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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 Telephonesort descending Title Team Roles and Responsibilities Backup Person
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 Transportation Operations Engineer Transportation Enabling Technologies Team
  • Conducts research on vehicle automation, accessible transportation, and automotive control systems
Thompson, Dale
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 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
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 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
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
Vacant Research Materials Engineer Infrastructure Materials Team
  • Manage the Concrete Laboratory
  • Lead and conduct concrete materials research
Meininger, Richard C (Rick)
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
Petros, Katherine A katherine.petros@dot.gov (202) 493-3154 Team Leader, Infrastructure Analysis and Construction Team Infrastructure Analysis and Construction Team
  • Lead Infrastructure Analysis and Construction Team
  • Manage research concerned with condition monitoring and performance-related specifications
Sivaneswaran, Nadarajah (Siva)
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
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
Dupuy, Carmen carmen.dupuy@dot.gov (202) 493-3175 Administrative Assistant
  • Provide support activities for administrative management programs
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
Abdi, Hiwot K hiwot.abdi@dot.gov (202) 493-3180 Management Analyst Technical Direction and Coordination
  • Provide management support and monitoring
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
Laughman, Patricia A (Trisha) trisha.laughman@dot.gov (202) 493-3185 Administrative Management Specialist Program Management [HRRM-1]
  • Provide human resource management consultation, support, and guidance
Shelsta, Heather
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)
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)
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.
James, Rachel rachel.james@dot.gov (202) 493-3205 Transportation Operations Engineer Transportation Operations Applications Team McHale, Gene M
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.

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