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H. David Jeong, PhD

Dr. David Jeong is the James C. Smith CIAC Endowed professor in Construction Science at Texas A&M University. Throughout his faculty career, Dr.Jeong has established a solid research and education program that is focused on data driven decision making processes for project planning, design, construction and asset management. Dr. Jeong has conducted high impact research by securing more than 45 research grants with a cumulative funding amount of $9 M from various agencies including National Science Foundation (NSF), National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Construction Industry Institute (CII), and various DOTs. He has won the best scholarly paper award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) - Journal of Construction and Engineering (JCEM) in 2016, the Construction Industry Institute (CII) outstanding researcher of the year award in 2010, and the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)’s Transaction Award – Best Application Paper in Operations Engineering in 2008.

Zach Davis, PE

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Dr. K. Joseph Shrestha

Dr. K. Joseph Shrestha is an Assistant Professor in Construction Engineering Technology at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). His research focuses on utilizing advancements in the digital data mining techniques and automation technologies to benefit Construction Engineering field. He focuses on developing practical and usable tools to aid state highway agencies and construction companies in making data-driven decisions to manage construction projects.

Mark Gabel, MSCE, PE, CVS

Over 25 years of experience in transportation engineering, planning, design and construction.  Exclusive expertise in project management, risk management, and risk based estimating. Developed and directed an integrated value engineering and risk program for WSDOT. Author of policies and methods widely recognized and emulated due to their effectiveness. 


Mark is a featured speaker on project risk management at national and state conferences and leads an international community of practice for Cost Risk Estimating Management.  As a registered Professional Engineer and Certified Value Specialist Mark has played an instrumental role in new initiatives at WSDOT, including the recent implementation of Practical Design at WSDOT.


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