Kancheepuram N. Gunalan (Guna), Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE
Senior Vice President, Transportation Alternative Delivery Americas, AECOM; President, ASCE
Guna is proud to be a civil engineer and is passionate about enhancing the quality of life for communities around the world through this profession and continuously advancing the careers of his fellow civil engineers.
Guna is an open book and speaks from his heart. He enjoys learning about and connecting with people from all walks of life and age groups. He has a clear vision for reaching out to younger generations of engineers and is driven to increase the impact of engineering on everyday life. Guna balances efficiently achieving results with an inclusive and democratic leadership style. He strongly believes that an educated society is an enlightened society and that research and lifelong learning are required to progress. He is committed to ethics and ethical behavior in all aspects of life, and was awarded the 2016 ASCE Professional Practice Ethics and Leadership award for his dedication to this topic. He learned more about how to encourage ethical behavior in others by serving as a member of the National Institute of Engineering Ethics.
A U.S. citizen now, Guna was born and raised in Chennai, India. After getting his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the oldest engineering school in India, he received his Master’s in Engineering by specializing in Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering. In preparation for Guna’s journey to the U.S. for his Ph.D., Guna taught at the university for a year. More importantly, he married his longtime love, Duru. It was not a traditional or typical Indian courtship, as Duru and Guna are from different ethnic backgrounds within India, meaning their families spoke different languages leaving English to become their love language. Guna graduated from Texas Tech University with a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Major: Geotechnical/Structures, Minor: Geosciences/Soil Science). During this time, Guna and Duru welcomed their first child, a son named Kabilar. Guna started his consulting career in Lubbock, Texas with Terra Testing, Inc. and for the next 12 years developed his technical and management skills while also becoming actively engaged with ASCE. He eventually served as the President of the High Plains Branch of the Texas Section. In Lubbock, Guna and Duru completed their family with a daughter they named Pallavi. The Gunalan family moved to Salt Lake City in 1993 where Guna expanded his technical skillset and explored a new landscape. He took the opportunity to serve as the Chair of the Geotechnical Group of the Utah Section and was fortunate enough to get involved in some major projects.
Guna served as the Technical Support Manager on the $1.529 billion I-15 Reconstruction Project that received an ASCE OPAL award. He served as Utah Section President during the 150th anniversary of ASCE and volunteered for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Guna rose to serve ASCE at both the regional and national levels, and chaired the 2014 Global Engineering Conference in Panama City, Panama during the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal that was held in conjunction with the Engineers Without Borders Conference. Guna has worked on major engineering projects all over the world – experiences that provide him with a unique global perspective on the engineering industry and the challenges faced by civil engineers. Currently, Guna works for AECOM. Guna believes that outreach and mentoring are keys to sustaining any profession, and would love to hear your thoughts about civil engineering and where ASCE is heading. Feel free to contact him to start a discussion or check the Conferences page to see if he will be attending any near you. Help make ASCE stronger by working together to plan for our future!
Ernest Heymsfield, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
Associate Professor, University of Arkansas
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 co-author 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, P.E., M.ASCE
Treasurer and Executive Vice President, Boudreau Engineering, Inc.
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 A. Noyce, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
Professor, University Of Wisconsin
Dr. David Noyce is the Arthur F. Hawnn Professor of Transportation Engineering and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin - Madison (UW-Madison). He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at UW-Madison. Dr. Noyce received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UW-Madison in 1984 and 1995, respectively, and received his Ph.D. degree in Civil (Transportation) Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1999. Dr. Noyce has over 34 years of experience in transportation engineering including appointments in state government, private consulting, and academia.
Yinhai Wang, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
Professor, University of Washington
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.
Cong Chen, Ph.D., M.ASCE
Research Associate, USF Center For Urban Transportation Research
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.
