Breakout Presenters


Sergio George Abcede - Oahu District Engineer - Hawaii Department of Transportation

Sergio graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1984.  He loves to fish, shoot and watch University of Hawaii/San Francisco 49er football!  He has worked in Hawaii his entire career - after working for private construction companies from 1984 to 1991, Sergio joined the State DOT, Harbors Division in the Construction Management Section and then later in the Maintenance Design Section. Abcede achieved his professional engineering license in 1994.  He moved to the DOT’s Highways Division, Oahu District in 1999, and became the Oahu District Maintenance Engineer in 2001. Since 2017 he has worked as the Oahu District Engineer.


Robert Armstrong, PE, CFM - Vice President - Huitt-Zollars

With more than 30 years of experience in water resources, Rob has served as Project Manager on a wide range of highway, rail, and aviation projects in all but one of the 18 WASHTO member states. His expertise spans across water resources and includes open channel hydraulics, channel restoration, geomorphology, hydrologic analyses, storm water analysis, master planning and design, asset management, bridge hydraulic and scour studies, and FEMA floodplain management, modeling and permitting. He is a Vice President with Huitt-Zollars where he is responsible for leading the water resources group in Dallas and coordinating these efforts company-wide. Rob enjoys taking frequent trips to Disney World with his family, convincing them it sparks his creativity in engineering design.


Roger Beall - Deputy Director, Transportation Planning and Programming Division -Texas Department of Transportation

Roger Beall has been in the transportation industry for almost 30 years. He is currently the Deputy Director of the Transportation Planning and Programming Division with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, he began his career with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute working on Intelligent Transportation System development and research for the Dallas area. He then began his first tour with TxDOT as a Metropolitan Planning Organization field representative. In 1998, he joined the private sector and gained experience in project development and delivery including environmental documents, schematic design, detailed design, and alternative delivery of highway projects. Roger returned to the TxDOT family in 2010, working on the I-69 Corridor Program and project procurement, and then moved back to transportation planning with the task of setting up and leading corridor planning for the state. During this, he has led many corridor studies, relief route studies, and environmental/schematic development. In November 2018, Roger was promoted to the Deputy Director position and continues to progress transportation planning in Texas.


Jay Cahill - Director of New Market Development - Beam, Longest and Neff

As the Director of New Market Development for Beam, Longest and Neff, Jay Cahill is responsible for identification and pursuit of new business opportunities across numerous global sectors and markets.  As a Program Manager, Mr. Cahill also assists communities with identifying and implementing cost-effective solutions to meet complex project challenges throughout various markets. He works with clients, both public and private sector, to manage tasks, schedules, and deliverables on their projects to ensure that their projects are successfully delivered on time and within budget. 

Mr. Cahill has served as a Program/Project Manager throughout the land acquisition and demolition phases of several large-scale infrastructure projects, including the Gordie Howe International Bridge in Detroit, Michigan; realignment of 75 miles of I-69 in Indiana; and the West Lake Corridor/Double Track commuter train extension on behalf of the Northwest Indiana Commuter Transportation District.  His duties on these projects included development and implementation of technical specifications for demolition services, advance coordination to facilitate acceleration of utility disconnection, and finalization of contractor and community engagement strategies. 

Additionally, Mr. Cahill acted as the liaison between the property acquisition and demolition teams, streamlining activities across multiple practices to increase efficiency while maintaining project schedules and budgets.


Jerry Daleiden - Principal Engineer - ARRB Group, INC.

Jerry has been involved in the design and research of pavements and their performance for over 35 years. He has been responsible for the evaluation and design of numerous pavement projects around the world. These analyses range from projections of remaining life to design of rehabilitation alternatives.

Mr. Daleiden has also been actively involved in the research of maintenance effectiveness, including design, construction and performance monitoring. Mr. Daleiden has conducted several projects evaluating the performance of maintenance treatments and factors that influence their effectiveness. Jerry has also been project manager on several federally sponsored project using various innovative technologies for pavement evaluation. One project demonstrated the use of imaging technology for pavement inspection. Another project involved developing software for expediting pavement evaluations. Early in his career, Jerry was employed by the Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transportation, in the Highway Design Division. He was responsible for assisting engineers in the district offices with questions pertaining to pavements, their design and rehabilitation. He assisted the districts in evaluating existing pavements to assist them in selecting appropriate rehabilitation techniques.

