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Photo of Nithin Agarwal Nithin Agarwal UFTI T2 Center, Safety Engineer

Research Areas:

  • Multimodal transportation safety
  • Traffic Crash Data Modeling and Safety Analyses
  • Local road safety plans
  • Traffic operations, design and simulation
  • Advanced traffic signal timing
  • Connected and Automated Vehicles
  • Human factors
  • Tech transfer


Photo of Vassili Alexiadis Vassili Alexiadis Cambridge Systematics, Inc., Executive Vice President

Dr. Vassili Alexiadis, Ph.D., is a global leader in advancing transportation operations, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and Autonomous/Connected Vehicles (ACV) through transportation systems analysis, plan­ning and evaluation. He has led a number of innovative, signature, multi-million dollar projects for Departments of Transportation (DOT), other transportation agencies, and research organizations in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Alexiadis is frequently called upon to advise public, private, and academic sector agencies on their strategic direction and financial investments. …

Photo of Chimay J. Anumba Chimay J. Anumba UF College of Design, Construction and Planning, Professor & Dean

Chimay Anumba, Ph.D., PE, is Professor and Dean of the College of Design, Construction and Planning at the University of Florida. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (the United Kingdom’s National Academy of Engineering). He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Leeds, UK; a higher doctorate – D.Sc.…

Photo of Ines Aviles-Spadoni Ines Aviles-Spadoni UFTI/STRIDE, Coordinator, Research Programs/Services
Photo of Terrell Barnhart Terrell Barnhart UFTI T2 Center, Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Resource Center Assistant
Photo of Ron Boenau Ron Boenau International Transportation Research Advisor
Photo of Marsha Anderson Bomar Marsha Anderson Bomar MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority)

Marsha Anderson Bomar, AICP, ENV SP, has been with Gateway85 CID since 2016 and has an extensive background in engineering, transit, freight and urban planning.  In 1990, she founded Street Smarts, Inc., a planning, engineering and design firm, and Data Smarts, a data collection and management firm, both of which she sold to an international firm, in 2010. …

Photo of Alex Bond Alex Bond USDOT, Transportation Policy Analyst, Office of the Secretary- Policy

Alexander Bond, AICP, is a director at the Eno Center for Transportation; a Washington, D.C. based think tank and training organization founded in 1921. He is a specialist in transportation governance, regional planning, and organizational performance. Mr. Bond leads Eno’s workforce research efforts and training courses.

Prior to joining Eno, he was a Senior Associate at the consulting firm ICF International and a research faculty member at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida.…

Photo of Ann Brach Ann Brach Transportation Research Board Technical Activities Division, Director

Ann M. Brach, Ph.D., P.E., is the Director of the Technical Activities Division at the Transportation Research Board (TRB). In this role she leads the division’s activities in support of an array of federal, state, local, and private sector sponsors. These activities—which are designed and carried out by several thousand enthusiastic volunteers from every area of expertise related to transportation, supported by a team of dedicated staff—include TRB’s Annual Meeting, dozens of specialty conferences, workshops, a peer-reviewed journal, and other products and services that advance the knowledge and practice of transportation.…

Photo of Charles Brown Charles Brown UFTI T2 Center, Research Communications Editor and Writer
Photo of Tom Byron Tom Byron Florida Department of Transportation, Chair of the External Advisory Board, Assistant Secretary of Intermodal Systems Development

Tom Byron, P.E., was appointed Assistant Secretary of Strategic Development (formerly Intermodal Systems Development) for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in March of 2016. Prior to that, Tom served as Chief Engineer since December 2011.  As Chief Engineer, Tom was responsible for the Offices of Construction, Maintenance, Materials, Research, Traffic Operations, Design, Right of Way and Program Management.…

Photo of Milton Carrasco Milton Carrasco Transoft Solutions, Inc., President & CEO

Milton Carrasco, P.Eng., M. Eng., is the Founder, President & CEO of Transoft Solutions, Inc. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Southampton, UK and completed his M.Eng at the University of Calgary, Alberta Prior to launching Transoft in 1991, Milton spent 20 years in the consulting world.

Over the past 25 years, Milton has transformed Transoft into a global leader in transportation engineering software business, with offices on five continents and a community of over 30,000 users. …

Photo of Grady Carrick Grady Carrick Enforcement Engineering, Inc., Principal

Grady Carrick, Ph.D., is a retired Florida Highway Patrol Chief, who distinguished himself as a champion for traffic operations and safety during his 30 years with the agency.  Since his retirement in 2012, Mr. Carrick has held his current position as founder and principal of the firm Enforcement Engineering Inc., where works with the FHWA, NHTSA, TRB, FDOT, universities, and engineering firms to advance a safe and efficient highway system.…

Photo of Jonathan Czerenda Jonathan Czerenda McTrans, Payments, Accounting
Photo of Shen Dong Shen Dong McTrans, Software Development
Photo of Lili Du Lili Du UFTI, Associate Professor

Research Areas:

  • Connected and autonomous vehicle systems
  • Big Data Analytics for Transportation Systems
  • Interdependent Infrastructure network modeling
  • Transportation system analysis and network modeling
  • Multi-Modal Transportation System Sustainability
  • Traffic signal control and system operation
  • Dynamic and green vehicle routing

Lili Du is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering.…

Photo of Lee Duda Lee Duda McTrans, Orders, Registrations, Shipping
Caraline Duke Marketing and Communications Specialist
Photo of Lily Elefteriadou Lily Elefteriadou UFTI, Director, Barbara Goldsby Professor

Research Areas:

  • Traffic Flow Theory
  • Highway Capacity Analysis
  • Traffic Simulation
  • Signal Control
  • Travel Time Reliability

Dr. Elefteriadou is the Director of the UF Transportation Institute (UFTI) and the Barbara Goldsby Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Florida.…

Photo of Linda Floyd Linda Floyd UFTI T2 Center, Fiscal Coordinator
Photo of Amy Fu Amy Fu STRIDE Center Assistant
Photo of Jennifer Gomez Jennifer Gomez UFTI Administrative Assistant
Photo of Rui Guo Rui Guo Lecturer

Rui Guo is a Lecturer of the Department of Engineering Education in the UF Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. She currently teaches transportation courses for engineers. Before joining UF, she worked as an instructor in Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering at Texas Tech University from 2017 to 2019. She also worked as a research associate in the ITS and Safety program at Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) from 2015 to 2016.…

Photo of Laura Kelley Laura Kelley Central Florida Expressway Authority, Executive Director

Laura Kelley has more than 30 years of experience in executive transportation management, helping shape national, state and local policy. In 2014, she was named the Central Florida Expressway Authority’s (CFX) first executive director.  Managing the daily operations of the agency’s 109-mile expressway system, she leads a team of more than 65 people and is responsible for a nearly $1.3 billion dollar five-year work plan.…

Photo of Vishal Khanapure Vishal Khanapure McTrans, Software Development, Web Site
Photo of Sonja Lee Sonja Lee McTrans, Proprietors, Advertising
Photo of Pruthvi Manjunatha Pruthvi Manjunatha UFTI, Post-Doctoral Associate
Photo of Jasper Masciocchi Jasper Masciocchi T2 Center, Education and Training Specialist
Photo of Malissa McCreedy Malissa McCreedy City of Gainesville, Fla., Director of Mobility

Malissa McCreedy, AICP, recently joined as a new member of the UFTI’s external advisory board. Ms. McCreedy left the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation, where she was a Division Manager, to become the Director of Mobility for the City of Gainesville, Florida. The newly formed Department of Mobility encompasses all modes of transportation to include transit (RTS), transportation planning, parking, autonomous vehicles, traffic operations and traffic signals.…

Photo of Michael Meyer Michael Meyer Parsons Brinkerhoff, Inc., Senior Adviser

Michael D. Meyer, PhD, PE, FASCE, is currently strategy advisor for Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. and president of his own consulting firm, Modern Transport Solutions, LLC. He was director of Transportation Planning and Development for Massachusetts from 1983 to 1988, where he was responsible for statewide planning, project development, traffic engineering, and transportation research. Prior to this, he was a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at MIT.…

Photo of Debbie Powell Debbie Powell McTrans, Orders, Registrations, Processing
Photo of Ananth Prasad Ananth Prasad Florida Transportation Builders Association, Inc., President

Ananth Prasad, P.E., is a senior vice president with HNTB, an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm, where he leads the firm’s national transportation practice by developing and directing strategies that enhance the firm’s service to state departments of transportation across the country.

With more than 26 years of experience in the transportation industry, including 22 years with Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) where he most recently held the governor appointed position of Secretary of FDOT.…

Photo of Roozbeh Rahmani Roozbeh Rahmani UFTI/T2 Center Post-Doc
Photo of Sean Samford Sean Samford UFTI T2 Center, IT Specialist and PC Support,
Photo of Bill Sampson Bill Sampson McTrans and T2 Center Director, HCS, Tech Support
Photo of Paul Simpson Paul Simpson UFTI T2 Center, Florida Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Resource Center Co-manager
Photo of Siva Srinivasan Siva Srinivasan UFTI Associate Professor

Research Areas:

  • Transportation Planning and Policy Evaluation
  • Activity-Based Approaches for Travel-Demand Modeling and Forecasting
  • Travel Impacts of New Information and Communication Technologies
  • GPS and GIS Applications for Travel-Data Collection and Analysis
  • Application of Advanced Econometric Methods for Transportation Problems


Photo of Samantha Taningco Samantha Taningco McTrans, Software Development, Web Site
Photo of Patricia Turner Patricia Turner T2 Center, Education and Training Specialist
Photo of Matt Ubben Matt Ubben Confianza Consulting, Inc., President

Matthew D. Ubben, a public affairs professional with more than 30 years’ experience working for state government, associations and corporations, began service as Executive Director of the Florida Transportation Commission in August, 2016.

Ubben’s state government service in Florida includes stints as the Director of Legislative & Cabinet Affairs at the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the agency’s chief spokesman, Executive Director of the Florida Commission on Veterans’ Affairs; Public Affairs Director of the Florida Transportation Commission; Director of External Affairs at the Department of Management Services’ Division of State Group Insurance; and Deputy Communications Director at the Florida Department of Education.…

Photo of David Wantman David Wantman Wantman Group, President

The UFTI welcomes David Wantman, CEO of the Wantman Group, Inc. (WGI) to the External Advisory Board. Wantman started in the business at age 13 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Florida. After spending 10 years with a national firm, he returned to WGI in 1999 tempered by a wide variety of experiences.…

Photo of Scott S. Washburn Scott S. Washburn UFTI, Professor

Research Areas:

  • Traffic Operations
  • Traffic Flow Theory
  • Quality and Level of Service
  • Development and testing of simulation models
  • Statistical and Econometric Methods

Scott Washburn is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida, where he has served on the faculty since August of 1999.…

Photo of Ondine Wells Ondine Wells UFTI/STRIDE K-12 Education/Technology Transfer Coordinator
Photo of Xilei Zhao Xilei Zhao Assistant Professor

Xilei Zhao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida. Dr. Zhao received her B.E. in Civil Engineering from Southeast University, China, in 2013, her MSEs in Civil Engineering and Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in 2016 and 2017, respectively, and her Ph.D.…