Graduate Success Stories
Following are Operations Academy success stories from graduates:
Chris Clement, Commissioner, New Hampshire DOT
October 2009 Graduate
Chris Clement was confirmed as the Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation! New Hampshire Governor, John Lynch stated, “Chris Clement has demonstrated strong leadership in both the private and public sector. Given his prior experience at DOT, I am confident he can immediately make a positive impact at the department in these challenging financial times.” Prior to taking over as Commissioner, Chris led the Office of Economic Stimulus, was Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer at NHDOT.
Dennis Motiani, Executive Director, Statewide Traffic Operations, New Jersey DOT
November 2007 Graduate
Dennis was promoted to Executive Director of Statewide Traffic Operations. He had been the Director of the Division of Traffic Operations since 2006. Dennis will be responsible for all 24/7 traffic operations and vehicle mobility throughout the state.
David W. Peake,
Metropolitan District Engineer of the Baltimore and Harford Counties, Maryland SHA
October 2010 Graduate
I was recently appointed to Maryland State Highway Administration’s Metropolitan District Engineer for District 4 (Baltimore and Harford Counties). Just a quick note to let you know that my experience in the Operations Academy helped me realize my long term career goal in becoming a District Engineer. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the academy and keep up the outstanding work!
Denise Inda, Chief Traffic Operations Engineer, Nevada DOT
September 2008 graduate
I was recently promoted to the position of Chief Traffic Operations Engineer for the State of Nevada. This is a new position in one of the first States to recognize the significance of operations as an overall DOT function. I was selected for this new position because of my background which included the “right package of experience” needed for the job. My time at the Operations Academy gave her the big picture perspective which was an important aspect of this background. I feel that customer service is an important facet of my position in that it includes the challenge of establishing a balance between the restrictions and policies of my Department and the transportation community (for example the MUTCD), and the needs of its customers (the traveling public).
Douglas Tomlinson, Chief of ITS Division, Pennsylvania DOT
September 2008 graduate
Doug Tomlinson was promoted to Division Chief of the ITS Division within the Bureau of Highway Safety and Traffic Engineering of PENNDOT.
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