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Public Roads - January/February 2015

January/February 2015
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Vol. 78 No. 4
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Table of Contents

Excitement Reigns During Presidential Visit

by Doug Hecox and Debra S. Elston

President Obama’s tour of FHWA’s Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center offered a once-in-a-lifetime experience for TFHRC employees. Check out this photo spread!


The President greets an enthusiastic throng of TFHRC employees.


After waiting in the hot July sun, TFHRC staff eagerly anticipates the arrival of President Obama.


Shaking hands with the President is transportation engineer Peng “Patrick” Su, a contractor with the Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory.


The President shakes hands with TFHRC employees. On the left is LaKesha Perry, a chemist technician, and next to her is Lisa A. Shuler, team director, Innovation Management and Communications.


Surrounded by news crews, the President follows Dr. David Yang, Human Factors team leader in the Office of Safety Research and Development, to the driving simulator.


The President shakes hands with electronics technician Christopher Huffman, a contractor at TFHRC.


Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx discusses the potential of connected vehicle research prior to introducing the President.


The President meets more TFHRC employees.


Meeting the President is (left to right) Jussara Tanesi, manager of the Concrete Lab. Next to her is Raghu Satyanarayana, a program manager; Chandni Balachandran, a research chemist; and Heather Mathieson, a technical editor.


The President greets David Tchaou, a student attending a 3-day Transportation Summer Mini-Camp at TFHRC. In addition to meeting the President, Tchaou and five other students received hands-on training in transportation research at several of TFHRC’s laboratories.