Special Committee on Research and Innovation


AASHTO Liaison
Glenn Page, Associate Program Director, Project Delivery
gpage@aashto.org

National RAC and TRB State Representatives Meeting 2017

Agenda and Meeting Materials

RAC Final Agenda (PDF)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Ahead of the Curve

Invited Training (separate agenda)

Monday, July 24, 2017

7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. 

Networking Breakfast

​8:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m. 

Welcome to the 2017 Annual Meeting

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

Moderator: Jason Siwula, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Speakers/Panelists:

  • Elisha Wright-Kehner, Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, Region 2 Chair
  • Greg Thomas, Secretary, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
  • Patty Dunaway, State Highway Engineer, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
  • Joe Crabtree, Director, Kentucky Transportation Center
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Your Role in RAC

Moderator: Allison Hardt, Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration

Speakers/Panelists:

  • Communicating Research Results – Dave Huft, South Dakota Department of Transportation & Michael Townley, Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Administering RAC Surveys – Sue Sillick, Montana Department of Transportation
  • RAC Onboarding – Cynthia Jones, Ohio Department of Transportation & Rick Kreider, Kansas Department of Transportation
​10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.—Break
​10:30 a.m.–Noon

Defining Success for a Research Program

Moderator: Jason Siwula, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Speakers/Panelists:

Noon–1:00 p.m.Lunch.
​1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Region 1 “Sweet 16” Presentations (High-Value Research)

Moderator: Stephanie Dock

Speakers/Panelists:

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Creating a Culture of Innovation

Moderator: Jason Siwula – Asst. State Highway Engineer, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Speakers/Panelists:

  • Michael Bufalino – Research Manager, Oregon DOT
  • Kimbrali Davis – Principal Engineer-Materials, New Jersey DOT
  • Cynthia Jones – Research Program Manager, Statewide Planning and Research, Ohio DOT
  • Neil Mastin – Manager, Research and Development Unit, North Carolina DOT
  • Ned Parrish – Research Program Manager, Idaho Transportation Department
3:00-3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Regional Breakout Meetings

Region 1: Stephanie Dock, District of Columbia DOT

Region 2: Cindy Smith, Mississippi DOT

Region 3: Rick Kreider, Kansas DOT

Region 4: Joe Horton, California DOT

5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.—Welcome Reception

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

7:00 am – 8:00 am
Networking Breakfast
7:00 am – 8:00 am
CUTC/RAC Collaboration Task Force Breakfast Meeting
8:00 am – 9:45 am
View from the Top
Description: Updates on key activities and initiatives from USDOT, TRB, AASHTO, SCOR, and OST/R. Brief updates from each, followed by an interactive Q&A session and panel discussion.Moderator: Dale Peabody – Maine DOTSpeakers/Panelists:

  • Brian Ness – Idaho DOT Director, Chair of AASHTO Special Committee on Research and Innovation (SCOR)
  • Bud Wright – AASHTO Executive Director
  • Neil Pedersen– TRB Executive Director
  • Debra Elston – FHWA Director of Corporate Research, Technology, and Innovation Management
  • Alasdair Cain – USDOT Director of Research, Development, and Technology Coordination
9:45 am – 10:15 am
Morning Break
10:15 am – 10:45 am
Region 2 “Sweet 16” Presentations (High-Value Research)
Description: Brief presentations highlighting the four projects from Region 2 that were selected for the high-value research “Sweet 16.”Moderator: Cindy Smith – Mississippi DOTSpeakers/Panelists:

10:45 am – Noon
Research Results: Getting There Faster
Description: Presentations and panel discussion focused on reducing the time between identifying a problem and implementing a solution. Successful practices and challenges encountered will be described and discussed.Moderator:  Tyson Rupnow, Louisiana DOTDSpeakers/Panelists:

Noon – 1:00 pm
Lunch – Presentation of “Sweet 16” Awards
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Region 3 “Sweet 16” Presentations (High-Value Research)
Description: Brief presentations highlighting the four projects from Region 3 that were selected for the high-value research “Sweet 16.”Moderator: Tommy Nantung, Indiana DOTSpeakers/Panelists:

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Directed Technology Transfer / Research Deliverables
Description: This session will include perspectives on how different companies and agencies have used the concepts in NCHRP Report 768, “Guide to Accelerating New Technology Adoption through Directed Technology Transfer.” The session will include short presentations, followed by a panel discussion.Moderator: Cindy Smith, Mississippi DOTSpeakers/Panelists:

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Afternoon Break
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Region 4 “Sweet 16” Presentations (High-Value Research)
Description: Brief presentations highlighting the four projects from Region 4 that were selected for the high-value research “Sweet 16.”Moderator: Ken Chambers, Nevada DOTSpeakers/Panelists:

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Success Stories for Regional Pooled-Fund Consortia
Description: This session will look at success stories and lessons learned from regional pooled-fund consortia across the nation.Moderator: Elisha Wright-KehnerSpeakers/Panelists:

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Off-Site Dinner:  Muhammad Ali Center

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

7:00 am – 8:00 am – Networking Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:45 am – TRB Focus on the Issues

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

Moderator: Dale Peabody, Maine DOT

Speakers/Panelists:

  • Ann Brach, TRB – Welcome – This presentation will welcome the TRB State Representatives to the meeting and will set the agenda and direction for the TRB State Reps portion of the meeting.
  • Neil Pedersen, TRB – “Critical Transportation Issues”
  • Ann Brach, TRB – “What Does It Mean to be a TRB State Rep?” – This presentation focuses on how State Reps can help ensure that their State DOT gets the greatest possible value from its investment in TRB. There will also be a discussion on the differences between TRB state Rep and AAHTO RAC member responsibilities.
  • James Bryant, TRB – “TRB State Rep Resources” – The presentation will provide an overview of (1) The State Partnership Visit Program; (2) The State DOT Return on Investment reports; (3) MyTRB State Reps Portal & Other Online Resources; and (4) Helping State DOTs Get the Most Out of the TRB Annual Meeting.
9:45 am – 10:15 am – Morning Break
10:15 am – Noon – TRB Focus on the Issues (continued): Transformational Technologies – Panel Discussion

Description: This session will discuss how TRB and State agencies are incorporating transformational technologies into their research plans and processes.

Moderator: Chris Hedges, TRB

Speakers/Panelists:

  • Lori Sundstrom, TRB – “Update on TRB Activities” – (1) Summary of Continuing TRB dialog on steps that can be taken to expedite the research process. (2) New TRB public/private/university Forum on Preparing for Automated Vehicles and Shared Mobility Systems. (3) The NCHRP efforts that include research roadmaps, pre-qualifications of research teams, and projected recently completed and nearing completion.
  • Tommy Nantung, Indiana DOT
  • Cathy McGhee, Virginia DOT
  • David Jared, Georgia DOT
Noon – 12:15 pm – “Peer Exchange Best Practices and Recommendations: Findings from NCHRP-20-111(G)” – Jason Bittner (ARA)
12:15 – 1:15 pm – Lunch
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm – Concurrent Task Force Meetings

  • Administration Task Force
  • Program Management and Quality Task Force
  • Transportation Knowledge Networks Task Force
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm – Afternoon Break
3:15 pm – 4:45 pm – Concurrent Task Force Meetings

  • Value of Research Task Force
  • Coordination and Collaboration Task Force
5:30 pm – Regional dinners (on your own) – Locations determined by each region

Thursday, July 27, 2017

7:00 am – 8:15 am – Networking Breakfast
7:00 am – 8:15 am – Website Working Group Breakfast Meeting
Description: This meeting will include a demonstration of the SCOR/RAC website and is open to all attendees. It is intended to help new RAC members navigate the website. Information will be shared about recent updates and changes.Speaker/Presenter: Natassja Linzau, Getting the Most out of SCOR/RAC Web Resources
8:15 am – 9:45 am – Regional and Task Force Business Reports

Moderator: Dale Peabody

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

Value of Research Task Force

9:45 am – 10:15 am – RAC Business Meeting and Invitation to 2018 RAC Meeting

Moderator: Dale Peabody

Wichita, Kansas in 2018

10:15 am – 10:30 am – Morning Break
10:30 am – Noon – RAC Leadership Meeting (Officers and Task Force Chairs)
10:30 am – 2:00 pm – TRB Conduct of Research Committee Meeting