Welcome to the 2020 ACEC NE Transportation Conference

ACEC Nebraska is hosting the 2020 Transportation Conference virtually every Tuesday and Thursday in October from 12 noon to 2 p.m. There will be a total of eight sessions with a total of up to 16 credit hours. We are excited to bring you a professional lineup of speakers from organizations such as ACEC Nebraska, Nebraska Department of Transportation, Omaha Public Works, Lincoln Transportation & Utilities, Universaity of Nebraska College of Engineering, Mid America Transportation Center, and more. Mark your calendar and get registered today.

2020 Conference Details


Thursday, October 1

Tuesday, October 6

Thursday, October 8

Tuesday, October 13

Thursday, October 15

Tuesday, October 20

Thursday, October 22

Tuesday, October 27

  • Every Tuesday and Thursday in October (8 sessions).
  • Hosted from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
  • All sessions will be virtual via Zoom through ACEC NE.
  • Up to 16 credit hours available for full conference (each session will offer two credit hours).
  • A printable schedule of the full conference lineup can be downloaded here.
  • Schedules are subject to change (as are all things during Covid-19!).

The registration fee includes access to all sessions. After registration, an email containing the links to join the sessions will be sent. Some sessions may be recorded and registrants will have access to these recordings.

(Note: Not all sessions may grant recording permissions.)

ACEC NE Members – $100

Nonmembers – $150

Public Employees & University Faculty – $25

Students – Free


2020 Conference Sessions

Below is the full list of sessions for the 2020 ACEC NE Transportation Conference, including topics, presenters, and descriptions of each session. Click on a date to expand the listing.

October 1


Tony Egelhoff, PE, Olsson | 2020 ACEC NE NDOT Committee & Conference Chair

State of NDOT

Kyle Schneweis, Director, Nebraska Department of Transportation

Updates on the department.

State of OPW

Bob Stubbe, PE, Director

Updates on the department.

State of LTU

Liz Elliott, Director | Lincoln Transportation & Utilities

Updates on the department.

State of FHWA

Joseph Werning, Division Administration | FHWA Nebraska Division

Updates on the department.

State of COE

Lance Pérez, Ph.D. Dean, College of Engineering, UNL, Omar H. Heins Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Update on the College of Engineering.

Federal Legislative Update

Matt Reiffer, VP Transportation Programs | ACEC National

Staff from ACEC National will present on the latest information on legislation and politics at the federal level.

Q&A/Wrap Up

Committee Host – Tony Egelhoff

October 6


Laurence Rilett, Ph.D., PE, Professor of Civil Engineering University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Director | UNL Mid-America Transportation Center

Dr. Rilett will give an update both NTC and MATC.

Lincoln/Omaha – Public Transportation Connections

Corinne Donahue, Senior Transportation Planner | Olsson

Discussion of public transportation connections for Lincoln/Omaha, projects underway in both communities, and future plans for more service.

When the Fleet Awakens

Justin Robbins, AICP, Transportation Technology Planner | HDR

An exploration of when technologies could be commercially viable and what their impacts on communities could be.

October 8

Using “Displaced Left” for Interchange Improvements

Mike Wahlsteedt, PE, PTOE, Master Professional/Vice President | TranSystems

MODOT used an eastbound displaced left interchange configuration to address increasing traffic needs between two cities while working with limited space.

Practical Design

Brad Reid, PE, Policy & Practical Design Engineer | NDOT; Steve McCullough, PE, Assistant Roadway Design Engineer | NDOT

Practical Design (PD) Discussion that will cover: the introduction of NDOT’s PD program, description of PD strategies being used by NDOT, discussion of new Greenbrook(GB) PD philosophy. Establishing new Practical programs through the NE Board of Classification & Standards. Practical Design Case Study.

Nebraska Board of Public Roads Classifications & Standards Update

Roger Figard, PE, Chair, Nebraska Board of Public Roads Classifications & Standards

Update on the latest developments.

October 13

Omaha Scooter Pilot (Results)/Lincoln Micro-mobility Plans

Dan Carpenter, Senior Traffic Engineer, LTU; & TBA, City of Omaha

An update on the Cities of Omaha & Lincoln Scooter & Micro-mobility Pilots & Plans.

