UMass Amherst Alumnus Jeffrey B. Mullan, Head of State DOT, Speaks at Institute of Transportation Engineers Tech Day

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DATE: Thursday, March 11, 2010

TIME: 5:30 p.m.

PLACE: 10th Floor, Amherst Room, Campus Center

Alumnus Jeffrey B. Mullan, the secretary and CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, will be the keynote speaker March 11 when the University of Massachusetts Amherst student chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) hosts its 11th annual Tech Day in the 10th floor Amherst Room of the Campus Center. The event begins at 2:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 5:30 that will include the keynote address and an awards ceremony. Mullan’s talk is titled, “Facing Transportation Challenges in the Commonwealth.”

MassDOT was launched in November of 2009. As its CEO, Mullan oversees implementation of the most significant transportation reform law in decades. He leads a new, unified organization that operates as one transportation agency with the mission to provide a safe, reliable and efficient transportation network for citizens of the Commonwealth. Mullan was also a key architect of the reform plan to create the new streamlined transportation organization.

This year, Tech Day is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the UMass ITE group. There will also be four presentations beginning at 2:30 p.m. including: “Innovate Project: I-91 ITS Design Build Project” by Meryl Mandell, project manager at MassDOT District 2 and a UMass alumna; “The Future of Rail in New England” by Matthew Coogan, director of the New England Transportation Institute; “Pavement of Tomorrow” by Walaa Mogawer, civil and environmental engineering professor at UMass Dartmouth, and “Funding the Future” by Clinton Bench, deputy executive director MassDOT Office of Transportation Planning and a UMass alumnus.