The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has appointed Christopher Peoples (seen above), chief engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, to a two-year term as chair of its National Transportation Product Evaluation Program or NTPEP.
[Above photo by the NCDOT]
NTPEP combines the professional and physical resources of AASHTO member departments to evaluate materials, products, and devices of common interest for use in highway and bridge construction.
The program’s primary goal is to provide cost-effective evaluations for state departments of transportation by eliminating duplication of testing and auditing by the states and duplication of effort by the manufacturers that provide products for evaluation.
Peoples – named chief engineer for NCDOT in June – oversees and directs the engineering and program activities for the agency’s 14 highway divisions, transportation mobility and safety division, its central units, and the department’s technical services division as well.
A more than 26-year veteran of NCDOT, Peoples has served in several engineering positions for the agency during his tenure, including state materials engineer and director of field support. He also previously served as NCDOT’s deputy chief engineer for three years, responsible for directing field support and highway operations units and supported the highway divisions’ construction, maintenance, and operations activities.
A 1993 graduate of N.C. State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, Peoples lives with his wife and their two children in Raleigh.