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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 16 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 Personsort descending
Eisert, Jesse jesse.eisert@dot.gov (202) 493-3284 Research Psychologist Human Factors Team

Develop, manage, and coordinate safety and operations human factors research

Fitzgerald, Cara cara.fitzgerald@dot.gov (202) 493-3376 Program Coordinator Program Management
  • Provide program coordination and monitoring
  • Coordinate office management initiatives
Vacant Director Program Management
  • Advocate for a nationally coordinated Safety Research and Development Program
  • Develop the Federal Highway Administration Safety Research and Development Program
  • Provide leadership for the advanced research program
  • Coordinate safety activities for the Strategic Highway Research Program 2
  • Engage in Research, Development, and Technology Leadership Council efforts to improve the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center
  • Facilitate safety research and development of product and service deployments
  • Provide leadership for the connected vehicle-integration for safety research and deployment roadmap
Dupuy, Carmen carmen.dupuy@dot.gov (202) 493-3175 Administrative Assistant
  • Provide support activities for administrative management programs
Kerr, Brian brian.kerr@dot.gov (202) 493-3000 Facilities Manager
  • Act as the Facilities Manager for the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center
  • Manage facility safety and health
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
Nehme, Jean jean.nehme@dot.gov (202) 493-3042 Team Leader, Long-Term Infrastructure Performance Team Long-Term Infrastructure Performance Team
  • Lead the Long-Term Infrastructure Performance Team
  • Provide leadership for the Long-Term Pavement Performance and Long-Term Bridge Performance Programs
  • Lead Long-Term Infrastructure Performance Program, stakeholder outreach, and international coordination
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
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
Thompson, Monique monique.thompson@dot.gov (202) 493-3022 Administrative Assistant Program Management
  • Provide administrative support for the Office of Infrastructure Research and Development program
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
Regal, Kelly kelly.regal@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
Spragg, Robert robert.spragg@dot.gov (202) 493-3233 Research Civil Engineer Infrastructure Materials Team
  • Conduct research related to the durability and volume stability of concrete materials
  • Provide technical assistance to agencies, owners of concrete infrastructure, and consultants
  • Perform forensic investigation
Park, Hyungjun hyungjun.park@dot.gov (202) 493-3491 Highway Research Engineer Transportation Operations Applications Team
  • Conduct Research on truck platooning
  • Conduct microscopic traffic simulations
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
Manarchy, Matthew matthew.manarchy@dot.gov (202) 493-3999 Executive Assistant Program Management
  • Provide administrative support
  • Provide office management
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)
Abdi, Hiwot K hiwot.abdi@dot.gov (202) 493-3180 Management Analyst Technical Direction and Coordination
  • Provide management support and monitoring
Bujanovic, Pavle pavle.bujanovic@dot.gov (202) 493-3271 Highway Research Engineer Transportation Enabling Technologies Team
  • Conduct operations highway research
  • Conduct CARMASM research
Vacant 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
Vacant 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
Tan, Carol H carol.tan@dot.gov (202) 493-3315 Team Leader, Safety Data and Analysis Team Safety Data and Analysis Team
  • Manage Highway Safety Information System
  • Manage highway safety data and analysis research
  • Manage safety management systems research
  • Coordinate development of Model Minimum Inventory of Roadway Elements
  • Co-manage Motorcycle Crash Causation Study
Amjadi, Roya
McHale, Gene M gene.mchale@dot.gov (202) 493-3275 Team Leader, Transportation Operations Applications Team Transportation Operations Applications Team
  • Manage and lead team
  • Provide program management and development
  • Provide technical direction
  • Conduct connected vehicles research: dynamic mobility applications (DMA) and signal phase and timing (SPaT) activities
  • Manage Cooperative Vehicle-Highway Testbed
Andersen, Carl K
Cronin, Brian brian.cronin@dot.gov (202) 493-3269 Director
  • 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
VanGorder, Randy randall.vangorder@dot.gov (202) 493-3266 Highway Research Engineer Technical Direction
  • Serve as Contracting Office's Representative (COR) for the Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory's (STOL) support and IDIQ contract
  • Manage the STOL
  • Perform Traffic Analysis and Simulation Pooled Fund Study (TAS PFS)
Andersen, Carl K
Thompson, Dale dale.thompson@dot.gov (202) 493-3270 Team Leader, Transportation Enabling Technologies Team Transportation Enabling Technologies Team
  • Provide technical direction
  • Provide team management and leadership
  • Research infrastructure-related aspects to cooperative vehicle-infrastructure collision avoidance systems
  • Conduct research on vehicle-infrastructure integration
Andersen, Carl K
Akter, Nusnin nusnin.akter@dot.gov Research Chemist Infrastructure Materials Team

Conduct research and manage research projects related to highway materials. This includes activities to relate material chemical characteristics to paving and bridge material performance, and application of this knowledge to advance the sustainability and durability of infrastructure materials.

