over the past two years, Dr. Abukhalil has applied his knowledge to help state departments of transportation (DOTs) and metropolitan organizations improve transportation performance outcomes for local businesses, residents, and visitors at the lowest possible cost. This has involved calibrating predictive pavement and bridge deterioration and improvement models, evaluating life-cycle costs, developing optimal and financially constrained work programs, assessing tradeoffs, estimating long-term investment needs, suggesting transportation project prioritization criteria, and evaluating project impacts on network performance. Dr. Abukhalil aims to utilize the skills he acquired during his academic journey and work experience to build a better transportation system by helping DOTs make more informed investment decisions based on public involvement, stakeholder involvement, and data.

Education


  • PhD, Transportation Engineering, Iowa State University
  • Graduate Certificate, Geographic Information System (GIS), Community and Regional Planning, Iowa State University
  • MS, Transportation Engineering, Iowa State University
  • BS, Civil Engineering, Iowa State University

Abdalla Alomari

TITLE

Research Engineer, BEC

PHONE

515-294-8088

EMAIL

omari20@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, BEC

About Abdalla

Dr. Abdalla Alomari is housed at the Institute for Transportation, contributing to various research on projects associated with the Bridge Engineering Center (BEC). Dr. Alomari received his master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Dayton in 2019 and doctorate in structural engineering from Iowa State University in 2023. Following the completion of his PhD, he continued his work at the Bridge Engineering Center as a research engineer. Dr. Alomari has contributed to various bridge-related research projects for numerous federal, state, and local agencies. His current research is in the general area of bridge engineering with a specific interest in accelerated bridge construction (ABC), structural health monitoring and load rating, bridge structure testing, and bridge structure simulation, etc. Dr. Alomari is an author/co-author of many bridge structure related research reports and peer-reviewed journal articles.

David Carney

TITLE

Director, SUDAS

PHONE

515-296-0582

EMAIL

dpcarney@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, SUDAS

About David

Mr. David Carney has been involved with SUDAS since 2003, initially serving as a member of the Stormwater Management Technical Committee. He has also been a District 3 representative since 2004 and on the Board of Directors since 2013. Mr. Carney also served as the Board of Directors’ Vice-President since 2019, until accepting his current position as SUDAS Director.

In his most recent position, Mr. Carney served as the Public Works Director for the City of Sioux City (2016–2023) and prior to that was the Monona County Engineer for 7 years. He has worked for local public agencies here in Iowa for more than 20 years.

Mr. Carney was Iowa’s Public Works Leader of the Year for 2022, and during his tenure at Monona County, the county received a National Gold Award for Excellence in Concrete Pavement from the American Concrete Pavement Association.

Education


  • BS, University of Detroit Mercy, 1993

Certifications


  • Professional Engineer (PE) Licenses in Iowa and Michigan
  • Certified Construction Document Technologist

Ryan Pettit

TITLE

Research Scientist, CTRE

PHONE

515-294-6663

EMAIL

rpettit@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, CTRE

About Ryan

Mr. Ryan Pettit is a geographic information system (GIS) researcher with the Center for Transportation Research and Education at the Institute for Transportation. He is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) with over 13 years of experience working in GIS and transportation planning.

Education


  • MS, Planning (Community and Transportation), Iowa State University, 2008
  • BA, Business and Communications, Iowa State University, 2001

Professional Experience


  • Research Scientist/GIS Researcher, Institute for Transportation, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2023–present
  • GIS Technician, City of St. Charles, IL, 2021–2023
  • President, (Freelance) StateLine GIS Services Inc., Crystal Lake, IL, 2017–2021
  • Transportation Planner/GIS Analyst, TERRA Engineering, Chicago, IL, 2014–2017
  • Engineer I/Engineer II, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Chicago, IL, 2009–2014

Professional Affiliations and Certifications


  • American Planning Association (APA)/American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)/Illinois APA GIS Certification Institute Certified GIS Professional (GISP)
  • Illinois GIS Association

Meenakshi Sumeet Arya

TITLE

Research Scientist, REACTOR

PHONE

515-294-0247

EMAIL

marya1@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, REACTOR

About Meenakshi

Dr. Meenakshi Sumeet Arya is a research scientist with the Real-Time Analytics of Transportation Data (REACTOR) Laboratory at Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation. She is an experienced academician skilled in machine learning, big data analytics, algorithms, data structures, and programming languages. She holds a PhD in computer science and engineering. She is a certified NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute instructor and has trained 2,000+ professionals on the Fundamentals of Deep Learning course run by NVIDIA.

