2022 Virginia Concrete Conference
Concrete is Sustainable

March 17-18, 2022


Ali Alfailakawi, PhD Candidate, Virginia Tech
Ali Alfailakawi is a Ph.D. Candidate at Virginia Tech. His research interests include prestress concrete bridges, non-destructive tests, and forensic engineering of corrosion-damaged structures. He received his M.Sc. in Civil Engineering at the University of California – Irvine in 2014. Ali had four years of industry experience as a civil engineer at the Kuwait Gulf oil Company. Also, he worked three years as a lecturer at the Public Authority of Education and Training in Kuwait.

Nick Amico, PE, Senior Bridge Engineer, HDR Engineering Inc.
Nick Amico is a senior bridge engineer with 16 years of experience in the design, construction, and rehabilitation of complex, high-profile highway and light rail bridge projects.  He leads HDR’s South Atlantic Area Complex Bridge Group and, although his structural experience includes steel plate girder and conventional prestressed girder bridges, he has focused his career on post-tensioned segmental concrete bridges utilizing span-by-span and cantilever construction techniques. He has been involved with the design, construction support, inspection, or rehabilitation of 26 different post-tensioned concrete bridge projects around the United States and Canada. Since joining HDR in 2013, Nick has held significant roles in multiple design and rehabilitation projects including the I-395 Signature Bridge in Miami, Florida; the Marc Basnight Bridge in Dare County, North Carolina; the I-526 James B. Edwards Wando River Bridge in Charleston, South Carolina; the Missouri River Bridge in Nebraska City, Nebraska; and the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in Tarrytown, New York. Nick serves as a member of the PTI/ASBI DC-40 Bridge Design Committee and the ASBI Design Subcommittee and is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army National Guard. Nick is the Project Manager for Design Services During Construction of the Marc Basnight Bridge.

Loyd Amos, Director of Recycling and Reclamation, King Asphalt, Inc.
Loyd Amos is the Director of Recycling and Reclamation for King Asphalt, a full-service road construction contractor providing asphalt, asphalt paving, full-depth reclamation and cold In-place recycling in the Upstate of South Carolina. His focus is bituminous and pozzolanic based road recycling and stabilization. Throughout his time with King Asphalt, he has managed the implementation of cold in-place recycling, paver-laid cement modified recycled base, traditional FDR with cement, and roller-compacted concrete. Before joining King Asphalt, Loyd worked for Wirtgen American as an applications specialist for the Recycling and Soil Stabilization product lines throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. During his time with Wirtgen America, Loyd provided technical oversight for the applications of cold in-place recycling, full-depth reclamation and cold central plant recycling.

Gabriel Arce, PhD, Research Scientist, Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC)
Dr. Arce earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New Orleans and his Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences with a concentration in Advanced Materials and Sustainability at Louisiana State University. Dr. Arce has more than eight years of experience in the field of advanced concrete materials and has worked in the development and testing of self-healing concrete technologies, the characterization and microstructure evaluation of cementitious materials, and the development, evaluation, and optimization of Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECCs). As a result of his research endeavors, Dr. Arce has published more than 30 research articles and holds a patent on the development of ECCs implementing sugarcane bagasse ash. Dr. Arce is an associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and a member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) where he is an associate member of the committees 236 on Material Science, 239 on Ultra-High Performance Concrete, and 564 on 3-D Printing with Cementitious Materials.

Andy Babish, PE, State Materials Engineer, Virginia DOT
obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Bluefield State College and his MSCE from Virginia Tech. He has been with VDOT over 22 years with the last 12 years as the State Materials Engineer. He started as a geotechnical engineer designing deep foundations for bridges within VDOT before moving to Materials where he worked on soft ground improvement methods for major projects. Subsequently, he took roles in various District Materials offices before becoming the State Materials Engineer.

Stan Bland, PE, Pavement Applications Director – Carolinas/Virginia, Southeast Cement Promotion Association
Stan is a 1971 graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in South Carolina. His career began at SCDOT in 1971. After 6 years as Resident Engineer in McCormick and Edgefield Counties, he served at SCDOT District 4 as District Construction Engineer for 23 years and District Engineer for 10 years, where he supervised over 650 people. Stan spent his last year at SCDOT as State Pavement Reclamation Engineer, retiring in 2011 with 40 years of service. In October 2011, he joined the Southeast Cement Promotion Association as the Pavement Applications Director for the Carolinas and Virginia. Stan was awarded the ARRA Special Recognition Award for Excellence in Full-Depth Reclamation in 2004, and also in 2011 received an Honorary Lifetime Membership from ARRA. Stan served on PCA’s Technical Advisory Committees for the development and creation of the guides for Cement-Stabilized Subgrade Soils and Full Depth Reclamation. He is currently a member of the Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association (ARRA) Full-Depth Reclamation Committee.

