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The following contacts can be found at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC), and offices housed at the research and development facility: the Office of Infrastructure Research and Development, the Office of Operations Research and Development, the Office of Safety Research and Development, and the Office of Corporate Research, Development, and Innovation Management, which supports all three research offices and manages the Exploratory Advanced Research Program. The 20 laboratories and data centers at TFHRC provide a vital resource for advancing the body of knowledge that has been created and developed to solve national transportation goals.

If you can’t find your research contact below, try the Expertise Directory search. If you would like to see how our organization is structured, try the Staff Directory.

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Full Name Email Telephone Title Team Roles and Responsibilities Backup Person
Abdi, Hiwot K hiwot.abdi@dot.gov (202) 493-3180 Management Analyst Technical Direction and Coordination
  • Provide management support and monitoring
Adams, Michael Thomas mike.adams@dot.gov (202) 493-3025 Research Civil Engineer Infrastructure Materials Team
  • Manage the Geotechnical Laboratory
  • Conduct geotechnical engineering research
Youtcheff, Jr., John S (Jack)
Amjadi, Roya roya.amjadi@dot.gov (202) 493-3383 Research Transportation Specialist Safety Data and Analysis Team
  • Manage the Development of Crash Modification Factors (DCMF) Program
  • Manage Evaluation of Low-Cost Safety Improvements Pooled-Fund Study (ELCSI-PFS)
  • Support highway safety research
  • Manage and conduct highway safety analysis
Tan, Carol H
Andersen, Carl K carl.andersen@dot.gov (202) 493-3045 Technical Director, Operations Research and Development Technical Direction
  • Provides technical direction for the Office of Operations Research and Development
  • Ensures coordination of FHWA research efforts related to Automated and Connected Vehicles across Federal Highway Administration offices and other Department of Transportation agencies.
  • Coordinate project team activities for Federal Highway Administration's strategic plan and performance plan goals and objectives
  • Conduct research, development, and technology product deployment
  • Liaise with the Exploratory Advanced Research Program and Federal Highway Administration headquarters and field offices
  • Provide intelligent transportation system support
  • Conduct research on advanced mobility systems, vehicle-highway automation, and vehicle-infrastructure integration
Cronin, Brian
Ardani, Ahmad ahmad.ardani@dot.gov (202) 493-3422 Research Materials Engineer Infrastructure Materials Team
  • Manage the Concrete Laboratory
  • Lead and conduct concrete materials research
Meininger, Richard C (Rick)
Arispe, Eduardo eduardo.arispe@dot.gov (202) 493-3291 Research Mechanical Engineer Roadway Team
  • Manage the Federal Outdoor Impact Laboratory and Roadside Safety research program
  • Maintain certification of the crash test lab and the test data
  • Advance the use of dynamic finite element analysis software to design crashworthy roadside safety structures and predict vehicle crash outcomes
  • Coordinate efforts related to motorcycle crashes into barriers
  • Coordinate investigations of suspension and steering component failures in angular crashes
  • Develop testing protocols for dynamic impact testing for various research needs
Chen, Shyuan-Ren (Clayton)
Arnold, Michelle michelle.arnold@dot.gov (202) 493-3990 Engineering Research Psychologist Human Factors Team
  • Driving behavioral data analysis
  • Human factors research related to visibility, work zones, etc.
  • Manage NCUTCD Pooled Fund study
Pol, James
Arnold, Terry terry.arnold@dot.gov (202) 493-3305 Senior Research Chemist Infrastructure Materials Team
  • Manage the Chemistry Laboratory
  • Lead and conduct research and forensic investigations involving the chemistry of highway materials
Youtcheff, Jr., John S (Jack)
Azari, Hoda hoda.azari@dot.gov (202) 493-3064 Nondestructive Evaluation Program and Laboratory Manager Infrastructure Analysis and Construction Team
  • Manage the Nondestructive Evaluation Program and Laboratory
  • Conduct research on nondestructive evaluation technologies for bridges and other infrastructure
Petros, Katherine A
Baker, Shana shana.baker@dot.gov (202) 493-3181 Director Program Management
  • Provide overall leadership of research and technology (R&T) program development and innovation management
  • Lead and convene Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA's) R&T Leadership Team
  • Lead FHWA's implementation of Future Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2)
  • Lead FHWA's strategy for the Exploratory Advanced Research Program
  • Lead FHWA's communication and outreach for the R&T program, including the FHWA Research Library
  • Lead FHWA R&T authorization and coordination
  • Lead coordination with external research and technology advisory committee
  • Lead coordination and collaboration with international highway research partners
  • Lead FHWA's R&T budget development and delivery
Jernigan, Jack D
Becker, Donald (Chip) donald.becker@dot.gov (202) 493-3532 Manager, Coating and Corrosion Program and Laboratory Infrastructure Materials Team
  • Manage research on corrosion protection systems
  • Conduct research on bridge deck durability, nondestructive tools for corrosion detection, cathodic protection systems, corrosion-resistant reinforcement, and corrosion-resistant structural steel reactivity
Youtcheff, Jr., John S (Jack)
Bhide, Shrinivas shrinivas.bhide@dot.gov (202) 493-3302 Research Civil Engineer Long-Term Infrastructure Performance Team
  • Conduct research in the Long-Term Infrastructure Performance Program.
