NOCoE Committee Names New Chair, Vice Chair

The National Operations Center of Excellence or NOCoE Technical Advisory Committee recently named a new chair and vice chair, appointed by Scott Marler, director of the Iowa Department of Transportation, who serves as the chair of the NOCoE Strategic Advisory Council.

[Above via photos via Gannett Fleming and Oregon DOT]

NOCoE is a partnership of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Institute for Transportation Engineers, and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, with support from the Federal Highway Administration.

The unique mix of state, local, academic, and private sector representation is a key feature of NOCoE and ensures its ability to provide knowledge resources that effectively advance all aspects of Transportation Systems Management and Operations or TSMO.

The new NOCoE TAC Chair is Laurie Matkowski (above left), vice president and director of planning for engineering consulting company Gannett Fleming.

She focuses on strategic planning at Gannett Fleming; encompassing the integration of future transportation technologies as well as overseeing planning activities.

Joey Sagal. Photo by the Maryland Transportation Authority.

[Editor’s note: Matkowski replaces the late Joey Sagal of the Maryland Department of Transportation as the NOCoE TAC chair after his sudden passing in October 2023. Sagal – who had over 24 years of experience in transportation operations – had been a member of the NOCoE TAC since 2018.]

Matkowski’s area of focus include: smart city projects; connected and automated vehicles or CAVs; TSMO; traffic and transportation engineering; multimodal connections; electric vehicles; mobility-as-a-service; intelligent transportation systems; road usage charge or RUC policy development; and traffic incident management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University.

The new NOCoE TAC Vice Chair is Galen McGill, state maintenance and operations engineer for the Oregon Department of Transportation.

McGill – who holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Oregon State University and a master’s in business administration from Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management – is also a member of the AASHTO Committee on Transportation System Operations and the AASHTO Standing Committee on Maintenance. 

He is also a past recipient of the Mary Olson Leadership Award – the highest award an Oregon DOT employee can receive for exemplary leadership and service.  

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