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Monday, July 15
7:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m.
Networking Breakfast, Riverview A

8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.
RAC/CUTC Collaboration Meeting, Riverview B

This session brings together state DOT and University research staff to discuss issues of common interest and opportunities to collaborate.
Moderator: Skip Paul, Louisiana DOTD
Work Plan Status Update, Martin Pietrucha, Penn State University & Dale Peabody, Maine DOT
Changes to UTC Competition Rules, Billy Connor, University of Alaska Fairbanks& Richard Long, University of Florida
Workforce Development, Shashi Nambisan, Iowa State University & Darryll Dockstader, Florida DOT
Additions to Work Plan, Martin Pietrucha, Penn State University & Dale Peabody, Maine DOT

10:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
Break, Riverview A

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
Research Advisory Committee (RAC) 101, Riverview B

This session is designed for relatively new RAC members, although all conference participants are strongly encouraged to attend to pick up new information. The purpose of the session is to provide an overview of DOT Research Program responsibilities and national transportation research programs. There will be ample opportunities for participants to ask questions of the panelists.
Moderator: Allison Hardt, Maryland State Highway Administration
Introduction and Mentoring, Dale Peabody, Maine DOT
SCOR/RAC Website/New Members Handbook, Amy Schutzbach, Illinois DOT
RAC Task Forces, David Jared, Georgia DOT
Peer Exchanges, Camille Crichton-Sumners, New Jersey DOT
Transportation Pooled Fund, Christopher Jolly, FHWA
TRB Cooperative Research Programs and Information Databases, Chris Hedges, TRB
Seven Keys, Cynthia Gerst, Ohio DOT
TRB State Reps, Mark Norman, TRB

12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.
Lunch, Riverview A

1:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Task Force Meetings (Concurrent)

Administration & Education Task Force, Governor Room
This task force is involved in a variety of issues such as updating RAC bylaws and managing/updating the contents of the RAC/SCOR website. The TF is also involved in providing resources to assist new staff in understanding the roles and responsibilities of RAC managers. The meeting is open to all who have an interest in the topic.
Co-Chairs: Steve Pepin, Massachusetts DOT,& Allison Hardt, Maryland State Highway Administration

Value of Research Task Force Meeting, Capitol Room
This task force focuses on efforts to document and communicate the value of research to our organizations and the public. The meeting is open to all who have an interest in the topic.
Co-Chairs: Mark Morvant, Louisiana DOTD& Linda Taylor, Minnesota DOT

Coordination and Collaboration Task Force Meeting, Paramount Room
This task force works to encourage collaboration between various organizations involved in transportation research. The meeting is open to all who have an interest in the topic.
Co-Chairs: Sue Sillick, Montana DOT& Anne Ellis, Arizona DOT

2:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Break, Riverview A

3:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Task Force Meetings (Concurrent)

Program Management and Quality Task Force Meeting, Governor Room
This task force seeks to encourage adoption of best program management practices by state DOT Research Programs. The meeting is open to all who have an interest in the topic.
Co-Chairs: Michael Bonini, Penn DOT& David Jared, Georgia DOT

Transportation Knowledge Network Task Force Meeting, Capitol Room
This task force is working to develop and encourage adoption of best practices for preserving and sharing transportation knowledge. The meeting is open to all who have an interest in the topic.
Chair: Leni Oman, Washington DOT

5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception, Heidelberg (10th Floor)

This session is an opportunity to network with other meeting participants and share best practices, innovative ideas, and collaboration opportunities about transportation research. Light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.

Tuesday, July 16

7:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m.
Networking Breakfast, Riverview A

8:00 am. 9:15 a.m.
Opening Session, Riverview B

This session will include welcoming remarks from the Chair of the AASHTO Research Advisory Committee and from our host state. Representatives of national organizations will provide updates on their activities related to transportation research. Moderator: David Jared, Georgia DOT
Sherri LeBas, Louisiana DOTD
Harold Paul, Louisiana DOTD
Robert Skinner, TRB
Mike Trentacoste, FHWA
Jim McDonnell, AASHTO

9:15 a.m. 9:45 a.m.
Break & Exhibit Area Open, Riverview A

9:45 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
SHRP 2 Update, Riverview B

This session will include an overview of the SHRP2 program, updates on select SHRP2 projects (conduct/implementation), and a general implementation update.
Moderator: Dave Huft, South Dakota DOT
SHRP 2 Program Update, Ann Brach, AASHTO
Organizing Transportation to Improve Reliability,John Conrad, CH2M Hill
Integrating Conservation, Highway Planning and Environmental Review, Shari Shaftlein, FHWA
Preservation Guidelines for High Traffic Volume Roads, Kelly L. Smith, APTech
SHRP 2 Safety Update, Monique Evans, FHWA

12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.
Lunch, Riverview A
Speaker: Bud Wright, AASHTO

1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
SHRP2 Coordination / Collaboration Roundtable, Riverview B

