About the NCS Reston Branch

The National Capital Section's Reston Branch hosts regular monthly technical meetings at ASCE Headquarters in Reston at lunch time. Formerly a Committee of the Section, it was, in late October 2017,  anointed a Branch in recognition of its successful track record of serving members from the Reston area with well-attended PDH and networking opportunities. Several Branch Officer positions have opened up for our member volunteers to fill. Take advantage of these emerging leadership opportunities!

Presented by Michael Fontaine, PE, PhD, Associate Director, VDOT's Virginia Transportation Research Council

Register HERE with credit card, or pay at the door. Please register by Monday, November 5!

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) operates the 3rd-largest state-maintained highway system in the country, which encompasses facilities ranging from severely congested urban roads to low volume, rural, two-lane unpaved roads. A major emphasis area for the VDOT research program is to develop and implement innovative solutions to improve safety and mobility across the highway system. This presentation will provide an overview of a wide variety of recent projects in the safety and mobility areas, with a focus on projects of interest to residents of Northern Virginia. Topics to be covered include:

  • A discussion of innovative applications of intelligent transportation systems
  • An overview of Virginia research on connected and automated vehicles
  • Safety and traditional traffic engineering research

Projects relevant to Northern Virginia to be discussed include the Virginia Connected Corridor testbed in Fairfax, the regional impacts of the Metro Silver Line expansion, and effects of the I-66 Active Traffic Management system, among others.

WHEN: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM (Sign-in and catered lunch begin at 11:45 AM, with speaker at 12:00 PM)
WHERE: ASCE Headquarters - 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, Virginia, 20191
COST: $25 per person (member) $30 (nonmember)
Attendees will receive (1.0) Professional Development Hour (PDH).

About the Presenter: Michael D. Fontaine, P.E., Ph.D, is an Associate Director at the Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC), which serves as the research division of the Virginia Department of Transportation. At VTRC, Dr. Fontaine manages VDOT's research program in safety, traffic operations, intelligent transportation systems, and connected and automated vehicles. He is also a member of the graduate faculty in the University of Virginia Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, where he teaches graduate classes in transportation data analysis and highway safety. Prior to joining VTRC, Dr. Fontaine worked at Old Dominion University, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, and the City of Charlottesville. He has his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia and is a registered PE in Virginia.

Welcome to the Reston Branch

We're always on the lookout for volunteers to help in the planning of technical meetings in Reston. The Branch hosts technical meetings monthly for ASCE members in the Reston area, including surrounding counties, looking to network with other professionals, sharpen their technical and professional skills, and earn Professional Development Hours. For more information, contact the Branch Chair, Lisa Anderson, at lmanders@bechtel.com or 703-429-6631.