Lucy Priddy, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE
Program Officer, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)
Dr. Lucy Priddy currently serves as the Program Officer for Research Programs aligned to the Army Modernization Priorities at the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Prior to taking on that role, she served as the Assistant Program Director at ERDC where she assisted in the planning, technical direction, financial management, and execution of the Army research programs related to force projection, maneuver support, and force protection. Dr. Priddy graduated from the University of Mississippi with her bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering in 2002 and completed her master's degree in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University in 2005. She completed her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 2014. Dr. Priddy is the author of numerous technical articles, papers and reports and served as liaison to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology in 2010-2011.
Roger M. Millar Jr., P.E., AICP
Secretary of Transportation, Washington State DOT
Mr. Millar joined the Washington State Department of Transportation as Deputy Secretary in October 2015 and was appointed Secretary of Transportation in August 2016. He oversees an agency that is the steward of a complex, multimodal transportation system, and responsible for ensuring that people and goods move safely and efficiently. Mr. Millar is an experienced land use and transportation engineer, planner and program manager with an international reputation for innovative approaches to conservation and development. The prominent theme that has run through his career has been planning and implementing transportation systems that are not ends unto themselves; but rather, the means toward economic vitality, environmental stewardship, social equity, public health and aesthetic quality. His work on the Portland Streetcar and the Glenwood Springs to Aspen Bus Rapid Transit system provided communities nationwide with new modal tools. His Complete Streets leadership helped create a national movement for transportation systems that are safe, convenient and pleasant for all users, regardless of how they choose to travel. His state Department of Transportation leadership is bringing innovation to agencies with enormous influence on transportation investment.
Director of Freight Mobility, New York City Department of Transportation
Diniece Mendes is the Director of Freight Mobility at the New York City Department of Transportation. She has over 8 years of progressive experience leading, streamlining, assessing, and implementing large-scale transportation planning and performance systems across the Greater New York City area. Currently, Diniece oversees a multi-million dollar program to advance policies and initiatives that reduce the adverse impacts of trucks on infrastructure and communities while improving safety, truck delivery efficiency, and New York City's economic competitiveness. Diniece earned her Bachelor and Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from the City College of New York and the University of Texas at Austin respectively and has been in actively involved all things ASCE including a new T&DI Diversity and Inclusion effort. Locally, she serves as the City College of New York Engineering School Alumni President and is extremely passionate about building connections with CCNY engineering students, faculty, and alumni.
Manager, Online Community, ASCE
Tirza Austin joined ASCE in January of 2018. As the Manager of Online Community at ASCE,Tirza oversees ASCE Mentor Match, ASCE Career by Design and everything on the ASCE Collaborate platform. She enjoys connecting with ASCE members from across the globe on a daily basis. Tirza has a seven-year-old daughter (Pearl). Pearl is a girl scout and future gymnastic star. Tirza enjoys participating in her endeavors. Tirza is also an active member of Toastmasters International and CMX Pro.
Muhammad Sultan Amer
Director, T&DI, ASCE
Muhammad Amer is a Transportation Engineering professional responsible for leading the Transportation & Development program and activities at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), reporting directly to the Board of Governors of the Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) of ASCE. Mr. Amer has over 23 years of combined experience in Civil and Transportation Engineering program development and management, federal, state, and local government grants development and management with strong background in Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), technical consulting, and team leadership on multi-million dollar programs. He has in-depth understanding of strategic partnership development and relationship building in the public and private sector environments in the transportation domain, with leadership roles in directing and coordinating large teams with diverse technical expertise in all areas of transportation including roadways, aviation, rail and public transit, and freight and multimodal. He has experience working with the best of the best in the transportation industry including leading practicing engineers, academics, and public sector officials. Mr. Amer holds a master’s degree in Civil and Transportation Engineering from Purdue University.