Arnold, Terry
Youtcheff, Jr., John S (Jack) jack.youtcheff@dot.gov (202) 493-3090 Team Leader, Infrastructure Materials Team Infrastructure Materials Team
  • Lead Infrastructure Materials Team
  • Lead, manage, and conduct research addressing asphalt materials and test methods,  nanomaterials, and inorganic polymers
Arnold, Terry
Zhang, Wei wei.zhang@dot.gov (202) 493-3317 Highway Research Engineer Roadway Team
  • Manage Intersection Safety research program
  • Manage safety and operational evaluation of alternative intersection and interchange designs
  • Conduct inhouse research on big data analysis and visualization
  • Perform system evaluation linking crash severity to level of service
  • Explore aerial-based traffic data collection at large intersections and interchanges
Chen, Shyuan-Ren (Clayton)
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)
Zineddin, Abdul abdul.zineddin@dot.gov (202) 493-3288 Speed Management/Transportation Specialist Roadway Team
  • Manage Speed Management research program
  • Perform traffic engineering and support Human Factors research related to visibility
  • Manage research on connected and automated vehicle technology that applies to roadway departure
  • Coordinate pavement marking retroreflectivity research
Chen, Shyuan-Ren (Clayton)
Ocel, Norah Norah.Ocel@dot.gov (443) 717-0891 Safety Design Engineer Roadway Team
  • Promote safety programs and research activities
  • Deliver HSM and IHSDM workshops
Chen, Shyuan-Ren (Clayton)
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)
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)
Philips, Brian brian.philips@dot.gov (202) 493-3468 Team Leader, Human Factors Team Human Factors Team
  • Develop, manage, and coordinate the Human Factors research program (safety and operations)
  • Provide human factors technical guidance
  • Provide guidance and support to address driver distraction and connected vehicles human factors issues
  • Manage the Highway Driving Simulator
  • Manage human factors research on connected-vehicle technology
Do, Ann
Pol, James james.pol@dot.gov (202) 493-3371 Technical Director, Safety Research and Development Technical Direction and Coordination
  • Provide technical direction, management, and coordination for the Safety Research and Development (R&D) Program
  • Oversee tracking of budget development, procurement, and spend plan execution
  • Identify national highway safety research and development needs
  • Coordinate advanced research, applied research, and technology facilitation activities to improve highway safety
  • Manage Safety R&D Technical Services Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity Contract
  • Coordinate research and development activities to support the Highway Safety Manual
Vacant
Vacant Research Materials Engineer Bridge Engineering Team
  • Contracting Officer's Representative for multiple contracts supporting infrastructure research and development laboratories and other research activities
  • Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center Radiation Safety Officer
Graybeal, Benjamin A (Ben)
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)
Ocel, Justin justin.ocel@dot.gov (202) 493-3080 Structural Steel Research Program Manager Bridge Engineering Team
  • Conduct research on steel structures, high-performance steel, steel specifications, and steel fabrication and erection
  • Perform structural testing
Graybeal, Benjamin A (Ben)
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
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
Vacant National Partnership Program Manager Research and Technology Program Development and Partnership Team
  • Coordinate State Peer Exchange Program
  • Conduct research and technology program formulation in cooperation with Federal Highway Administration headquarters, field offices, and other department of transportation modes
  • Act as a liaison with Transportation Research Board Executive Committee, and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Standing Committee on Research
  • Coordinate the State Planning and Research program
  • Coordinate Transportation Pooled Fund waivers
Jernigan, Jack D
Thor, Craig craig.thor@dot.gov (202) 493-3338 Senior Legislative and Budget Analyst Research and Technology Program Development and Partnership Team
  • Develop research and technology budget and budget delivery plan
  • Develop and review  reauthorization legislative proposals
  • Develop research and technology legislative implementation plan
  • Coordinate responses for comments on legislative proposals, congressional hearings, Office of Inspector General reports, and Government Accountability Office reports
  • Manage the Small Business Innovative Research program
Jernigan, Jack D
Sergeson, Patricia patricia.sergeson@dot.gov (202) 493-3166 Transportation Pooled Fund Program Manager Research and Technology Program Development and Partnership Team
  • Promote, administer, and manage the Transportation Pooled Fund Program
  • Act as the Federal Highway Administration liaison for select transportation pooled fund projects
  • Provide and coordinate Transportation Pooled Fund Program communications
  • Conduct briefings and trainings on Transportation Pooled Fund Program
  • Coordinate with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Technology Implementation Group
  • Provide support to Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP2)
Jernigan, Jack D
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
Obenberger, Jon jon.obenberger@dot.gov (202) 493-3265 Transportation Operations Engineer Transportation Operations Applications Team
  • Manage Connected Vehicle Datasets
  • Manage Data Capture and Management Program Outreach
  • Support Data Capture and Management Program Initiatives
  • Support Connected Vehicle Freeway-related Application Development
McHale, Gene M
James, Rachel rachel.james@dot.gov (202) 493-3205 Transportation Operations Engineer Transportation Operations Applications Team McHale, Gene M
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
Vadakpat, Govindarajan g.vadakpat@dot.gov (202) 493-3283 Research Transportation Specialist Transportation Operations Applications Team
  • Provide operations and application development research
McHale, Gene M

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