Program details are subject to change.
Thursday, June 15
State DOT Plenary | 1:00–02:30 p.m.
Marc D. Williams
Executive Director, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)
Executive Director Marc D. Williams guides the work of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to enhance the quality of life for Texans by delivering on the department's mission of "Connecting You with Texas." Williams joined TxDOT in 2012 as Director of Planning, which involved oversight of numerous divisions, including Transportation Planning and Programming, Environmental Affairs, Aviation, Public Transportation, Rail and Maritime. In early 2016, Williams was appointed Deputy Executive Director and directly supported the Executive Director and the Texas Transportation Commission in the leadership and operation of the department and its over 12,000 employees. He serves on leadership boards with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. Prior to joining TxDOT, Williams worked extensively with national private-sector transportation organizations and served as Commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Highways. Williams earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University.
Executive Director, Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT)
Carlos Braceras is the executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation. He has been with UDOT since 1986. His goal is to create the safest transportation system in the world to provide choices for all users to get where they want, when they want, in the way they want.
He has helped build an organization that is trusted by its partners and the public. Carlos is a member of the board of directors and past president of AASHTO, and a member and past chair of the TRB Executive Committee. Carlos moved to Utah in 1980 with four friends after graduating from college to ski for one year. It’s been one great ski season.
Commissioner, New York State Department of Transportation
Ms. Dominguez has worked in the transportation, water and energy infrastructure, safety and logistics sectors for over 25 years, having served in numerous leadership positions within the Federal government and private sector. In 2015, she was nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation. At PHMSA, Ms. Dominguez managed the development and enforcement of safety regulations and oversaw safety operations for the nation's interstate gas and liquid pipelines as well as all hazardous materials shipments by rail, highway, sea and air. Prior to leading PHMSA, she served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works at the U.S. Department of Defense, overseeing policy and budget direction for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She has served as Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy at the United States Postal Service, where she led legislative and public policy initiatives for the country's then, second largest civilian employer. She has served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); Special Assistant to the Chairman at the National Transportation Safety Board and as a Special Assistant to President Clinton and Associate Director of Presidential Personnel in the White House. For the last few years she served as a member of the Virginia Aviation Board overseeing the policy, programs and funding for all 66 airports in the state of Virginia and as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. Ms. Dominguez obtained her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and her B.A. in American Studies from Smith College.
Deputy Governor & Commissioner Transportation, Tennessee Department of Transportation (TNDOT)
Butch Eley serves as the Deputy Governor and Commissioner of Transportation for Tennessee. In this role he serves as a top advisor to Governor Bill Lee, manages the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and coordinates infrastructure investments throughout the state.
Prior to this role, Eley served as Tennessee’s chief financial officer and prior to that he was the chief operating officer. Before joining Governor Lee’s Administration, Eley was a Founder and CEO of Infrastructure Corporation of America (ICA), one of the nation’s premier infrastructure asset maintenance management companies.
Roger M. Millar Jr., P.E., AICP, F.ASCE
Secretary, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
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 is 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.
Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)
A native New Jerseyan, Ms. Gutierrez-Scaccetti is a transportation professional with more than 32 years in the industry, and 40 years in government service. She possesses extensive executive, operational, and planning knowledge.
As NJDOT Commissioner, she oversaw the largest capital program in the Department’s history with $1.23 billion in construction contracts and $359 million in consultant design/inspection agreements awarded in Fiscal Year 2021. In addition, NJDOT has supported communities during the pandemic with staff logging more than 1,000 hours driving mobile vaccination trucks and continuing her tradition of encouraging community involvement by holding charitable drives.
As NJDOT Commissioner, she serves as Chair of NJ TRANSIT, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, the South Jersey Transportation Authority, the NJ Transportation Trust Fund Authority, and Vice Chair of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.
Ms. Gutierrez-Scaccetti is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials (NASTO) and is currently serving as the Chair of the Committee on Transportation Communications (TransComm). She is the 2022 President of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), Executive Committee Board Member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Chair of The Eastern Transportation Coalition (formerly I-95 Corridor Coalition).
Commissioner Gutierrez-Scaccetti holds degrees from the University of Connecticut (BS) and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (MS).
Director, Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT)
After a 37-year career that began in 1981, Lorie Tudor became the Director of the Arkansas Department of Transportation in March of 2020. Her background is in Planning and she is a licensed Professional Engineer. She is the Chairman of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Committee on Funding and Finance. She was inducted into the University of Arkansas’ Academy of Civil Engineering in 2018 and received AASHTO’s Alfred E. Johnson Achievement Award in 2019. She was appointed to the State Board for Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors in October 2020 and began serving as the Board’s President in July 2022.
