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National Academy of Sciences Building,
2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C., USA

NCHRP Transportation Emergency Management and Security Summit & Exchange

PLEASE NOTE:  Advance registration IS required; Onsite registration will NOT be available for this event. 
Registration closes
12:00PM ET, Tuesday, November 14, 2023.

In October 2018, TRB, NCHRP, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) held the Resilient Innovations Summit and Exchange (RISE) in Denver, Colorado. Attendees at RISE included senior-level state department of transportation (DOT) representatives including CEOs and deputy directors, academia, private sector, FHWA, TRB, AASHTO, and other federal agency representatives. The goal of the RISE conference was to provide an opportunity for key stakeholders to meet and discuss a range of resilience issues encompassing man-made and natural disasters. A report summarizing the outcomes of the conference was developed to communicate the topics addressed during RISE and set a framework for state DOTs as they worked to improve transportation system resilience within their agencies.

Much has changed since 2018. There is a need to hold another summit to support state DOT emergency management and security managers.

For 2023, the Transportation Emergency Management and Security Summit & Exchange is an opportunity for state DOT practitioners, federal agency partners, academia, and those in the private sector to share advances in this field, best practices, and lessons learned. A summary report will be published afterwards to capture lessons learned and best practices shared during the summit and exchange.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Day and Time


Noon – 3 PM


Noon – 7 PM

Poster Sessions



1 – 2:10 PM

Keynote Presentations (2 x 30 Mins)

Dr. Jenni Hesterman, Global Security Expert, and United States Air Force (Retired)

Brian Ness, Director of Idaho Transportation Department (Retired)

2:10 – 2:30 PM

Break and Transition

2:30 – 5 PM

Field Trip – HSEMA EOC

5 – 7 PM

Welcome Reception

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Day and Time


7 AM – 6 PM

Poster Sessions

7 – 8 AM

Registration, Refreshments, and Coffee

8 – 8:10 AM

Welcome and Introductions

Chelsea Treboniak, Research Team, Critical Ops

8:10 – 9:20 AM

Security Workshop: Deploying Transportation Security Practices in State DOTs (NCHRP 20-124)

9:20 – 9:30 AM

Break and Transition







9:30 – 11:30 AM

State DOT Roundtable

Moderated by the Chris Engelbrecht, Safety and Emergency Management Director, MoDOT

Drone Programs

John Clendenin, Safety & Emergency Management Coordinator, State of Alaska

Dwayne Day, Homeland Security Planner, DelDOT

Lessons Learned

Bridge Collapse with Emily Fish, Assistant State Maintenance Engineer – Emergency Operations, GDOT

October Solar Eclipse with Jesse Barrus, District Engineer, ITD Rescue Plans (Open Discussion)

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM





12:30 – 1:30 PM

Funding and Reimbursement Robert Pesapane, Division Director; FHWA Emergency

Relief Program, FEMA Public

Assistance Program, and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)

Data-Driven Decision- Making

Ben Blandford, Research Scientist, Kentucky Transportation Center


1:45 – 3 PM

Emergency Management Workshop: An Emergency Management Playbook for State Transportation Agencies

(NCHRP 20-116)

3 – 3:30 PM

Break and Transition



3:30 – 4:30 PM

Case Study Round Robin

Philadelphia Bridge Collapse with Francis Hanney, Sr. Asst District Executive-Operations, PennDOT

Electric Futures with Thomas Popik, Chairman, Foundation of Resilient Societies

4:30 – 5 PM

Survey and Closing Remarks

5 – 6 PM

Networking Opportunity and Social