Kevin Chisnell, District Pavement Manager, VDOT Lynchburg District
Kevin started his highway materials career at Shinko Wire in Houston Texas, making and testing prestressed concrete cable in 1983. After working in the Materials and Tests section of TXDOT’s Houston field office for 5 years, Kevin moved to Virginia and began his VDOT career in 1988 as a technician in the Central Office Materials Laboratories at Elko. In 1991, Kevin transferred to the Materials laboratory in Staunton, moving into Pavement Management in 1999. He is currently in Lynchburg, where he has been the District Pavement Manager since 2018.

Roger A. Faulkner, PE, Executive Director, Southeast Cement Promotion Association (SCPA)
SCPA is a trade association of cement companies in the southeastern United States which promotes cement and concrete infrastructure solutions in the 9-state area of AL, GA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA and WV. Roger has over 40 years of experience in the construction and engineering design industry and has been in his current role since 2011. He has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Capital University, a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) Degree from The Ohio State University and is a Professional Engineer.

Don French, District Materials Engineer, VDOT Lynchburg District
Don was born and raised in Southwest Virginia. For those outside of Virginia this is the area between North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia. Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee.  During this undergraduate time worked as an intern in the Bridge Section at VDOT, Bristol District.  Hired out of school and trained/worked in the Materials Richmond Virginia area VDOT for six years.  Now a thirty one-year employee spending the remainder of that in the Lynchburg District. As an engineer, Don is constantly building and enjoys a good road project.  VDOT is a great organization however, it is a challenge to keep up with continuous change in the Materials Fields. 

Gary Greene, Jr, PhD, PE, Associate Professor/Civil & Environmental Engineering Department Chair, Trine University
Prior to joining Trine University, Dr. Greene conducted research on lightweight concrete beams and girders for 7 years while working as a contractor for Professional Service Industries, Inc. at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, a facility that is part of the Federal Highway Administration. Previous work experience includes five years in St. Louis, Missouri. Two of those years were spent designing highway bridges for a local consulting firm. He earned his Ph.D. from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Dr. Greene earned his P.E. in the state of Missouri and he is currently an active member of the American Concrete Institute and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Greg Halsted, PE, Manager of Pavements and Geotechnical Support, Portland Cement Association (PCA)
Greg is responsible for expanding market share for use of portland cement in all paving and engineered cement applications. He has over 25 years of experience in the use of cement in the pavements, geotechnical, and concrete industry, with knowledge of planning, design, materials testing, and construction; has participated in numerous training and construction workshops involving transportation agencies, Public Works departments, Universities, material suppliers, and consulting firms; and has authored several publications related to cement and concrete construction. Prior to joining PCA, he held civil and geotechnical engineering positions with the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute and the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Derek Imperial,Technology and Sales Specialist, Swope & Associates / Virginia Chapter ACI
As a Technology Specialist for Swope & Associates, Derek Imperial works closely with concrete producers, designers, specifiers and contractors. His focus with Swope & Associates is improving specialty and high-performance concrete mixes. Delivering consistent and innovative concrete in all types of situations. Derek has been involved in the Construction Industry for over 25 years. He has spent the last 14 years specializing in concrete technology and admixture sales. Since joining Swope & Associates in 2015, he has provided advanced concrete technical support and mix designs development using the latest admixture technology. Derek is active board member with the Virginia Chapter ACI and VRMCA Technical Committee.

Ramakrishna Jeediguta, DC Water / Senior Associate, Greeley and Hanson
Mr. Jeedigunta is licensed Professional Engineer with over 18 years of experience in a wide range of municipal wastewater projects, from planning through construction and start-up commissioning. Mr. Jeedigunta’s expertise includes CSO Program Management, addressing CSO regulatory issues and Asset Management for Green & Grey infrastructure.

Andy Johnson, PhD, PE, Pavement Design Engineer, Southeast Cement Promotion Association
has been the Pavement Design Engineer for the SCPA since 2014. He retired from the South Carolina DOT in 2014, where he had worked in the Office of Materials and Research for 25 years. Before retirement, he was the State Pavement Design Engineer. Andy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology, a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Master of Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Civil Engineering, all from the University of South Carolina. He was the first engineer hired by SCDOT specifically to perform pavement designs. During his career at SCDOT, he performed or directly supervised over 1,500 pavement designs for both new location and rehabilitation, on routes ranging from low-volume rural secondary roads to urban interstate highways. Andy served on PCA’s Technical Advisory Committees for the development and creation of the guides for Cement-Stabilized Subgrade Soils and Full-Depth Reclamation.

