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21st Annual NJDOT Research Showcase

  • October 23, 2019
  • 8:30 am–3:00 pm


8:30 a.m. Sign-in and Networking

9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
Michael Russo, NJDOT,
Assistant Commissioner Planning, Multimodal, and Grant Administration, New Jersey Department of Transportation

9:05 a.m. Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Transportation

9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks
Valeriya Remezova, Assistant Division Administrator New Jersey Division Office

9:30 a.m. Keynote Address
David C. Woessner, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Regulatory Affairs, Local Motors

10:05 a.m. Research Poster Exhibits and Break

10:30 a.m. Panel Making the Connection: How can innovations in connectivity improve safety, equity, and mobility?

Thomas M. Brennan, PhD., Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering- The College of New Jersey
Salvatore Cowan, Director of Traffic Operations, Transportation Systems Management Unit- New Jersey Department of Transportation
Dan McClung, Vice President of Engineering Solutions, Danlaw, Inc.
Carolyn L. Nelson, P.E., Civil Engineer, Project Development/Environmental Specialist – USDOT Federal Highway Administration
David C. Woessner, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Regulatory Affairs, Local Motors

11:40 a.m. Presentation of 2019 Awards

2019 Outstanding University Student in Transportation Research Award

2019 NJDOT Research Implementation Award

2019 Best Poster Award

2019 NJDOT Build-a-Better Mousetrap Award

12:00 p.m. Buffet Lunch and Research Poster Exhibits

1:00 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions on Safety, Mobility and Equity, Innovation, and Poster Session

Innovation Breakout Session #1

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – A New Protocol for Evaluating the Effectiveness of  Coatings Used to Reduce Corrosion of Steel Structures, P.N. Balaguru, Rutgers University
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Bridge Structural Health Monitoring Using Nonlinear Vibro-Acoustic Method, Alexander Sutin, Stevens Institute
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Risk-based Decision-making Model in Highway Bridge Foundation/Substructure Reuse, Ehssan Hoomaan, City College of New York


Innovation Breakout Session #2 

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Design and Performance Evaluation of Fiber-reinforced Hot Mix Asphalt, Daniel Offenbacker, Rowan University
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Forensic Evaluation of Pavement Failure Using GPR and UAV Technology, Vahid Ganji, Michael Baker International
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. –Freeze-thaw Durability of the Bond Between Cementitious Rapid Repair Materials and Concrete Substrate, Noah Thibideaux, NJIT


Equity and Mobility Breakout Session

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – How NJDOT addresses Equity in Transportation, Brian ten Siethoff, Cambridge Systematics
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Minimizing Cost of Highway Maintenance Considering the Impact of Vehicle Emissions:  An Artificial Bee Colony Approach, Celina Semaan, NJIT
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. –A Smart Application for Predicting Network-wide Congestion Hot Spots Under Adverse Weather Conditions, Abdullah Shabarek, NJIT


Safety Breakout Session

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Local Road Safety Audit Program, Aimee Jefferson, NJTPA
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Miami Pedestrian Bridge Collapse: A Computational Forensic Analysis, Ran Cao, City College of New York
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Roadway Safety – A Distinct Discipline, Priscilla Tobias, Arora and Associates


Poster Mini Breakout Session


3:00 p.m. Adjourn


Call for Presentations

Call for Posters

11th Annual NJDOT Research Implementation Award

The Outstanding University Student in Transportation Award Nomination Form




Date & Time

October 23, 2019
8:30 am–3:00 pm


Mercer County Community College – Conference Center at Mercer
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550 United States

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Registration is complimentary. This program is organized by the NJDOT Bureau of Research in partnership with the New Jersey Local Technical Assistance Program (NJ LTAP); funding is provided by the Federal Highway Administration.




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