Nehme, Jean
Bujanovic, Pavle pavle.bujanovic@dot.gov (202) 493-3271 Highway Research Engineer Transportation Enabling Technologies Team
  • Conduct operations highway research
  • Conduct CARMASM research
Cazenas, Patricia patricia.cazenas@dot.gov (202) 493-3173 Acting Director Program Management
  • Provide leadership in management, logistics, and planning for Office of Research, Development, and Technology (Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center)
  • Provide oversight of all Office of Research, Development, and Technology/Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center business operations and support
  • Provide consultation for Office of Research, Development, and Technology senior management for all business operations
Shehade, Christopher E
Chen, Shyuan-Ren (Clayton) clayton.chen@dot.gov (202) 493-3054 Team Leader, Roadway Team Safety Data and Analysis Team
  • Develop, manage, and coordinate roadway safety research program
  • Provide technical guidance and support to address roadway safety issues
  • Coordinate research and technical assistance for the Highway Safety Manual
  • Support intelligent transportation systems connected vehicle research on vehicle-to-infrastructure communications for safety
Davis, Gregory W (Greg)
Cobb, Lincoln lincoln.cobb@dot.gov (202) 493-3313 Technology Facilitator Technical Direction and Coordination
  • Develop strategies to facilitate technology transfer and market safety products
  • Manage content for safety research and development website
  • Support the development and use of advanced road data collection technology
Pol, James
Corrigan, Matthew matthew.corrigan@dot.gov (202) 493-3365 Research Civil Engineer Infrastructure Analysis and Construction Team
  • Conduct and manage research to improve infrastructure construction and project delivery and to advance civil integrated management (CIM)
Petros, Katherine A
Cronin, Brian brian.cronin@dot.gov (202) 493-3269 Director Program Management
  • Lead the Office of Operations Research and Development
  • Oversee transportation management and operations improvement through research, development, and testing
  • Identify future opportunities
  • Develop Federal Highway Administration operations and management research and development program
  • Provide advocacy for a nationally coordinated operations research and development program
  • Track research and development programs and projects
Andersen, Carl K
Curtis, Deborah M deborah.curtis@dot.gov (202) 493-3267 Highway Research Engineer Transportation Operations Applications Team
  • Provide adaptive control software, ramp metering, adaptive control software evaluation, and operation of work zones
  • Participate in Exploratory Advanced Research Program
  • Develop cooperative vehicle-highway systems
  • Conduct connected vehicles research: dynamic mobility applications (DMA) and signal phase and timing (SPaT) activities
McHale, Gene M
Davis, Gregory W (Greg) gregory.davis@dot.gov (202) 493-3367 Intelligent Transportation Systems Safety Research Program Manager Roadway Team
  • Perform research on intelligent transportation systems to improve highway safety
  • Coordinate cooperative intersection collision avoidance systems research
  • Manage research to develop vehicle-to-infrastructure communications applications to improve highway safety
Fessmann, Volker
Do, Ann ann.do@dot.gov (202) 493-3319 Highway Research Engineer Human Factors Team
  • Develop, manage, and coordinate the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Research Program
  • Provide pedestrian and bicycle safety technical guidance
Dupuy, Carmen carmen.dupuy@dot.gov (202) 493-3175 Administrative Assistant Program Management
  • Provide support activities for administrative management programs
Duwadi, Sheila R sheila.duwadi@dot.gov (202) 493-3106 Principal Infrastructure Safety and Security Research Engineer Infrastructure Analysis and Construction Team
  • Manage research addressing infrastructure safety and security, as well as timber, covered bridge preservation
  • Represent the Department and Agency in the White House National Science and Technology Council and the Department of Homeland Security's committees, subcommittees, and working groups on disaster reduction, safety, and security
Eigen, Ana Maria ana.eigen@dot.gov (202) 493-3260 Research Highway Safety Specialist Safety Data and Analysis Team
  • Analyze roadside safety data
  • Coordinate vehicle safety research
  • Evaluate occupant risks in crashes
  • Advance the use of simulation modeling in research and development
  • Coordinate investigations of rollover causation and reduction
Amjadi, Roya
Elliott, Kelley kelley.elliott@dot.gov (202) 493-3220 Marketing and Communications Specialist Marketing and Communications Team
  • Provide marketing and communications coordination for Federal Highway Administration research and technology
  • Develop communications strategy and messaging for research and technology
Shuler, Lisa A.
