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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 Person
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
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
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
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
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)
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)
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Shuler, Lisa A. lisa.a.shuler@dot.gov (202) 493-3375 Team Director Marketing and Communications Team
  • Provide overall leadership for research and technology marketing, communications, and innovation delivery
  • Plan communications and outreach strategies
  • Manage Federal Highway Administration processes for innovation management and delivery
  • Coordinate Research and Technology Story
Elliott, Kelley
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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)
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 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 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 - 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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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)
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)
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

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