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Presidents Letter

Imad Al-Qadi, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE

As my term as President of T&DI draws to a close, I would like to thank you all for your continued commitment to the advancement of the Institute and for all the help and support I have received throughout my term. It has been a true pleasure serving as President of T&DI and working with my fellow members of the Board of Governors. Special thanks are due to all volunteers─ past and present─ to our various functioning committees and chapters and to the many individuals who worked hard for organizing our continuing education webinars and national and international conferences. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with you all.

New T&DI President

 Please join me in welcoming our next T&DI President, Brian McKeehan. Like many of you, I have known Brian for years. He brings to the Institute a unique and valuable perspective and a wealth of experience in the field of transportation in general and aviation and airport planning in particular. Brian is one of those remarkable professionals who have the talent to come up with   great many innovative, out-of-the-box ideas geared toward the establishment of higher aims as well as viable means for achieving them. I have very much enjoyed working closely with Brian over the past few years.
As I pass the baton to the able and capable hands of my successor, I find myself reflecting on the past year and marveling at what a rewarding year this has been.

Special attention has been given to:

  • enhancing interaction between the Institute and academia, industry, and other transportation stakeholders;
  • growing the Younger Members Group;
  • promoting the biannual T&DI Congress;
  • enhancing the activities and leadership of several committees;
  • and establishing more chapters.

We had ten committees holding meetings last January at the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and a well-attended reception. I hope we will continue holding face-to-face meetings at this event, in addition to our committees’ regular monthly or bimonthly conference meetings.
The 2nd T&DI Congress “Planes, Trains, and automobiles: Connections to Future Development” reflected great commitment from practitioners, researchers, designers, and contractors and proved to be yet another step toward achieving our goal of making this conference THE conference for transportation and “development” engineers. Preparation for the 3rd Congress in 2016 is underway.

Chapter Interaction
The interaction between chapter chairs with the aim of sharing perspectives, ideas, and suggestions has been very rewarding to all. This interaction has been demonstrated in more than one way:

  • especially through the organization of seminars
  • establishment of scholarships
  • exchange of ideas
  • establishment of new chapters    

In an attempt to highlight the activities undertaken by our T&DI groups toward the promotion of professional excellence in all aspects of transportation and development, the Board of Governors has been committed to inviting representatives of committees and chapters to participate in its monthly meetings and report recent and anticipated activities and plans. Last meeting invitees were representatives of the Transportation Safety Committee, Planning, Economics and Finance Committee, and Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section T&DI Chapter.

Also at the last meeting, the Board of Governors approved the establishment of T&DI Graduate Student Chapter at the University of Utah with the goal of introducing graduate students interested in transportation engineering to T&DI for the purpose of strengthening their relationship with the institute and helping student members better identify and promote their career objectives within the field of transportation engineering. The Board encourages such activities and will continue to support them.

Get Involved

I would like to take this opportunity to once again reflect on the multiple benefits of joining the technical community of T&DI. A T&DI individual member has the opportunity to communicate with +16,000 professional peers, access the latest field-related information, and capitalize on the advanced development programs and leadership opportunities regularly offered by the Institute, among a great number of other benefits. Joining the Sustaining Corporate level, on the other hand, brings businesses, agencies, and organizations the opportunity to become prominently featured within the technical community of T&DI through technical committees, specialty conferences, field research, and partnerships with other organizations. Please share those benefits with non-member colleagues and peers and invite them to join our family. 

Announcements

  • I would like to welcome Muhammad Amer who was appointed Director of T&DI effective August 11th.
  • Congratulations to Jon Esslinger, former Director of T&DI, on his new position as Director of the Codes and Standards Program. 
  • Congratulations to Mark Woodson, the new ASCE President-elect Elect.
  • Starting next month, I will be assuming the position of Past President and chair of the Awards Committee and the Membership Committee.

We are pleased that both ASCE President and President-elect Elect are T&DI members who have diligently served on the board. Personally, I have had the pleasure to work with both. I’m looking forward to continue working with you all on taking our profession to the next level of excellence. Again, thanks to all for a great year!


The greatest results in life are usually attained by simple means and the exercise of ordinary qualities. These may for the most part be summed in these two: common-sense and perseverance. — Owen Feltham