Region 6 Transportation - Climate Summit



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Elinor Martin


Dr. Elinor Martin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma and an affiliate of the South Central Climate Science Center. Her research interests center around the theme of climate variability and change, with a focus on precipitation across the tropics, sub-tropics, and the United States. Her current research projects range from pre-hurricane disturbances in Africa to snowfall in California. She received her PhD in Atmospheric Science from Texas A&M University and completed a postdoctoral appointment at SUNY Albany before her appointment at OU in 2014.



Baxter Vieux

Baxter E. Vieux, Ph.D., P.E. is an expert in hydrology and water resources with specialties in radar rainfall measurement, hydrologic impacts of climate change, and physics-based distributed hydrologic modeling. Dr. Vieux is Professor Emeritus in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, University of Oklahoma, where he taught hydrology and other courses in civil engineering for 23 years. Prior to his academic career, he spent ten years with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (formerly SCS) in various positions including watershed project engineer and assistant state engineer. He is a registered professional engineer in several states and is co-principal and founder of Vieux & Associates, Inc., an engineering technology company engaged in hydrologic information services. As Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Vieux supervises development of radar rainfall monitoring, runoff modeling and forecasting services. He is the innovator and architect of the first commercially available physics-based distributed hydrologic model, Vflo®, US Patent 7,136,756B1, A Method for Determining Runoff. He has authored over 110 publications in hydrology including the monograph, Distributed Hydrologic Modeling Using GIS, 3rd Edition 2016; and Hydrology and Floodplain Analysis with Bedient and Huber, 5th Edition.

Esther Mullens

Esther Mullens is a postdoctoral research associate with the South Central Climate Science Center in Norman, Oklahoma. She has a PhD in atmospheric science from the University of Oklahoma, and Bachelors in Meteorology from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. Her research focus areas include winter precipitation and ice storms, weather modeling, climate variability and change, and quantitative data analysis.  Esther’s current work is to develop climatological datasets and future climate projections relevant to the transportation sector in the South Central United States. 



Brad Mirth

Brad Mirth, has served as the State Maintenance Engineer with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation since August 2015. Previously, he was Division Maintenance Engineer for the eight south central counties that make up ODOT’s Division 7, headquartered in Duncan.  Prior to that he served as an Area Maintenance Engineer and Division Traffic Engineer in Division 7 after working in ODOT’s Edmond Residency previously.  Mirth has been with the department since 1986.  In 1985, he graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Civil Engineering Degree. Mirth and his wife, Lori, have two daughters, Kaitlyn and Alysen, and one son, John.



Blake Kronkosky

Blake C. Kronkosky, P.E., graduated with a BSCE May, 2008 from Oklahoma State University.  Upon graduation till 2013 he worked as a Project Engineer for a midsized consulting firm where he specialized in: Transportation, Light Rail, and Hydrology and Hydraulics design.  He has been licensed with the TBPE since May 2013 and owns/operates StateTech Engineering, LLC.  May 2014 , Mr. Kronkosky earned a MSCE from Texas Tech (TTU); emphasizing in transportation structures, and is currently perusing a PhD in Water Resources at TTU.  His research focuses on rainfall statistics and risk assessment with an emphasis in large scale data analytics.  His aspirations are to become a full professor (university yet to be determined) were he can disseminate real world engineering knowledge and conduct higher level application based research in all disciplines of Civil Engineering.

Mohammed Atiquzzaman

Dr. Atiquzzaman is the editor-in-chief of Journal of Networks and Computer Applications, founding Editor-in-Chief of Vehicular Communications, former co-editor-in-chief of Computer Communication and has served/serving on the editorial boards of IEEE Communications Magazine, International Journal on Wireless and Optical Communications, Real Time Imaging journal, Journal of Communication Systems, Communication Networks and Distributed Systems and Journal of Sensor Networks. He also guest edited 12 special issues in various journals.