Ellis, Zachary zachary.ellis@dot.gov (202) 493-3193 Advanced Research Program Analyst Exploratory Advanced Research Team
  • Develop and administer the Exploratory Advanced Research Program
  • Coordinate initial stage research (e.g., scanning and convening)
  • Coordinate communications and outreach
  • Provide program analysis and evaluation
  • Coordinate Exploratory Advanced Research Program Web content and marketing
Farrell, Kathleen kathleen.farrell@dot.gov (202) 493-3339 Procurement Analyst Acquisition Systems and Policy Team
  • Act as onsite Office of Acquisition Management liaison to the Office of Research, Development, and Technology
  • Provide acquisition policy and guidance development
Fay, Charles charles.fay@dot.gov (202) 493-3336 SHRP 2 Safety Research Manager Safety Data and Analysis Team
  • Manage, coordinate, and conduct highway safety analysis
  • SHRP2 safety data training
Mohamedshah, Yusuf
Fessmann, Volker Volker.Fessmann@dot.gov (202) 493-3322 Highway Research Engineer Roadway Team
  • Manage intelligent transportation systems safety research
  • Support traffic engineering and human factors research
  • Coordinate communication device testing and spectrum activities
Davis, Gregory W (Greg)
Fitzgerald, Cara cara.fitzgerald@dot.gov (202) 493-3376 Program Coordinator Program Management
  • Provide program coordination and monitoring
  • Coordinate office management initiatives
Frizzell, Kristy Kristy.Frizzell.CTR@dot.gov (202) 493-3260 Administrative Assistant Program Management
  • Provide administrative support
  • Manage office activities
Graybeal, Benjamin A (Ben) benjamin.graybeal@dot.gov (202) 493-3122 Team Leader, Bridge Engineering Team Bridge Engineering Team
  • Lead the Bridge Design and Foundation Engineering Team
  • Conduct high-performance materials research
  • Perform forensic investigations
Ocel, Justin
Haber, Zachary zachary.haber@dot.gov (202) 493-3469 Structural Engineer Bridge Engineering Team
  • Conduct research to improve behavior and performance of concrete bridge structures
  • Conduct research to develop innovative solutions for highway bridge design and construction
  • Provide technical assistance to bridge owners, designers, consultants, and academic researchers
  • Perform forensic investigations
Ocel, Justin
Hartwell, Ahmani ahmani.hartwell@dot.gov (202) 493-3999 Executive Assistant Program Management
  • Provide administrative support
  • Provide office management
Huang, X. Peter peter.huang@dot.gov (202) 493-3484 Highway Research Engineer Transportation Enabling Technologies Team
  • Provide Connected Vehicles Testbed development and operation
  • Conduct research on quick incident detection and warning systems
  • Conduct research on knowledge-based signal system analysis tools, high-speed intersection safety, and work zone queue detection and warning systems
Thompson, Dale
Huie, Mary mary.huie@dot.gov (202) 493-3460 Innovation Management/Technology Transfer Program Manager Research and Technology Program Development and Partnership Team
  • Serve as the national focal point for Technology Transfer for the Federal Highway Administration’s Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center
  • Conduct evaluations and assessments of technologies and innovations to assess their level of technology readiness
  • Develop strategies and action plans to transition the innovation to the next level of market readiness
  • Serve as focal point for coordinating research and technology intellectual property issues
Jernigan, Jack D
Jalinoos, Farrokh (Frank) frank.jalinoos@dot.gov (202) 493-3044 Research Structural Engineer Long-Term Infrastructure Performance Team
  • Manage selected contracts and activities for the Long-Term Bridge Performance Program
James, Rachel rachel.james@dot.gov (202) 493-3205 Transportation Operations Engineer Transportation Operations Applications Team McHale, Gene M
Jernigan, Jack D jack.jernigan@dot.gov (202) 493-3363 Team Director Research and Technology Program Development and Partnership Team
  • Lead the legislation and budget team
  • Coordinate the national research and technology program development and evaluation
  • Develop research and technology partnerships Act as the Research and Technology Leadership Team secretariat
