Special Committee on Research and Innovation

AASHTO Liaison
Glenn Page, Associate Program Director, Project Delivery

National RAC and TRB State Representatives 2014 Annual Meeting

Final Agenda and Meeting Materials


PDF version of the final program is also available

Monday, July 21, 2014
7 – 8 A.M.

Networking Breakfast

Room: Wisconsin Ballroom

7 – 8 A.M.

New Member Breakfast

Room: Wisconsin Ballroom

Introductory session focused on items to be discussed during the day for the new RAC members (with or without their mentors).

8 – 9:30 A.M.

RAC/CUTC Collaboration Meeting

Room: Capitol Ballroom

This interactive session brings together State DOTS and University Transportation Centers to encourage interaction and cooperation among universities, RAC Members, and other agencies to solve critical issues in transportation through research.



Marty Pietrucha, Penn State University and Darryll Dockstader, Florida DOT


Roles of Currently Approved UTCS

Dr. Kevin Womack, USDOT/OST-R

Success Stories of State DOT and UTC

Dr. Karen Philbrick, Director, Mineta Transportation Institute, San Jose State University; Dr. Shauna Hallmark, Director, Institute for Transportation (Intrans), Iowa State University; Peggi Knight, Iowa DOT; Dr. Teresa Adams, Director, Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE), University of Wisconsin; and Daniel Yeh, Wisconsin DOT

Collaboration Between the Iowa DOT and the Institute of Transportation at Iowa State University

9:30 – 10 A.M. Break
10 A.M. To 12 P.M.

Your Role in RAC: A Foundation for Best Practices

Room: Capitol Ballroom

This interactive session is designed for all members of AASHTO RAC. The purpose of the session is to share information and best practices on the following topic areas: Relationship of RAC to Other Organizations and Programs In SCOR, AASHTO, NCHRP, TRB, FHWA; Resources for Program and Project Management; Peer Exchanges; Pooled Fund Program; and Research Report Quality

Moderator: Allison Hardt, Maryland SHA


Relationship of RAC to Other Organizations

Dale Peabody, Maine DOT

Resources for Program and Project Management;

Cameron Kergaye, Utah DOT

Conducting a Successful Peer Exchange;

Camille Crichton-Sumners, New Jersey DOT

Initiating and Coordinating Transportation Pooled Fund Studies;

Peggi Knight, Iowa DOT

12 – 1 P.M.

Lunch, “Open Mike”

Room: Wisconsin Ballroom

Ever wanted to ask all RAC attendees a particular question about something your state is dealing with… this is your chance!! We’ll have a facilitated session during lunch where participants can ask questions, share information and raise topics that may be of interest to all attendees. So come prepared with your issues and ideas.


Moderator: Coco Briseno, Caltrans


1 – 2:45 P.M. (0.5 PDH Each)

Coordination and Collaboration

Room: University Rooms AB

This task force works to encourage collaboration between various organizations involved in transportation research. The meeting is open to all who have an interest in the topic of coordination and collaboration.


Co-Chairs: Sue Sillick, Montana DOT; and Anne Ellis, Arizona DOT


Value of ResearchRoom: University Rooms CD

This task force focuses on efforts to document and communicate the value of research to our organizations and the public including performance metrics. The meeting is open to all who have an interest in the topic of Value of Research.

Co-Chairs: Mark Morvant, Louisiana DOT; and Linda Taylor, Minnesota DOT

Modeling Financial Achievability of Transportation Research Projects

Reauthorization Task Force

Room: Capitol Ballroom B

This task force works to support AASHTO SCOR and to serve as a coordinating committee and advocate for RAC Members’ research funding questions and issues related to transportation bill reauthorization.

Chair: Daniel Yeh, Wisconsin DOT


2:45 – 3:15 P.M. Break

3:15 – 5 P.M. (0.5 PDH Each)


Room: University Rooms CD

This task force is involved in a variety of issues such as updating RAC Bylaws and managing/updating the contents of the RAC/SCOR Website. This task force is also involved in providing resources to assist new staff in understanding the roles and responsibilities of RAC Managers. The meeting is open to all who have an interest in the topic of Administration of Research Programs and Education.