Most importantly, he has been happily married for 37 years and the proud parent of 6, with 8 grandchildren.


Greg Davis, PE - Senior Project Manager and National Roads and Highways Practice Leader - David Evans and Associates

Greg Davis, PE is Senior Project at Manager David Evans and Associates. He has 23 years of experience in the Civil Engineering industry and graduated from the University of Utah’s Civil Engineering Department in 1996. Greg enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his wife and 2 children. Greg’s career has been focused on delivering transportation related projects in Utah and throughout the western United States. Greg has held key roles on projects using various procurement methods including traditional design-bid-build, design-build and CMGC. Greg has managed a wide range of projects which include planning and environmental, preconstruction and construction oversight, and program management. His primary client has been the Utah Department of Transportation where he has excelled in delivering projects of all sizes through various delivery methods including UDOT’s largest Design-Bid-Build project to date. Greg also serves as the Roads and Highways National Practice Leader at David Evans and Associates and is responsible for business development and technical excellence across the firm.


Ken Fleetwood - MA, SRA - Vice President / Right-of-Way Services Department Head - Beam, Longest and Neff

With 28 years of experience, Ken Fleetwood is an accomplished Project Manager and Consultant. Mr. Fleetwood manages Beam, Longest and Neff’s ROW Services Department, supervising a full-time staff of appraisers, buyers, and relocation agents. He has successfully managed land acquisition services on an extensive array of projects ranging from simple roadway improvements to the land acquisition of over 75 miles of the new Interstate 69.  In addition to providing ROW services for all BLN transportation, bridge, environmental engineering, and site development projects, he and his staff complete ROW acquisitions directly for clients including INDOT, counties, municipalities and other engineering firms. This experience consists of both federally and locally-funded projects.

Furthermore, Mr. Fleetwood has experience testifying in jury trials and routinely works as a court appointed appraiser in Hancock, Hamilton, and Marion Counties in Indiana. He has also worked as a court appointed appraiser in the Federal US District Court, Southern District of Indiana.  Mr. Fleetwood earned a BA in Business Administration from Cedarville University and a MA in Strategic Communication & Leadership from Seton Hall University, and is currently a licensed Real Estate Broker, Appraiser and Instructor in several states.


Pat Gallagher - Project Manager - Nevada Statewide Traffic Incident Management Coalition

Pat is a traffic incident management (TIM) specialist with more than 26 years of direct operational experience as a first responder, personnel manager and trainer. Pat has a background as a law enforcement officer and in accident reconstruction, giving him a unique perspective and thorough understanding of not only TIM philosophy, but also how it is implemented in the field.


Todd Gonser - Colorado / Utah Manager - Cutler Repaving, Inc.

As a former Materials and Pavement Design Engineer for the Colorado DOT, Todd Gonser will offer a unique perspective on this topic.  He has enjoyed working on both sides of this situation.  At the DOT, he was charged with finding, developing and implementing cost-effective surface treatment strategies for highways in Colorado that would ultimately give taxpayers efficient, long-lasting, quality pavements for transportation.  Now as a contractor, he lends his expertise to helping local agencies and DOTs throughout the Western US find, develop and implement the Heater Repaving tool as an effective option for those very same Materials and Pavement Design Engineers on their roadway inventories. 

Todd is a Registered Professional Engineer in Colorado.

He attended Northern Arizona University on a basketball scholarship in “the peach-basket era”, did his undergraduate engineering work at Colorado State University when “Washington’s Bar” still existed and finished with his Civil Engineering degree at Metro State College in Denver, while they were in the midst of building Coors Field.

He is married to his lovely wife, has two great sons and lives in Windsor, Colorado.  Todd also enjoys fishing, camping and coaching high school track & field.


