IAA Monthly Lecture:

MD Road Safety Audit Program

Wednesday Aug 08, 2007, 7:30 p.m.

By: Morteza Tadayon

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Synopsis:

In 2005, the State of Maryland made a long-term commitment to implement a formal Road Safety Audits (RSA) program. The primary objective of this road safety audits program is to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes throughout the state in all modes of transportation. The RSA program is a proactive innovative approach, tailored to improve the planning and engineering design process for safer new and existing roadways. One of the greatest benefits of this program is the partnership of state and local governments and Community Safety Advocates and focus on road safety.
Since 2005, the state has conducted professional training for 50 state and local jurisdictions employees, with a range of disciplines such as traffic engineering, highway and civil engineering design, maintenance and construction, traffic safety, project planning, local police and community safety coordinators. The state developed its first RSA Manual in 2006, which outlined a formal process for road safety audits including roles and responsibilities, project selection, RSA Guidelines, and RSA Checklists. Subsequently, this new program kicked-off with several new projects to test the new process and streamline the guidelines.

About the Lecturer:

Morteza Tadayon has been with the Maryland State Highway Administration for the past 20 years. He has spent most of his career as a Transportation Engineer with the Office of Traffic and Safety (OOTS) and since July 2006, he has been leading the MDSHA’s Travel Demand Forecasting Section, Office of Planning and Preliminary Engineering (OPPE). During his tenure with SHA, he managed the development of traffic design standards and manuals for OOTS, primarily for rumble strips, signing and pavement markings, signals and lighting. For many years, Morteza had a vision that traffic control design should be interactive and automated, and SHA should be the beneficiary of the cost savings. His vision for design automation became a reality in 2001 when he introduced the concept of Integrated Design System (IDS). For the past four years, he spent tireless hours co-managing the development of this effort with his SHA peers. IDS is now a process that is implemented in all SHA design divisions. Morteza earned a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisville, Kentucky and also is a graduate of the SHA Advanced Leadership Program class of 2004, known as ALP. As one of SHA’s Business plan strategists, Morteza has led the effort in developing and overseeing the guidelines for Road Safety Audit (RSA) in Maryland.

Fee: $15 per person, $5 for students (including dinner)

Location: Tony Lin’s Kitchen

12015 Rockville Pike # G
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 468-5858

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Change in Lecture Time

Please be advised that the the lecture on “Development of a Low Power and Robust Excavation System for Space Mining (with Focus on Mining on Moon” (By Dr. Rostami) is rescheduled for Thursday July 12th, 2007 at the same location announced in the previous post.

If you are planning to attend please email to monthlylecture@iaa-dc.org to ensure your seat is reserved.

The future lectures will be held on the second Wednesday of each month as usual.

Development of a Low Power and Robust Excavation System for Space Mining (with Focus on Mining on Moon)

By: Jamal Rostami, PhD, PE

Thursday July 12, 2007, 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Jamal Rostami

Synopsis:

This is a discussion of current research underway for development of mining machinery for Lunar Mining. This project involves theoretical studies, laboratory testing of stimulant soil samples, and development of a prototype cutter-head for excavation of frozen lunar soil. The prototype cutter-head is going to undergo a full scale testing at a research facility in Pennsylvania in near future.

About the Lecturer:

Dr. Rostami has over 17 years of experience in design, management, research, and teaching in the field of mining, tunneling, civil infrastructure, and underground construction. This includes advanced and mechanized tunneling, micro-tunneling, directional drilling, and mining systems used by this industry around the world. He also has experience in project management, planning and execution of geotechnical investigations, procuring of mining and tunneling equipment, cost estimation, bid preparation, and feasibility analysis for mining and underground construction projects. He has spent over 4 Years at Mining Engineering Department, University of Tehran. He has also spent more than 8 Years at Mining Engineering Department, Colorado School of Mines CSM), Golden, Colorado working as a research assistant professor and deputy director of Excavation Engineering and Earth Mechanics Institute (EMI), managing research programs, conducting research and testing, and offering courses. Dr. Rostami has over 48 papers including 5 peer reviewed papers and over 28 Major Reports. He has developed and offered several short courses on mechanical excavation, geotechnical investigation, mining, and tunneling. Dr. Rostami is currently working with Camp Dresser McKee (CDM) Consulting Engineers and will start his carrier as a faculty at the Dept. of Energy and Mineral Engineering in Pennsylvania State University by Aug. 2007. He serves as the Vice President of Iranian Academic Association (IAA), DC Chapter.

Fee: $15 per person, $5 for students (including dinner)

Location: Tony Lin’s Kitchen

12015 Rockville Pike # G
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 468-5858

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* Please email your comments or suggestions regarding the IAA monthly lectures to: monthlylecture@iaa-dc.org *