By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

A stellar lineup will address the theme “Building Smart & Resilient Transportation Infrastructure” and other industry issues at this year’s ARTBA National Convention, which opens Sept. 30 in New York City. This year’s convention for the first time is being held in conjunction with the annual Dr. J. Don Brock TransOvation Workshop™.

The Oct. 1 “State of the Transportation Construction Industry” panel features five industry senior executives: Greg Kelly, president & CEO of WSP USA; Bob Alger, president & CEO of Lane Industries, Inc.; Steve Morriss, president of Design and Consulting Services, Americas, AECOM; Richard Cavallaro, president & CEO of Skanska USA Civil; and Jean Vidal, president & CEO of Colas.

Dr. Stephen E. Flynn, founding director of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University and one of the world’s leading experts on critical infrastructure and supply chain security and resilience, will address the ARTBA Foundation luncheon.

In the afternoon, Laura Cataldo, manager of construction & real estate services at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, will address “Workforce Development and Challenges in Transportation Design & Construction” during a special session hosted by ARTBA’s Industry Leader Development Council.

On Oct. 2, Stanford University’s technology and innovation expert Mike Steep, and Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will each give general session talks about the role of new technologies and “smart” construction techniques in building more resilient transportation systems.

During the TransOvation™ Workshop later that day, Microsoft’s Jennie Clinton, a senior risk manager, will address “Corporate Resilience and Humanitarian Response During Disasters.”

Other TransOvation panelists include: Mike Flood, national resiliency lead at WSP USA; Josh DeFlorio, chief of resilience & sustainability at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey; Ryan Prime, sustainability director at Skanska USA Civil; Eric Daleo, assistant executive director at Capital Planning & Programs, NJ Transit; Jon Carnegie, executive director at Rutgers’ Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center; and Niek Veraart, vice president at Louis Berger.

It’s not too late to register for this year’s unique and highly-informative combined meeting: