Speakers

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Dan has a master’s degree in Structural Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in Florida.  Dan spent the early portion of his career performing transportation and site design before transitioning to a specialty in structures.  Dan has 16 years with FDOT, having served in the offices of Information Support, Environmental Management, General Counsel, Specifications, and Construction.

Dan Hurtado, PE

Director, Office of Construction at Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)

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Ms. Thuha Nguyen is a registered Professional Engineer with the State of Florida and a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer. She has led a variety of projects that span transportation planning, traffic operations, safety analysis, travel demand modeling, multi-modal planning, and research. With a strong commitment to quality work, professional development, and client service, Thuha has become one of the industry leaders in Florida. Thuha’s passion is in leadership development and mentorship, as she has both participated in and served as facilitator and mentor for various organizations within and outside of her industry. 

Thuha Nguyen, PE, PTOE

President, via planning

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Ms. Vandervalk-Ostrander, PE, PMP serves as Vice President of Strategic Business Development for Iteris, Inc. – A national transportation data and technology firm. She has extensive experience managing transportation programs and projects in the disciplines of planning, engineering, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and data management. She is nationally recognized for her research and application of transportation data governance across the country.  She is Past Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Statewide Data and Information Systems Committee, Past President of ITS Florida and currently serves as President of Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) in Tallahassee, Florida.  She has a BS in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University in Ontario Canada.

Anita Vandervalk-Ostrander, PE, PMP

VP for Strategic Business Development, Iteris

President, WTS Florida's Capital Area Chapter

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Rosana Correa is the 2022 ITE International Vice President and serves as a project manager for Jacobs in Tampa, FL, USA. She is a registered professional engineer in Florida and Puerto Rico. Her background includes traffic impact studies, signal timing plans, traffic projection studies, signal warrant analyses, travel time studies, interchange studies, and corridor studies. Rosana holds a bachelor of science in Civil Engineering and a master of science in Transportation Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. Rosana has been involved in ITE since she was a student at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and her leadership roles include the ITE International Board of Directors, as well as positions at the District, Section, Chapter, and Student Chapter levels. Rosana received the ITE Florida Section Sherwood H. “Woody” Hiller Distinguished Service Award in 2017.

Rosana Correa, PE, PTOE, FITE

Vice President (VP), ITE International

Project Manager, Jacobs

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Raj V. Ponnaluri is the State Connected Vehicles, Arterials and Managed Lanes Engineer at the Florida Department of Transportation. He holds a BSCE, MS and PhD in transportation, and is  a registered P.E., PTOE and PMP. He has over two decades of experience in Traffic Engineering and Operations, Intelligent Transportation Systems, TSM&O, Connected and Automated Vehicles, Wrong-Way Driving mitigation, and projects and contract management. He has authored a book titled on Connected and Automated Vehicles.

Raj Ponnaluri, PE, PhD, PTOE, PMP

State Connected Vehicles, Arterials, and Managed Lanes Engineer, FDOT

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Lisa Spainhour, PhD, PE

Professor and Chair, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering at FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

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Lisa Spainhour, Ph.D., P.E., is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering.  She has taught at the college for 28 years, serving as Principal Investigator on over $18 million in federal and state-funded research projects.  She teaches a variety of courses in the area of structural analysis and reinforced concrete design.  Her primary research interests involve the development and support of traffic records software.  The crash reporting and query software developed and supported by her team is provided free of charge to law enforcement agencies in Florida, and it is currently used by over 25,000 users in over 190 agencies.Dr. Spainhour has received numerous awards, including the FSU Excellence in Online Course Design Award, the Florida Engineering Society Big Bend Chapter’s Engineer of the Year in Education Award, and the Transportation Research Board Pedestrian Committee’s Outstanding Paper Award. Dr. Spainhour is a founding member of the FAMU-FSU Center for Resilient Infrastructure and Disaster Response, and serves as the Outreach and Education chair for the college’s Transportation Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population.  She received her doctorate from North Carolina State University, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Florida.  

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Dan Beaty, AICP

Department & Office Operations Manager, HNTB

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Daniel Beaty has 31 years of experience in the areas of urban and regional transportation planning and travel demand modeling. He has been active in ITE since 1993. He has served as an officer for the Big Bend Chapter, Florida Section and District 10 as well as being a member of the ITE international board of direction as the District 10 Director. Dan recognizes the importance of students to our profession and has made it his priority within ITE.

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Brian Wolshon, Ph.D., P.E., PTOE is the Edward A. and Karen Wax Schmitt Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at Louisiana State University and the founder and Director of the Gulf Coast Research Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency.  During his 24 years at LSU, he has engaged on a diverse variety of research projects but is most-noted for his research in the design, operation, and management of transportation systems for emergency and major event conditions.  In 2001, Dr. Wolshon founded the TRB Committee on Emergency Evacuation and for 17 years served as its Chair.  He has been appointed as an International Visiting Professor and he has authored dozens federal reports, book chapters, and more than 80 scientific journal papers, including numerous seminal works related to evacuation planning and engineering.  He has also served as an expert consultant to dozens of federal, state, and local government agencies; national laboratories; and engineering firms.  He has also been interviewed by more the 100 media outlets including The Discovery Channel, CNN, CNBC, Fox News.

Brian Wolshon, PhD, PE, PTOE

Professor, Louisiana State University

Founder & Director, Gulf Cost Research Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency

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Catalina Echeverri, PMP

President, FL-PR District ITE

Traffic Operations Manager, Gannett Fleming

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Catalina is a Vice President and Florida Transportation Operations group manager for Gannett Fleming. Catalina has over 17 years of experience in traffic and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). She has worked on projects throughout the United States and in the Middle East. She has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of South Florida. She was named one of ENR’s Southeast 2018 Top 20 under 40. Catalina is currently the Florida Puerto Rico Section ITE (FLPRITE) President, ITE TSMO Council Vice-Chair, Women Transportation Seminar (WTS) South Florida chapter Mentor Program chair, and the Chair of Connected Women at Gannett Fleming™ an employee resource group created in 2017 to empower, support, and mentor women within the company.

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Andrew Velasquez has been involved in transportation engineering and planning for the past 25 years. He currently serves as the AECOM program manager for the Planning and Traffic Engineering group within the Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise. Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise consist of more than 500 miles of toll roads and serves 3 million customers per day. Andrew oversees the Planning, Traffic Engineering, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) groups within the AECOM Turnpike Organization. His team supports all aspects of traffic planning on the Turnpike system. He has a wealth of experience in corridor planning, project development, traffic and revenue studies, interchange access requests, demand modeling, microsimulation, and safety studies. Andrew has been involved in ITE his entire career, having served at all levels including the executive boards of the Gold Coast Chapter, the Florida Section, and now the Florida Puerto Rico District. Since being elected to the Florida Section board, Andrew has been instrumental in shaping ITE’s presence within the state and has sought to involve other organizations at several successful Section meetings through strategic teaming arrangements. In his previous role as Florida Section representative, Andrew was instrumental in establishing two new student chapters and reinstating a dormant Student Chapter at his alma mater. He is graduate of the Florida State University with both bachelor and master of science degrees in civil engineering.

Andrew Velasquez, PE, PTOE

Planning and Traffic Engineering Program Manager, AECOM

Student to Member ITE Task Force Co-chair

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Dr. Scott Parr, Ph.D., P.E. is a professional engineer and assistant professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the Department of Civil Engineering. Dr. Parr co-founder and chairs the TRB Subcommittee for Emergency Response. He earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University specializing in Transportation Engineering and Emergency Management. Dr. Parr has published dozens of articles in peer reviewed journals and has participated as an expert panelist at conferences and workshops around the world. Dr. Parr serves as a subject area expert for several journals Dr. Parr has led research collaborations with the United States Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. Prior to his appointment at Embry-Riddle, Dr. Parr was an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at California State University, Fullerton as well as the Associate Director of Research at the Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency

Scott Parr, PhD, PE

Assistant Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU)

Advisor, ITE Student Chapter at ERAU

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Dave is a Virginia native and graduate of Virginia Tech, with 37 years’ experience in transportation engineering, planning, and project management with a particular emphasis on roadway safety improvements, corridor studies, traffic impact studies and review, traffic operations analyses, origin-destination studies, bridge research & project development, and numerous data collection studies. He also served as ITS Project Manager for Tallahassee’s award-winning Regional Transportation Management Center. Heavily involved with the ITE throughout his career and served on ITE’s International’s Steering and Advisory Committee during four editions of “Trip Generation” and held all major ITE officer positions in Florida where he presently embraces his highly active senior mentorship role and partner to the Board. Dave works for Halff Associates and has worked his entire career based here in Tallahassee, FL. Outside of his work life, he is a 9-year sponsored professional disc golf athlete representing the 2nd largest manufacturer in the world. He has competed in several world championships and other national, regional & local tournaments, and once traveled to north of Tokyo, Japan for a major competition. He is a father of three grown children, all of which graduated from FSU.

