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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 Titlesort descending Team Roles and Responsibilities Backup Person
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
Dupuy, Carmen carmen.dupuy@dot.gov (202) 493-3175 Administrative Assistant
  • Provide support activities for administrative management programs
Frizzell, Kristy kristy.frizzell.CTR@dot.gov (202) 493-3260 Administrative Assistant Technical Direction
  • Provide administrative support
  • Provide office management
VanGorder, Randy
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
Zobel, Robert robert.zobel@dot.gov (202) 493-3024 Coordinator, Long-Term Bridge Performance Program Long-Term Infrastructure Performance Team
  • Manage the research activities for the Long-Term Bridge Performance Program (LTBP)
  • Provide program planning and oversight for LTBP
  • Conduct research related to bridge performance
  • Provide guidance for and technical advice pertaining to nondestructive evaluation, instrumentation, and field evaluation of LTBP bridges
  • Manage deployment, enhancement, and maintenance of the LTBP Bridge Portal
Nehme, Jean
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Wiser, Larry J larry.wiser@dot.gov (202) 493-3079 Highway Research Engineer Long-Term Infrastructure Performance Team
  • Oversee Long-Term Pavement Performance Program Customer Support Service Center
  • Manage Long-Term Pavement Performance data analysis and profile measurement
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
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
Bujanovic, Pavle pavle.bujanovic@dot.gov (202) 493-3271 Highway Research Engineer Transportation Enabling Technologies Team
  • Conduct operations highway research
  • Conduct CARMASM research
Sivaneswaran, Nadarajah (Siva) nadarajah.sivaneswaran@dot.gov (202) 493-3147 Highway Research Engineer Infrastructure Analysis and Construction Team
  • Conduct and manage research on pavement performance modeling and analysis, pavement management (including condition assessment), life-cycle assessments, and life-cycle cost analysis
Petros, Katherine A
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)
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
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
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)
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)
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.
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
Abdi, Hiwot K hiwot.abdi@dot.gov (202) 493-3180 Management Analyst Technical Direction and Coordination
  • Provide management support and monitoring
McCrae, TaMara tamara.mccrae@dot.gov (202) 493-3382 Management Analyst Marketing and Communications Team
  • Perform national exhibit coordination and support
  • Provide research and technology communications support
  • Coordinate Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center facility tours
  • Oversee the Research and Technology Product Distribution Center
  • Coordinate communications/publications support services Manage editorial and layout contracts for Public Roads magazine
Shuler, Lisa A.
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
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.
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
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
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)
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
Fitzgerald, Cara cara.fitzgerald@dot.gov (202) 493-3376 Program Coordinator Program Management
  • Provide program coordination and monitoring
  • Coordinate office management initiatives
Shurbutt, Jim jim.shurbutt@dot.gov (202) 493-3420 Program Coordinator Exploratory Advanced Research Team
  • Develop and administer the Exploratory Advanced Research Program
  • Provide budget delivery
  • Work on Exploratory Advanced Research Program partnerships
  • Develop and execute broad agency announcements
  • Provide contract support management
  • Coordinate program publications and exhibits
Kuehn, David E
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
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
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
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
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)
Nicks, Jennifer E jennifer.nicks@dot.gov (202) 493-3075 Research Geotechnical Engineer Bridge Engineering Team
  • Perform geotechnical engineering studies
  • Conduct research on soil mechanics and soil dynamics analysis and modeling
Ocel, Justin
Meininger, Richard C (Rick) richard.meininger@dot.gov (202) 493-3191 Research Highway Engineer Infrastructure Materials Team
  • Manage the Aggregate and Petrographic Laboratory
  • Lead and conduct research concerned with aggregate, portland cement concrete, and alternative cementitious materials
Youtcheff, Jr., John S (Jack)
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 Research Materials Engineer Infrastructure Materials Team
  • Manage the Concrete Laboratory
  • Lead and conduct concrete materials research
Meininger, Richard C (Rick)
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)
Swanlund, Mark mark.swanlund@dot.gov (202) 493-3070 Research Program Manager Program Management
  • Lead and manage the Federal Highway Administration Infrastructure Research and Development Program
  • Supervise Office of Infrastructure Research and Development staff
  • Coordinate office input and feedback on legislative proposals, policy issues, and research to be conducted by other organizations such as the National Cooperative Highway Research Program and University Transportation Centers
  • Represent the office on various internal and external working groups
Richter, Cheryl Allen
Lu, Ping ping.lu@dot.gov (202) 493-3143 Research Structural Engineer Long-Term Infrastructure Performance Team
  • Conduct research related to the Long-Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) Program
  • Provide technical assistance to internal and external LTBP program stakeholders
  • Lead bridge performance data validation efforts
Nehme, Jean
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

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