ITS PAC Biographies

Steve Albert

Mr. Steve Albert is the Director of the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mr. Steve Albert Montana.  With more than 30 years of experience, he has spearheaded innovative solutions in both the Nation’s largest metropolitan centers and its most rural settings.  His experience managing the Houston transportation system (High Occupancy Vehicle lanes system, traffic management, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)) and his pioneering rural research have provided him a unique perspective of America’s varied transportation needs.  Mr. Albert has been involved in and guided rural and urban transportation and ITS research and development in more than 35 States.

Mr. Albert recently was presented an Institute of Transportation Engineers Lifetime Achievement Award for his efforts in rural transportation issues and ITS.  He also serves on a variety of committees and organizations including the U.S. DOT ITS Program Advisory Committee; as President of the Council on University Transportation Centers; and as Chairman of the ITS America Rural ITS Committee.

Mr. Albert has worked for PB Farradyne, in Washington, DC; Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County in Houston, Texas; the Texas Transportation Institute of the Texas A&M University System in Houston.

 

Scott F. Belcher

Mr. Scott F. Belcher Mr. Scott F. Belcher serves as President and CEO of SFB Consulting, LLC where he specialized in transportation, transportation technology, the internet of things, smart cities and the environment. Prior to SFB Consulting, Mr. Belcher searched as the CEO of the Telecommunications Industry Association for two years and the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) for seven years. Mr. Belcher has more than 30 years of private and public sector experience in Washington, DC. Prior to joining ITS America, Mr. Belcher held senior management positions at a number of prominent trade associations, worked in private practice at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, PC, and at the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Belcher currently serves on the U.S. DOT ITS Program Advisory Committee, the U.S. Department of State, Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, the America Association of State and Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Connected and Automated Executive Leadership Team and Global Actionable Innovation Advisory Board. Mr. Belcher holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia, a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Redlands in Redlands, California.

 

Roger Berg

Mr. Roger Berg is Vice President of Wireless Technologies at DENSO’s North American Research Laboratories, Mr. Roger Berg overseeing vehicle communication technology.  He is responsible for DENSO’s research and development of advanced vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) technology, used in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Connected Vehicle program.  Mr. Berg joined DENSO in 2000 as Vice President of Wireless Communications, where he was responsible for multi-functional engineering design teams developing cellular handset and embedded telematics technology.  In 2003, his group began to shift toward wireless technology research and development with an extensive focus on V2X technology and vehicular based navigation data bases.  Before joining DENSO, he held executive level positions for consumer electronics companies such as Sony and Motorola, where he managed the design and development of a portfolio of cellular handsets and accessory products for markets in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Mr. Berg is currently working on the Connected Vehicle program with several North American carmakers and an automotive research and development consortium called the Crash Alliance Metrics Partnership.  He also works with the U.S. DOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Federal Highway Administration, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, and DENSO V2X groups in Japan and Germany.  Mr. Berg is the inventor or co-inventor of eight U.S. and international patents.

Mr. Berg earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana, Ill., and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Ill.  He is currently an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and is on the Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) Technical Committee, DSRC Vehicle Safety Committee, Digital Map and Vehicle Interface Methodology Sub-committees, and Chairs the ITS America Connected Vehicle Task Force.

 

Joseph Calabrese

Mr. Joseph Calabrese, a transit industry veteran, left his position as President/Executive Director of the Central New Mr. Joseph Calabrese York Regional Transit  Authority in 2000 to be named the CEO and General Manager of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA).  With the motto of “back to the basics,” and a focus on image, financial health, and enhanced customer service, Mr. Calabrese and RTA have achieved much together.

Under Mr. Calabrese’s leadership, RTA was given the Federal Transit Administrations’s first Ridership Initiative award, won the Smart Business/Lexus “World Class Customer Service Award;” named “The Best Large Public Transit System in North America;” won the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Gold System Safety Award in each of the last two years and won the 2011 Gold Standard Award from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).  

RTA is a multi-modal public transportation agency consisting of heavy rail, light rail, bus, and bus rapid transit.  In 2008, APTA named Mr. Calabrese the “Best Public Transit Manager in North America.”

Joe Calabrese earned his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and his M.B.A. from the University of Buffalo.  He has also completed post graduate fellowships from Northeastern University, the Univesity of Chicago and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Calabrese is past president of the New York State Public Transit Association and the Ohio Public Transit Association and is currently on the Board of Directors of the American Public Transportation Association. 