Co-Chairs: Allison Hardt, Maryland SHA; and Steve Pepin, Massachusetts DOT

Program Management and QualityRoom: University Rooms AB

This task force seeks to encourage adoption of best practices by the RAC Members in managing successful research programs. The meeting is open to all who have an interest in the topic of Research Program Management and Quality of the Research Program.

Chair: David Jared, Georgia DOT

Transportation Knowledge Networks

Room: Capitol Ballroom B

This task force is working to develop and encourage adoption of best practices for preserving and sharing transportation knowledge. The meeting is open to all who have an interest in the topic of Knowledge Sharing among agencies.

Chair: Leni Oman, Washington DOT

TKN Agenda

5:30 – 7 P.M.

Welcome Reception

Location: Overture Center for The Arts, 201 State Street

(See Enclosed Flyer)

6 – 6:45 P.M.

Group Activity During the Reception

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
7 – 8 A.M.

Networking Breakfast

Room: Wisconsin Ballroom


7 – 7:50 A.M.RAC Website Subcommittee

Breakfast Meeting

Room: Conference Room IV

Bring your breakfast from the main breakfast buffet room.

This breakfast meeting is to review SCOR/RAC Website including:

RAC Task Force Pages, Research Organization Chart, AASHTO Technical Service Programs (TSPs).

Coordinator: Cynthia Gerst, Ohio DOT

8 – 9:45 A.M. (1.5 PDH)

Opening Session

Room: Capitol Ballroom

This session will include welcoming remarks from the host state and the Chairs of SCOR and RAC to welcome the participants and to introduce the meeting directions. Following the opening remarks is an interactive session about successful research project implementation and performance measures from a few selected state DOTs. The transportation directors will tell success stories in their states.


Moderator: Daniel Yeh, Wisconsin DOT



Mark Gottlieb, Wisconsin DOT;

John Halikowski, Arizona DOT; and

Kirk Steudle, Michigan DOT


9:45 – 10 A.M. Break
10 A.M. To 12 P.M. (2.0 PDH)

Implementation of National Initiatives from FHWA, AASHTO, and SHRP 2

Room: Capitol Ballroom

This interactive session will discuss implementation and updates of national issues related to transportation research such as research frame work, MAP-21 performance measures and implementation of national initiatives.


Moderator: Skip Paul, Louisiana DOTD



National Research Framework

John Halikowski, AASHTO SCOR; and

Bob Skinner, TRB

Transportation Performance Measures

Every Day Counts

SHRP 2: Safety Implementation Update

SHRP 2: Thoughts on Implementation from the Research Side

SHRP 2: Implementation Update

Debra Elston, FHWA; and Jim Mcdonnell, AASHTO; and Ann Brach, TRB/SHRP2

Long-Term Pavement Performance Program (Trifold Brochure)

Briefing on the Long-Term Pavement Performance Program (LTPP)

Cheryl Richter, FHWA

12 – 1 P.M.


Room: Wisconsin Ballroom

1 – 2 P.M. (1.0 PDH)

Funding Issues Roundtable

Room: Capitol Ballroom

This session is a roundtable discussion of issues related to transportation research funding including spr funding eligibility, AASHTO technical programs funding eligibility, authorization of the transportation bill and state DOTs research program budgeting process.


Moderator: Amy Schutzbach, Illinois DOT



AASHTO Technical Program Eligibility

Jim McDonnell, AASHTO

SPR Part 2 Funding Eligibility

Jack Jernigan, FHWA

Transportation Bill and State DOTs Research Budget

Jim Donlin, Wisconsin DOT, Office Of Policy, Budget & Finance

2 – 2:30 P.M. Break
2:30 – 4:30 P.M. (2.0 PDH)

High Value Research Sweet Sixteen

Room: Capitol Ballroom

This session contains quick presentations of the top 16 picks from The AASHTO RAC Annual High Value Research Project Submissions. Each participant will feature their research projects with emphasis on the benefits of the research and implementation benefits.


