TIDC announces speakers and theme, “Implementing Transportation Innovation” for 4th annual conference

TIDC announces speakers and theme, “Implementing Transportation Innovation” for 4th annual conference

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Orono, Maine — The 4th Annual Transportation Infrastructure Durability Conference, hosted by the Transporation Infrastructure Durability Center (TIDC) will be at the University of Maine,
August 9th – August 11th. This in-person event will bring together transportation researchers, stakeholders, and professionals to discuss innovations in transportation technology from bridges and roads to the use of drones and advanced materials.

The conference, which focuses on implementable solutions will kick off on Tuesday, August 9th with a networking reception, a welcome from Dr. Habib Dagher, founding executive director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center and Director of the TIDC, and a keynote address by Victoria Sheehan, Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. The conference will also feature a keynote address from Allie Kelly, Executive Director of The Ray. 

Session Topics Include:

Innovation Panel Discussion

Moderator: Dale Peabody, P.E., Director, Research & Innovation, MaineDOT

  • Dr. Habib Dagher, P.E., Director, TIDC; Executive Director, ASCC, University of Maine
  • Allie Kelly, Executive Director, The Ray
  • Luisa Paiewonsky, Director, Canter for Infrastructure Systems, U.S. Volpe Center
  • Victoria Sheehan, Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Transportation

Structural Composites in Transportation 

Guest Speaker Series & Panel Discussion
Moderator: Dr. Bill Davids, P.E., Professor, University of Maine

  • Ken Sweeney, P.E., President & Chief Engineer, AIT Bridges
  • Wayne Frankhauser, Jr., P.E., Bridge Program Manager, MaineDOT
  • Dr. Dayakar Penumadu,  Fred N. Peebles Professor and JIAM Chair University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Novel Composite Materials in Transportation 

Guest Speaker Series & Panel Discussion
Moderator: Dr. Roberto Lopez-Anido, P.E., Professor, University of Maine

  • Joe Stilwell, P.E., Fabrication Engineer, MaineDOT

Concrete Durability in the Era of Carbon Neutral Concrete

Guest Speaker Series & Panel Discussion
Moderator: Dr. Eric Landis, P.E., Professor, University of Maine

  • Dr. Andrea Schokker, P.E., Director, ACI Center of Excellence for Carbon Neutral Concrete
  • Dr. Reza Moini, Assistant Professor, Princeton

Concrete Durability in the Era of Carbon Neutral Concrete

Guest Speaker Series & Panel Discussion
Moderator: Peter Slovinsky, Marine Geologist, Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation, & Forestry

  • Dr. Thomas Ballestero, Director, Stormwater Center, University of New Hampshire
  • Kirk Bosma, P.E., Senior Coastal Engineer, Woods Hole Group
  • Mark Lickus, Soils Research Scientist, MaineDOT

Geotechnical Innovation: Crossing the Gap Between the Lab & Market

Guest Speaker Series & Panel Discussion
Moderator: Dr. Aaron Bradshaw, P.E., Associate Professor, University of Rhode Island

  • Dr. Aaron Gallant, P.E., Assistant Professor, University of Maine
  • Gary Seider, P.E., Engineering Manager, Hubbell Power Systems
  • Kord Wissman, President, GeoPier
  • Leon Van Passen, Senior Investigator, NSF Centre for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics

Cutting-Edge Advancements in Paving

Guest Speaker Series & Panel Discussion
Moderator: Dr. Jo Sias, P.E., Professor, University of New Hampshire

  • Dr. Eshan Dave, Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire
  • Dr. Julie Vandenbossche, Professor, University of Pittsburgh
  • Dr. Leslie Myers, Senior Asphalt Pavement Engineer, Federal Highway Administration

The conference includes an optional tour of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, Maine’s largest university-based research center. The 100,000 ft2 ISO 17025-accredited testing laboratory is at the forefront of green energy and materials research and development.
There is no registration fee for the event and more information can be found here LINK.

The TIDC is a consortium of six New England universities, led by UMaine, and is the 2018 Department of Transportation Region 1 University Transportation Center located in the ASCC. The mission of the TIDC is concentrated on developing innovative and sustainable solutions to the transportation infrastructure problems in New England and nationwide.

Contact:
Taylor Ward, taylor.ward@maine.edu