Under Mr. Calabrese’s leadership, the RTA has implemented many ITS-based systems to improve safety, efficiency, and customer service, and he currently serves on the U.S. DOT ITS Program Advisory Committee.

 

John Capp

Mr. John Capp is Director of Active Safety Electronics within Global Vehicle Engineering at General Motors (GM), and isMr. John Capp responsible for the planning, development, and execution of active safety and driver assistance systems.  He has over 25 years of experience at GM, having worked in various areas of product engineering related to safety.

Mr. Capp is also the Innovation Lead for advanced safety technologies, which involves the strategic planning for developing and applying new safety technologies, as well as managing the portfolio of advanced work in the areas of crash avoidance, driver assistance, and connected vehicle safety.

Mr. Capp holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute (currently Kettering University), and a Master of Science degree in Engineering from Purdue University.  He started with GM as a college co-op student in 1983, working on side impact protection.

Over the years, Mr. Capp has worked on safety and crashworthiness for many GM vehicle programs, including one of GM’s first globally-engineered platforms while on international assignment at GM’s Opel subsidiary in Germany; and has managed restraint system teams within the Interior Engineering organization.

 

Robert P. Denaro

Mr. Robert P. Denaro Bob Denaro is a private industry consultant for business, product, and marketing strategy in the fields of ITS, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), digital mapping, and vehicle positioning systems.

Previously, Mr. Denaro was Vice President of Nokia, where he managed their global thrust in ADAS applications of digital maps.  He was with the Navteq company that Nokia acquired in 2008.

Previous to that, Mr. Denaro was Vice President of Motorola, where he launched their telematics business after managing their GPS business, and before that spent 15 years in various positions in Silicon Valley companies, broadly involved with GPS, telematics, navigation, and fleet management.  He began his professional career as an officer in the United States Air Force, with his last assignment in research and development at the GPS Joint Program Office.

Mr. Denaro holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Astronautics from the U.S. Air Force Academy.  He is currently Chairman of the U.S. DOT ITS Program Advisory Committee, a Management Board Member of the European ADASIS Forum, a member of the Transportation Research Board Intelligent Transportation Systems Committee, and recently served on the National Research Council Mapping Sciences Committee in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University and is a registered professional engineer.

 

Ginger Goodin, P.E.

Ginger Goodin, P.E.Ginger Goodin is a Senior Research Engineer in TTI's Austin Office, where she has spearheaded leading-edge research and supported the practical application of innovative strategies with Central Texas transportation agencies since 1996. She serves as the Director of the Transportation Policy Research Center at TTI, a new program funded by the Texas State Legislature to provide objective, data-driven transportation policy research in the areas of finance, freight, congestion, public engagement and technology. Ms. Goodin has over 25 years of broad experience in all areas of roadway planning, development, maintenance and operations and has led diverse research for TTI on the forefront of emerging topics, including congestion pricing, managed lanes, mileage-based user fees, and automated vehicles.

Ginger served as the regional coordinator for the Mobility Investment Priorities Project (Rider 42), a program established by the Texas Legislature in 2011 to address the most congested corridors in the state. Ms. Goodin served as TTI's lead researcher and facilitator for the Austin region, working with TTI subject matter experts, local elected leadership, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), and local agencies to prioritize $31 million in bond funding for engineering and feasibility studies, and to identify innovative strategies for traffic and demand management on six area corridors that are among the 50 most congested in the state.

Ginger is past chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Managed Lanes.  Ms. Goodin has both led and participated in several research teams that have conducted federally-funded congestion pricing studies in Texas, including those associated with managed lanes in Houston, San Antonio, and Austin, and has provided expertise on managed lanes in Maryland, Virginia, Nevada and Washington State. She recently completed a TxDOT research effort to perform a comprehensive evaluation of the Katy (I-10) Managed Lanes in Houston. Ms. Goodin served on USDOT's National Evaluation Team for the Urban Partnership Agreement (UPA) and Congestion Reduction Demonstration (CRD) programs as the national evaluation expert for tolling.  In this capacity she led the development of evaluation strategies and test plans for the tolling and lane pricing components of UPA/CRD projects in Seattle, Los Angeles, and Atlanta.

