Board of Directors

The Smart Work Zone Deployment Initiative Board of Directors (BOD) is comprised of representatives from cooperating states with non-voting members from the Federal Highway Administration and is responsible for developing problem statements describing the highest priority issues related to work zone safety and mobility.

Each program year, members of the BOD, vendors, and researchers submit ideas for proposed research studies. Following a review of the submitted topics and products by the BOD, request for proposals (RFPs) are distributed to interested university researchers in pooled fund states. Researchers submit proposals and work plans to the BOD for prioritization and selection of projects to be included in the next year’s work plan based on anticipated benefits and available funding.

Program Manager

Keith Knapp

Iowa State University

Board Members

Paul Gurklys

Illinois Department of Transportation

Juan Pava

Illinois Department of Transportation

Clayton Burke

Iowa Department of Transportation

Dan Sprengeler

Iowa Department of Transportation

Brian Gower

Kansas Department of Transportation

Garry Olson

Kansas Department of Transportation

Chris Brookes

Michigan Department of Transportation

Lindsey Renner

Michigan Department of Transportation

Jake VanZalen

Michigan Department of Transportation

Ashley Buechter

Missouri Department of Transportation

Jennifer Harper

Missouri Department of Transportation

Daniel J. Smith

Missouri Department of Transportation

Randy Morris

Missouri Department of Transportation

Matt Neemann

Nebraska Department of Roads

Kevin Wray, P.E.

Nebraska Department of Roads

Nicholas Aiello

Texas Department of Transportation

Andrew Heidtke

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Erin Schoon

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Ex-Officio Members

Khyle Clute

Iowa Department of Transportation

Eric Ferron

FHWA Resource Center – Lakewood, CO

Dean Mentjes

Federal Highway Administration – Illinois Division

Paul Lafleur

Federal Highway Administration – Iowa Division

David LaRoche

Federal Highway Administration – Kansas Division

Mark Lewis

Federal Highway Administration – Michigan Division

John Miller

Federal Highway Administration - Missouri Division

Scott Stapp

Federal Highway Administration – Nebraska Division

Ed Burgos-Gomez

Federal Highway Administration – Texas Division

David Jolicoeur

Federal Highway Administration – Wisconsin Division

Jawad Paracha

Federal Highway Administration – Washington, D.C.

Tracy Scriba

Federal Highway Administration – Washington, D.C.

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