Ryan Jones - Director of Michigan Operations - Beam, Longest and Neff

Ryan Jones serves as the Director of Michigan Operations for Beam, Longest and Neff and oversees a team of engineering, project management and administrative personnel.  He studied Civil Engineering and Construction Management at Michigan State University and has more than 20 years of construction engineering and project management experience, including Michigan Department of Transportation, Local Government Agency and private-sector projects.  Mr. Jones has been involved in many significant transportation and infrastructure projects throughout his career, including construction of Michigan’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) on I-75 at University Drive in Metro Detroit.  Other notable projects include reconstruction/reconfiguration of the I-96/US-23 Interchange, the US-23 Flex Route Project, interchange reconstruction and pile-supported pavement rehabilitation at the I-94/M-39 interchange in Wayne County. 

Mr. Jones is currently serving as a Project Manager for the Gordie Howe International Bridge Demolition Program.  In this role he has managed multiple demolition contracts valued at more than $60M in addition to providing programmatic oversight and advisory support on behalf of the Michigan Department of Transportation. 


Dale Keller - Assistant Chief of Project Management - Nevada Department of Transportation

Dale Keller is the Assistant Chief of Project Management for the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT). He is currently managing NDOT’s two largest projects on the state’s busiest stretches of highway. In southern Nevada, Dale is NDOT’s Project Manager for Project Neon, a $1 billion investment in the heart of Las Vegas and the state’s largest ever transportation public works project. In northern Nevada, he is managing efforts to improve the Reno Spaghetti Bowl system-to-system interchange. He is a UNR graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering and is a registered Civil Engineer in Nevada. Dale’s avocation is officiating college football.  In the fall, he can be found on the football field refereeing games for the PAC-12 Conference.


Michael King - Transportation Planner, Division of Transportation Development - Colorado Department of Transportation

Michael King is a Transportation Planner within the Multimodal Planning Branch at the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) who specializes in issues of emerging technology, alternative fuels, and vehicle electrification. He is responsible for managing projects and work groups aimed at aligning CDOT’s planning activities with its alternative fuels and RoadX goals to ensure that their benefits are shared statewide. During his five years with CDOT, Michael has worked on a variety of projects ranging from the development of the 2040 Statewide Transportation Plan, management of Colorado’s allocation of the Volkswagen Settlement, and representing CDOT in the Mobility Choice Blueprint study for the Denver Metro area. Prior to joining CDOT, he studied International Development with a focus on Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies and spent three years working for nonprofit and government agencies in Latin America.


Blaine Leonard, P.E., F.ASCE - Technology & Innovation Engineer - Utah Department of Transportation

Blaine Leonard is employed by UDOT, where he is the Technology & Innovation Engineer. In this role, he is responsible for traffic management technologies, and leads the planning and deployment of connected and automated vehicles. He has chaired AASHTO Connected and Automated Vehicles Working Group, is currently co-chair of the AASHTO Technology Subcommittee, and leads the SPaT Challenge Tactical Working Group. Prior to joining UDOT in 2001, Blaine spent 20 years in the consulting engineering business.

Mr. Leonard served as the President of ASCE in 2010. He has received the AASHTO Alfred E Johnson Achievement Award, the ASCE William Wisely American Civil Engineer Award, has been named the Utah Engineer of the Year. He is a licensed engineer in six western states and is the Vice Chair of the Utah Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors Licensing Board.


Xiaoyue Cathy Liu, Ph.D., P.E. - Assistant Professor, civil and environmental engineering - university of utah

Dr. Cathy Liu is an assistant professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Utah. Her research expertise includes big data applications in transportation, traffic operations, and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). She serves as a member on the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Highway Capacity Quality of Service (HCQS) Committee, Managed Lane Committee and the Transit Capacity and Quality of Service Committee.

Dr. Liu holds a Ph.D. in transportation engineering from the University of Washington, and a professional engineer (P.E.) license in the State of Utah. She has conducted sponsored research for NCHRP, SHRP 2, FHWA, FTA, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and Utah Transit Authority (UTA).