Ginger has led research in the emerging area of mileage and VMT-based revenue generating mechanisms since 2006.  She supervised three studies exploring public perceptions, alternative technology solutions and institutional issues associated with mileage-based fees under the sponsorship of the University Transportation Center for Mobility at TTI. Ginger has co-chaired the annual Symposium on Mileage-Based User Fees since 2009, which brings together professionals from the U.S., Canada and Europe to share results of VMT-fee field tests and to engage participants in defining a potential path forward. Ms. Goodin served as principal investigator for a USDOT study on road user fee collection technologies, and she provides technical support and policy research expertise to the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas State Legislature as the state examines vehicle mileage fees as a long-term option to replace the state fuel tax.

She attended Texas A&M University, receiving her bachelor of science in civil engineering and a masters of engineering in civil engineering.  She is a registered professional engineer in Texas. She is a member of the Leadership Texas Class of 2010.

 

Debra Johnson

Debra Johnson Debra A. Johnson is Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Long Beach Transit. She has more than 20 years of progressively responsible management experience in the transportation industry including transit service delivery, policy and strategic communications development and implementation; advocacy and community outreach; and government, media and labor relations. She has invaluable experience in interacting and coordinating with federal, state, regional and local elected representatives; agency officials; civic organizations; and special interest groups which was primarily gained in the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, D.C.

Ms. Johnson began her transportation career working in the private sector for an engineering-based consulting firm.  She later transitioned into public transit and has held varying positions with the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) in Washington, D.C., and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA).  She currently serves as the Deputy Chief Operations Officer for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro).

Ms. Johnson earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the California State University, East Bay (formerly Hayward) and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of California, Davis.  She is an alumna of the 2000 Class of Leadership San Francisco and the 2008 Eno Center for Transit Leadership's Executive Development Program.  Ms. Johnson is the immediate past President of the Northern California chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), an immediate past member of the California Transit Association's Executive Committee, a member of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) and a member of Urban Habitat’s Board of Directors, in addition to Urban Habitat's Board of Directors' Finance Committee.

 

J. Peter Kissinger Mr. J. Peter Kissinger

Mr. J. Peter Kissinger is a consultant in the area of transportation and traffic safety. Prior to his current role, Mr. Kissinger was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a position he held from 2002 until 2016. The AAA Foundation is a not-for-profit affiliate of AAA and the AAA auto clubs that conducts research and develops educational products to enhance traffic safety. Prior to joining the AAA Foundation, Mr. Kissinger served as Senior Vice President at the Civil Engineering Research Foundation, an affiliate of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Previously, Mr. Kissinger spent 12 years with the National Transportation Safety Board, first as a Safety Specialist and later as Managing Director. Early in his career, Mr. Kissinger held various positions with the U.S. Coast Guard. He earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Presently, he serves as a Director on the iRAP Board, Chairman of the Roadway Safety Advisory Committee; and is a member of the FIA Foundation Advisory Committee and AFG Board.

 

 

Scott J. McCormick

Mr. McComick is President of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association.  Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Automotive Multimedia Interface Collaboration, a nonprofit research organization of the world’s largest automakers. Mr. Scott J. McCormick Prior to these positions, he was General Electric’s Factory with a Future Program Manager for both Transportation and Aircraft Engine Business Divisions, implementing over $1 billion in advanced automation and systems.

Mr. McCormick is a former Adviser to the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Industrial Sector Representative to the U.S. Federal Laboratories Technology Transfer Consortium.  He is the founder and Chairman of the International Automotive Standards Organization and the former Strategic Advisor to the United Nation’s International Telecommunications Union Advisory Panel on Communication Standards to Vehicles.  Mr. McCormick is a member of the U.S. International Standards Organization Technical Advisory Group.  He co-founded and Chairs the Global Telematics Forum with trade associations from Europe, Korea, Australia, Taiwan, and China.  He serves as a Member of the Steering Committee to the Joint Commercial–Military Intelligent Transportation Systems Summit and as Industry Representative for CVTA to the U.S. Congressional ITS Caucus’ Industry Advisory Board.  He is a member of the Advisory Board of the University of California, Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC)

Mr. McCormick has degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, a Master of Business Administration degree, and Doctoral Research in Artificial Intelligence.

 

Joe McKinney

Joe McKinney was named Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations in October Joe McKinney2012. Joe served as Executive Director of Land-of-Sky Regional Council in Asheville, North Carolina from January 2003 until October 2012. Under his leadership, Land-of-Sky became recognized nationally for its innovation and program expansion in areas such as planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, aging services, volunteer services, and geographic information systems.

