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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-08-054
Date: Spring 2008

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TFHRC Organizational Directory Spring 2008

Office of Operations Research and Development (R&D)

Fax: 202–493–3419

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Office of Operations R&D, HRDO-01

Joe Peters

HRDO-01, Director

202-493-3269

joe.peters@fhwa.dot.gov

Primary Responsibilities

  • Leadership of the Office of Operations R&D
  • Transportation management and operations improvement through research, development, and testing
  • Identification of future opportunities

Major Projects

  • Development of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Operations and Management R&D Program
  • Advocacy for a nationally coordinated Operations R&D Program
  • R&D program/project tracking

Backup Person

Robert Ferlis


Janet Klein

Administrative Assistant

202-493-3303

janet.klein@fhwa.dot.gov

Primary Responsibilities

  • Administrative support

Major Projects

  • Office management

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Technical Director, HRDO-02

Robert Ferlis

Technical Director

202-493-3268

robert.ferlis@fhwa.dot.gov

Primary Responsibilities

  • Coordination of project team activities with FHWA's Strategic Plan and Performance Plan goals and objectives
  • Technical advice for project teams
  • Customer/partner feedback
  • RD&T product deployment
  • Advanced Research Program

Major Projects

  • Unit planning
  • ITS support
  • Advanced mobility systems
  • Liaison to headquarters and field offices
  • Vehicle-Highway Automation
  • Vehicle-Infrastructure Integration (VII)

Backup Person

Raj Ghaman

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Travel Management Team, HRDO-03

Raj Ghaman

Team Leader

202-493-3270

raj.ghaman@fhwa.dot.gov

Primary Responsibilities

  • Program management and development
  • Contract management
  • Technical direction
  • Team management and leadership
  • University Transportation Center (UTC)
  • Strategic Highway Research Program and Liaison
  • National Cooperative Highway Research Program Liaison

Major Projects

  • Adaptive control hardware and software development including national standards
  • Dynamic control software
  • Adaptive Control Software (ACS) "Lite"
  • Traffic management center (TMC) pooled fund
  • Vehicle Infrastructure Integration
  • Advanced traffic control
  • Operations research

Backup Person

Deborah Curtis


Vacant

Highway Research Engineer

202-493-3273

henry.lieu@fhwa.dot.gov

Primary Responsibilities

  • Development of Dynamic Traffic Assignments (DTA) Systems
  • Capacity and level of service
  • Infrastructure security
  • Weather

Major Projects

  • Dynamic Traffic Assignments and traffic flow theory
  • Technical support and program management
  • Software testing
  • Adverse weather traffic operations

Backup Persons

Raj Ghaman

Deborah Curtis


Deborah Curtis

Highway Research Engineer

202-493-3267

deborah.curtis@fhwa.dot.gov

Primary Responsibilities

  • Adaptive Control Software (ACS), ramp metering, ACS evaluation, and operation of work zones
  • Exploratory Advanced Research program
  • Freight analysis and modeling
  • Performance Measures

Major Projects

  • Vehicle-Infrasturcture Integration Day 1 Applications
  • Modeling and Simulation Workshop
  • Adaptive Control Software LITE Phase II
  • QuickZone and Work Zone Final rule

Backup Person

Raj Ghaman


David Yang

Highway Research Engineer

202-493-3284

david.yang@fhwa.dot.gov

Primary Responsibilities

  • Freeway operations
  • Traffic analysis and simulation tools
  • Next Generation Simulation Modeling (NGSIM)
  • Traffic modeling of evacuations
  • ITS Deployment Analysis System (IDAS)

Major Projects

  • Next Generation Simulation (NGSIM) program
  • Traffic Analysis Toolbox
  • CORridor SIMulation (CORSIM) Application Guidelines
  • Ramp Management and Control Handbook
  • Coordinated Freeway and Arterial Operations Handbook
  • Empirical Studies of Traffic Flow in Inclement Weather

Backup Person

Raj Ghaman


Dale Thompson

Transportation Specialist

202-493-3420

dale.thompson@fhwa.dot.gov

Primary Responsibilities

  • Operations partnerships
  • Access management
  • Performance measures and data quality

Major Projects

  • Traffic Management Center (TMC) pooled fund
  • Integrated corridor management systems

Backup Person

Raj Ghaman


Randall VanGorder

Highway Research Engineer

202-493-3266

randall.vangorder@fhwa.dot.gov

Primary Responsibilities

  • Traffic Research Laboratory (TReL) development and management
  • Incident management
  • Intelligent Vehicle Initiative (IVI) specialty vehicles
  • Technology facilitation

Major Projects

  • Manage Traffic Research Laboratory (TReL)
  • Development of TReL integrated environment
  • TReL Strategic Plan development
  • Specialty vehicle field operational test with Minnesota DOT

Backup Person

Raj Ghaman

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Enabling Technologies Team, HRDO-04

Gene McHale

Team Leader

202-493-3275

gene.mchale@fhwa.dot.gov

Primary Responsibilities

  • Technical direction
  • Team management and leadership
  • Infrastructure-related aspects to cooperative vehicle-infrastructure collision avoidance systems

Major Projects

  • Cooperative Intersection Collision Avoidance Systems (CICAS)
  • Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII)

Backup Person

Peter Huang


James Arnold

Electronic Engineer

202-493-3265

james.a.arnold@fhwa.dot.gov

Primary Responsibilities

  • Global positioning system (GPS)
  • Dedicated short-range communication (DSRC)
  • Spectrum Management

Major Projects

  • Nationwide Differential GPS (NDGPS) and High-Accuracy NDGPS
  • Technical support to ITS communications systems

Backup Person

Rudy Persaud


David Gibson

Highway Research Engineer

202-493-3271

david.gibson@fhwa.dot.gov

Primary Responsibilities

  • Advanced and innovative research
  • University research liaison
  • Traffic sensors and detection
  • Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Liaison

Major Projects

  • Sensors and controllers for Cooperative Intersection Collision Avoidance Systems (CICAS)
  • University Research Centers of Excellence
  • Stereo-Pedestrian Sensor Project

Backup Person

Gene McHale


Peter Huang

Highway Research Engineer

202-493-3484

peter.huang@fhwa.dot.gov

Primary Responsibilities

  • Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII) enabling research
  • Intersection collision avoidance

Major Projects

  • Technologies for Cooperative Intersection Collision Avoidance Systems (CICAS) testing and evaluation
  • ITS applications for work zones

Backup Person

David Gibson


Rudy Persaud

Highway Research Specialist

202-493-3391

rudy.persaud@fhwa.dot.gov

Primary Responsibilities

  • Road weather management
  • Rural ITS
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)

Major Projects

  • Winter maintenance decision support systems
  • Environmental sensor stations investments
  • Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS) deployment

Backup Person

James Arnold

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