Her research interests include data science and analytics, machine learning, deep learning, and digital image processing. Dr. Arya has multiple journal articles, conference publications, book chapters, patents, and copyrights to her credit. She is a senior Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers member, fellow of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers, and a lifetime member of the International Society for Technology in Education. She also serves on the editorial and review boards of multiple journals related to computer science.

Education


  • PhD, Computer Science and Engineering, Jaypee University of Information Technology (JUIT), Waknaghat, India
  • MTech, Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, Pune, Pune, India
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management, Symbiosis, Pune, India
  • BTech, Computer Science and Technology, Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey (SNDT) Women’s University, Mumbai, India

Certifications


  • Certificate course in Machine Learning, Stanford University
  • Certificate course in Fundamentals of Deep Learning, NVIDIA DLI
  • Certificate course in Fundamentals of Deep Learning for Multiple Data Types, NVIDIA DLI
  • Certificate course in Fundamentals of Deep Learning for Computer Vision, NVIDIA DLI
  • Introduction to Data Science Specialization by IBM on Coursera
  • IBM Data Science Specialization by IBM on Coursera
  • IBM Applied Data Science Specialization by IBM on Coursera
  • National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) certification on The Joy of Python Computing Certificate earned with Elite Class
  • NPTEL certification on Fundamental Algorithms: Design and Analysis
  • NVIDIA Certified DLI Instructor and Ambassador for Educators program

Functional Skills


  • Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Computer Vision
    • Leading a research group actively involved in using the skills for pursuing research in the domain of healthcare
    • Published papers, book chapters, and attended conferences in the above domain
    • Attended various faculty development programs, corporate training programs, and government-sponsored workshops
    • Completed various online certifications from different massive open online course (MOOC) platforms
    • Chaired sessions in various international and national conferences in the research domain of AI in healthcare
    • Guiding three research scholars and three graduate students for research in the domain
    • Certified as NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute (DLI) instructor for Fundamentals of Deep Learning and ambassador for faculty educator program
    • Received Rs. 10,000,000 NVIDIA Hardware Grant for setting up NVIDIA Jetson Nano Laboratory
    • Conducted hands-on workshops in the domain of AI and deep learning and trained 1,000+ students and fellow colleagues
  • Algorithms, Data Structures, Theory Of Computation
    • Introduced the concept of virtual laboratories to provide live simulations of the core concepts being taught in the subjects
    • Designed innovative and real-life case studies to be implemented as part of the laboratory sessions and tutorial sessions
    • Trained undergraduate students on using software like Weka, J-Flop, Star UML, Visual C IDE, Jupyter Notebooks etc. for completing the projects and hands-on sessions
  • Administration, Research, Motivation, Teaching, Pedagogy
    • SPOC for NVIDIA Centre of Excellence at SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Vadapalani Campus, Chennai
    • Faculty coordinator and point of contact for the NVIDIA laboratory established at JUIT, Solan and laboratory being established at G. H. Raisoni College of Engineering (GHRCE), Nagpur
    • Faculty coordinator for Virtual Labs Nodal Centre established at Baba Farid College of Engineering & Technology (BFCET) in collaboration with the College of Engineering, Pune
    • Organized a theme-based program, “Inspire to Empower,” which brought together women from various fields to share their experiences and inspire women to pursue their dreams in multiple domains
    • Head of Campus Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Committee at SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Vadapalani Campus, Chennai
    • Guiding PhD and undergraduate students
    • Associate professor and head of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Bathinda (Punjab), Goa, Mumbai, Nagpur
    • Chairman of board of studies Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Nagpur, Mumbai and Goa
    • Coordinator and jury member Smart India Hackathon 2019 at Nodal Centre GHRCE, Nagpur
    • In charge Centre of Excellence of Data Science at GHRCE, Nagpur
    • Coordinator Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Xtreme, TEDx at GHRCE, Nagpur

Professional Service and Awards


  • Fellow, Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers
  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Lifetime Member, International Society for Technology in Education
  • Evaluator for the Toycathon-2021 Grand Finale, Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)
  • Awarded with best paper presentation in 2 international conferences
  • Selected as an awardee for Bharat Shiksha Gaurav Puraskar by KTK Foundation and Helium Production
  • 2 times awardee of Army Wives Welfare Association Commendation card
  • Awarded as one of the Top 20 Influential Women Educators and Top 50 Influential Research Guides in India in Tamil Nadu by the Academic Council of uLektz, 2019
  • Second runner-up New Zealand-India Sustainability Challenge, 2017
  • 2 patents published
  • 5 copyrights received

Kori Mahieu

TITLE

Education & Activity Administrator, Iowa LTAP

PHONE

515-294-6154

EMAIL

korim@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, Iowa LTAP

About Kori

Ms. Kori Mahieu is the education and activity administrator for the Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program. She provides event coordination as well as administrative support. Ms. Mahieu provides support to Iowa LTAP staff with the coordination of events and workshops and in the delivery of transportation training and outreach efforts to local agency officials.

Education


  • BS, Rasmussen University, Bloomington, MN, 2021
  • AA, Marshalltown Community College, Marshalltown, IA, 2010

Professional Experience


  • Education & Activity Administrator, Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program, Institute for Transportation, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2022–present
    • Provides event coordination and administrative support to the program
    • Supports the coordination of events and workshops
  • Education Manager, Iowa Funeral Directors Association, West Des Moines, IA, 2021–2022
    • Continually adapted and improved upon educational program materials to provide value for association members
    • Ensured that educational offerings meet state licensure requirements, standards of professionalism, and identified educational goals
    • Planned and executed educational opportunities, including annual OSHA training, webinars, and statewide district meetings
    • Worked effectively with team to successfully communicate and promote educational offerings
    • Created and maintained practical recordkeeping systems for recording attendees, profit/loss statements, and other useful records
    • Answered member questions, fulfill member requests, and work with the IFDA team to complete day-to-day operations of the office
    • Led planning for IFDA’s annual convention by selecting speakers, securing sponsorships, organizing exhibitors, and managing registration for 500+ attendees
  • Assistant Director, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Des Moines, IA, 2018–2020
    • Managed a team of 10+ staff members, including scheduling, performance reviews, and mentoring
    • Reviewed and assessed curriculum and classroom experiences to ensure they meet program standards
    • Developed employees through regular trainings to ensure they meet state, federal, and company guidelines
    • Ensured compliance with licensing regulations
    • Communicated and followed up with families and staff regarding child care issues and concerns
    • Monitored financial performance as well as maintained accurate and current financial records
    • Attracted new clients and maintain relationships with existing clients
  • Lead Teacher, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Ames, IA, 2011–2018
    • Provided high-quality care and educational experiences for children
    • Created weekly lesson plans that reflect The World at Their Fingertips curriculum
    • Acted in accordance with licensing regulations
    • Taught children through hands-on experiences and play
    • Maintained open and cooperative relationships with clients and team members
    • Completed developmental documentation and conferences using Teaching Strategies GOLD

Ahmed AlBughdadi

TITLE

Research Scientist, CTRE

PHONE

515-294-4285

EMAIL

bughdadi@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, CTRE

About Ahmed

Dr. Ahmed AlBughdadi is a research scientist at the Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University. His areas of research include transportation asset management, bridge management systems, traffic operations, and transportation safety. His work includes data analytics; data visualization; bridge management software (implementation, operation, prioritization, and deterioration modeling); and tool development. Dr. AlBughdadi contributes to various traffic safety and operation research projects for the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) using geographic information systems and other data analytics tools. He has worked with various state DOTs on research projects addressing bridge management activities.

Leif Wathne

TITLE

Associate Director, CP Tech Center

PHONE

515-296-7032

EMAIL

lwathne@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, CP Tech Center

About Leif

Mr. Leif G. Wathne manages activities under current federal cooperative agreements, assists in the development and communication of best practice guidance products, and nurtures engagement with the concrete pavement construction industry for the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center. Mr. Wathne has 28 years of experience with concrete materials, pavements, and engineering, and is an internationally recognized authority on concrete pavement technology, pavement policy, and stewardship. He has served as a resource for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and U.S. Congress on concrete pavement and highway matters, including via testimony, and has in-depth experience with both federal and industry concrete research, development, and deployment programs. He is the author of more than two dozen peer-reviewed papers and journal articles and serves on multiple Transportation Research Board technical committees, FHWA technical groups, and is on the board of directors of both the International Society for Concrete Pavements and TRIP (a national transportation research nonprofit). Mr. Wathne routinely lectures and presents on concrete pavement technology at both industry and agency events both nationally and internationally.

Prior to joining the CP Tech Center, he served for 17 years with the American Concrete Pavement Association in Washington, DC, most recently as the executive vice president, and nearly a decade with the FHWA’s Office of Pavement Technology in Washington, DC, and as the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, VA.

Mr. Wathne is a registered professional engineer (PE) and holds a master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut.