Innovative Intersections

Alan Swanson, PE, Traffic Analysis Engineer | NDOT; James Tobaben, PE, PTOE, Traffic Engineering Team Lead | JEO Consulting Group

Innovative intersection designs are being used to address safety and traffic operation issues. Case studies for two highway corridors will be presented including general information of innovative intersections. *Incorporate rural/urban

Omaha Vision Zero

Nicholas Gordon, P.E., PTOE, Traffic Operations Engineer | City of Omaha Public Works Traffic Division

City of Omaha is in the process of joining the Vision Zero Network, a group of communities with a focus on eliminating fatal and serious injury traffic crashes. The presentation will summarize the City of Omaha’s process, where they are today, and recommendations and plans moving forward with the Vision Zero program.

Omaha Chamber Transportation Initiative & Smart Cities Partnership

Scott Dobbe, Omaha By Design; Keegan Korf, Metro Smart Cities Director; Stephen Osberg, Director, Transportation Development, Greater Omaha Chamber

The latest updates on the both the Initiative & Smart Cities Partnership.

October 15

Communicating Construction Impacts

HDR — Stephanie Rittershaus, Strategic Communications Manager | HDR; & Jeni Campana, Communications Manager | NDOT

Communicating change, and the often significant impacts of infrastructure improvements, can be a challenge regardless of location. This presentation will provide information and plans focused on enhanced traveler communications in the Omaha metro – including what’s worked well and how to apply those strategies throughout Nebraska, on rural highways, county roads and municipal streets.

Mitigating Project Risks through Stakeholder Partnering

Mike Hall, PE, Project Manager | JEO Consulting Group; & Todd Pfitzer, PE City Engineer | City of Omaha Public Works

Reconstruction of downtown projects can be complex. The successful partnering strategies used for mitigating schedule risks on one of Omaha’s latest downtown projects will be shared.

October 20

South Beltway Construction Phasing Strategy & Financing

Steve McCullough, PE, Assistant Roadway Design Engineer | NDOT; Moe Jamshidi, PE, Deputy Director – Operations | NDOT

Update on the Lincoln South Beltway – both Construction & Finance.

Municipalities & Counties w/o Engineer

Jodi Gibson, PE, Local Assistance Division Manager | NDOT & Panel TBA

Jodi Gibson will lead a panel discussion on the LPA Process and opportunities there are for municipalities, safety projects, signal addition/removals, etc.

October 22

NDOT Innovation Award Presentations

Korey Donahoo, Performance Management Engineer | NDOT

NDOT just completed its fourth annual Innovation Challenge and Showcase, where department innovations are selected by a popular vote of all NDOT employees and are rewarded with large cash prizes. Korey Donahoo leads the team behind the event, and will share some examples of winning innovations from both the “Field” and “Office” categories.

Transportation Research Presentations

UNL COE Students; & Larry Rilett, Ph.D., PE, Professor of Civil Engineering University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Director | UNL Mid-America Transportation Center

Get a glimpse of what’s going on at the College of Engineering – student research presentations.

Engineering Change Lab (ECL)

Mike McMeekin, PE, Executive Director | Engineering Change Lab; Nancy Pridal, PE, CEO/President | Lamp Rynearson; Dan Linzell, PH.D., P.E., F.ASCE, F.SEI, Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs Professor, Civil Engineering | University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Interactive discussions on the status of the engineering community, challenges of the 21st Century, and key public policy priorities for engineering. The world is facing an unprecedented wave of change. Accelerating technological progress, rapidly evolving societal needs, and growing environmental challenges all present significant, existential challenges and opportunities. Maintaining the status quo is not an option for the engineering community. ECL-USA is a catalyst for change within the engineering community, helping it reach its highest potential on behalf of society in addressing the challenges of the 21st Century.

October 27

Public Partner Updates

Brandie Neemann, PE, Project Development Engineer Division Head | NDOT; Denny Wilson, PE, PhD | Sarpy County; Dan Kutilek, PE | Douglas County; Pam Dingman, PE, Lancaster County; Todd Pfitzer, PE | City of Omaha

Updates on business operations and upcoming opportunities from NDOT, Cities of Lincoln & Omaha, Douglas, Lancaster, & Sarpy Counties.

Final Keynote

Julie Lorenz, Secretary, Kansas Department of Transportation

ACEC NE welcomes Secretary Lorenz to help close out our first ever Virtual Transportation Conference.