Project Manager, Michael Baker International
Matthew Kirby is a Project Manager at Michael Baker International with over 8 years of professional experience in the transportation industry. He has been involved in the planning, design, and construction of transportation projects for a variety of clients, most notably Illinois DOT, North Carolina DOT, Chicago Transit Authority, and Metra. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and is a registered Professional Engineer in Illinois and North Carolina. Matt is currently the Chair of the Local and Student Chapter Council for ASCE T&DI. He is a Past Chair of the Transportation & Development Institute Illinois Section Chapter, and previously served as the Chapter’s Vice-Chair and Communications Chair. He is also Director of the Illinois Section of ASCE, and serves on the section’s Government Relations, Special Events, Infrastructure Report Card, and Website Committees . He lives in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago.
Senior Manager, T&DI, ASCE
Debi Denney is the Senior Manager of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI). Debi manages the Institute’s conferences and events, as well as oversees the Institute membership, assists with technical committees, runs the awards and fellowship programs, and works with the Board of Governors and other volunteer leadership. Prior to working for ASCE-T&DI, Debi was a senior technical editor for the Department of Defense. She has a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from The George Washington University. Debi’s volunteer time is spent with The Children’s National Hospital Celiac Disease Program and also with the Alliance for Workplace Excellence as an Independent Review Panelist.
Lisa M. Black, Ph.D., Aff.M.ASCE
Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion Programs, ASCE
Dr. Black is Senior Manager of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the American Society of Civil Engineers, the nation’s oldest engineering society representing more than 150,000 members. Dr. Black’s responsibilities include developing, monitoring and evaluating programs, activities and products aimed at promoting full participation of underrepresented groups in the civil engineering profession.Through her work with ASCE’s Members of Society Advancing an Inclusive Culture, she provides strategic leadership in all matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the civil engineering community and implements programs designed to advance awareness and recognition of the civil engineering profession, with a special emphasis on promoting civil engineering as an inclusive discipline.Prior to joining ASCE, Dr. Black held leadership roles in the public education sector where she served as Special Assistant to the Superintendent for Race and Equity in Madison Wisconsin and more recently as the Executive Director of Education and Training Programs for her husband’s company, KLB & Associates, Inc. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from North Carolina State University and both graduate degrees, an M.S. in Social Work and a Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis were earned from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Marsha Anderson Bomar
Assistant General Manager, Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority for Capital Program Delivery
Marsha Anderson Bomar is the Assistant General Manager of MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority) for Capital Program Delivery. Previously she served as the Executive Director of the Gateway85 Community Improvement District, the largest CID in the state of Georgia. Prior to the CID, she was the Founder and President of Street Smarts, Inc., a planning, engineering and design firm, and Data Smarts, a data collection and management firm, established in 1990, both of which she sold in 2010. Ms. Anderson Bomar is an International Past President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and recipient of the Burton Marsh Lifetime Service Award as well as the Theodore Matson Memorial Award. Marsha is also featured as Extraordinary Woman Engineer in ASCE publication entitled, Changing Our World, True Stories of Women Engineers, by Sybil E. Hatch, Copyright 2006, (page 88) and has served as President of the ASCE Transportation and Development Institute. She currently serves as Society Director on the Board of Direction as well as a Technical Director of the Technical Region Board of Governors. She was awarded the ASCE William Wisely Civil Engineering Award.
Marsha has received many awards of honor, distinction and recognition for her outstanding contributions and achievements throughout her career. They include Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Public Servant Award and Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful’ s Green Business Leader of the Decade. Marsha was awarded the Society for Women Engineers (SWE) Entrepreneur of the Year. She was also recognized by the University of Massachusetts Amherst ITE chapter as the Jane F. Garvey Transportation Leadership Award recipient for 2009 for her outstanding leadership affecting women in transportation and remarkable contributions to the field. In 2010, Marsha received the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Community Service Award for outstanding contributions to her community and her profession. Also in 2010, she received the Karl Bevins Distinguished Service Award from the Georgia Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) which is given to recognize highly competent and professional engineers who practice in the field of traffic and/or transportation over many years.
