Program details subject to change.
Wednesday, June 1
Opening Plenary | 8:00–9:30 a.m.
Invited: Honorable Jay Inslee
Governor of Washington State
Jay Inslee is a fifth-generation Washingtonian who has lived and worked in urban and rural communities on both sides of the state. Jay graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in economics before earning his law degree at Willamette University.
Governor Inslee was elected to Congress in 1992, serving until 2012 when he was elected governor. He was re-elected in 2016.
During his time in Congress, Jay became known as a forward-thinking leader, especially on issues of clean energy and the environment. As governor, Jay's top priority is growing Washington's innovative industries such as clean energy, information technology and life sciences, and strengthening existing industries such as aerospace, agriculture, maritime and the military. Since 2013, Washington has experienced a 30-year low in unemployment rates and record exports.
Under his leadership, Washington is consistently the only state that ranks as the best place to work and the best place to do business.
Director, Disability Mobility Initiative
Disability Mobility Initiative Director and founder Anna Zivarts is a low-vision mom and nondriver. Anna represents disabled nondrivers on the Washington State Active Transportation Council, AV Work Group and TDM Executive Board. She is currently serving on NHTSA’s Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Program Assessment team for the state of Kentucky. Anna has op-eds on transportation policy published in Bloomberg CityLab and the Seattle Times, and presented her transportation work at the 2020 TRB Annual Meeting, the Shared Mobility Summit & Micromobility America. She received both a Master’s degree in International Comparative Education Policy and an undergraduate degree in Feminist Studies from Stanford University.
Plenary: DOTs Views on Transportation into the Future | 12:30–02:00 p.m.
Carlos Braceras, P.E.
Executive Director, Utah DOT
Carlos Braceras is executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation, a position he has held since May 2013. A native of New Jersey, Carlos came to work at UDOT in 1986. Over the past 30 years, he has helped shape UDOT’s strategic direction and its mission of innovating transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance the quality of life, making it one of the most respected and influential DOT’s in the nation. Today his influence extends beyond the state of Utah through his service on a number of national and regional boards and committees including chair of the AASHTO Design Subcommittee, chair of the Center for Environmental Excellence Advisory Board, member of the board of directors and past president of the American Associate of State Highway and Transportation Officials, member of the board of directors and past president of the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, past chair of ITS America, and past chair of RUC West.
Roger M. Millar Jr., P.E., AICP, F.ASCE
Secretary, Washington State DOT
Roger Millar joined the Washington State Department of Transportation as deputy secretary in October 2015 and was appointed Secretary of Transportation in August 2016. He oversees an agency that is the steward of a complex, multimodal transportation system, and responsible for ensuring that people and goods move safely and efficiently.
Millar is an experienced land use and transportation engineer, planner, and program manager with an international reputation for innovative approaches to conservation and development. The prominent theme that has run through his career has been planning and implementing transportation systems that are not ends unto themselves; but rather, the means toward economic vitality, environmental stewardship, social equity, public health and aesthetic quality. His state Department of Transportation leadership is bringing innovation to agencies with enormous influence on transportation investment.
Toks Omishakin was appointed the 33rd Director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) by Governor Gavin Newsom and sworn in October 2019. As Director, he manages a $15 billion budget and nearly 20,000 employees who oversee 50,000 lane miles of highways, maintain 13,000 bridges, provide permitting of more than 400 public-use airports, fund three of Amtrak’s busiest intercity rail services and provide transit support to more than 200 local and regional transit agencies. Omishakin’s transportation vision for California features a safe, sustainable and multimodal transportation system that builds on strong local partnerships.
Transformative innovation will also be needed to achieve zero traffic-related deaths and reduce GHGs by 40% by 2030. All local communities must be heard and share in the benefits of Caltrans projects, and he encourages a Caltrans culture of innovation and taking intelligent risks.
He came to Caltrans following eight years with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). There, he successfully established environmental, multimodal and planning policies to make TDOT one of the best DOTs in the country.
He is on the Board at America Walks and has advised the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis through its Transportation Council Board. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Active Transportation Council of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). He is also Chair of its Multimodal Task Force.
Kristina L. Swallow, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE
Director, Nevada DOT
Kristina L. Swallow is a dedicated professional with nearly 25 years of diverse experience in engineering, public policy, and community advocacy and voluntarism. She is passionate about having a positive impact on the places she lives, organizations she serves, and the people she works with. As a practicing civil engineer, Kristina has worked in a number of technical areas including flood control, traffic impact analysis and mitigation, land development, public works and transportation policy. Her roles have included being a small business owner, working as a consultant, serving as a program manager in city government, working as a lobbyist in the Nevada State Legislature, and working as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate where she was able to negotiate language in the final passage of MAP-21.
Kristina is a licensed civil engineer in the state of Nevada, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona, a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and has completed additional studies within the UNLV College of Urban Affairs. She has appeared on CNN, NBC Nightly News, and the BBC, been interviewed by Bloomberg Radio, NBC, and NPR, and has testified before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT)
Craig Thompson was appointed by Governor Tony Evers to serve as secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) beginning in January 2019. WisDOT is one of the largest state agencies, with 3,400 employees and a biennial budget of more than $6 billion. The department supports all modes of transportation, including state highways, local roads, railroads, public transit systems, airports, and harbors. In addition, the department includes the Division of Motor Vehicles, which serves about 50,000 customers each week, and the Division of State Patrol that enforces laws and assists motorists throughout the state.
Previously Craig was the executive director of the Transportation Development Association (TDA) of Wisconsin. He has more than 25 years of experience working with Wisconsin businesses, communities, legislators and units of government. Prior to leading TDA, he served as the legislative director for the Wisconsin Counties Association, managing legislative initiatives at the state and federal levels.