Eileen M. Velez Vega, P.E.
Secretary, Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTOP)
Eileen was born in the town of Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus and then her Master of Science in Engineering, with a concentration in transportation, from Mississippi State University. She is the first engineer in her family.
Eileen started her career in 2003 as a research civil engineer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Mississippi. Her work with the USACE included research in the Airfields and Pavements Branch under the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory.
As a managing partner of Kimley-Horn Puerto Rico LLC. Eileen contributed to the effort of establishing the first office established by Kimley-Horn in the Caribbean. In 2014, she relocated to manage the office as the Office Practice Leader, overseeing all operations. She has also served as the aviation consultant for the Puerto Rico Ports Authority and as consultant and client liaison for the Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority, and private land development retail clients.
In December 2020, she was designated as the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTOP). She oversees transportation public policy and leads the 7-agencies under the Department's umbrella including over 5,060 miles of state roads. In May 2021, after Senate confirmation, she became the first woman to be appointed Secretary in the Department's l 05-year history.
Eileen is a member of the AASHTO Board of Directors, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Aircraft/Airport Compatibility Committee and lead the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Transportation and Development institutes’ (T&DI) Airfield Pavements Committee. She has also served in the Society of Women Engineers' (SWE) local, regional, and international officer positions as well as the SWE Board of Directors. She is also an advocate for women in STEM fields and has also served in the Women in Aviation International Board of Directors and the Puerto Rico College of Engineers and Land Surveyors (CIAPR).
She is a 10-year Hodgkin Lymphoma survivor and treasures traveling with her husband and 11-year-old daughter. She also volunteers for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) as a patient advocate. She is a former President of the Puerto Rico LLS Board of Directors and an honored hero.
Friday, June 16
ICTD Opening Plenary: The Transportation-Energy Nexus: The March Toward Sustainable and Resilient Systems | 8:30–10:00 a.m.
Chandra R. Bhat, Ph.D., M.ASCE
University Distinguished Teaching Professor
Joe J. King Chair in Engineering
Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Chandra R. Bhat has been a pioneer in the formulation and use of statistical and econometric methods to analyze human choice behavior for transportation and urban policy design. His current research includes the social and environmental aspects of transportation, planning implications of emerging technology and mobility options, equity considerations in transportation safety, and data science and predictive analytics. He is a recipient of many awards, including the 2022 Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Theodore M. Matson Memorial Award, the 2017 Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2015 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Frank M. Masters Award, and the 2013 German Humboldt Award. He was listed in 2017 as one of the top ten transportation thought leaders in academia by the Eno Foundation. His former students are now leaders in the travel modeling field, and many have received national-level dissertation/thesis awards for their research under Dr. Bhat’s guidance. Dr. Bhat currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research – Part B.
John Barton, PE, M.ASCE, SVP
Chair of Professional Services, DOT Market Sector Leader, Bridge Practice Leader
Fort Worth, Texas
Mr. Barton is a senior vice president for HNTB and serves as the firm’s chairman of Professional Services and as the national Department of Transportation (DOT) market sector leader and national Bridge Practice leader. Working in collaboration with HNTB’s regional/division presidents and office leaders, he provides leadership to all market sectors and professional service practice groups and develops and directs strategies that enhance HNTB’s services to clients across the country. Prior to joining HNTB, Mr. Barton served the Texas A&M University system in various capacities after retiring from the Texas DOT (TxDOT) where he held engineering, management and executive leadership roles over a span of 29 years. Mr. Barton’s experience in the transportation industry and knowledge of industry issues and trends enables him to provide executive consultation to public transportation agencies on a variety of transportation topics, including U.S. infrastructure investment, federal transportation funding programs, organizational excellence and modernization, efficient infrastructure investments, and sophisticated engineering approaches and solutions.
During his tenure with TxDOT, Mr. Barton served in increasingly responsible positions, including his most recent as deputy executive director. In this capacity, he provided executive leadership over all operations for TxDOT, including safety, planning, engineering, maintenance, system operations, public-private partnerships, financial, communications, strategic planning, innovation, IT, and public relations. His responsibilities specific to engineering operations included oversight of the aviation, bridge, construction, design, environmental, project management, research, maintenance, traffic operations, right of way, planning and programming, turnpike, and local government operations divisions; as well as the 25 district operations with an annual budget of $10 billion. Each of these roles required working directly with the legislature and TxDOT’s commission to establish programs, policies, and projects to carry out the functions of this state agency.
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).