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. 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.