Tony Loomer - Training & Development Manager - Idaho Transportation Department

Tony has been a part of the Idaho Transportation Department’s Training & Development team for nearly 14 years and has managed that group since 2011. After earning a Master’s degree in education, Tony entered the world of corporate training and has over 25 years of leadership and training experience. At ITD, Tony and his team have been instrumental in creating training programs that maximize technical skills, as well as communication and leadership skills of ITD employees. In his spare time, Tony enjoys skiing, camping, backpacking, photography, woodworking and many other pursuits. He and his wife, Holly, live in Meridian, Idaho.


David Nichols - Performance Development Specialist - Idaho transportation department

David Nichols is a Professional Development Specialist for the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), focusing on leadership development, communication skills, hiring and talent management, and culture change.  He has been teaching or training for over 25 years, utilizing personal storytelling to enhance connection and learning. David is one of the designers and trainers of the WASHTO and ITD Emerging Leaders programs and an adjunct faculty for Boise State University.  He has a B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in counseling from Idaho State University.  David lives in Boise with his partner Ashley, son Killian, and their dogs, cat, and chickens.



For the past 17 years, Shannon McCarthy has communicated transportation issues for the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities. She earned her degree in political science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and started her career working for one of Alaska’s Senate offices in Washington, D.C., before working in Alaska’s capitol for the Alaska House of Representatives. Shannon subsequently found her love of communications through her work in politics. As the Administrative Operations Manager in Central Region, Shannon serves as the media liaison in Alaska’s most populous region and a lead public information officer during crisis events.

Shannon is an advocate for Alaska DOT&PF’s early adoption of technology and is the region’s social media lead. She serves as the project manager for the Alaska Navigator program, a statewide public outreach program to communicate construction impacts to the public. Shannon’s unique background in politics and communications allow her to anticipate the public policy implications of transportation infrastructure construction, maintenance, and development.


Mark Pittman - Chief Executive Officer - Blyncsy

Mark is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Blyncsy. Prior to starting Blyncsy, Mark worked in areas as diverse as political campaigns, start-ups, and even a Fortune 500 Company. Mark was Director of the Lassonde New Venture Development Program at the Pierre Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah. While at the University of Utah, Mark earned a JD, an MBA and an MS in International Affairs and Global Enterprise. Mark also completed bachelor degrees in Political Science, International Studies, and Economics. As the founder of Blyncsy, Mark is passionate about improving the world through technology and innovation. 


Jay Proskovec - Senior Communications Specialist - Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.

 Jay began his Kiewit career in 2008 building complex projects in the field. He later found his passion for communicating the impacts and benefits of large projects to stakeholders and communities.

His Public Information work began in New Orleans working with the United States Army Corps of Engineers on the Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps project, the final phase of the regions post Katrina upgrades. Most recently Jay has been in Las Vegas on Project Neon, the Nevada Department of Transportation’s nearly $1 Billion investment to improve the busiest interchange in the state. His unique experience with insight into both the construction and communication world position him as a leader in the construction public information field.

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David Sacharny - Director of Systems Engineering and Development - Blyncsy

David directs research and development for Blyncsy, a transportation focused data-science company based in Salt Lake City, UT. Before joining Blyncsy, David spent seven years in the defense industry in roles ranging from designing antenna-pointing algorithms for helicopters to designing built-in-test procedures for communication systems for unmanned aerial vehicles. David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and he is currently a PhD student studying Robotics at the University of Utah. His recent publications involve the use of probabilistic logic for geospatial data analysis, and his current research involves traffic management for package-delivery drones.


Roger Schiller - Planner - CDM Smith

Roger Schiller joined CDM Smith’s Austin, Texas office in 2017. Roger has 12 years of experience in transportation planning and operations in both the public and private sectors. His experience includes statewide and regional transportation planning; public involvement and stakeholder outreach; multimodal freight systems planning; economic impact and cost-benefit analysis; and Intelligent Transportation Systems development and testing. Roger holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Affairs and a Master of Science in Planning, both from Florida State University.


