Ghassan Abu-Lebdeh, PhD
Associate Professor, American University of Sharjah
United Arab Emirates
Ghassan is Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Transport at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. His research focus is on the interaction between urban traffic operations and public health. Ghassan teaches traffic control, in particular, congestion and sustainability in transport systems. He earned a doctoral degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. His academic and industry experience spans 25 years in transport operations and planning with periods at Michigan State University, University of Kentucky, and the Metropolitan Planning Organizations in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Albert Almasy (Al)
Vice President Tolling Solutions at Duncan Solutions
Dallas, Texas - United States
Al is Vice President of Tolling Solutions with Duncan Solutions, a company based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has been in the transportation/toll collection/IT industry for over 35 years holding various positions such as Director of Business Development, Project Manager & Consultant. Al brings a well-rounded perspective to any project as he has been on the operations side, the vendor side and the consultant side of the toll collection business. He has a broad skill set that includes project planning, procurement support, business process management (BPM), contract management and vendor management. Additional areas of expertise include radio frequency identifier (RFID) based vehicle transaction processing systems, customer service center design and operations, customer account management systems (CRM), business rules and managed lane operations. Al is active with the International Bridge Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), the Project Management Institute (PMI) and local charities.
Ron Deverman, MA
Associate Vice President, Principal Environmental Planning Manager HNTB
Chicago, Illinois - United States
Ron Deverman is Associate Vice-President and Principal Environmental Planning Manager for HNTB, a national engineering, architecture and planning firm, managing environmental impact assessment projects for transportation infrastructure improvements such as transit, passenger and freight rail, roadways, and bridges. Ron has over 32-years-experience in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) with special expertise in community impact assessment, cumulative effects analysis, and other federal environmental regulations, such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and Threatened and Endangered Species Act. Ron is currently the Program Manager for IDOT’s Office of Intermodal Project Implementation for the CREATE Program, a program of 70 rail improvement projects in the Chicago area; Ron is managing all activities for Phase I environmental, Phase II design and Phase III construction (see www.createprogram.org).
His education includes a BS in civil/environmental engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana, an MA in literature and creative writing from the University of Illinois in Springfield, and post-graduate studies in NEPA and related environmental studies. Ron is a Past President of the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP). He has also chaired their national NEPA Symposium, NEPA Working Group, Transportation Working Group (co-founder), and NAEP’s 2016 Annual Conference, among other positions of leadership. He is a Past President of IAEP, the Illinois chapter of NAEP, founded in 1975 as one of the original three chapters of NAEP. Ron has authored articles for, Environmental Practice, published by Cambridge University Press, and Environmental Law Reporter.
O. A. Elrahman (Sam), PhD
Sr. Research Scholar
Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment (CITE)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Albany, New York - United States
Sam is currently working with the Center for Transportation Infrastructure and Environment (CTIE) as a Senior Research Scholar. He is a member of a research team that examines governance of environmental health in six global cities, and studies the forces that influence decisions that impact environmental health. This National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored research study will deepen understanding of the processes and outcomes of collaborative governance of environmental health. He also is a team member of a study that is developing performance measures for evaluating social media use in public transit agencies. Prior to his work with the Center, Sam served at the New York State Department of Transportation for 30 years in different capacities including Head of the Research Coordination and Technology Transfer unit of the Transportation Research & Development Bureau. His extensive research and management activities spanned several departmental divisions, including Environmental Analysis, Policy, Transit, Project Development, and Economic Development. During his career, Sam has authored more than sixty peer-reviewed articles and technical reports.
Sam holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Environmental Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and an M.Sc. in Transportation Planning and Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York, School of Engineering, New York University. He also holds a postgraduate Certificate in Management Development from Cornell University.
Zvi Leve, MSc
Project Manager RuePublique
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Zvi is a transportation modelling expert whose interests focus on the linkages between transportation, land use, and sustainable development. With an educational background in economics, statistics, operations research and urban planning and many years of international experience he brings an ideal blend of technical and creative skills to projects. His PhD research on “Using parking pricing policy as a travel demand management tool” highlighted the importance of price signals in system performance. When he is not spending his time evaluating the implications of large-scale infrastructure projects, he can be found promoting human-scaled cities and active transportation. He is active in numerous community groups dedicated to rethinking the role of transportation and the built environment in our lives.
Gavin McCormack, PhD
University of Calgary, Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine
Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary (adjunct Associate Professor)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Gavin is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator, an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design, at the University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada). He completed a BSc in Human Movement from the University of Western Australia, a MSc in Sports Science (Exercise Physiology specialization) from Edith Cowan University (Western Australia) and a PhD in Public Health from the University of Western Australia. Gavin is head of a research program, which is funded by national grants is in the area of population and public health, and in particular investigate the relationships between the neighborhood built form and urban and transportation policy and health including physical activity (e.g., walking), diet, sedentary behavior (e.g., driving and screen time), and weight status among adults and children.
Gavin is also co-chair the 18th Walk21 International Conference Program and Scientific Committees being hosted by the UofC and the City of Calgary in 2017. He is Associate Scientific Editor for the Public Health Agency of Canada’s flagship journal, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada. In 2014, Gavin received the inaugural O’Brien Institute for Public Health Emerging Research Leader Award and Avenue Magazine named me to their Top 40 Under 40 list, based on my contributions to improving liveability throughout Calgary.
Mark J. Nieuwenhuijsen, PhD
ISGlobal/Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology
Mark is a world leading expert in environmental exposure assessment, epidemiology, and health risk/impact assessment with a strong focus and interest on healthy urban living. He has experience and expertise in areas of all-cause mortality, respiratory and cardiovascular disease, mental health and cognitive function, cancer and reproductive health, and exposure measurement and modelling of indoor and outdoor air pollution, green space, UV exposure, noise, temperature and physical activity, using new technology such as GIS, smart phones, personal sensors and remote sensing. He has edited 3 books on Exposure Assessment and on Environmental Epidemiology, and has co-authored more than 330 papers published in peer reviewed journals. Mark is an adviser to the WHO on active transportation, air pollution, noise and green space.
PATH Student Committee Representative
Santa Catarina, Brazil
Silvia has 12 experience as a project manager and researcher working in the non-for-profit sector. Her areas of expertise include rural transport access, emergency transport systems and maternal health and HIV prevention. Silvia has worked in Brazil, India, Italy, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and the UK and with multiple donors, including: European Union, DFID, Comic Relief, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, CHAI and BMGF. Silvia is committed to quality programme delivery and placing improved health outcomes at the core of her work. She is passionate about contributing to effective, evidence-based global transport and health solutions.
Silvia graduated in Culture and Human Rights from the University of Bologna (Italy) and holds an Masters of Science degree in Development Administration and Planning from the University College London (UCL), London, England.
Greg Rybarczyk, PhD
Associate Professor at the University of Michigan - Flint
Affiliated faculty, Michigan Institute for Data Science
Flint, Michigan - United States
Greg is an Associate Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the University of Michigan - Flint. His research is broadly centered on examining accessibility, mobility, and public health issues using innovative GIS methods and models. Greg's work involves alternative transportation analysis and way-finding assessment; evaluating public health outcomes; crime analysis and neighborhood quality development; spatial temporal GIS modeling; and food systems analysis, hazard mitigation analysis, environmental monitoring, bicycle routing/network analysis, and bicycle master plan writing.
Greg holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Geographic Information Systems and Transportation Geography.