Joe has twenty-one years of experience having served in city, county, regional and national association and government management since 1991. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a candidate for a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

 

 

 

Ron Medford

Ron Medford joined Google in January 2013 as its Safety Director for the Self-Driving Car Program. In this position RonRon Medford leads the program’s safety team that is working with the engineering and other teams to ensure the safety of the self-driving car.

Prior to taking this role at Google, Mr. Medford served as the Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U.S. Department of Transportation from January 2010 until December 2012. Ron began his career at NHTSA in May 2003 as the Senior Associate Administrator for Vehicle Safety. In this position, he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the U.S. auto safety programs. This included vehicle safety research, regulations, enforcement as well as the National Center for Statistics and Analysis.

Before joining NHTSA, Mr. Medford was the Assistant Executive Director for Hazard Identification & Reduction at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). He was responsible for the regulatory and technical work of the Agency, such as overseeing the Directorates for Engineering Sciences, Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Economic Analysis as well as the Agency’s Chemistry and Engineering Laboratories. Mr. Medford spent more than 25 years in a variety of technical management positions at the CPSC.

Just prior to joining NHTSA, Mr. Medford spent 10 months on a government-sponsored sabbatical to work with Dean Kamen, an inventor from Manchester, New Hampshire. Mr. Kamen is president of Deka Research and Development Corporation and is known for his inventions of the IBOT TM wheelchair and the Segway TM Human Transporter (HT). Mr. Medford holds a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Maryland. He currently lives in Santa Clara, California.

 

Danny Pleasant

Danny Pleasant, AICP, currently serves as Transportation Director for the City of Charlotte. He is responsible for the full Danny Pleasantspectrum of planning, designing, building, operating and maintaining city streets for walkers, bicyclists, transit riders and motorists. His department provides staffing for a three-county metropolitan planning organization and a fourteen-county air quality planning region. With his background as a professional planner, Danny is dedicated to building quality communities using thoughtful transportation planning and urban design strategies.

Danny joined the City of Charlotte in 2002, after serving 14 years as Transportation Planning Bureau Chief for the City of Orlando, Florida. Danny serves as treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of City Transportation Officials. He also is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Urban Land Institute, and the Congress for the New Urbanism and is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Mr. Pleasant currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Tina Quigley

Tina Quigley is General Manager of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC).  She oversees one of the few agencies in the country that is responsible for street and highway planning and funding, freeway and arterial traffic management and public transportation.Tina Quigley

Quigley is known for her positive energy, passion and drive to make Southern Nevada a better and more vibrant community.  Her strong leadership, clear vision and collaborative spirit recently led to the passing of bi-partisan legislation that will index Clark County’s fuel tax to inflation for a three year period.  This effort will generate up to $700 million in revenue to build 185 regionally and locally significant transportation projects and will create thousands of jobs.

Under Quigley’s leadership, the RTC has also made significant improvements to enhancing the RTC Transit System.  In the last decade, the RTC launched eight bus rapid transit and express routes.  In addition, the agency built three transit terminals with commuter park and ride lots, a LEED-certified transit hub in downtown Las Vegas, a first-of-its-kind traffic management center, and a bus maintenance facility.  Carrying nearly 60 million passengers a year, and servicing more than 35 transit routes, the National Transit Database named the RTC one of the most efficient transit providers in the nation.

Prior to being promoted to general manager, Quigley served as the deputy general manager of the RTC since 2005.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Business and Planning from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.  She has a private pilot license and is a member of the American Public Transit Association.

Quigley serves as a board member for Nevada Child Seekers.  She is a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council and the Clark County Credit Union Audit Committee.  Quigley also volunteers regularly in her children’s classrooms.  She is a former member of the Nevada Women’s Philanthropy.

 

Dr. Raj Rajkumar

Dr. Raj Rajkumar is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon Dr. Raj Rajkumar University.  He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon.  In addition, he serves as Director, Real-Time and Multimedia Systems Lab; Co-Director, General Motors-Carnegie Mellon Information Technology Collaborative Research Lab; and Co-Director, General Motors-Carnegie Mellon Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab.

Dr. Rajkumar was a Primary Co-Founder of TimeSys Corporation and has served as a research staff member at IBM T.J. Watson Research Labs.  He is interested in embedded systems, real-time systems, wireless sensor networks, resource management, cybersecurity and physical security, cyber-physical systems, networking, and QoS.

