Special Committee on Research and Innovation

AASHTO Liaison
Glenn Page, Associate Program Director, Project Delivery

National RAC and TRB State Representatives Meeting 2016

Agenda and Meeting Materials

 Final Meeting Agenda


Sunday, July 24th, 2016

9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Ahead of the Curve

Invited Training (separate agenda)

Monday, July 25th

7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. 

Networking Breakfast

8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. 

Welcome to the 2016 Annual Meeting

Welcome comments and set the stage for what will be accomplished during the various sessions this week.

Moderator: Colin Franco, Rhode Island DOT

Welcome Presentation


Your Role in RAC: A Foundation for Best Practices
After brief welcome, the Your Role in RAC session will share information and best practices on the following topics: FHWA and the Super Circular, Peer Exchange Basics, RAC Mentoring Program.


David Jared, Georgia DOT: Peer Exchange Basics

Sidney Stecker, FHWA: FHWA and the Super Circular

Megan Swanson, Illinois DOT:  RAC Mentoring Program

10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.—Break
10:30 a.m.–Noon

Getting the Message Out — Marketing Research

Learn about marketing options that fit your program size (from small to very large) and how to measure the effectiveness of your efforts.

Moderator: Linda Taylor, Minnesota DOT: Overview

Ann Scholz, New Hampshire DOT: Getting the Message Out

Tyson Rupnow,  Louisiana DOT:  Transportation Research Marketing Efforts in Louisiana

Steve Bower, Michigan DOT: Getting the Message Out — Michigan DOT

Rhonda Brooks, Washington State DOT:  Not Your Dad’s DOT: A New Era of Communications

Joe Horton, California DOT: The Evolution of Caltrans Research Marketing

Noon–1:00 p.m.Lunch. RPPM Posting Contest and SCOR/RAC Website Treasure Hunt winners are announced.
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Intellectual Property

Experiences will be shared in working with research parnters to bring research results from product to practice, from contract to commercialization. Get introduced to contract language to protect intellectual property rights and find out how to protect software developed during the research process from copyright infringement.

Moderator: Camille Crichton-Sumners, New Jersey DOT

David Jared, Georgia DOT:  Contract Language Considerations For IP

Enid White, Wyoming DOT

Darryll Dockstader, Florida DOT

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Implementation of Public Access to Federal Funded Research

This session provides a national perspective on understanding, how to comply, and where to find help; a state perspective on data management, utilization, and archiving; and an academic perspective on how access can help or hinder research objectives.

Moderator: Curtis Bradley, Massachusetts DOT

Mary Moulton, National Transportation Library: USDOT Public Access Policy and Compliance

Enid White, Wyoming DOT: Data Management Plans and Data as an Asset

Kendra Levine, Berkley: Public Access Implementation from an Academic Perspective

3:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.—Break
3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Concurrent Regional Business Sessions

Region 1: Ann Scholz, New Hampshire DOT

Region 2: Elisha Wright-Kehner, Arkansas HTD

Region 3: Cynthia Jones, Ohio DOT

Region 4: Joe Horton, California DOT

5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.—Welcome Reception

Tuesday, July 26th

7:00 a.m.– 8:00 a.m.—CUTC/RAC Collaboration Meeting Breakfast

Despite a shared interest in the research output of university transportation centers, state DOTs and UTCs often have conflicting objectives that respond to very different institutional and fiscal constraints. This session will begin with introductory statements on the DOT-UTC relationship from the perspectives of each side followed by a mediated forum that addresses key questions surrounding topics that include best practices in contract and project management, effective approaches to cost sharing, and balancing short-term and long-term research agendas.

Darryll Dockstader, Florida DOT: Get the Most Out of the DOT-UTC Relationship

Chandra Bhat, University of Texas


8:00-9:45 a.m.

Moving Research and Innovation into Practice

Research implementation is a critical concern for RAC members. This session will highlight the current state of the practice in this area for both national and state research. Lessons learned from the SHRP2 program and next steps for the NCHRP program will be presented and discussed.

Moderator: Stephanie Dock, Disctrict of Columbia DOT

Pam Hutton, AASHTO: SHRP2–Tools for the Road Ahead

Carin Michel, FHWA: SHRP2–Tools for the Road Ahead

Barbara Harder, B.T. Harder, Inc.: Moving Research and Innovation Into Practice

Santiago Navarro, U.S. DOT: Technology and Transfer, Principles and Practice

Alex Epstein, Volpe
Building a Foundation for Effective Technology Transfer through Integration with the Research Process

Shauna Hallmark, Iowa State University: Overcoming Barriers to Implement Research Projects

Waseem Dekelbab, TRB: NCHRP Active Implementation

9:45 a.m.–10:15 a.m.— Break
10:15 a.m. – Noon

View from the Top –News You Can Use

This session will include welcoming remarks and key information from the host state and other leaders in transportation practice. The leaders will offer direction on innovation and upcoming opportunities.

Moderator: Dale Peabody, Maine DOT

Peter Alviti, Jr., Director, Rhode Island DOT

Alasdair Cain, OST-R: USDOT Update on Research Activities

Debra Elston, FHWA: Addressing Institutional Barriers to Developing and Delivering Innovation

Neil Pederson, TRB

Bud Wright, AASHTO

Noon–1:00 p.m.—Lunch and High Value Research Awards

Moderators: Linda Taylor, Minnesota DOT and Bill Stone, Missouri DOT


1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Safety Data Application and Training Opportunities

Understanding driving behavior continues to provide opportunities to help us keep road users safe and provide safety measures that can eliminate crashes or reduce their severity. Understanding how DOT officials are applying SHRP2 research and data to address challenges in their own states helps us advance our ability to design, build, and maintain a safer transportation network for everyone. Current studies, upcoming training opportunities and resources available make it easier for transportation agencies to understand and deploy these research findings more effectively.