Marsha was on the Board of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) in NY City in the early 1980s and was President of the Atlanta chapter from 1986-88. She also served two terms on the International Board. She received the Atlanta chapter WTS Woman of the Year and WTS Employer of the Year as well as the Leadership in Diversity award. She is currently serving her fourth term as Council Member for the City of Duluth, Georgia and has been Mayor Pro Tempore three times. During her time as an elected official, Ms. Anderson Bomar authored the LEAD (leadership program) and helped start then served five years on the Public Arts Commission. She has completed almost 100 hours of training from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, including courses on Policy, Law, Ethics, Lobbying, Community and Economic Development and Cultural Diversity. She is also an instructor for the Planning and Zoning Class. Marsha earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Transportation Planning and Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. She also holds a Masters of Civil Engineering from Princeton University. Marsha is the author of hundreds of publications, articles and studies and an International speaker on technical subjects as well as Leadership and Ethics. She is also the Mom of three, stepmom to three, has 4 in-law children, 3 step-grands and has her first grand-baby on the way.
Director, Government Relations, ASCE
Caroline Sevier has over a decade of experience in federal, state, and local government affairs. Most recently, Caroline served as the Manager of State and Local Government Affairs at ASHRAE, where she lead the organization’s engagement with state, city, county, and local government officials and agencies. Prior to her tenure at ASHRAE, Caroline spent 5 years as the Legislative Director of Economic Development and Commerce at the National Governors Association (NGA). At NGA she was responsible for directing the development and implementation of governors’ strategic federal priorities and represented state interests in Washington DC. Prior to her positions at NGA and ASHRAE, Caroline worked for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). At ASCE, she focused on transportation and water resources infrastructure, leading the organization’s transportation policy committee and advocating on behalf of the nation’s civil engineers on Capitol Hill. During her tenure at ASCE, she was instrumental in the development and launch of the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. Caroline holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Villanova University and originally hails from New Jersey.
Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Zhanmin Zhang is Clyde E. Lee Endowed Professor in Transportation Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where he also serves as Director of the Resilient Infrastructure and Smart Cities (RISC) Lab. As Chair of the ASCE T&DI Emerging Technologies Council, he oversees four technical committees: Connected &Autonomous Vehicle Impacts, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Sensing & Analytics. Dr. Zhang has been actively conducting research in large-scale infrastructure systems simulation and analysis, infrastructure risk and resilience, optimal resource allocation, innovative financing mechanisms, and intelligent infrastructure for smart cities. As a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Zhang has conducted research projects totaling more than $24.6 million sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the City of Austin, and the industry. Dr. Zhang is an author or coauthor of more than 230 technical papers, reports, and articles and has delivered more than 170 oral presentations nationally and internationally. He was selected to receive the Best Paper Award of the “International Conference on Managing Pavement Assets” in 2011 and 2015 consecutively. Dr. Zhang was also selected to receive one of the most prestigious national awards, the 2012 ASCE James Laurie Prize.
Director of Transit Business Development, Systems Micro Technology Inc.
Mr. Kulyk has had over 40 years of responsible federal government experience in the oversight of programs involving capital construction, and research and development involving mass transportation facilities and services. This experience included oversight of the construction of mass transportation heavy rail systems, automated transit systems, and public airport facilities and terminals. His research and development experience has included the management of complex programs involving intelligent transportation systems for bus and rail operations; maglev; advanced group rapid transit; bus rapid transit; advanced propulsion systems for buses; and transportation demand management. His last position with the federal government was Acting Deputy Associate Administrator for Research, Demonstration and Innovation with the Federal Transit Administration. Mr. Kulyk is a registered Professional Engineer. He has recently retired from federal service, but is still professionally active.