Jonah Kurth, PE, SE, Director of Engineering, Structural Technologies
Jonah Kurth, PE, SE leads STRUCTURAL TECHNOLOGIES’ Last Longer Engineering group. He has fourteen years of experience in assessment, repair design, and construction period services for existing structures across industrial, nuclear power generation, transportation, and commercial markets. His focus is in understanding deterioration mechanisms and service life extension for reinforced concrete structures. Mr. Kurth currently serves as a subcommittee chair for ACI 562, Code Requirements for Assessment, Repair and Rehabilitation of Existing Concrete Structures and is active in other ACI committees.

Adam Matteo, PE, Assistant State Structure and Bridge Engineer, VDOT
As the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Assistant State Structure and Bridge Engineer for Bridge Maintenance and Bridge Management, Adam is responsible for establishing policy for the maintenance of over 19,000 of Virginia’s highway bridges and large culverts.  He started his career at a shipyard, performing structural analysis on submarine pressure hulls. He has 35 years of engineering experience in structural design, bridge maintenance, and construction management. Adam has a Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering Degree from the University of Florida (1984), as well as a Master of Science, Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1993), and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and California.

Catherine C. McGhee, PE, Director of Research and Innovation, Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC)
Cathy has been with the Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC), the Research Division of the Virginia Department of Transportation since 1993, becoming its Director in December of 2016.  She has led VDOT’s research program on connected and automated vehicles and works with VDOT staff and University partners to develop, test, and deploy equipment and applications within the Virginia Connected and Automated Corridors to advance VDOT’s mission of delivering safe and efficient mobility. Cathy currently serves as the Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee on Regional Transportation System Management and Operations, Chair of the Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) panel, and is a stakeholder for the Surface Transportation Safety Center of Excellence at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia, both in Civil Engineering. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia.

Amanda Morgan, PE, DC Water / Senior Associate, McMillen Jacobs Associates
Amanda Morgan is a geotechnical engineer and has worked on a broad range of heavy civil engineering projects with an emphasis in underground construction. Amanda is currently working on DC Water’s DC Clean River Program and has been with the program since 2008. She has managed their geotechnical engineering program as well as the design of several of their tunnel projects. She is currently the Design Manager for the Northeast Boundary Tunnel project, DC Clean River’s largest tunnel project to date. She was also the Design Manager for the Anacostia River Tunnel project, which was put into operation in March of 2018.

Matt Munsick, Vice President, ACEiT Industries / New Product Development, Andale Construction
Matt has over 25 years of managing industrial, commercial, residential, environmental, and heavy highway civil construction projects including Design Build. Prior to joining Andale Construction, he was an independent Civil Construction Consultant to Contractor and Engineering Firms; Project Manager for McCarthy Improvement Company. Previously, he was with Lane Hauling and Excavating; Morgan Corp.; Pinkerton and Laws, Inc. His experience spans many different facets of construction. Munsick holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of South Carolina.

Harikrishnan “Hari” Nair,PhD, PE, Associate Principal Research Scientist, Virginia Transportation Research Council, Associate Principal Research Scientist
Hari Nair is an Associate Principal Research Scientist with the Virginia Transportation Research Council, the research division of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), where he is part of the pavement research team. He joined VDOT in 2008. Hari received his PhD in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is active in the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and NCHRP research panels. He currently serves as a vice chair of AASHTOWare Pavement ME Taskforce. Hari is a registered professional engineer in Virginia.

Thomas L. Nelson, Jr., PE, Virginia Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration
Thomas Nelson, Jr. has served as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Virginia Division Administrator since June 2019.  In this capacity, he provides leadership and direction to a diverse professional staff in implementing the $1.2 billion Federal-aid highway program.  Most recently, Thomas served for 4 years as the Division Administrator for FHWA in Kentucky. Prior to his position as Division Administrator, Thomas was the Special Assistant to the Administrator.  In this capacity, he provided direct support to the Administrator and served as a key adviser on program and policy issues having national, regulatory, and legislative implications.  He also coordinated critical Agency initiatives, and interacted regularly with senior officials inside and outside of FHWA.  He assisted the Administrator in the delivery and implementation of MAP-21 and the implementation of the Agency signature initiative for accelerating project delivery, Every Day Counts. 

Thomas also served as a Major Projects Engineer in the Office of Innovative Program Delivery where he was responsible for providing technical and policy assistance to FHWA field offices, partners and stakeholders in implementing risk-based project management. Before joining FHWA, Thomas served for 8 ½ years as a Vice President and Area Manager for CH2M Hill (now Jacobs).  Thomas also gained 10 years of valuable design and project management experience with the Michigan Department of Transportation where he served as the Unit Leader for Highway Design. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University and is a licensed professional Engineer.

