Billy Connor
Interim Co-Director, URi
Director, Alaska University Transportation Center
Interim Co-Director, URi
University of California - Davis

Billy Connor is the Director of the Alaska University Transportation Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Alaska. Prior to joining the University of Alaska Fairbanks he worked for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities as the Statewide Research Manager, researcher, project manager and hydraulics engineer.  He retired from the Alaska DOT&PF with 30 years of service.  He has been active at TRB and ASCE in pavement related technologies and transportation in cold regions for over 30 years. Other activities include serving on the Committee on Adaptation for the Governors Subcabinet on Climate Change, working with the Corps of Engineers, Department of Homeland Security, and the Navy on issues regarding increased marine traffic in the Arctic Ocean. During his tenure with UAF, he has taught classes in engineering management and transportation.  Awards include the K. B. Woods Award, ASCE Best Paper for the Cold Regions Journal and Engineer of the Year for ASCE Fairbanks Chapter.

He served 20 years as the AKDOT&PF’s research branch as a research engineer, ten of these as the Chief of Research for the department.   His work covered a wide range of transportation activities including developing Alaska’s pavement design procedures, pavement management, maintenance and forensic engineering, permafrost, frost heave and thaw weakening research, hydraulic research including fish passage, rip rap design and development of Alaska’s Hydraulic Manual, and numerous other transportation related activities.

He has chaired two TRB committees and has been active in numerous other TRB committees and activities. He has also served on the AASHTO Research Advisory Committee, ASCE Technical Council of Cold Regions Engineering (currently chairing the Frost Action Committee), and numerous other state and national activities.  Mr. Connor has also worked as a Construction Project Manager for AKDOT&PF, managing over $30 million per year.

David Jones, Ph.D., PrSciNat is Associate Director of the University of California Pavement Research Center at UC Davis where he manages research into sustainable road and airfield design with special interest in in-place pavement recycling and the use of recycled materials in pavement layers. He also leads research into the design, construction, maintenance and upgrading of unpaved roads, with a special interest in dust, dust control, stabilization and material improvement, and in the use of chemical treatments to optimize unpaved road management programs. He has developed performance based test methods and specifications, research protocols, and fit-for-purpose certification procedures; has investigated the long-term performance of numerous chemical treatment categories; and has prepared guidelines for using dust control and material stabilization programs as an integral part of unpaved road management. He has published widely on the topic and has been employed as a specialist consultant to road owners, the World Bank, and other development agencies in more than 20 countries over the last 20 years. Dr. Jones serves as the Chair of the National Academy of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board Committee on Chemical, Mechanical and Asphalt Stabilization, is a founder member and current Director of the Unpaved Roads Institute (formally the Road Dust Institute), and has served on the organizing committees for the 2008, 2011 and 2014 Road Dust Management Conferences and the 2011 and 2015 International Low Volume Roads Conferences.

Eli Cuelho Steve Albert
Interim Co-Director, URi
Western Transportation Institute
Director, Western Transportation Institute

Eli Cuelho, P.E., has been a Research Engineer at the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) since 1998 and currently serves as the Program Manager for the Infrastructure Maintenance and Materials program area.  Mr. Cuelho also serves as the Project Manager for Transcend, the large-scale research facility in Lewistown, Montana and is integrally involved with the establishment of the Unpaved Roads Institute.  His project experience covers a wide variety of topics such as: geotechnical engineering, geosynthetic design, pavement design and analysis, bridge construction and evaluation, winter maintenance and operations, ITS technology evaluation and deployment, cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses, and remote sensing and data acquisition equipment. Eli has 17 years of experience testing geosynthetic materials and is the chair of an ASTM task group dedicated to developing new test procedures for geosynthetics used as pavement and subgrade reinforcement.


Steve Albert is the Director of the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. He has been addressing transportation challenges for over 25 years in both the largest metropolitan centers and our nation’s most rural settings. His experience managing the Houston transportation system (HOV, traffic management, ITS, special events), national and international consulting, and his pioneering research addressing rural transportation needs has allowed for a unique perspective of America’s transportation issues. Recognizing the impacts of road dust on transportation and the environment, Steve co-chaired the first Road Dust Management Practices and Future Needs Conference in San Antonio in 2008, bringing together researchers, vendors, and practitioners to prioritize current and future road dust management best practices and to create a “road map” for the future. The momentum of this exchange gave rise to the establishment of the Unpaved Roads Institute, and the subsequent 2011 Road Dust Conference in Las Vegas. Steve holds a M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from Texas A&M University and a B.A. in Economics and Urban Planning from Central Connecticut State University.

Laura Fay  Dave James
Western Transportation Institute
University of Nevada Las Vegas

Laura Fay, MS, has ten years of laboratory and field research experience, specializing in environmental sciences. She has worked in field of winter maintenance examining the environmental implications of anti-icing and deicing compounds on roadways include fate and transport of deicer and developing best practices in winter highway maintenance. She has served on the organizing committee for the 2008 and 2011 Road Dust Conferences and has participated in the development of the Unpaved Roads Institute. She co-wrote the Road Dust Management and Future Needs 2008 Conference Proceedings (March 2009). Laura holds a M. S. in Environmental Science and Health from the University of Nevada, and a B.S. in Earth Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Dave James, PhD, PE, has participated in studies of dust measurement and control since 1995. He has participated in studies of the long term effectiveness of dust palliatives, and evaluation of chemical runoff from applied palliatives. He has measured PM10 emissions from paved road surfaces, and has co-authored three peer-reviewed journal articles, made two TRB presentations, and one peer-reviewed EPA Dust emissions conference paper, and numerous technical reports on this topic. He is one of the four co-authors of the 2002 EPA report “Potential Environmental Impacts of Dust Suppressants: Avoiding Another Times Beach” Dave has served on the organizing committee for the 2008 and 2011 Road Dust Conferences. He qualified as a plume opacity reader in November 2011.


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