Coordinator: Mark Morvant, Louisiana DOTD; and Linda Taylor, Minnesota DOT



Allison Hardt, Maryland SHA, Automated Low Cost and Real-Time Truck Parking Information System

Michael Bonini, Pennsylvania DOT, Improving Mature Driver Safety Efforts

Ann Scholz, New Hampshire DOT, Performance of W-Beam Guardrail after Height Adjustment

Donny Williams, West Virginia DOT, Landslide and Slope Stabilization Using Piles And Micro-Piles Based on the LRFD

James Watkins, Mississippi DOT, Performance Evaluation of Roundabouts for Traffic Delay and Crash Reductions In Oxford, MS

Terry Swygert, South Carolina DOT, Rate of Deterioration of Bridges and Pavements as Affected by Trucks

Mark Morvant, Louisiana DOTD, Safety Improvement from Edge Lines on Rural Two-Lane Highways: A Comprehensive Study on Pavement Edge Line Implementation

Tommy Nantung, Indiana DOT, Costs and Revenues Associated with Overweight Trucks in Indiana

Rick Kreider, Kansas DOT, Evaluation of Innovative Traffic Safety Devices at Short-Term Work Zones

Bill Stone, Missouri DOT, Live Load Effect in Reinforced Concrete Box Culverts under Soil Fill

Peggi Knight, Iowa DOT, Western Iowa Missouri River Flooding – Geo-Infrastructure Damage Assessment, Repair, and Mitigation Strategies

Dave Huft, South Dakota DOT, Effects of Wide Base Super-Single Tires on Pavements

Leni Oman, Washington DOT, Evaluation of Recycled Concrete as Aggregate in New Concrete Pavements

Timothy McDowell, Wyoming DOT, Managing Risks in the Project Pipeline

Kris Christensen, Montana DOT, Testing & Evaluation of Recovered Traction Sanding Material

5 – 8:30 P.M.

Reception and Dinner

Location: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery,

330 N. Orchard Street

5:15 – 5:30 P.M.

Buses Depart

5:30 – 6:30 P.M.

Reception and Discovery Time

6:30 – 8 P.M.


8:15 – 8:30 P.M.

Buses Return

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
7 – 8 A.M.

Networking Breakfast

Room: Wisconsin Ballroom

7 – 7:50 A.M.

Breakfast Meeting for TRB Conduct of Research

Room: Conference Room IV

TRB Conduct of Research Committee Meeting

Moderators: Barbara Harder, B.T. Harder Inc.; and

Jason Bittner, Cambridge Systematics

8 – 9:45 A.M. (1.5 PDH)

TRB Focus on the Issues

Room: Capitol Ballroom

Spotlighting Some of the Critical Issues of Interest to State DOT Research Offices, selected by the State TRB Representatives Advisory Panel (STRAP).


Coordinators: Mark Norman, TRB; and Leni Oman, Washington State DOT


Moderator: Daniel S. Turner, TRB Technical Activities Council Chair



Knowledge Management Update

John Halikowski, AASHTO SCOR

Open Access and Open Data Requirements – Outlook and Implications

Mary Moulton, National Transportation Library, and Kendra Levine, UC Berkeley

Connected/Automated Vehicles – Issues for Transportation ResearchEllen Partridge, OST-R

Connected/Automated Vehicles – Issues for Transportation Research, Daniel S. Turner, TRB Technical Activities Council Chair

Q&A on these and any other items.

9:45 – 10:15 A.M. Break
10:15 – 11:45 A.M. (1.5 PDH)

Enhancing the Partnership Between State DOTS and TRB

Room: Capitol Ballroom

Key TRB Activities and Initiatives of Importance to TRB State Reps.


Coordinators: Fred Hejl and Michael Decarmine, TRB


Moderator: Skip Paul, Louisiana DOTD



TRB Critical Issues in Transportation and TRB Strategic Plan

Robert Skinner, TRB

Research Implementation – Outcomes from the EU/US Symposium

Dr. Kevin Womack, OST-R

2015 Annual Meeting: What to Expect in the New Venue

Mark Norman, TRB

Using State Pooled Funds to Support TRB Conferences

Peggi Knight, Iowa DOT

Ahead-of-the-Curve Training Program for Research Managers

Cynthia Gerst, Ohio DOT

Q&A on these and any other items.

