I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn throughout my career, quite often when I was supposed to be teaching others.
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I developed full-day Asphalt Maintenance & Rehabilitation, Pavement Preservation, Chip Seal, Micro and Slurry Seal, and related classes for the Wyoming T2 Center and delivered them at multiple locations across Wyoming over the last five years. I have developed and presented several professional development courses for the Wyoming Society of Professional Engineers and ACEC. I have developed and delivered a Cost-Effective Low-Volume Pavement Treatments and an Asphalt Paving Technology course for the Nevada Local Technical Assistance Program. I updated and delivered Nevada LTAP’s All About Roadway Materials course, and have developed and delivered a course on HMA Smoothness for the California Asphalt Pavement Association, and have updated that course to keep pace with changes in specifications and technology and am delivering it across California.

I served as subject matter expert and Certified Instructor for delivery of the National Highway Institute (NHI) courses Asphalt Pavement Recycling Technology, Hot Mix Asphalt Construction, HMA Pavement Evaluation and Rehabilitation and Hot Mix Asphalt Production Facilities on an on-call basis. These multi-day courses are typically delivered to state transportation and similar agencies at locations across the country, and they quickly taught me to not assume I knew anything about how pavements were constructed in other areas.

I developed and delivered technical and non-technical rubberized asphalt concrete (RAC) training sessions for local government, contractor, and consultant personnel at over 50 locations I assisted local government with construction management and inspection of RAC projects. I was able to review and provide recommendations for improvements to specifications and review submittals/post-construction issues for at least a dozen agencies. I assembled a listing of typical specifications for a variety of rubberized asphalt uses, including surface treatment, wearing courses, and stress-absorbing membrane interlayers (SAMI), and was able to conduct technical and non-technical investigations of RAC and pavement-related issues.

I served as a member of the six-person Project Technical Panel for the Airfield Asphalt Pavement Technology Program (AAPTP) Project 04-05, Improved Performance of Longitudinal Joints on Asphalt Airfields. As a member of the panel, I was responsible for oversight and technical direction of the research and of the content and organization of the final report, which includes a “best practices” guide. The final report is available on the AAPTP website.

A Sampling of Seminars/Training

Invited speaker to the Wyoming Engineering Society 99th through 102nd Annual Conventions.

Developed and delivered a half-day class on Hot (and Warm) Mix Asphalt for Consultants for the ACEC of Wyoming 2018 Fall Conference.

Invited Speaker, 2018 Rocky Mountain Asphalt Conference Value Engineering for Low-Volume Roadways, Racetrack Paving Lessons Learned, Pavement Selection Considerations for Alternative Delivery – Denver, CO

Invited Speaker, Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association’s 2019 Semi-Annual Meeting – Value Engineering – Monterey, CA

Invited Speaker, Northern California APWA 21st Annual Public Works Conference – Cold-in-Place Recycling with Expanded Asphalt – Richmond, CA

Invited Speaker, Association of California Airports – Pavement Materials, Maintenance, and Specifications – South Lake Tahoe, CA

Invited Speaker, AGC California Joint Engineering Division Board of Directors Meeting – HMA ride quality best practices and reasonable expectations – Long Beach, CA.

Invited Speaker, California Asphalt Pavement Association (CalAPA) Fall Conference – HMA ride quality best practices and reasonable expectations – Sacramento, CA.


Course Update, American Public Works Association Introduction to Construction Inspection – Section 11 Street & Surface Improvements. I updated and rewrote this section.


Guest Speaker, Asphalt Pavement Conference – Nashville, TN. Presentation and Panel Discussion – Hot Mix Asphalt Production.

Invited Speaker2007 Idaho Road Builders Conference – Challenges and solutions for paving in marginal and difficult situations, including cold weather paving and paving of racetracks.

Invited SpeakerIdaho Transportation Department. 2009 Project Development Conference – Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP).

Invited Speaker, ADOT / ASU. Arizona Pavements / Materials ConferenceWell, if it were me … observations from two decades of HMA construction.

Invited Speaker, Ada County Highway District, Idaho Pavement Section Design, Construction, and You

Invited Speaker, Arizona Association of County Engineers Longitudinal Joint Construction

Invited Speaker, Association of Modified Asphalt Producers Annual Meeting- High Performance PMA Applications for Extreme Stress

Invited Speaker, California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) – Asphalt-Rubber, Lessons Learned

Invited Speaker, California Council of Testing and Inspection Agencies (CCTIA) – Permeable Pavements

Guest Speaker, University of Nevada-Reno CE 460 – Why Do We Inspect and Test During Construction?

Invited Participant, Caltrans Moisture Sensitivity Conference


Invited Speaker, MulvannyG2 Architecture, Bellevue, Washington – Costco Parking Lot Paving – easier than NASCAR?

Training Development and Delivery, City of OaklandCalifornia – Rubberized Asphalt

Training Development and Delivery, Mead & HuntSanta Rosa, California – Rejuvenators – Why, How, and What’s In It For You?

Invited Speaker, Rocky Mountain Asphalt Conference, Denver, Colorado – What a Consultant Needs to Know About Asphalt Specifications and Construction – A Consultant’s Perspective

Training Development and Delivery, City Of Tulsa Public Works, Tulsa, Oklahoma –  Hot Mix Asphalt Compaction and Joint Construction 

Invited Speaker, UDOT Project Development Conference, Salt Lake City – Emissions Impossible – The UDOT Quarry Experience

Training Seminars, CalRecycle RAC Technical Assistance Project, over 25 locations across California – All aspects of Rubberized Asphalt



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