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with internal and external groups
  • Act as a liaison for National Cooperative Highway Research Program Project 20-5
  • Develop and coordinate an intellectual property system
Jiang, Yan (Jane) jane.jiang@dot.gov (202) 493-3149 Highway Research Engineer Long-Term Infrastructure Performance Team
  • Manage Long-Term Pavement Performance database development and dissemination and Long-Term Pavement Performance falling weight deflectometer operations and calibration
  • Participate on the Design Guide Implementation Team
Kalla, Hari hari.kalla@dot.gov (202) 493-3999 Associate Administrator for Research, Development, and Technology (RD&T) and the Director of Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) Program Management
  • Provide national highway research and technology leadership and coordination
  • Manage and coordinate research, technology, and innovation deployment
  • Advance the deployment of new technologies and innovations
  • Oversee the management of the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center
Kerenyi, Kornel kornel.kerenyi@dot.gov (202) 493-3142 Hydraulics Research Program and Laboratory Manager Bridge Engineering Team
  • Manage the J. Sterling Jones Hydraulics Research Laboratory
  • Conduct research on the hydraulics and hydrology of highway structures, bridge scour, pressure flow scour, culvert hydraulics, bottomless culverts, highway drainage, and multihazard modeling
Graybeal, Benjamin A (Ben)
Kerr, Brian brian.kerr@dot.gov (202) 493-3000 Facilities Manager Management Services Division
  • Act as the Facilities Manager for the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center
  • Manage facility safety and health
Kessler, Morgan morgan.kessler@dot.gov (202) 493-3187 Preservation Research Engineer Infrastructure Analysis and Construction Team
  • Lead, conduct, and manage infrastructure preservation and maintenance research and stakeholder outreach efforts
  • Manage research to advance civil integrated management (CIM)
Klein, Janet S janet.klein@dot.gov (202) 493-3303 Administrative Assistant Technical Direction
  • Provide administrative support
  • Provide office management
VanGorder, Randy
Kuehn, David E david.kuehn@dot.gov (202) 493-3414 Team Director/Program Manager Exploratory Advanced Research Team
  • Provide Federal Highway Administration leadership
  • Manage scientific coordination
  • Manage partnership development
  • Provide visionary leadership for Exploratory Advanced Research Program
  • Provide international and national scientific program coordination
  • Provide leadership and communication for Corporate Master Plan for Research and Deployment of Technology and Innovation
Landolt, Jean S jean.landolt@dot.gov (202) 493-3146 Research and Technology Program Coordinator Program Management
  • Track office and program financial information Provide program coordination and monitoring
  • Provide Transportation Research Board Core Program Services program oversight as Agreement Officer Representative (AOR) and FHWA Liaison Coordinate FHWA’s participation in the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting as FHWA Liaison
  • Act as National Cooperative Highway Research Program AOR and FHWA Liaison
  • Manage National Cooperative Highway Research Program oversight, financial, and program coordination for FHWA
Jernigan, Jack D
Laughman, Patricia A (Trisha) trisha.laughman@dot.gov (202) 493-3185 Administrative Management Specialist Program Management
  • Provide human resource management consultation, support, and guidance
Cazenas, Patricia
Lee, Angela angela.lee@dot.gov (202) 493-3471 Administrative Management Specialist Program Management
  • Provide Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center property management
  • Support financial management of Office of Safety Research and Development
Nasabzadeh, Masoud
Lochrane, Taylor taylor.lochrane@dot.gov (202) 493-3293 Civil Engineer Transportation Enabling Technologies Team
  • Conduct advanced and innovative research
  • Conduct vehicle automation, Cooperative Adaptive Crusie Control (CACC), and automotive control systems
  • Conduct research on Emerging Technologies
Thompson, Dale

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