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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.

All media inquiries and interview requests should be directed to the Office of Public Affairs at 202-366-0660.

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Full Name Emailsort descending Telephone Title Team Roles and Responsibilities Backup Person
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
Vacant Chief Scientist Program Management
  • Conduct strategic planning for Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center
  • Coordinate research and development at Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center
  • Provide guidance for exploratory advanced research at Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center
Baker, Shana
Vacant Highway Research Engineer Infrastructure Analysis and Construction Team
  • Conduct and manage research on pavement friction and other aspects of pavement performance
Petros, Katherine A
Vacant Research Transportation Specialist Transportation Operations Applications Team
  • Conduct vehicle automation, truck platooning, and automotive control systems
McHale, Gene M
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)
Vacant Manager, Coating and Corrosion Program and Laboratory Long-Term Infrastructure Performance 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
Nehme, Jean
Vacant Research Materials Engineer Infrastructure Materials Team
  • Manage the Concrete Laboratory
  • Lead and conduct concrete materials research
Meininger, Richard C (Rick)
Vacant - Transportation Operations Engineer Transportation Operations Engineer Transportation Enabling Technologies Team
  • Coordinate exploratory advanced research activities within the Office of Operations Research and Development
  • Manage advanced research activities that identify and adapt innovative methods and new technologies, solve complex problems, or make groundbreaking discoveries to improve highway operations
Thompson, Dale
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
Vacant 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
Vacant Accountant/Financial Manager Program Management [HRRM-1]
  • Provide financial management support for Office of Research, Development, and Technology
  • Coordinate and provide the National Science Foundation annual report
Shehade, Christopher E
Vacant Transportation Operations Engineer Transportation Enabling Technologies Team
  • Conducts research on vehicle automation, accessible transportation, and automotive control systems
Thompson, Dale
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
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)
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
Lee, Angela angela.lee@dot.gov (202) 493-3471 Administrative Management Specialist Program Management [HRRM-1]
  • Provide Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center property management
  • Support financial management of Office of Safety Research and Development
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
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
Yumlu, Beth beth.yumlu@dot.gov (202) 493-3316 Special Assistant Program Management
  • Manage a range of ongoing/ad hoc activities and special projects for the Associate Administrator
  • Coordinate activities for the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center Strategic Plan and resulting Tactical Implementation Plan (TIP) initiatives
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
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
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
Fitzgerald, Cara cara.fitzgerald@dot.gov (202) 493-3376 Program Coordinator Program Management
  • Provide program coordination and monitoring
  • Coordinate office management initiatives
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
Dupuy, Carmen carmen.dupuy@dot.gov (202) 493-3175 Administrative Assistant
  • Provide support activities for administrative management programs
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
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
Richter, Cheryl Allen cheryl.richter@dot.gov (202) 493-3021 Director Program Management
  • Provide executive-level leadership and management of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) infrastructure research and development program, including strategic planning, coordination, guidance, and oversight
  • Represent FHWA in interagency groups at the Federal Government level and international organizations dealing with highway infrastructure research, development, and technology
Swanlund, Mark
Shehade, Christopher E chris.shehade@dot.gov (202) 493-3179 Senior Financial Manager Program Management [HRRM-1]
  • Act as the funds certifying official for the Office of Research, Development, and Technology
  • Provide financial management and consultation to the Research and Technology Leadership Team and the Transportation Pooled Fund Program
Vacant
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)
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
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
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
Mensching, David david.mensching@dot.gov (202) 493-3232 Research Materials Engineer Infrastructure Materials Team
  • Manage asphalt materials research program
  • Lead and conduct asphalt materials research and forensic studies
Youtcheff, Jr., John S (Jack)
Vanlandingham, Dawn dawn.vanlandingham@dot.gov (202) 493-3198 Information Management Specialist/Transportation Specialist Marketing and Communications Team
  • Coordinate and manage the research and technology and Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center Web sites
  • Coordinate and develop SharePoint and research and technology intranet sites
  • Provide consultation for research and technology Web publishing and Section 508 compliance
  • Provide communications and Web consultation
  • Coordinate research and technology copyright and publication reprint permission
  • Manage the Federal Highway Administration Research Library and subscription services
Shuler, Lisa A.
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
Walker, Deborah M deborah.walker@dot.gov (202) 493-3068 Highway Research Engineer Long-Term Infrastructure Performance Team
  • Manage Long-Term Pavement Performance Traffic Data Collection and Processing Activities
  • Coordinate Long-Term Pavement Performance communications
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)
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
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
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
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
Shelsta, Heather Heather.Shelsta@dot.gov (202) 493-3173 Director Program Management [HRRM-1]
  • 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
Abdi, Hiwot K hiwot.abdi@dot.gov (202) 493-3180 Management Analyst Technical Direction and Coordination
  • Provide management support and monitoring
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
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
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
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
Pagenkopf, James james.pagenkopf@dot.gov (202) 493-3272 Hydraulics Research Engineer Bridge Engineering Team

Conduct research on the hydraulics and hydrology of highway structures, bridge scour, pressure flow scour, culvert hydraulics, bottomless culverts, highway drainage, and multihazard modeling.

Kerenyi, Kornel

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