Jessica Sheehan, MA
Project Manager and Design Strategist
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP (SOM)
San Francisco, California - United States
Jessica has over 15 years of experience on a range of cultural, hospitality and planning projects. She possesses a client-centric project management approach that focuses on design goals, budgets and schedules for projects of all scales. She has a well-deserved reputation for her big picture thinking, unwavering passion for design excellence, and an enthusiastic ability to build consensus with a variety of stakeholders. Trained as an architect, Jessica currently serves as design strategist and project manager for SOM specifically focused on City Design, Open Space and Environmental Graphic Design disciplines.
Jessica is currently leading the SOM Strategic Initiative on Health and the Built Environment as well as Business Development for the Environmental Graphic Design Studio. She holds a Master of Architecture Specialization in Urban Design and a Bachelor of Architecture, both from University of Cincinnati.
Patrick Sherry, PhD
Professor, University of Denver
Executive Director National Center for Intermodal Transportation
Denver, Colorado - United States
Patrick is Executive Director of the National Center for Intermodal Transportation (NCIT), an internationally recognized research institute focused on training and workforce development in the transportation and global supply chain industries. He manages a multi-million dollar research program examining organizational effectiveness, human stress and fatigue. Patrick has developed and validated an assessment instruments for the assessment of inclusiveness, leadership, teamwork, and career development. Building upon his expertise in Leadership Development, Executive Coaching & Assessment, Patrick led the Founding Fathers & CEO's of Transportation Leadership project for the Institute. The project documented the key developmental experiences of over 40+ innovative entrepreneurs and CEO's of transportation related companies including JB Hunt. He has a deep appreciation of the issues facing multinational business leaders having been an invited speaker and workshop facilitator on the topic of executive development and leadership at national and international conferences and with the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).
Patrick also holds an appointment as a Research Professor at the University of Denver where he has taught graduate level seminars and advised dissertations on topics in psychological assessment and vocational and occupational psychology.
Shiva K. Shrestha, PhD, AICP
Statewide Long-Range Planning Coordinator
Regional and Intermodal Planning Division
Maryland State Highway Administration
Baltimore, Maryland - United States
Shiva is a certified transportation planner with over 17 years of experience in statewide long range planning, regional and intermodal transportation and land use planning. As a transportation planner, he is primarily responsible for developing, updating, and managing the long-range state highway improvement plan for the State of Maryland (Highway Needs Inventory (HNI)) based on technical analyses of needs in coordination with local, regional, state, and federal agencies, elected officials, public and private associations, and the citizens. Working closely with internal and external stakeholders. Shiva manages long-range state highway plans/HNI.
Shiva holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from TECHNION - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, a Masters in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, Baltimore, Maryland, and a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture Economics from Allahabad University, UP, India.
Matthew Williams, PhD
Fellow, The Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health
Matthew is an adjunct Fellow with the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health and is based in Tokyo, researching and writing about cities. Matthew completed his PhD with the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University in 2010. His thesis focuses on the socio-cultural determinants of Bangkok's car culture and its impact on the public health of the city's residents. Matthew's research interests encompass public health, transport, public space, happiness and sustainability in cities. A keen urbanist, he is particularly interested in investigating how cities in the 21st century can deliver a more balanced, sustainable and enriching quality of life, while minimizing their impact on the environment.
Kimberly Vachal, PhD
Senior Researcher & Program Director
Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute
North Dakota State University
Fargo, North Dakota - United States
Kimberly is the lead investigator for Agricultural Industry and Rural Transportation Safety and Security activities at North Dakota State University’s Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute. She conducts research and outreach to promote a competitive agricultural logistics system, along with a safe and secure transportation, in rural regions. Research, outreach, and educational activities are defined and accomplished in cooperation with stakeholders. She has over 15 years of experience in transportation research, primarily in agriculture, safety, economics, policy, and freight mobility, and has worked extensively with both government and private industry agencies. In addition, she has had the opportunity to work with students as research assistants and in teaching courses in freight logistics, microeconomics, and international development economics.
Kimberly's research concentration has been in public policy and economics. She has written over 50 research papers and authored several journal articles. She also assists other research faculty with policy and economic analysis as it is relevant to their research.