Dr. Rajkumar is an Accociation for Computing Machinery Distinguished Engineer, has won five Best Paper Awards, and has served as Vice-Chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Technical Committee on Real-Time Systems.

 

 

Bryan W. Schromsky Mr. Bryan W. Schromsky

Mr. Bryan W. Schromsky, Director of Federal Government & Public Safety for Verizon Wireless, has been with Verizon Wireless for more than 12 years and has held various engineering, marketing, and project management positions.  During his tenure, he has worked closely with Federal, State, and local government agencies in designing and implementing public safety voice and data networks using Cellular Digital Package Data, Code Division Multiple Access and Long Term Evolution wireless data technologies.  Mr. Schromsky is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the FBI Citizens Academy.

Mr. Schromsky has served on various government mobility panels to provide assistance and guidance to their mission and these panels include the FBI Information Technology Study Group, NOBLE, HAPCOA, National Security Agency, and IACP mobility committees.

 

 

Dr. Susan Shaheen

Dr. Shaheen serves as co-Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center and as Director of Innovative Mobility Research at the University of California, Berkley.  Dr. Shaheen’s interest in environmentally- and socially-beneficial technology applications led her to focus her doctoral dissertation on "smart" carsharing, linked to transit in the mid-1990s.  She designed and tested the CarLink I and II pilot programs, using advanced technologies to support commuter carsharing services from 1997 to 2002.  Carsharing has been proven to reduce auto ownership, energy use, and emissions and increase transit ridership, cycling, and walking.  In addition, Dr. Shaheen has maintained an extensive database on carsharing trends in North America for over a decade.Dr. Susan Shaheen

An internationally recognized leader in innovative mobility research, Dr. Shaheen continues to focus on carsharing, as well as several other areas, including: bikesharing and ridesharing; ecodriving for private vehicles and freight; smart parking management for transit and trucks, fuel cell, electric, and plug-in hybrid vehicles and infrastructure; smart growth/development; and older mobility.

Dr. Shaheen was honored as the first Honda Distinguished Scholar in Transportation at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis from 2000 to 2012.  She served as the Policy and Behavioral Research Program Leader at California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways from 2003 to 2007 and as a special assistant to the Director's Office of the California Department of Transportation from 2001 to 2004.

She has a Ph.D. in ecology from UC Davis, focusing on the energy and environmental aspects of transportation, and an M.S. in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester.  After completing her master's degree, she worked as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.  From 2000 to 2001, she was a post-doctoral researcher at UC Berkeley.

Dr. Shaheen has authored 45 journal articles, over 100 reports and proceedings articles, three book chapters, and co-edited one book.  She has also served as a guest editor for Energies and the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation (IJST).  Her research projects on carsharing, smart parking, and older mobility have received national awards.  In May 2010 and May 2007, she received an “Excellence in Management” award from UC Berkeley.  She has served on the ITS World Congress program committee since 2002 and was the chair of the Emerging and Innovative Public Transport and Technologies Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) from 2004 to 2011.  In addition, she is on the editorial board of IJST (2011 to present), a member of the National Academies’ Transit Research Analysis Committee (2011 to present), and chair of ITS America’s Livable Communities Committee (2011 to present).

 

Kirk. T. Steudle, P.E.

Mr. Kirk Steudle was appointed Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) on January 1, 2011.  He also served as State Transportation Director from 2006 to 2010.  Mr. Steudle oversees MDOT’s more than three billion dollar budget, and is responsible for the construction, maintenance, and operation of nearly 10,000 miles of state Mr. Kirk. T. Steudle, P.E. highways and more than 4,000 state highway bridges at a department with 2,500 employees.

Mr. Steudle is the 2011-12 President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and serves on the AASHTO Executive Committee.  In addition, Mr. Steudle chairs the Strategic Highway Research Program II oversight committee.  He is a national expert in Connected Vehicle Technologies, a high-tech highway operations technology that enables vehicles to communicate with roads and each other to improve safety and mobility. Mr. Steudle is on the Board of Directors for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America and the Engineering Society of Detroit, the largest engineering society in the country.

