Technical Advisory Board


Veronica O. Davis, PE

Director of Transportation & Drainage Operations
Houston Public Works
Houston, Texas

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Veronica has nearly 20 years of experience in engineering and transportation planning. She is the Director of Transportation & Drainage Operations, a service line within Houston Public Works. Veronica is an Entrepreneur and Civil Engineer, co-founding Nspiregreen, LLC., which manages Community, Multimodal Transportation, and Environmental planning and consulting. While at Nspiregreen, she led the Vision Zero Action Plans for Washington, DC and the City of Alexandria. She co-founded Black Women Bike, an organization and movement which builds a community and interest in biking among black women through education, advocacy and recreation. Veronica was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House in 2012 for her professional accomplishments and advocacy.


Douglas Eisinger, Ph.D.

Vice President and Chief Scientist
Transportation Policy and Planning,
Sonoma Technology, Inc.
Petaluma, California

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Dr. Douglas Eisinger is Vice President and Chief Scientist for Transportation Policy and Planning at Sonoma Technology, Inc. (STI), an air quality research firm. He joined STI in 1995 and serves on the Board of Directors. He oversees research for the Near-Road Air Quality Transportation Pooled Fund, and leads efforts to support community-based air quality projects under California’s landmark 2017 legislation, Assembly Bill 617. Resources for the Future (RFF) Press published his book,Smog Check: Science, Federalism, and the Politics of Clean Air. He was Program Manager for the U.C. Davis-Caltrans Air Quality Project, and Mobile Sources Section Chief for U.S. EPA, Region 9. He currently chairs the U.S. Transportation Research Board (TRB) Air Quality Committee.


Jim Halley, A.A.E., ACE

Statewide Planning Coordinator
Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Office of Policy Planning
Florida Department of Transportation
Tallahassee, FL

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Jim is the Statewide Planning Coordinator with FDOT’s Office of Policy Planning where he is involved in the update to the Florida Transportation Plan as well as statewide public and partner involvement and outreach. Jim also leads Policy Planning’s Automated, Connected, Electric, and Shared Vehicles efforts. Prior to joining Policy Planning, Jim was with FDOT’s Aviation and Spaceports Office where he managed FDOT’s public-use aviation system program, the Continuing Florida Aviation System Planning Process, and FDOT’s airport sustainability efforts. Jim previously worked in airport operations at Palm Beach County and Ft. Lauderdale, and as an airport planner with Talbert & Bright and the Lee County Port Authority. Jim spent eight years as a U.S. Marine special operations team leader and artillery officer. He received his B.S. in Aviation Management from Florida Tech and his M.B.A. in Aviation from Embry Riddle.


Srinivas Peeta, Ph.D.

Frederick R. Dickerson Chair in Transportation Systems
Associate Director, USDOT Center for Connected and Automated Transportation 
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA

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Dr. Srinivas Peeta became the Frederick R. Dickerson Chair in Transportation Systems in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech in August 2018 after 24 years at Purdue University. He was most recently the Jack and Kay Hockema Professor in Civil Engineering at Purdue. Peeta has been the Director of the NEXTRANS Center, which served as the USDOT’s Region 5 Regional University Transportation Center (UTC) from 2007 to 2018. He is also the Associate Director of the USDOT Center for Connected and Automated Transportation, the USDOT Region 5 UTC (2016-2022) led by the University of Michigan. He received his B. Tech., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Madras), California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and The University of Texas at Austin, respectively. He has authored over 280 articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Peeta’s research interests are multidisciplinary, span several methodological domains, and include among others: (i) modeling and analysis of the dynamics of large-scale transportation systems, (ii) modeling and methodologies to address interdependencies among infrastructure systems, (iii) role of information in transportation systems, (iv) modeling human behavior/learning associated with drivers/travelers, (v) integrated supply demand-performance models for strategic planning and real-time operations for various applications, (vi) understanding linkages between transportation, energy and environment, (vii) modeling policy options that impact transportation system evolution, (viii) systems and system-of-systems perspectives to address complex adaptive systems (ranging from engineered systems to human enterprise systems), and (ix) connected and automated transportation.


Huiwei Shen

Systems Planning Office
Florida Department of Transportation
Tallahassee, FL

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Huiwei Shen has worked with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) since 1996 and currently serves as the Manager of the Systems Implementation Office. Her office develops policy guidelines and funding strategies for the Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) and the Shared-Used Non-motorized Trail (SUNTrail) network and conducts planning level traffic analysis. The Systems Implementation Office also provides technical coordination for the planning of Florida’s major statewide transportation corridors over the next 50 years.

Shen has a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Florida State University.  In her spare time, she is an avid beginning violin student.


Lianne Sheppard, Ph.D.

Assistant Chair and Professor
Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

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Dr. Sheppard is Professor of Biostatistics. Her current research portfolio includes several studies of air pollution exposures and their neurotoxicant effects. She has a Ph.D. in biostatistics. Her methodologic interests center on observational study methods, exposure modeling, and epidemiology, and; her applied research focuses on the the health effects of occupational and environmental exposures. She is principal investigator of a NIH-funded training grant called Biostatistics, Epidemiologic & Bioinformatics Training in Environmental Health and SURE-EH, a project to promote diversity in the environmental health sciences. She leads the biostatistical cores for several projects and collaborates with DEOHS faculty on air pollution cohort studies, identifying the effects of multipollutant exposures, and studying manganese exposures. She is a member of the Epidemiology editorial board, the Health Effects Institute Review Committee, the EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee , and has served on the several EPA Scientific Advisory Panels, most recently for the Carcinogenic Potential of Glyphosate. Board Chemical Assessment Advisory Committees for Ethylene Oxide Review and for Toxicological Review of Libby Amphibole Asbestos.