Craig is a native of Racine and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives in Madison with his wife and two teenagers.
Thursday, June 2
Keynote: Future World Vision – Mega City 2070 | 8:15–9:00 a.m.
Chief Growth & Advancement Officer, ASCE
Jerry Buckwalter is the Chief Innovation Officer of ASCE. In that role, he helps to shape the strategic direction of the association and the civil engineering profession. Jerry has been a member of the ASCE Industry Leaders Council from 2006 to the present. He also directs a forward-leaning strategic project called Future World Vision where ASCE is creating a virtual and interactive computer model to assess potential built environments 50 years into the future.
With over 35 years of experience, Jerry came to ASCE from Northrop Grumman, where he most recently served as Director of Corporate Strategy. He was a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council for four years reporting to the White House from 2008 to 2012. Jerry earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Monmouth University and completed advanced coursework at George Washington University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he has been teaching strategy at the University of Chicago for eight years.
Plenary: Envisioning the Future of Cities and Transportation | 9:00–10:15 a.m.
Senior Vice President, National Transportation Market Leader, WSP USA
Paula provides strategic advice to clients in a wide variety of areas, and is active in national transportation associations including the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Transportation Research Board, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), and serves on the International Board of Directors for the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS).
A national figure on transportation issues, Paula joined WSP USA following a 34-year career with the Washington State Department of Transportation, serving as secretary of transportation from 2007 to 2013, and as chief of staff in the office of the secretary from 2001 through 2007. She is currently a member of the WTS International board of directors and the ARTBA board of directors.
Dr. Hani Mahmassani
William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation. Northwestern University
Dr. Hani S. Mahmassani holds the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation at Northwestern University, where he is Director of the Northwestern University Transportation Center, and Director of the US-DOT Center of Excellence on Telemobility. Prior to Northwestern, he served on the faculties of the University of Maryland and the University of Texas at Austin. He has over 35 years of professional, academic and research experience in the areas of intelligent transportation systems, freight and logistics systems, multimodal systems modeling and optimization, pedestrian and crowd dynamics, traffic science, demand forecasting and travel behavior, and real-time operation of transportation and distribution systems.
He is past editor-in-chief of Transportation Science, senior editor of IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, founding (past) associate editor of Transportation Research C: Emerging Technologies, and associate editor of Transportation Research Record. He is a past president of the Transportation Science Section of INFORMS, past President of the International Association for Travel Behavior Research, and the Convenor-elect of the ISTTT International Advisory Committee. He received a Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of the American University of Beirut (2006), the Intelligent Transportation Systems Outstanding Application Award of IEEE (2010), and the Transportation Research Board’s Thomas Deen Distinguished Lectureship (2016). He was elected Emeritus member of the Transportation Research Board committees on Telecommunications and Travel Behavior, Transportation Network Modeling, and Traveler Behavior and Values. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2021 “for contributions to modeling of intelligent transportation networks and to interdisciplinary collaboration in transportation engineering”. Mahmassani received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in transportation systems and MS in transportation engineering from Purdue University.
Hamerschlag University Professor Emeritus, Carnegie Mellon University
Chris Hendrickson is the Hamerschlag University Professor of Engineering Emeritus, Director of the Traffic 21 Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, member of the National Academy of Engineering and Editor-in-chief of the ASCE J. of Transportation Engineering. His research, teaching and consulting are in the general area of engineering planning and management, including design for the environment, project management, transportation systems, finance and computer applications.
He has co-authored three textbooks available freely on the internet (see Textbooks tab above): Life Cycle Assessment: Quantitative Approaches for Decisions that Matter (2014), Project Management for Construction (Prentice-Hall, 1989, now available on the web) and Civil Systems Planning, Investment and Pricing (2011). He has also published several monographs and numerous papers in the professional and public literature.
Prof. Hendrickson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Construction, a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineering, an Emeritus Member of the Transportation Research Board and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been the recipient of the 2002 ASCE Turner Lecture Award, the 2002 Fenves Systems Research Award, the 1994 Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Award, Outstanding Professor of the Year Award of the ASCE Pittsburgh Section (1990), the ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Award (1989), the Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award (1987) and a Rhodes Scholarship (1973).
Awards Luncheon: Celebrating 20 Years of Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) of ASCE | 12:00–1:15 p.m.
Edgar B. & Hedwig M. Olson Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, Purdue University
For almost five decades, Kumares C. Sinha has contributed to transportation engineering over a spectrum of areas from highway engineering, traffic operations, and safety analysis to land use–transportation system modeling, transportation financing, and civil infrastructure management. He pioneered integrated highway-asset-management techniques with innovative research on facility condition modeling, treatment effectiveness, life-cycle costing, and multiobjective optimization of system performance to determine the best times and the optimal levels of effort for renewing and repairing pavement, bridges, and other facilities. KCS is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a national associate of the National Academies.
Plenary: Safe Mobility | 1:15–2:30 p.m.
C.Y. David Yang, Ph.D.
Executive Director, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
As the Executive Director of AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Dr. C. Y. David Yang oversees the day-to-day operations of this non-profit research and education organization. Previously, he was with the Federal Highway Administration, United States Department of Transportation.
Dr. Yang has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, and government reports on subjects related to vehicle technologies and automation, traffic safety, operations, and planning. An ITE Journal article he co-authored won Institute of Transportation Engineers’ 2015 Traffic Engineering Council Best Paper Award. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems: Technology, Planning, and Operations and a member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Transportation Science and Technology. Dr. Yang serves as an advisory board member on a number of university transportation research centers.
Dr. Yang attended Purdue University and received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the field of civil engineering. In 2018, he was honored with the Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Award from Purdue University.