5th ICTI Steering Committee

Full Name Institution / Company Country
Chair Carlos M. Chang, Ph.D. P.E. Florida International University USA
Dr. Chang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Florida International University (FIU). He is recognized as an international expert on asset management, infrastructure management, knowledge management, pavement management, pavement evaluation and design. His main research interest is on asset management with emphasis on sustainable “smart” infrastructure systems for a better quality of life. His research work involves the development of advanced decision-making models, methodologies, and tools to apply multi-decision criteria, statistical analysis, simulation processes, optimization techniques, and risk analysis at the strategic and network management level.
ICTI Executive Director Angel Gomez, Eng Instituto de la Construcción y Gerencia, CEO Chief Executive Officer Peru
iSMARTi President João Merighi, Ph.D. Federal University of Amazonas, UFAM Department of Construction Brazil
He has a degree in Civil Engineering from Universidade Federal de São Carlos (1984), a degree in Technology in Civil Construction from Faculdade de Tecnologia de São Paulo (1977), a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo (1991), and a doctorate in Civil Engineering from Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo (1999). He is currently Adjunct Professor II at the School of Engineering of Mackenzie Presbyterian University and Guest Professor at the Post-Graduation Program in Transportation Engineering of the State University of Campinas. He has experience in the Transportation Engineering field, with emphasis on Highways, Airports, Railways; Project and Construction.

International Organizing Committee

Full Name Institution / Company Country
Co-Chair iSmarti
Hosin “David” Lee, Ph.D. University of Iowa USA
Dr. Lee is a Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Director of Laboratory for Advanced Construction Technology (LACT), Iowa Technology Institute, University of Iowa.

Dr. Lee is an internationally recognized expert in pavement engineering and infrastructure asset management. Dr. Lee currently serves Associate Editor of MDPI Infrastructures Journal and Editorial Board of ASCE Journal of Infrastructure System. He is a Member of National Academy of Engineering of Korea. He served Presidents of iSMARTi, KSEA, KSCEE and KOTAA, Board of Trustees of Seoul Institute of Technology and Chairman of ASCE Highway Pavements Committee.

Co-Chair iSmarti
Athanasios Nikolaides, Ph.D. University of Tessaloniki Greece Greece
Dr. Athanasios Nikolaides is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and Director of Highway Engineering Laboratory in the Department of Civil Engineering. He is specialized in highway engineering, highway materials and testing and airport engineering. Apart from his teaching and research he also acts as a consultant specialist and technical advisor to organizations or private companies in Greece, Europe, and Asia. He is the author of four books, he published more than 90 papers and presented more than 35 lectures and seminars in various countries. He is a member of international and national Institutions and a founder of the International Conference ‘Bituminous mixtures & pavements’ (ICONFBMP).
AFRICA James Maina, Ph.D. University of Pretoria, South Africa South Africa
Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy. Professor in Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology of the University of Pretoria
ASIA Tien Fang Fwa, Ph.D. National University of Singapore Singapore
T.F. Fwa is Emeritus Professor at the National University of Singapore, and Visiting Distinguished Professor serving as the Dean of Future Transportation Engineering at Chang’an University, China. He is the President of the Pavement Engineering Society of Singapore, former President of the International Society for Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Transport Infrastructures.
CANADA Susan L. Tighe, Ph.D. University of Waterloo Canada
Professor Susan Tighe currently holds an Endowed Chair in Sustainable Pavement Engineering, is a founding member of the Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology (CPATT) at the University of Waterloo. Prior to assuming the Director role which she has held since September 2010, she served as the CPATT Associate Director of Research and Technology from 2005 to 2010. She is a past Canada Research Chair in Pavement and Infrastructure Management. She is a member of the inaugural class of the New College of Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada and was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 for her leadership and vision with respect to the Canadian Transportation Community. She has also received the prestigious Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), Research & Development Medal, the Transportation of Canada Academic Merit Award, Inaugural Bleeds Black Award from the Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association and Inaugural Region of Waterloo Top 40 Under 40.

EUROPE Paulo Pereira, Ph.D. University of Minho, Portugal Portugal
Paulo António Alves Pereira is a Full Professor and Researcher of Transportation at the Department of Civil Engineering and Coordinator of the platform UM-Cities at University of Minho, Portugal. Topics of Research include: Highway Engineering; Road Management Systems; Road Pavements Design; Asphalt Pavement Materials; Road Surface Characteristics; Road Safety; Urban Mobility.

Founder and past President of the International Society for Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Transport Infrastructures (ISMARTI).

EUROPE Alberto Esteban, Ph.D. Spain Spain
Civil Engineer (PhD), specializing in Construction Engineering, International Master´s Degree in Business and Public Policies and Master’s Degree in Renewable Energies, with knowledge in the areas of project management, finance, macroeconomics, law, sociology, political science and of the administration, business and interpersonal skills, international relationship, and development cooperation.

