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The Research and Development Executive Committee (RDEC) provides guidance and oversight of the Research Unit’s administration of the Department’s State Planning and Research (SPR) program in the following ways: providing fiscal accountability, reviewing and prioritizing research topics for development as research projects, monitoring progress of on-going studies, and tracking implementation of results from completed studies.  The Research Unit supports RDEC in these efforts through presentations of ongoing and completed projects at biannual Committee meetings.

Membership is composed of high-level managers from key divisions of the Department, two District Engineering Administrators, and representatives from the Office of Materials and Research and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).  The makeup and organization of the Committee is shown below.

Committee Organization Chart
 Mr. Leland Colvin, Deputy Secretary for Engineering, Chairman
 Mr. Brent Rewis, Deputy Secretary for Intermodal Planning
 Mr. Justin P. Powell, Deputy Secretary for Finance & Administration
 Mr. Randall Young, Chief Engineer for Project Delivery
 Mr. Andy Leaphart, Chief Engineer for Operations
 Mr. George Kinard, Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Services
 Mr. Robbie Isgett, Director of Construction
 Mr. David Cook, Director of Maintenance
 Mr. John Boylston, Director of Preconstruction
 Mr. Rob Perry, Director of Traffic Engineering
 Ms. Machael Peterson, Director of Planning
 Mr. Chad Long, Director of Environmental Services
 Mr. Michael Barbee, Director of Right of Way
 Mr. Doug Frate, Director of Intermodal and Freight Programs
 Mr. Todd Anderson, Director of Road Data Services
 Mr. Kevin Gantt, District Engineering Administrator, District No. 7
 Mr. Jason Johnston, District Engineering Administrator, District No. 4
 Mr. Merrill Zwanka, Materials and Research Engineer, Secretary
 Mr. Jim Garling, FHWA Division Pavement and Materials Engineer

The Committee meets semiannually, in the winter and summer.