This session will allow attendees to ask the agencies leading SHRP2 implementation questions regarding coordination and collaboration therein. Moderator: Skip Paul, Louisiana DOTD
Neil Pedersen, TRB
Pam Hutton, AASHTO
Mike Trentacoste, FHWA
Gavin Gautreau, Louisiana DOTD

2:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Break & Exhibit Area Open, Riverview A

2:30 p.m. 4:15 p.m.
High Value Research Sweet Sixteen, Riverview B

This session will include quick-hitting presentations on the top 16 picks and more from our annual High Value Research Project submissions with emphasis on the benefits of the research and implementation strategies.
Moderator: Mark Morvant, Louisiana DOT
~Accident Risk Analysis Tool Coco Briseno, California DOT
~Aging Driver and Pedestrian Safety: Human Factors Studies Darryll Dockstader, Florida DOT
~Analysis and Methods of Improvements of Safety at High-Speed Rural Intersections Tommy Nantung, Indiana DOT
~Best Practices for Implementation of Tack Coat TRP Recommendations Amy Schutzbach, Illinois DOT
~Design, Construction and Monitoring of Roller Compacted Concrete Pavement in the FSP Sarah Tamayo, Arkansas DOT
~Elimination of Weight Restriction on Amtrak, NJ Transit, and Conrail Lines Camille Crichton-Sumners, New Jersey DOT
~Energy Management Program for SDDOT Dave Huft, South Dakota DOT
~Evaluation of the RapidAir 457 Air Void Analyzer Peggi Knight, Iowa DOT
~Identifying Characteristics of High-Risk Intersections for Pedestrians and Cyclists Cameron Kergaye, Utah DOT
~Impact of Non-Freeway Rumble Strips Phase 1 Michael Townley, Michigan DOT
~Innovative Bicycle Facility Research and Analysis Stephanie Dock, District DOT
~Louisiana Legislature Acts on Research to Add Additional Axle to Overloaded Sugar Cane Trucks Bill King, Louisiana DOTD
~Recommended Guide for Next Generation of Transportation Design-Build Procurement and Contracting in Georgia David Jared, Georgia DOT
~Use of Moisture Induced Stress Testing to Evaluate Stripping Potential of Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) Dale Peabody, Maine DOT
~Use of Streaming Media and Digital Media Technologies at CTDOT
~James A. Fallon, Connecticut DOT Variable Speed Limit System for I-80 Elk Mountain, Wyoming, Corridor Timothy McDowell, Wyoming DOT

4:15 p.m. 4:45 p.m.
Break & Exhibit Area Open, Riverview A

4:45 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Banquet (meet in the hotel lobby to board bus)

The buses will depart the Hilton beginning at 5 p.m. for a 45 minute drive to the Houmas House. Houmas House grounds and gardens will be open for all attendees. For those wishing to participate in the guided tour of Houmas House, the tour will begin at 6 p.m. and take approximately one hour and is an additional $15 fee. House tour participants should plan to use the first bus. A opening reception will be in the first floor of the Main House. Dinner will begin 7:30 pm in the Neptune Ballroom. Times are subject to change depending on participation in the house tour.
Driving Directions from Baton Rouge to Houmas House (approximately 3/4 hour driving time): Take Interstate - 10 East to Gonzales. Take Exit 179 (Hwy 44). Turn right off the exit onto Hwy 44 and proceed past Pelican Point Homes and Golf Club, across the intersection with LA Hwy 22. After you cross HWY 22, go about a half mile and turn right at the levee onto River Road. Houmas House is on your right in less than a half mile. Enter the parking area on the far side of the property just past the white fence along the front of the property.

Wednesday, July 17

7:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m.
Networking Breakfast, Riverview A

8:00 am. 9:45 a.m.
TRB State Representatives Meeting (Part 1): Transportation Research Funding in Three Acts, Riverview B

Moderator: Skip Paul, Louisiana DOTD

Sources of Transportation Research Funding
Leni Oman, Washington DOT
Where does transportation research funding come from? This presentation will provide a brief history of transportation research funding and summarize current funding sources.

Managing Research
Amy Schutzbach, Illinois DOT & Skip Paul, Louisiana DOTD
State Planning and Research Part 2 can be used as source of funding for many activities. This presentation provides a focused look at those activities and management considerations. It will also briefly address opportunities to leverage resources and partnerships.

Finding Funding for Research: Competitive Funding
Sue Sillick, Montana DOT
There are many sources of funding available for research. But how does one find them and determine which source fits the research need? This presentation provides an introduction and overview of the Research Funding Guide, including where to find it, how to use it, and how the content is maintained.

9:45 a.m. 10:15 a.m.
Break & Exhibit Area Open, Riverview A

10:15 a.m. 11:45 a.m.
TRB State Representatives Meeting (Part 2): Getting the Most out of the State DOT-TRB Partnership, Riverview B
Moderator: Skip Paul, Louisiana DOTD & Mark Norman, TRB
Venue for 2015 TRB Annual Meeting Mark Norman, TRB To accommodate the ever-increasing size of the program and attendance, the TRB Annual Meeting will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, beginning in 2015. Opportunities for interdisciplinary and multimodal exchange of information, and program efficiencies will be discussed.

TRB Training Program: Ahead of the Curve
Cynthia Gerst, Ohio DOT
A status report on the new TRB initiative intended raise the profile of research program managers and to help them master the management of transportation research and innovation.

Committee Research Coordinators
Sue Sillick, Montana DOT
An update on the Back to Basics initiative and the establishment of the role of Committee Research Coordinator for TRB standing committees.

Understanding the Difference between TRB State Representatives and RAC Members
Anne Ellis, Arizona DOT
Many TRB State Representatives are also RAC Members. This discussion will explain the differences in responsibilities of the two roles.

Helping State DOTs Get the Most Out of the TRB Annual Meeting
Mark Norman, TRB; Anne Ellis, Arizona DOT; Michael Townley, Michigan DOT & Linda Taylor, Minnesota DOT
This presentation is designed to help TRB State Representatives understand all that the TRB Annual Meeting has to offer their organizations. Demonstrations of the AMOnline, the online Interactive Program, and the TRB Annual Meeting App will be included.

Electronic Dissemination of TRB Publications to State DOTs
Mark Norman, TRB
An update on the options available to the state DOTs for electronic dissemination for TRB Publications.

Online Resources for TRB State Reps
Michael DeCarmine, TRB
A demonstration on the use of various online resources, including the main TRB website, TRB State Representatives resource webpage, Online Directory, and the TRB webinar series.

11:45 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Lunch/High Value Research Awards, Riverview A

1:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Attributes of Successful Research Programs, Riverview B

This session will focus on the question of what makes a research program successful. What are the attributes that a research program should have in order to maximize the probability of success? Panelists will share their stories of how they developed or enhanced those attributes and how those attributes contribute to their programs' success.
Implementation and the Value of Research, Jimmy White, Virgina DOT
Agency-wide Involvement and Participation in the Research Program, Peggi Knight, Iowa DOT
Creating and Measuring Customer Satisfaction, Linda Taylor, Minnesota DOT

2:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Break & Exhibit Area Open, Riverview A

3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Regional Business Meetings (Concurrent)
Region 1 Business Meeting, Governor Room Coordinator: Camille Crichton-Sumners
Region 2 Business Meeting, Capitol Room Coordinator: David Jared
Region 3 Business Meeting, Louisiana Room Coordinator: Amy M. Schutzbach
Region 4 Business Meeting, Paramount Room Coordinator: Anne Ellis

5:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Regional Dinners

Thursday, July 18

7:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m.
Networking Breakfast, Riverview A

8:00 am. 9:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Project Management and Database Systems for State Research Programs, Governor Room
Moderator: Darryll Dockstader, Florida DOT

This session will focus on successful program management and database systems that have been implemented by state DOTs to improve process efficiencies, project data archiving, and program reporting. Presentations will include the results of a recent survey on state-of-practice, management and database software examples, and lessons learned through implementation and adaption.
Managing Research with Databases and Spreadsheets Survey of State Approaches and Capabilities, Pat Casey, CTC & Associates
LTRC Project Management & Tracking System, Mark Morvant, Louisiana DOTD
MnDOT's Automated Resource Tracking System (ARTS), Linda Taylor, Minnesota DOT
Transportation Research Program Management Database: Lessons from a Pooled Fund Project, Leni Oman, Washington DOT

National Research Development and Deployment Initiatives, Paramount Room
Moderator: Jeffrey Brown, Alabama DOT

This session will provide an overview of new initiatives by FHWA and NCHRP to provide easier access to information and improve deployment of national research. The session will include one example of how RAC can get involved in advancing deployment of a national asset management initiative.
Communication of NCHRP Results, Crawford Jencks, TRB
Implementation of National Innovations & Research Results, Michael Bonini, Pennsylvania DOT
Transportation Asset Management Requirements in MAP-21, Michael Bridges, Louisiana DOTD
Evaluating Implementation of NCHRP Products: Views of Panel Members and Research Directors, Pat Casey, CTC & Associates

9:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m.
Break, Riverview A

10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.
Task Force & Regional Business Reports, Riverview B

This session will highlight the current activities, recent successes, and future plans of the RAC Task Forces and RAC Regional Groups.
Moderator: Dale Peabody, Maine DOT & RAC Vice Chair

11:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m.
Invitation to Wisconsin: 2014 AASHTO RAC/TRB State Reps Meeting, Riverview B

This session will provide an opportunity to hand-off the annual meeting responsibilities to Region 3 and the 2014 host state DOT.
Moderator: Dale Peabody, Maine DOT & RAC Vice Chair
Panelist: Daniel Yeh, Wisconsin DOT

11:45 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Closing Lunch, Riverview A

1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. RAC Officers Meeting, Governor Room

This is a business meeting for RAC leadership. The meeting is open to representatives from AASHTO, TRB, FHWA, and the state DOT Regional Chairs, Vice Chairs, and Task Force Chairs.

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