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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 Email Telephone Title Team Roles and Responsibilitiessort descending Backup Person
James, Rachel rachel.james@dot.gov (202) 493-3205 Transportation Operations Engineer Transportation Operations Applications Team McHale, Gene M
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
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
Eisert, Jesse jesse.eisert@dot.gov (202) 493-3284 Research Psychologist Human Factors Team

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

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
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
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
Romstedt, Maria maria.romstedt@dot.gov (202) 493-3432 Publication Manager Marketing and Communications Team
  • Act as the manager of Public Roads magazine and the contract office representative of editing and layout contracts
  • Manage communication and publication support services and processes
  • Manage and coordinate research and technology printing
  • Provide official records management and preservation
Shuler, Lisa A.
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
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
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
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
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
Mohamedshah, Yusuf yusuf.mohamedshah@dot.gov (202) 493-3464 SHRP 2 Safety Data Analyst Safety Data and Analysis Team
  • Conduct highway safety analysis
  • Maintain and develop safety data
  • SHRP2 safety data training
Fay, Charles
Bujanovic, Pavle pavle.bujanovic@dot.gov (202) 493-3271 Highway Research Engineer Transportation Enabling Technologies Team
  • Conduct operations highway research
  • Conduct CARMASM research
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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 Research Transportation Specialist Transportation Operations Applications Team
  • Conduct vehicle automation, truck platooning, and automotive control systems
McHale, Gene M
Vacant Transportation Operations Engineer Transportation Enabling Technologies Team
  • Conducts research on vehicle automation, accessible transportation, and automotive control systems
Thompson, Dale
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)
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.
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 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
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
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
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
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)
Mero, Laura Laura.Mero@dot.gov (202) 493-3377 Research Psychologist Human Factors Team
  • Develop, manage, and coordinate safety and operations human factors research
  • Lead Traffic Control Devices Consortium Pooled Fund Study (TPF-5(316)
Arnold, Michelle
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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)
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
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

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