Dave Muntean Jr., PE

Senior Project Manager, Halff Associates

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Jodi Godfrey is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida (USF), where she works on the Transit Safety and Workforce Development Program.  Ms. Godfrey received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from USF. Ms. Godfrey is the current section representative and immediate past president of the Greater Tampa Section Institute of Transportation Engineers, the current co-chair of the International Women in ITE Task Force, the secretary of the Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee on Transit Safety and Security (AP080), a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee of Light Rail Transit Systems (AP075), the secretary of the American Public Transportation Association’s Bus Safety Committee, and the Communications Officer and Membership Chair of WTS Tampa Bay. Jodi was named an International Institute of Transportation Engineers Young Leader to Follow in the inaugural class of 2021.  Jodi was also awarded the 2021 Florida/Puerto Rico Institute of Transportation Engineers Rising Star Award. Jodi is passionate about safety, improving diversity in the transportation industry, and fighting to end human trafficking. 

Jodi Godfrey

Senior Research Associate, Center for Urban Transportation Research at University of South Florida

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Ash Omidvar is Decision Science and Analytics Project Manager at Delta Air Lines, Inc. He leads projects which utilize Operations Research and Artificial Intelligence to improve the efficiency of operations while maximizing the safety and comfort of crew and passengers. As the lead of AI research team within the Operations Center, Ash’s focus is on repairing flight schedules during irregular operations (IROPS) with minimal damage to customer and crew KPIs, as well as gate/apron assignment to minimize operational expenses while respecting FAA, ATC, crew, customer and FlightOps business rules. Prior to Delta Air Lines, he served as AI Scientist at Microsoft Corp. and Norfolk Southern Railway Corp. He holds a PhD in Transportation Engineering from the University of Florida, and Master degrees in Civil Engineering, Operations Research, Statistics and Industrial Engineering from the UF, FSU and the University of Tehran. He is an avid tennis player and snowboarder, and he pledged not to miss any ITE SLS!

Ash Omidvar, PhD

Decision Science & Analytics Lead, Delta Airlines

FLPRITE SLS-2018 Summit Chair

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Fabio Sasahara is a Transportation Engineer at McTrans Center at the University of Florida. He specializes in the Highway Capacity Manual and its applications and currently leads training and outreach efforts, teaching HCM and HCS courses to several transportation practitioners such as consultants and public agency employees. Prior to starting graduate school, he worked several years in consulting and project management at transportation infrastructure projects.
Fabio started his involvement with ITE as a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida, holding several positions at the student chapter, including President. After graduating, he became Faculty Advisor of the same Student Chapter and remained involved with ITE at several levels, including Section, District, and International Councils and Committees. He also serves as User Liaison at the TRB Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Standing Committee (ACP40). 

Fabio Sasahara, PhD

Transportation Engineer, McTrans Center, University of Florida

Advisor, Gator ITE Student Chapter

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Simone Burns was born and raised in Miami, FL. She graduated from Syracuse University for her B.S. in Environmental Engineering and Florida A&M University for her M.S in Civil Engineering. She is currently a Civil Analyst at Kimley-Horn in the Orlando office on the Transportation Planning/ Traffic Operations team. She works on various public and private projects including traffic impact studies, GIS analyses, parking studies, corridor studies, and PD&E studies. 

Simone Burns

Civil Analyst, Kimley-Horn

FLPRITE Student Shark Tank 2020 1st Place Winner

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Cecilia Kadeha (Cecy) is a Young Professional at the World Bank Group in the Transport Global Knowledge Unit. She has a master’s degree from Florida State University and currently doing her PhD at Florida International University. She was actively involved in research funded by the Florida Department of Transportation on traffic safety, transportation systems management and operations (TSMO), and intelligent transportation systems (ITS). 

Cecilia served as the FIU ITE President 2019/2020 and the FIU WTS President 2020/2021. Outside of work, Cecilia enjoys cooking, working out, reading self-help books, dancing, and most outdoor activities.
 

Cecilia Kadeha

Young Professional, Transport Unit of Word Bank Group

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Dr. Pruthvi Manjunatha is the I-STREET Living Lab Manager and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering. Dr. Manjunatha has 9 years of experience in transportation engineering, which includes teaching, research and working in the industry.  His experience has been in Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) infrastructure, Human Factors and Driver Behavior, Traffic Simulation, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), traffic operations and data management. 
After getting his Ph.D. from the University of Florida (UF) in 2018, he briefly worked as a post-doctoral associate. In his current role as I-STREET Living Lab Manager at the UF Transportation Institute (UFTI) he co-ordinates with the City of Gainesville and Florida Department of Transportation in the planning and implementation of I-STREET projects. He works with project PIs and industry partners to coordinate software, hardware and application efforts and ensures consistency and interoperability of various emerging technologies. 

Pruthvi Manjunatha, PhD

I-Street Living Lab Manager & Research Assitant Professor, University of Florida Transportation Institute

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