Coming to you live from his home in Texas, TDS Program Director, Russell Henk will host a Q&A with traffic safety experts. This is a unique opportunity for attendees to ask the expert their pressing questions. TDS hopes to create a space for sharing knowledge and resources. Grab your lunch and join us for a chat with the experts below.
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Meet Jack Van Steenburg, Chief Safety Officer and Assistant Administrator at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Jack Van Steenburg has dedicated his entire 37-year professional career to highway safety. He currently serves as Chief Safety Officer and Assistant Administrator for FMCSA. In addition, He is responsible for leading the Offices of Field, Enforcement, and Research, Registration, Technology and Analysis. Mr. Van Steenburg is responsible for governing all adjudicative proceedings of the Motor Carrier and Hazardous Materials regulations and is the final agency decision maker in all cases. Prior to joining FMCSA in 2008 he served 25 years with the New York State Police rising through the ranks of Trooper to Staff Inspector, overseeing all highway safety programs. He served as the President of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and is a participant of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Highway Safety Committee.
Due to unforeseen circumstances this Lunch with an Expert was canceled.
Meet Robert Wunderlich, Senior Research Engineer and the Director of the Center for Transportation Safety at TTI
Mr. Wunderlich is a Senior Research Engineer and the Director of the Center for Transportation Safety at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. In that role, he is responsible for leading the Center’s efforts in traffic safety research, policy analysis, education, and outreach. Over the past few years, much of Mr. Wunderlich’s work has focused on understanding the factors associated with traffic fatalities and injuries at the state and national levels and finding ways to lower them. He most recently led TTI’s work in assisting the Texas Department of Transportation with developing the Texas Strategic Highway Safety plan and the pilot project to incorporate data-driven safety analyses into decision-making in a TxDOT District.
Buck Russel serves as Union Pacific Railroads Manager of Public Safety. His main objective is to prevent rail related accidents through education, enforcement, engineering and community outreach. Buck is a part of a team that focuses on promoting public safety across Union Pacific Railroads system, which encompasses 23 states. The team works with Federal, State and local governments to address driver behaviors and railroad crossing engineering improvements to increase safety for the general public and Union Pacific Railroads employees. Buck started his career with Union Pacific Railroad as a locomotive engineer over 20 years ago. Prior to joining Union Pacific, he served in the U.S. Air Force and a Police Officer as a Patrol Corporal.