Mr. Steudle has been with MDOT since 1987, when he was hired as an engineer trainee, and has served in various positions across the state throughout his career.  In 2010, he was recognized nationally for his continuous outstanding service and exceptional contribution to highway engineering when he received the prestigious Thomas H. MacDonald award from AASHTO and in 2011, he was awarded the P.D. McLean Award from the Road Gang for excellence in highway transportation.

Mr. Steudle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering from Lawrence Technological University and is a registered professional engineer.

 

George T. Webb, P.E.

Mr. George Webb brings 35 years as a transportation engineer to his role as County Engineer for Palm Beach County, Florida.  Other past positions include Assistant and Deputy County Engineer, Palm Beach County, Florida; Assistant Traffic Engineer, West Palm Beach, Florida; Traffic Engineer, Greenville, South Carolina; and traffic division Assistant Mr. George T. Webb, P.E. Director, Palm Beach County, Florida.

Palm Beach County has almost 1000 traffic signals, along with over 600 miles of fiber optic cable, connecting to a central traffic management center.

Mr. Webb has been active in transportation engineering and other professional societies throughout his career.  His record of service includes the following State and National positions:

  • National president, vice president, and secretary/treasurer of the National Association of County Engineers;
  • Florida representative to the National Association of County Engineers (NACE);
  • State president of the Florida Association of County Engineers and Road Superintendents; and
  • NACE representative to the board of directors of the National Association of Counties.

In 2005, Mr. Webb was selected to serve as a designated local representative to the Federal Highway Administration’s VII/Connected Vehicle program.  In that capacity, Mr. Webb has traveled to California, Michigan, and Washington, DC to work with other local, State, and Federal officials and industry representatives on this groundbreaking project.

Mr. Webb is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Florida Engineering Society, and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.  He holds Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Master of Transportation Engineering degrees from the University of Florida.

 

Sheryl Wilkerson

Sheryl Wilkerson is Vice President, Government Affairs, Michelin North America.  Previously, Ms. Wilkerson was President of Willow, LLC, a consulting firm offering government and regulatory affairs, strategic planning, business development, public relations and research services to corporate and technology companies on issues involving telecommunications, wireless, spectrum, public safety, next generation vehicle telematics, intelligent transportation systems, mobile health, and technologies that improve quality of life for all people.  Ms. Wilkerson has more than 20 years of legal, telecommunications, business management and government experience. Sheryl Wilkerson

Ms. Wilkerson has also served as senior vice president of regulatory and Government Affairs for the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association based in Bethesda, MD.  She was formerly Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Corporate Services for Ygomi LLC, an international holding and operating company for technology and telematics services, headquartered in Oak Brook, IL.  Prior to joining Ygomi, she served as Legal Advisor to former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Michael K. Powell where she advised the Chairman on technology, wireless, public safety, consumer, enforcement, and international issues.  She came to the FCC from ArrayComm, Inc., an adaptive smart antenna technology company based in San Jose, CA where she was Vice President of Legislative Affairs.  Prior to joining ArrayComm, Inc. she served as Director of the FCC’s Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs under former Chairman William E. Kennard and as Special Counsel to the FCC’s General Counsel.

Ms. Wilkerson served as Staff Counsel to the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications where she worked on major telecommunications reform legislation for Senators Ernest F. Hollings and Daniel K. Inouye.  She also served as Legislative Assistant to the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Consumer Protection and Finance under Chairman Timothy E. Wirth.  Wilkerson also worked as an Attorney Producer for the Federal Judicial Center, the education and research agency for the U.S. Federal courts.  She has received numerous awards and been recognized for her government and public service.  Ms. Wilkerson has also been affiliated with several law and government relations firms in Washington, DC where she worked on intellectual property, motion picture, next-generation emergency services, trade, and media issues.

Ms. Wilkerson received her Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and a BA degree with honors in Telecommunications and Afro-American Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.  She is a member of the Pennsylvania and United States Supreme Court Bars.  Ms. Wilkerson has also served on various public and private boards and associations, including among others, the Executive Committee of the Federal Communications Bar Association; Chair of the ITS Subcommittee, Wireless Communications Association International; Board Member of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America; Board Member, Doorways (Formerly, The Arlington Community Temporary Shelter); and Advisory Board Member to GreatCall a wireless company in San Diego, CA.  She chaired the ITS America, Technical Experts Group (TEG) on the USDOT Technology Scan and Assessment.  She also served as a senior member of the 2000 Democratic Vice Presidential Campaign Debate Team.  She has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia.

 

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