Mr. Kulyk is currently in private practice as a consultant to the transportation industry. He is also the Chair of the Rail and Transit Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI), and is on the Board of Directors for the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA). He is the past Chair of the Transportation Research Board's (TRB) Committee on Automated Transit Systems. Mr. Kulyk is also a past Chair of ASCE T&DI's Public Transportation Committee, and past Chair of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation's (APEC) Intermodal and ITS Experts Group. Mr. Kulyk was also an active duty military officer with the U.S. Air Force during the early part of his professional career.
Robert W. Bryson, P.E., M.ASCE
City of Milwaukee, Department of Public Works (Retired)
Mr. Bryson worked with the City of Milwaukee, Department of Public Works for 34 years, retiring as the Chief Traffic and Street Lighting Engineer. His career with the City also included assignments as a Traffic Control Engineer in the Research and Planning, Traffic Signals, and Planning and Development Units, and as Manager of the Street Lighting Engineering Unit. Prior to his time with the City, he worked at the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission in their Transportation Division, and with the Chicago and Northwestern Transportation Company (now the Union Pacific Railroad). He is currently on staff with Ayres and Associates on a part‐time basis as a Senior Traffic Engineer at their Waukesha, WI office.
Mr. Bryson is currently a Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. With ASCE’s Transportation and Development Institute, Mr. Bryson is currently the Chairman of the Roadway Council, serving in that position since 2012. Mr. Bryson became a member of the Street and Highway Operations Committee in 1990, and served as Committee Chairman from 1997 to 2012. He was Co‐Chair of the Second T&DI Congress in 2014, and has served on the Steering Committees of the First T&DI Congress, and the 2018, 2019 and 2020 International Conferences on Transportation and Development. Mr. Bryson is the ASCE Representative to the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, and serves on the Signals Technical Committee of NCUTCD. He is currently Vice‐Chairman of ASCE’s National Transportation Policy Committee.
Mr. Bryson received Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Engineering from Marquette University. He is currently registered as a Professional Engineer in Wisconsin.
Richard G. Thuma, P.E.
Aviation Design Engineer, Crawford, Murphy & Tilly
Mr. Thuma has been an Aviation Design Engineer with Crawford, Murphy and Tilly for the past 20 years. He primarily works on the design and construction of airfield pavement projects at military and commercial airfields across the country. Prior to joining CMT, he developed a passion for airfield pavement evaluation and design while serving in the US Air Force for 8 years. Following active duty, he continued service in the Air Force Reserves for 13 years while working at CMT, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Mr. Thuma completed his undergraduate civil engineer education at Northwestern University and later earned a master’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Washington.
Eva Lerner-Lam, M.ASCE, F.ITE
Founder and President, Palisades Consulting Group, Inc.
Lerner-Lam has 42 years of experience in US transportation policy, planning, operations and standards development, 27 years of highway and venture capital experience in China and is the recipient of numerous professional society awards and citations. Most recently, Lerner-Lam was Director of Eastern US Operations for BYD Motors, the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer and co-founder of Soterea.com, maker of AutonoBox™, an automated collision-avoidance system for heavy duty trucks. Lerner-Lam received her master’s degree in Civil Engineering/Transportation Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Princeton University, where she also served as a Trustee. She also recently received a Certificate in Blockchain Technologies from MIT/Sloan School of Business.
Lerner-Lam co-chaired the 2019 International Conference on Transportation and Development and currently co-chairs the “Engineering Smart Mobility for Smart Cities” (aka “ESX”) Standards Task Force for the Transportation and Development Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers and serves on the expert review panel for the ASCE Future World Vision project.
Born in Bronx, NY, Lerner-Lam was appointed Director of Planning and Operations for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board in the early 1980’s and served as the gubernatorial member at-large on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Transit Corporation. She chaired several technical panels and committees for the National Academies Transportation Research Board and led landmark data standards development activities in public transit for the US Department of Transportation. She is a charter Board Member of the Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, a Fellow and former Board Member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and a Past President of the Transportation and Development Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, served on the Transition Team for the Governor of New York and was a policy advisor for the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.