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Thursday, June 15

Pavements Opening Plenary - Carl Monismith Lecture and Sustainability & Resiliency Panel | 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Portrait of Imad Al-QadiCarl Monismith 2023 Recipient
Imad Al-Qadi, Ph.D.,P.E., Dist.M.ASCE
University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign

Professor Imad Al-Qadi is the Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering, the founding Director of the Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT) at UIUC. A registered professional engineer, Al-Qadi has authored/coauthored more than 800 publications, co-edited 25 conference proceedings, and has delivered more than 750 presentations, including numerous keynote and distinguished lectures. He has led more than 150 research projects to completion and manages annually 50-60 projects as ICT director. He led several national technical committees and task forces and served as the President of the ASCE T&DI Board of Governors. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Pavement Engineering and in 2010, he was elected as an ASCE Distinguished Member.

State DOT Plenary | 1:00–02:30 p.m.

Portrait of Marc WilliamsModerator:
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.

Portrait of Carlos BracerasCarlos Braceras, P.E.
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. 

Portrait of Roger MillarRoger 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.

Portrait of Diane Gutierrez-ScaccettiDiane Gutierrez-Scaccetti
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).

Portrait of Lorie TudorLorie Tudor
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.

Portrait of Eileen Velez VegaEileen 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.
 

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