Tracy Scriba - Team Leader, Planning & Organizing for Operations - FHWA

Tracy Scriba is the Team Leader for the Planning and Organizing for Operations Team in the Office of Operations at the Federal Highway Administration. She leads efforts to advance and mainstream effective transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) through organizational capabilities and culture, professional capacity building, planning and programming, and performance-based system and demand management. She also serves as the SHRP2 Program Manager leading implementation of all the Reliability products developed under the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2). Prior to that she served as Work Zone Program Manager at FHWA, and worked for over 10 years as a consultant on transportation and environmental issues. She holds a systems engineering degree from the University of Virginia.


Robin Shishido - District Engineer, Highways Division - Hawaii Department of Transportation

Robin Shishido has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering from Arizona State University. He has over 20 years of experience in the planning, design and construction of roadway and bridge projects. Spent 16 years in the private sector and the last 5 years with the State of Hawaii. Currently working for the Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division as the Maui District Engineer and in charge of the State roadways on Maui, Molokai and Lanai


Brett Slater - Region One Project Manager - Utah department of transportation

Brett Slater is a Senior Project Manager with UDOT.  He graduated from Utah State University in Civil Engineering and has 18 years of experience with the Department.  As a Project Manager, Brett has directed over 100 projects of varying sizes and complexity.  He is currently managing the largest Design-Bid-Build project UDOT has advertised at a programed amount of $178 million.   Brett enjoys spending time with his wife and their 5 children.


Donald Smith, P.E. - Hawaii District Engineer - Hawaii Department of Transportation

Donald graduated from the University of Kentucky 1993.  His two favorite sports teams are the Kentucky Wildcats and whomever is playing Duke.  He became a Registered Professional Engineer in 1999.  Although he retired from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in May 2014, his retirement didn’t last long as he joined the Hawaii Department of Transportation in June of the same year. Smith is currently the Hawaii "Big Island" District Engineer.  


Teresa Tapia - Senior Customer Success Manager - StreetLight Data

Teresa Tapia brings more than 10 years of experiencing managing strategic planning and operations for large transportation organizations, including San Francisco Muni (SFMTA) and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). As a transportation planner, she has spearheaded a broad range of projects from developing operating plans for bus and rail systems to implementing projects to improve transit reliability. Her accomplishments include leading data analysis for system performance and ridership studies, evaluating data analysis tools and applications for BART’s first train scheduling software, and streamlining multimodal planning and operating procedures for ten groups within the Operations Department. Teresa holds both an MS in Transportation Engineering and an MCP from UC Berkeley as well as a BS in Environmental Engineering from Yale University.


Mark Taylor, P.E., PTOE - Traffic Signal Operations Engineer - Utah department of transportation

Mark Taylor is employed by UDOT, where he is the Traffic Signal Operations Engineer and manages UDOT's 1254 traffic signals. He is a 20-year veteran of UDOT and was UDOT Engineer of the Year in 2007 and was a nominee in 2014 for the Utah Engineer of the Year. Taylor is a licensed professional engineer in Utah and is a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer.


Zac Ward - Sales Engineer - AM signal

Zac Ward is a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Arkansas. He has been with AM Signal for over 5 years and specializes in ITS integration and design.


Chris Weber, P.E. - Alpine Area Engineer – Texas Department of Transportation

Chris Weber is the Alpine Area Engineer in the El Paso District, for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).  He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Michigan State University in 1996.  Chris has worked for TxDOT for 22 years and has an area of responsibility covering almost 21,000 square miles in West Texas.  To put that to scale, his area is about the size of West Virginia, or roughly 10% of the State of Texas.  He is responsible for the Design, Construction, and Maintenance of over 2,000 miles of Texas Highways.  Chris is married to his wife Joanie, and enjoys helping to raise his six year old son Jacob, and four year old daughter Jordan.


Allison Wood - EIT, CFM - Huitt-Zollars

Allison has more than 3 years of experience working on water resources projects across the public works and transportation sectors involving hydrologic analyses, open channel hydraulics, streambank protection, detention design, bridge hydraulic and scour studies, low impact development stormwater studies, and FEMA modeling and permitting. She is an Associate at Huitt-Zollars in the Dallas office, where she is currently involved with transportation projects, specifically involving flood risk, resiliency, and water quality. Allison graduated from Southern Methodist University where she received a degree in dance, alongside earning degrees in environmental engineering and math.