Larry D. Olson, PE, President and Chief Engineer, Olson Engineering, Inc., and Olson Instruments, Inc.
Larry D. Olson, P.E., is internationally known for his expertise in nondestructive evaluation (NDE) of civil infrastructure including bridges, pavements, tunnels, dams, buildings, and foundations.  He has 40 years of consulting experience in structural condition assessment and monitoring, materials repair, pavement, geotechnical, geophysical, forensic and vibration engineering.  He is a member or past member of several committees including:  Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee AFF60 Tunnels, AFF40 on Field Testing and Nondestructive Evaluation of Transportation Structures and its NDE subcommittee as well as the Earth Exploration Committee AFP20 and its Geophysics subcommittee and ASCE’s Geophysics Committee. Larry is a member of the American Concrete Institute and served as President of the National Capital Chapter of ACI in 2015 and is on Committees 228 Nondestructive Testing, 309 Consolidation and 342 Bridge Evaluation.  He is a fellow of ACI and the International Concrete Repair Institute and founded the ICRI Evaluation Committee.  He has been an instructor in the American Society of Civil Engineers seminar on “Structural Condition Assessment of Existing Structure” since 1997 and in 2009 developed a new ASCE seminar “Bridge Condition Assessment and Performance Monitoring”.  He holds BS Civil and MS (Geotechnical) Engineering degrees from the University of Texas at Austin which honored him as a distinguished alumnus in 2006.  In 1995 Mr. Olson founded Olson Instruments, Inc. to manufacture NDE and seismic geophysical instruments with national and international sales.

Dallas Owens, Director of Concrete Services, Hoopaugh Grading Company, LLC
Dallas Owens began working in the construction industry in 1989 for McDowell & Associates Geotechnical Engineering Company painting the office, cutting grass, and testing concrete cylinders. Within a few months he began performing additional lab work and field related duties related to all facets of geotechnical testing. In 1997 he went to work for a highway construction firm as an estimator and project manager. In 2010 he went to work for a concrete paving contractor and started to specifically focus his attention on all aspects of concrete paving promotion, development, and construction throughout North and South Carolina. For the past 12 years he has been involved in the promotion, design, and construction of numerous private and public concrete paving projects. He attended Central Piedmont Community College and York Technical Community College focused on Civil Engineering Technology. He is currently a member of several concrete professional organizations, was the recipient of the 2018 Carolina’s Concrete Pavement Association Affiliate Member of the Year, is a qualifier for NC/SC general contractors, and is well known throughout the concrete pavement industry.

Rex Pearce, PE, Bridge Engineer, VDOT Staunton District
Rex Pearce has thirty-five years of professional engineering experience designing, inspecting and managing major transportation projects and programs including bridges, tunnels, highways and airfields in the public and private sectors.  He is the VDOT Staunton District Bridge Engineer where he manages the bridge engineering section.  His responsibilities include oversight of 75 bridge engineers, managers, inspectors, designers and builders and an infrastructure of 3,500 structures and associated budgets.  Mr. Pearce holds a BSCE from Virginia Tech and Professional Engineering licensing in Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Carin Roberts-Wollmann, PhD, Virginia Tech, Professor
Carin Roberts-Wollmann received her BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She received her MS and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.  Currently, she is a professor at Virginia Tech, specializing in reinforced and prestressed concrete.  She primarily focuses her research on new materials and new construction procedures to enhance the economy, durability and constructability of concrete bridges and buildings. She is a voting member of ACI Committee 318 – Building Code and Commentary, as well as several other code-writing committees.

Mary Sharifi, MS, Research Scientist, Virginia Transportation Research Council (VDOT)
Mary’s research areas are concrete materials and reinforcements as well as environmental issues for sustainability. She received her Master degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia. She is the author of two papers in the field of renewable energy, and co- author of papers that were presented at recent TRB annual meetings in the field of high performance concrete, pervious concrete, culvert repair, and workable and durable concretes for bridge repairs.

Jay Thompson, PE, SC CEI Manager, SEPI. Inc.
Jay Thompson began his career at Clemson University, participating in Asphalt and Concrete research studies while pursuing his graduate degree in Civil Engineering. He has been involved in the fields of geotechnical engineering, pavement engineering and construction and materials for 20 years. He had the opportunity to spend 10 of those years at SCDOT serving in the roles of Resident Construction Engineer and State Pavement Design Engineer. He is currently employed by SEPI Engineering and Construction Inc. as their CEI Manager for SC, but still spends considerable time focusing on pavement related issues and projects. Jay spends most of his free time with his wife Sherree and two young children, Jesse and Daisy doing whatever he can talk them into doing outdoors.

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