January 11, 2013
AASHTO Members and Staff to Play Big Role at TRB Annual Meeting
Beginning Saturday, the Transportation Research Board will hold its 92nd Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., where members of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, along with several of the association's staff members, will be on hand to present in various areas of expertise.
AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley will be the keynote speaker of the Chairman's Luncheon on Wednesday, during which he will also be presented with TRB's 2012 W. N. Carey, Jr., Distinguished Service Award. Horsley will also speak during Monday's session on "Intelligent Transportation Systems: Annual U.S. State-of-the-Industry Review" where he will give the state transportation department perspective on the matter. On Tuesday, Horsley will take part in the session called "Celebrating the Centennial of the Lincoln Highway: Lessons for Today" in which he will discuss what the highway says about states' past and future roles.
Jack Basso, director of program finance and management at AASHTO, will speak at Sunday's session on "Transportation Funding and Finance in the Age of MAP-21" where he will talk about both the challenges and opportunities in the bill. AASHTO Director of Policy and Government Relations Janet Oakley will also discuss MAP-21, though on the performance management side, during Sunday's session titled "MAP-21 Has Passed: Are We Ready for National Performance Management?" It is during that session that various AASHTO members and state DOT CEOs present, including AASHTO President and Rhode Island Department of Transportation Director Mike Lewis, Michigan Department of Transportation Director and AASHTO Immediate Past President Kirk Steudle, and Arizona Department of Transportation Director John Halikowski.
As a partner in the Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP2), AASHTO will also take part in Sunday's "Implementing SHRP2 Innovations: The Road from Research to Action" session that will examine how transportation agencies could be transformed over the next 20 years if the full potential of the SHRP2 products are realized. Jim McDonnell, AASHTO program director for engineering, will represent AASHTO at this session.
AASHTO Communications Director Lloyd Brown will be discussing the association's survey of transportation agencies on social media during Sunday's "Social Media Strategy: Wake Up to the Social Media Challenge" session. He will also cover social media in the public involvement process during Wednesday's session titled "Incorporating New Media into the Environment Review Process: Benefits, Challenges, and Lessons Learned."
To coincide with the TRB meeting, AASHTO Associate Director for Finance and Business Development Joung Lee will be participating in various sessions at the meeting including the Young Professionals in Transportation's TransportationCamp on Saturday. This "unconference" is designed to bring together transportation professionals, technologists, and others interested in urban transportation and technology. YPT will also be holding a networking reception on Tuesday.
AASHTO will also be visible in the exhibit hall. At booth 384, AASHTO publication staff will be on hand to distribute publication catalogs and talk about upcoming works. AASHTOWare staff will also be present to answer any questions on its projects, and the Center for Environmental Excellence will also have a presence, discussing some of its current issues. The booth will be be available from 4 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday at 4 p.m.
A full list of all TRB Annual Meeting sessions, including many more featuring AASHTO members and staff, is available at bit.ly/TRBAMsessions.
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