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  • FY18 Board of Governors

    Yinhai Wang - HeadshotYinhai Wang, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, President

    Dr. Yinhai Wang is a professor in transportation engineering and the founding director of the Smart Transportation Applications and Research Laboratory (STAR Lab) at the University of Washington (UW). He also serves as director for Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans), USDOT University Transportation Center for Federal Region 10 and visiting chair for the Traffic Information and Control Department at Harbin Institute of Technology. He has a Ph.D. in transportation engineering from the University of Tokyo (1998), a master's degree in computer science from the University of Washington, and another master’s degree in construction management (1991) and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering (1989) from Tsinghua University in China.

    Ernie Heymsfield - HeadshotErnie Heymsfield, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Vice President

    Dr. Heymsfield is an Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas, where he has been teaching and conducting research as a faculty member for 20 years. Prior to his doctoral studies, he worked as a Bridge Structural Engineer for the New York City-based Pavlo Engineering Company, where his expertise was in structural engineering and numerical modeling. Author or coauthor of over 30 refereed journal articles and 16 conference articles, Dr. Heymsfield's research includes numerical modeling, seismic response, bridge engineering, and airfield runway safety. His most research work is related to aircraft safety during overruns and anti-icing runway pavements.

    Richard Boudreau - HeadshotRichard Boudreau, P.E., M.ASCE, Treasurer

    Mr. Boudreau has 28 years of experience practicing in the civil engineering profession, with the past 18 years managing a pavement engineering firm as the Treasurer and Executive Vice President. His expertise includes program/project management, planning, engineering and construction management for large roadway networks, and highway and airfield pavement projects. He is the author of eighteen publications and is an experienced presenter and active member of professional societies. Mr. Boudreau has also been a member of the T&DI Airfield Pavement Committee (APC) since 2001. In recent years, he has served APC as Co-Chair (2015-16) and then as the Chair (2017-2018). In the past, he was Co-Chair (2005-06) and Chair (2007-08) for the Construction Institute's Bituminous Materials Committee. Mr. Boudreau holds a master's degree in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University.

    David Hein - HeadshotDavid Hein, P.Eng., M.ASCE, Past-President

    Mr. Hein is a Principal Engineer with Applied Research Associates in Toronto, Canada. He has over 30 years of experience in the design, evaluation, and management of transportation infrastructure. He is a member of the ASCE T&DI Board of Governors and chairs two standards committees. He is actively involved in technology transfer and has completed over 30 webinars for ASCE on a variety of topics. He is actively involved in the World Road Association having chaired the Pavements Committee and is a current member of their Asset Management Committee. He has also chaired the Transportation Association of Canada Pavements Committee.

    Robert E. Skinner, Jr. - HeadshotRobert E. Skinner, Jr., M.ASCE, Appointed Member

    Robert Skinner retired as Executive Director of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in 2015 after 20 years in that position. Prior to becoming the TRB executive director, Mr. Skinner directed TRB’s transportation policy study activities, and before joining TRB, he was a vice president of Alan M. Voorhees & Associates, a transportation consulting firm. He currently serves on the advisory boards for three university transportation centers, the Cambridge Systematics Board of Directors, and the advisory board for NCE. He holds civil engineering degrees from the University of Virginia and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Katie Chou - HeadshotKatie Chou, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Appointed Member

    Dr. Chou has over 15 years of experience as a senior manager and pavement specialist with diverse experience in airport, highway, and infrastructure assessment. Her expertise includes airport planning, design and construction, structural pavement design, airfield and roadway geometric design, utility relocation design and coordination, drainage analysis, erosion and sediment control and stormwater management. She was responsible for the planning, design, and construction support services of airport pavement on multiple projects associated with the $5 billion LAX Modernization Program. She was also a peer reviewer for both the Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) Program at the LAX and the Runway & Taxiway Rehabilitation Project at the London Gatwick. Dr. Chou currently serves as the Senior Project Manager, Aviation, at ATKINS. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Chandra Bhat - HeadshotChandra Bhat, Ph.D., M.ASCE, Appointed Member

    Dr. Bhat has a joint appointment between the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (CAEE) and the Department of Economics at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a world-renowned expert in the area of transportation and urban policy design, with far-reaching implications for public health, energy dependence, greenhouse gas emissions, and societal quality of life. Methodologically, he has been a pioneer in the formulation and use of statistical and econometric methods to analyze human choice behavior. His current research includes the social and environmental aspects of transportation, safety and planning implications of connected and automated smart transportation systems (CASTS), and data science and predictive analytics.

    Cong Chen - HeadshotCong Chen, Ph.D., M.ASCE, Appointed Member

    Dr. Cong Chen is a Research Associate with the ITS, Traffic Operation and Safety Program at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida, and Manager of the Florida Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. degree from the University of New Mexico in 2015, and his research interests include traffic safety analysis, advanced transportation data model development, pedestrian and bicycle safety, traffic congestion and operation efficiency, intelligent transportation system, and transportation infrastructure monitoring and management. Dr. Chen currently serves as a member for TRB Standing Committee on Safety Data, Analysis and Evaluation (ANB20) and TRB Standing Committee on Highway Safety Performance (ANB25). He was awarded the New Mexico Governor's Exempt Fellowship and served as an intern at New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) in 2014.

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