He has served as co-chair of IEEE High Performance Switching and Routing Symposium (2011 and 2003) and has served as symposium co-chairs for IEEE Globecom (2006, 2007, 2012, 2014) and IEEE ICC (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016) conferences. He co-chaired ChinaComm (2008), and SPIE Next-Generation Communication and Sensor Networks (2006) and the SPIE Quality of Service over Next Generation Data Networks conferences (2001, 2002, 2003, 2005). He was the panels co-chair of INFOCOM’05, and is/has been in the program committee of numerous conferences such as INFOCOM, ICCCN, and Local Computer Networks.

He serves on the review panels of funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation and National Research Council (Canada) and Australian Research Council (Australia). In recognition of his contribution to NASA research, he received the NASA Group Achievement Award for "outstanding work to further NASA Glenn Research Center's effort in the area of Advanced Communications/Air Traffic Management's Fiber Optic Signal Distribution for Aeronautical Communications" project. Dr. Atiquzzaman received IEEE Communication Society's Fred W. Ellersick Prize.  He is the co-author of the book “Performance of TCP/IP over ATM networks” and has over 280 refereed publications, most of which can be accessed at

His research interests are in communications switching, transport protocols, wireless and mobile networks, ad hoc networks, satellite networks, Quality of Service, and optical communications. His research has been funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Air Force, and Cisco and Honeywell, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, and Oklahoma Highway Safety Office through grants totaling over $7M.

Micah Hale

Dr. W. Micah Hale is a Professor and Department Head of Civil Engineering at the University of Arkansas (UA).  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in 2002.  His research interests include concrete materials, mixture proportioning, and structural concrete.  Dr. Hale teaches Reinforced Concrete Design, Prestressed Concrete Design, and Concrete Materials.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Arkansas.  Since his arrival to the University of Arkansas, he has served as the Principal Investigator (PI) on over $2.3 million of external research grants and co-Principal Investigator for over $1.0 million in external grants.  He has authored over 70 peer-reviewed articles (journals and conference proceedings) and delivered over 100 technical presentations. He serves on numerous committees within the American Concrete Institute (ACI).  He currently Chairs ACI Committee 363, High Strength Concrete.  He also serves as an Associate Editor for the American Society of Civil Engineering’s (ASCE) Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering.  Since 2002, Dr. Hale has advised 6 Ph.D. students, 25 M.S. students, and 7 undergraduate, honors students. 

Tharanga Dissanayaka

Tharanga Dissanayaka is a Ph.D. student of Dr. Sanjaya Senadheera’s research group in materials engineering within the Transportation Cluster of the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering, Texas Tech University. The primary focus of his research is Thermo-Rheological Properties of Bituminous Materials with particular emphasis on high temperature behavior. He served as Treasurer of TechFLT, Texas Tech chapter of the SPTC Transportation Leadership Council during academic year 2016. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University.  



Jimmy Li

Dr. Li is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at The University of Tulsa. He is a broadly trained environmental scientist with backgrounds in geology, terrestrial ecology, soil science, and chemistry. His research focuses on documenting and understanding surface biogeochemical processes in terrestrial environment, particularly atmospheric dust, spanning from temperate grassland toarid and semiarid deserts.

Dr. Li received his doctoral degree from the University of Virginia, and he further had postdoctoral training in Cornell University and UCLA.  Dr. Li current's research is supported by SPTC on dust emission and highway safety in the Southern Plains, and NSF on using rare earth elements to trace soil resource distribution in a wind-susceptible grassland in central New Mexico.


Jonathan Drury

Jonathan Drury is a doctoral candidate in civil engineering at the University of Oklahoma (OU), currently researching the use of recycled material in concrete. Originally from Festus, Missouri, Jonathan earned his master’s in civil engineering and his bachelor’s in architectural engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Missouri. During his master’s studies, he was involved in researching the structural behavior of various concretes such as high volume fly ash concrete and recycled concrete aggregate (RCA) concrete. As Tomorrow’s Engineers Fellow at OU, Jonathan teaches the construction materials lab, which introduces undergraduate students to materials such as aggregates, mortar, concrete, steel, and wood. His research has expanded to include early concrete behavior, concrete shrinkage and concrete durability.