With extensive work experience in relation to civil engineering, both in design and construction and in the development of infrastructures, he currently carries out his professional activity as a Director of Renewable Energies Projects at Ruralia Europa, Holding of Caja Rural.

LATIN AMERICA Rita Moura Fortes, Ph.D. Federal Institute of São Paulo Brazil
Professor Dr. Rita Moura Fortes has a degree in Technology in Civil Constructions from FATEC, Civil Engineering from Universidade Federal de São Carlos, MSc, PhD in Civil Engineering from Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo. Founder and associate editor of IJP – International Journal of Pavements – ISSN 1676-2797 since 2001. She is a founding member of iSMARTi (International Society for Maintenance and Rehabilitantion of Transports Infrastructures) and was executive vice president, from 2016 to 2020, of this society. She is a founding member and vice president of ANDIT – National Association for Transportation Infrastructure. She was elected titular member of the Pan American Academy of Engineering in 2012, in which she has been developing several international works, having been elected in 2014 as representative of Brazil by FEBRAE in? the Disaster Risk Management and Resilience committee? of UPADI (Pan American Federation of Engineers Societies) and member of the Academy of Engineering and Technology of the Developing World (AETDEW).
PERU Wilfredo Gutiérrez Lazares, M.SC. Eng. National University of Engineering Peru
Civil Engineer and Master of Science in Geotechnical Engineering from National University of Engineering (Lima, Peru). PhD Candidate in Administrative Sciences from San Marcos National University. Dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering UNI (2013-2015) and (2021 to 2025); Head of the Academic Department and 17 years as Head of the Soil and Pavement Mechanics Laboratory of the Faculty of Civil Engineering UNI; 11 years in the former Central Laboratory of the Ministry of Transport and Communications; Peruvian counterpart in the Geotechnical Laboratory of the Japanese Peruvian Research Center (1987); and 34 years of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the specialty of Road Geotechnical Engineering.

General Manager of GHAMA Ingeniería S.A. and co-founder of the Infrastructure Research Institute.

UNITED STATES Tom Papagiannakis, Ph.D. University of Texas at San Antonio USA
Dr. Papagiannakis is a Professor of Civil Engineering with an academic career spanning over 30 years at Washington State University and at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he served as the Dept. Chair between 2006 and 2015. His area of expertise is pavement engineering, specializing in structural pavement analysis, asphaltic material characterization and energy harvesting. He has contributed over 200 journal and conference publications in this area. In addition, he has co-authored the textbook Pavement Design and Materials published by Wiley and Sons in 2008, which is in its fourth printing. He has served as the lead investigator in many national studies funded by NCHRP, FHWA and ASCE, as well as a multitude of studies funded by the Washington State DOT and the Texas DOT with a total budget of over $8m. He recently concluded a Texas DOT funded study dealing with the calibration of the Texas M-E and the AASHTOWare® M-E pavement design for Texas.

Co-Chair – International Scientific Committee

Full Name Institution / Company Country
Co-Chair Angel Sampedro Rodriguez, Ph.D. University Alfonso X El Sabio Spain
Advisor Alex Visser, Ph.D. University of Pretoria South Africa
Alex Visser retired as the SA Roads Board Professor in Transportation Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Pretoria in 2009. He holds Adjunct Professor positions at Chang’an University, Xi’an and Fuzhou University, Fuzhou in China. He is a Fellow and Past-President of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) and a Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering. His fields of research interest are low volume road design and maintenance, use of bitumen-rubber as road surfacing, impact compaction, roads for ultra-heavy applications, interlocking block paving, and road management systems. He has published extensively, recently co-authoring a book on Mining Haul Roads – Theory Practice, and lectures internationally on these topics. Since retiring he has also provided advice on projects around the world.
Co-Chair Benjamin Colucci, Ph.D. University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez Puerto Rico
Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying Civil Engineering and Surveying Department of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez Mayaguez (Puerto Rico). Over seventy-projects related to the planning, design, construction, maintenance and management of highway transportation infrastructure (April 1986 to 2005). Expert witness at the state and federal court in highway safety, pavement surface characteristics, work zone traffic control, non-destructive testing, and slip and fall accidents. President, Editorial Board, CIAPR Dimension Journal, 2007 – 2009, 2015 – present.
Co-Chair Ghim Ping Ong, Ph.D. National University of Singapore Singapore
Dr ONG Ghim Ping Raymond is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He graduated with a B.Eng (Civil) (First Class Honours) with a minor in Business from the National University of Singapore in 2003 and obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering from the National University of Singapore in 2007. Prior to his current appointment, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University from 2007 to 2008, a visiting assistant professor in the same university in 2009 and then a lecturer from 2010 to 2014 and assistant professor from 2014 to 2020 at Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore.