Research

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS

PROJECT MANAGER

Project Managers are those in the Research Section representing the funding program of the project. They serve to assist the Project Champions, PDG, and TAC through an administrative and oversight role.

PROJECT CHAMPIONS

Project Champions are selected by the lead DOT Bureau and are charged with assembling the PDG and TAC, as well as guiding the project from start to finish.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT GROUP

Project Development Groups (PDG) generally consists of two to five people: the project champion, the research liaison from the project champion's office, representatives from the DOT, and representatives from Counties, Cities, FHWA, and Industry. This group helps shape the overall scope prior to the project and ensures a successful implementation near the end of the project.

TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEES

Technical Advisory Committees (TAC) consist of the project champion, representatives from DOT, and representatives from Counties, Cities, FHWA, and Industry. Generally, the TAC serves as subject matter experts, data or equipment support and those needed to provide assistance during the project.

GENERAL TOPICS

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS

Subject Matter Experts support the research program by providing feedback on potential research projects, serving as project champions, acting as members of both PDG and TAC, and participating in focus groups.

FOCUS GROUP

Focus groups are regular gatherings of Subject Matter Experts from the DOT, Counties, Cities, FHWA, Industry, Academia, and others to discuss research needs in specific areas

RESEARCH LIAISONS

Research Liaisons are selected by the DOT Bureau Chiefs as a first point of contact between bureaus and research and are charged with becoming familiar with the research cycle, collaboration with other liaisons in multi-disciplinary research efforts and coordinating communication to the rest of their bureau.

REVIEWER/COMMENTER

Our research cycle includes an Open Feedback time frame where we seek input from any and all stakeholders, including other government and university employees and the general public. Topics are available for review and comment three times a year through our Open Feedback form. To be notified that topics are available, subscribe to our email list.

ELECTED POSITIONS

IOWA HIGHWAY RESEARCH BOARD

The IHRB is an advisory board responsible for assisting the Iowa Counties, Iowa Cities and Iowa DOT in the development and continuation of an effective program of research and development in highway transportation. Board membership includes representatives of Iowa's city and county government highway agencies, the Iowa DOT, and Iowa's public universities.

NATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

COOPERATIVE PROGRAM PANEL MEMBERS

Cooperative Research Program Panel Members are selected from nominated transportation professionals to serve on projects funded by Transportation Research Board. Additional information regarding this role can be found by reading through The Roles of NCHRP Panel Members and Liaisons. The call for nominations takes place in early May every year. For information on the nomination process, contact us at Contact.Research@iowadot.us.

TRB COMMITTEE MEMBERS & FRIENDS

Transportation Research Board (TRB) advises transportation efforts through the volunteering of transportation professionals on committees, panels and task forces. Additional information regarding these roles is available at the TRB website.

AASHTO COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Through AASHTO’s extensive volunteer committee structure, officials from across the nation meet to set policy goals and develop a wide range of voluntary recommended infrastructure construction, management, and operations standards and guidelines that affect projects, programs and people in every state.


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