Education


  • MS, Civil Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, 1997
  • BS, Civil Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 1992

Certifications


  • Professional Engineer (PE) License, State of Pennsylvania (No. PE-052260-E)
  • Concrete Construction Sustainability and Resilience Assessor, American Concrete Institute (ACI), March 2022
  • Certificate Program in Association Management, American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), January 2020

Professional Experience


  • Associate Director, National Concrete Pavement Technology Center, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2022–present
  • Executive Vice President, American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), Washington, DC, 2015–2022
  • Vice President—Highways and Federal Affairs, American Concrete Pavement Association, Washington, DC, 2009–2015
  • Director of Highways, American Concrete Pavement Association, Washington, DC, 2005–2009
  • Project Engineer, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Pavement Technology (federal contractor), Washington, DC, 1999–2005
  • Concrete Research Engineer, FHWA Turner Fairbank Highway research Center, McLean, VA, 1997–1999
  • Research/Project Engineer, CMT Laboratories, State College, PA, 1995–1997
  • Branch Manager, Professional Service Industries (now Intertek PSI), Bristol, VA, 1992–1995

Selected Publications


  • Mack, J. W., G. Dean, and L. G. Wathne. 2022. Improving Pavement Resiliency to Flooding: A Case for Concrete Pavements. Proc., 2nd Concrete Road Congress and Exhibition, Ankara, Turkey, November 16–17.
  • Mack, J. W., and L. G. Wathne. 2021. How Providing the Opportunity for Industries to Compete Benefits the Pavement Market: And How Agencies Can Use It to Lower Their Pavement Cost. Proc., 12th International Conference on Concrete Pavements.
  • Wathne, L. G., and G. Voigt. 2019. The Future of Concrete Pavement Imagined. Proc., Australian Society for Concrete Pavements (ASCP) 5th Concrete Pavements Conference, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Wathne, L. G., and G. Voigt. 2019. The Future of Concrete Pavement Imagined. Proc., 2019 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI) International Airfield and Highway Pavements Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Wathne, L. G., and G. Voigt. 2018. The Future of Concrete Pavements in North America. Proc., 13th International Symposium on Concrete Roads, Berlin, Germany.
  • Mack, J. W., L. G. Wathne, and F. Mu. 2016. Improving Network Investment Results by Implementing Competition and Asset Management in the Pavement Type Selection Process. Proc., 11th International Conference on Concrete Pavements, San Antonio, TX. Recipient of the ELDON J. YODER Outstanding Paper Award.
  • Wathne, L. G. 2014. Pavement Type Selection: What Is The Ideal Process? Proc., 12th International Symposium on Concrete Roads, September, Prague, Czech Republic. Recipient of the EUPAVE Best Marketing Paper.
  • R., G. Vorobieff, G. Voigt, and L. G. Wathne. 2014. Impacts of the Longitudinal Joint Location on Slab Stresses. Proc., 12th International Symposium on Concrete Roads, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • R., G. Voigt, and L. G. Wathne. 2014. Comparison of Roadway Jointed Plain Concrete Pavement (JPCP) Thickness Design Methods Common in the United States (U.S.). Proc., 12th International Symposium on Concrete Roads, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Wathne, L. G. 2010. Sustainability Opportunities with Pavements: Are We Focusing on the Right Stuff? Proc., 11th International Symposium on Concrete Roads, Seville, Spain.
  • Wathne, L. G. 2010. Competition and Its Role in Pavement Type Selection in the U.S. Proc., 11th International Symposium on Concrete Roads, Seville, Spain.
  • Vanikar, S., J. Grove, and L. G. Wathne. 2010. Sustainability Opportunities with Concrete Pavements. Proc., International Conference on Sustainable Concrete Pavement Technologies, Sacramento, CA.

Professional Affiliations and Service


  • Member, TRIP (A National Transportation Research Nonprofit) Board of Directors
  • Member, International Society for Concrete Pavements (ISCP) Board of Directors
  • Member, Transportation Research Board (TRB) Concrete Pavement Construction and Rehabilitation Committee (AKC50)
  • Member, TRB Sustainable and Resilient Pavements Subcommittee (AKP00(2))
  • Friend, TRB Economics and Finance Committee (AJE50)
  • Member, FHWA Pavement Foundations Technical Working Group, 2022–present
  • Member, FHWA Concrete Pavements and Materials Technical Feedback Group, 2019–present
  • Member, FHWA Sustainable Pavements Technical Working Group, 2011–present
  • Member, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) Technical Advisory Group, 2015–present
  • Member, National Road Research Alliance (NRRA) Rigid Team
  • Member, ISCP 2024 International Conference Organizing Committee
  • Member, ACPA Government Affairs Committee
  • Liaison, AASHTO Committee on Materials and Pavements (formerly Joint Technical Committee on Pavements), 2010–2022
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