Moderator: Dale Peabody, Maine DOT

Tim McDowell, Wyoming DOT:  SHRP2 Safety Data Application and Training Opportunities

Darryll Dockstader, Florida DOT: Understanding Interactions Between Drivers and Pedestrians Features at Signalized Intersection — FDOTs NDS Experience

Charles Fay, FHWA: Safety Training and Analysis Center

2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

High-Value Research SWEET SIXTEEN

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.

Moderator: Linda Taylor, Minnesota DOT

Bill Stone, Missouri DOT

  1. Arash E. Zaghi, PhD, PE, UCONN:  Repair of Steel Beam/Girder Ends with Ultra High Strength Concrete
  2. Hua Xiang, Maryland DOT:  Sustainable Landscape Practice
  3. Beth Klemann, New Hampshire DOT: Instrumentation, Digital Image Correlation, and Modeling to Monitor Bridge Behavior and Condition
  4. Nicole Martino, Roger Williams University, RI:  Coupling GPR and IR Thermography to Detect Damage in Reinforced Concrete Bridge Decks
  5. Darryll Dockstader, Florida DOT:  Detection, Mitigation, and Prevention of Wrong Way Crashes
  6. Binh Bui, Georgia DOT: Corrosion-free Prestressed Concrete Piles with Stainless Steel Reinforcement
  7. Neil Maston, North Carolina DOT:  In-situ Determination of Emulsion Application Rates for Tack Coats and Surface Treatments
  8. Kevin Wright, Virginia DOT:  Continuous Friction Measurement Equipment As a Tool for Improving Crash Rate Prediction
  9. Megan Swanson, Illinois DOT: [coming soon]
  10. Brian Worrel, Iowa DOT:  Development of Self-Cleaning Box Culvert Design Phase II
  11. Steve Bower, Michican DOT:  Evaluation of Michigan’s Engineering Improvements for Older Drivers
  12. Linda Taylor, Minnesota DOT:  Bridge Inspections With Drones: Safer, Faster, Better
  13. Jim Appleton, California DOT:  IRIS Implementation
  14. Randall Soderquist, New Mexico DOT:  Evaluation of Plus Grades of Performance Graded Asphalt
  15. Ricio Perez, Texas DOT:  Assessment of the Effectiveness of Wrong Way Driving Countermeasures and Mitigation Measures
  16. Tim McDowell, Wyoming DOT:  Pronghorn and Mule Deer Use of Underpasses and Overpasses Along US Highway 191, Wyoming

Wednesday, July 27th

7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.—Breakfast Meeting
8:00-9:45 a.m.

TRB Focus on the Issues

Spotlighting some of the issues of interest to state DOT research offices and highlighting TRB activities and initiatives.

Moderator: Dale Peabody, Maine DOT

Ann Brach, TRB: TRB States Representatives

Steve Andrle, TRB: Exploring Data and Metrics of Value at the Intersection of Health Care and Transportation

Neil Pedersen, TRB

James Bryant, TRB: TRB Annual State Partnership Visit

9:45-10:15 a.m.Break
10:15 a.m.–Noon

TRB Focus on the Issues (Cont’d)

Spotlighting some of the issues of interest to state DOT research offices and highlighting TRB activities and initiatives.

Moderator: Dale Peabody, Maine DOT

Scott Babcock, TRB: Freight Fluidity: Measurements of Freight System Performance

Mark Norman, TRB: Transformational Technologies: Can Our Research Processes Keep Up?
Transformational Technologies: Update

Ann Brach, TRB

Noon–1:15 p.m.—Lunch and Proprietary Innovative Products
Moderators: Dale Peabody, Maine DOTPresenter:  Michael S. Stenko, CEO Transpo Industries, Inc.: Proprietary Innovative Products
1:15 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Concurrent Task Force Meetings

Program Management and Quality—David Jared, Georgia DOT

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.

Value of Research—Linda Taylor, Minnesota DOT and Bill Stone, Missouri DOT

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.


2:45 p.m.–3:15 p.m.—Break
3:15 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Concurrent Task Force Meetings

Administration—Cynthia Jones, Ohio DOT

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 program and education.

Coordination and Collaboration—Sue Sillick, Montana DOT

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.

Transportation Knowledge Networks—Leni Oman, Washington State DOT

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 the agencies. 

5:30 p.m. Regional Dinners

Thursday, July 28th

7:00 a.m.–8:15 a.m.—RAC Website Subcommittee Breakfast Meeting

This breakfast meeting is to review the SCOR/RAC website and discuss potential changes.

Moderator: Rick Kreider, Kansas DOT

Regional Business Reports

In this session, the RAC Regional Chairs will highlight their Region’s recent accomplishments and plans for the upcoming year, recent peer exchanges and lessons learned, and upcoming peer exchanges.

Moderator: Joe Horton, California DOT

RAC Region Chairs Reports:

Region 1, Ann Scholz, New Hampshire DOT

Region 2, Elisha Wright-Kehner, Arkansas HTD

Region 3, Cynthia Jones, Ohio DOT

Region 4, Cameron Kergaye, Utah DOT

9:45-10:15 a.m.—Break
10:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Task Force Business Reports 

11:45 a.m. -Noon

Invitation to Region 2: 2017 AASHTO RAC/TRB State Reps Meeting