2021 TRC Conference Presentations

2021 TRC Conference Presentations

Monday, May 24, 2021

General Session

Welcome and Update from ARDOT and FHWABrad McCaleb
Division Head, System Information and Research, ARDOT/
Vivien Hoang

Innovative Transportation Technology

Applications of Geospatial Data ScienceJackson Cothren
Professor of Geography and Director, Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, University of Arkansas
Photogrammetry at ARDOTKramer Rhodes
Section Head – Photogrammetry, ARDOT
TRC1803: The Successful Application of Geophysical Methods for Transportation ProjectsClint Wood
Associate Professor, University of Arkansas
Tomorrow of Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) at ARDOTMert Su
Geophysicist, ARDOT
DOTs of the Future- New Approaches to Access For All, Cleaner Air, and Lower RiskMarie Venner
Venner Consulting
UAS- Bridging the GapsJohn Zuleger
Rope Access Program Manager /
Alicia McConnell
UAS Program Manager, Michael Baker International

Hazard Mitigation/Risk Management

Emergency Management at ARDOTMichael Kelly
Staff Maintenance Engineer, ARDOT /
Aaron Adams
Emergency Management Coordinator, ARDOT
Better Together- Value of Interagency Partnership for Transportation-Related Floodplain ManagementJerry Snead
Engineering Supervisor, Highway Floodplain Program, NC Department of Transportation
Sinkhole-Underground Cavity Assessment Using Cone Penetration Test (CPT)Boo Hyun Nam
Associate Professor, University of Central Florida
TRC1901- Spatial Analysis of Benefits Site-Specific Ground Motion Response AnalysisAshraf Elsayed
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering /
Shahram Pezeshk
Chair and Professor, The University of Memphis

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

General Session

FHWA Knowledge Management; ARDOT ResearchCarin Michel
Director, Knowledge Management, FHWA /
Gabriela Holdcroft
Chris Dailey
Staff Engineer, Research Section, ARDOT


TRC1801- Evaluation of WIM Auto-Calibration Practices and ParametersSarah Hernandez
Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas
TRC1802- Performance-Based Asphalt Mixture Design (PBD) for ArkansasKevin Hall
University Professor and Associate Dean for Research, University Of Arkansas
Research in Progress Update- TRC2105 and TRC2001Kim Romano
Advanced Research Study Engineer, ARDOT
TRC1902- Capillary Pressure Sensor Testing to Identify Curing Regimen in Freshly Placed Bridge DecksCameron Murray
Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas
GIS-based ARAN Data Processing-MappingRobert Kacir
Advanced Geospatial Specialist, ARDOT
New Roadway InventoryRobert Kacir
Advanced Geospatial Specialist, ARDOT /
Michael White
System Information Data Specialist, ARDOT

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Energizing Today’s Workforce

Creating a Positive Culture in an Intergenerational WorkplaceScott Dutile
VP of Sales and Certified Trainer, Dale Carnegie Training of the Mid-South
Leadership Development ProgramCrystal Woods
Division Head of Human Resources, ARDOT
Maintenance Training AcademyEddie Tanner
Section Head – Workforce Development, Health and Safety, ARDOT
Coaching employees through Performance EvaluationsLisa Carver
President, Moxie Consulting, Inc.
Baldrige Criteria (Governor’s Quality Award) Bill Craddock
President, Craddock & Associates, Inc.
HR and Artificial Intelligence- The Future is NowJoel Philo
Principal Behavioral Scientist, Infor

Recycled Materials

Foamed Glass Aggregate Lightweight Fill as Ground Improvement- Case Studies in TransportationTheresa Andrejack Loux
Technical Director, Aero Aggregates of North America LLC
Incorporating Recycled Materials into Corrugated HDPE PipesMichael Pluimer
Assistant Professor; Director of Advanced Materials Center, University of Minnesota – Duluth
Reusing-Recycling Textiles into Geotextiles for Transportation ApplicationsAbigail Clarke-Sather
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Duluth
NEO PaveSean Weaver
Founder / President, Technisoil Industrial Inc.
Recycled Plastic LumberRandall Firmin
Regional Business Manager Mid-Continent, Tangent Materials

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Construction Innovation

FHWA Perspective on Quality Assurance for Emerging TechnologyJeff Withee
Quality Assurance Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration
TRC1903- Investigating Concrete Deck Cracking in Continuous Steel BridgesErnie Heymsfield
Associate Professor, University of Arkansas
Evaluation of Cemented and Uncemented Stone Columns Using the Discrete Element MethodMichelle Barry
Associate Professor , University of Arkansas
Evaluation of E-Construction inspection Technology (20-03060)Tyson Rupnow
Associate Director, Research, Louisiana Transportation Research Center /
Mary Leah Coco
Associate Director of Technology Transfer, Training, and Education, LA DOTD-Louisiana Transportation Research Center
UV CIPP, The Future of Pipe CulvertsQuinton Humbard
Project Manager, Estimator, Humbard Contracting Inc.
Low Cost FRP Composite Bridge DeckScott Lewit /
Peter Hedger


Safe Systems ApproachJoe Heflin
Safety and Operations Engineer, Federal Highway Administration – Arkansas Division
Regional Long Range Transportation PlanningCasey Covington
Deputy Director, Metroplan
Public Transportation in ArkansasGreg Nation
Public Transportation Administrator, ARDOT
TRC2003 – Data-Driven Methods to Assess Transportation Resilience in ArkansasSarah Hernandez
Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas
TRC1904 – Developing an Evidence-Based Framework for Bypass and Widening ProjectsSarah Hernandez
Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas
Work Zone Battleship- Lookup Grid for Lane ClosuresDaniel Byram
Senior Transportation Planning Engineer, ARDOT