12 – 1:15 P.M.

Lunch and High Value Research Awards

Room: Wisconsin Ballroom

Speaker: Bud Wright, AASHTO

(Introduction By Skip Paul, AASHTO RAC Chair)


Moderators For Awards

Presentation: Mark Morvant, Louisiana DOTD; and Linda Taylor, Minnesota DOT

1:15 – 2:30 P.M. (1.0 PDH)

From Research Needs to Implementation

Room: Capitol Ballroom

This is an interactive session that will cover issues related to managing research projects effectively (from identifying research needs to implementation of research results based on organizational structures and funding). This session will also discuss implementation of research results by field personnel.

Moderator: Linda Narigon, Iowa DOT



Jimmy White, Virginia DOT

Ohio DOT Research Implementation Plan

Ohio DOT Research Implementation Questions

Implementing Research in Ohio

Cynthia Gerst, Ohio DOT

KYTC Research and Innovation Program

Jason Siwula, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

From Research Needs to Implementation

Glenn Roberts, New Hampshire DOT

Nevada Department of Transportation Research Program

Ken Chambers, Nevada DOT

2:30 – 3 P.M. Break
Concurrent Regional Business Sessions

3 – 5:30 P.M.

Region 1 Meeting

Room: Senate (1st Floor)

Region 2 Meeting

Room: Madison

Region 3 Meeting

Room: Conference Room IV

Region 4 Meeting

Room: Wisconsin Ballroom

6 – 9 P.M.

Regional Dinners

Thursday, July 24, 2014
7 – 8 A.M.

Networking Breakfast

Room: Capitol Ballroom B

7:30 – 8:15 A.M. (0.5 PDH)

Listening Session:

US DOT 30-Year Transportation Plan

Room: Capitol Ballroom B

This interactive listening session will provide participants with a firsthand look at Secretary Foxx’s vision for a 30-year transportation agenda. What does the future hold for us? Participants will be able to share their thoughts and offer feedback, too.

Moderator: Skip Paul, Louisiana DOTD


Eugene Conti, Vice President, The Conti Group, LLC

George Poirier, Division Administrator; FHWA Wisconsin

Secretary Foxx’s 30YR National Transportation Policy Agenda

8:15 – 9:45 A.M. (1.5 PDH)

Research Management Tools

Room: Capitol Ballroom A

This is an interactive session where we will discuss topics related to Research Management Tools (From Managing Research Projects to Research Project Benefits Calculations, Research Performance Metrics and Marketing of Research Results).

Moderator: Darryll Dockstader, Florida DOT


Research Project Management: What Worked and What Did Not

Barbara Harder, B.T. Harder Inc.

Performance Metric and Project Benefit Calculations

Prof. Darcy Bullock, Purdue University

Marketing Research and Research Report Format

Engaging New Partners in Transportation Research: Integrating the Publishing, Archiving, and Indexing of Technical Literature into the Research Process

Prof. Darcy Bullock, Purdue University

Performance Measure Survey Results

Bill Stone, Missouri DOT

9:45 – 10:15 A.M. Break
10:15 – 11:45 A.M.

Task Force & Regional Business Reports

Room: Capitol Ballroom A

Moderator: Dale Peabody, Maine DOT

Region 1 Report

Region 2 Report

Region 3 Report

Region 4 Report

Administration Task Force Report

Coordination and Collaboration Task Force Report

Program Management and Quality Task Force Report

Transportation Knowledge Networks Task Force Report

Value of Research Task Force Report

11:45 A.M. To 12 P.M.

Invitation to Region 4: 2015

AASHTO RAC/TRB State Reps Meeting

Room: Capitol Ballroom A

Moderators: Cameron Kergaye, Utah DOT, and Michael Bufalino, Oregon DOT

Invitation to Oregon

12 – 1 P.M.

Closing Lunch

Room: Capitol Ballroom B

1 – 4 P.M.

RAC Officers Meeting

Room: Conference Room I