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Keynote Session

Monday, July 18, 2022

Thank you to our Keynote Session speakers!



M. Patrick Kane, P.E.
IBC General Chair
Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.

Mr. Kane is a Senior Structural Engineer for GPI-Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. based in Pittsburgh, PA.  He is responsible for technical assignments in bridge design, rehabilitation and safety inspection.  Mr. Kane also manages GPI’s Pennsylvania quality program and GPI relationships with select PA transportation clients.

He earned a BSMET from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and an MBA degree in Management from Robert Morris University.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in 7 states.

Mr. Kane has over 38 years of experience in highway, bridge, tunnel, and wall design and inspection, design/build projects, software development, and nationwide bridge safety inspection training.

As an employee of GPI-Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., Mr. Kane returned to presenting training courses on behalf of the National Highway Institute in 2018.  Mr. Kane has been an instructor for over 200 courses throughout his career.



Rich Fitzgerald
Chief Executive, County of Allegheny, PA

The county’s top elected official, Rich Fitzgerald is in his third and final term as County Executive. Widely recognized for his work ethic, Rich is one of the county’s biggest champions and is well known for bringing together people and organizations on regional issues.  Under his leadership, the county has concentrated on economic development and job creation and boasts high-quality jobs, a diverse and growing economy, low cost of living, and an excellent quality of life.

The 2020 Census numbers have underscored the success of those efforts. For the first time in 60 years, the county’s population grew over the last decade. Just as importantly, the area is also becoming more diverse. There was substantial growth in the Hispanic and Asian populations in the county, and more people are identifying as multiracial. That increased diversity can also be attributed to multiyear efforts to ensure that this community is more welcoming. That diversity, along with the population growth, will continue to move this region forward.

He is also managing the county’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, working closely with the Health Department, and has provided consistent and reassuring messaging to county residents since the first case was reported in the county in March 2020. As a participant in the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine trial, he frequently speaks about his experience in the trial and his confidence in the vaccine and its role in the county’s and country’s recovery from the virus.

Born and raised in the City of Pittsburgh, Rich graduated from Carnegie Mellon University. He and his wife, Cathy, live in Squirrel Hill. They have eight children.


Yassmin Gramian, P.E.
Secretary of Transportation, Pennsylvania DOT

Yassmin Gramian, PE, serves as the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, a position that she assumed in May 2020. She manages PennDOT’s annual budget of $9.5 billion and oversees programs and policies affecting highways, urban and rural public transportation, airports, railroads, ports, and waterways. Under her leadership, the department is directly responsible for Pennsylvania’s vast system of state and local highways and bridges, as well as oversees the state’s vehicle registration, driver’s licenses and ID operations.

Gramian assumed the role of secretary amid the COVID-19 global pandemic. This challenging time necessitated quick, decisive action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to best protect citizens, employees, and business partners. Under Gramian’s leadership, PennDOT moved swiftly during the early stages of the pandemic to transfer essential functions to remote operations, while continuing to ensure roads were kept safe and passable, and crews remained available for responding to weather events. Gramian also serves as chair of the Transportation Revenue Options Commission (TROC), which was established by Executive Order of Governor Tom Wolf to develop comprehensive funding recommendations for Pennsylvania’s large and aging infrastructure.

Prior to joining PennDOT, Gramian worked for over 30 years in operations, design, and management of transportation infrastructure systems, including highway, tolling, bridge, and railroad projects. Gramian earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Michigan and completed the Tuck Management Training Program at Dartmouth College. She is a professional engineer in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Florida.



Dr. Alison Black
Senior Vice President & Chief Economist, American Road & Transportation Builders Association

Dr. Alison Premo Black serves as senior vice president and chief economist for ARTBA.  She oversees the association’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center and the Transportation Officials, and the Research and Education Divisions.

Dr. Black manages ARTBA’s economics staff and is responsible for over 100 studies examining national and state transportation funding and investment patterns, including the association’s landmark economic profile of the transportation construction industry, state bridge condition profiles, federal-aid highway dashboard, and annual modal forecast.

She has been interviewed numerous times as an industry expert for national and local print, television and radio, including the NBC TODAY show, the Washington Post, NPR, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, The Economist and industry publications. She has testified before state legislative committees in Illinois, Kansas, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania.

Dr. Black completed her PhD in Economics at The George Washington University and holds an MA in International Economics and Latin American Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  Dr. Black graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University with majors in International Relations, Latin American Studies and Spanish.  She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key Honors Societies, and a recipient of the Syracuse Remembrance Scholarship.

A native of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Dr. Black resides in Washington, DC with her husband and four children.



Scot Becker, P.E.
Deputy Administrator – Regions, Wisconsin DOT

Scot Becker is the Deputy Administrator for Regions of the Division of Transportation System Development (DTSD) at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT).  He has been in this role since September of 2019.  In this role he leads the five Wisconsin DOT regions in providing planning, development and operation of safe, reliable and efficient multimodal transportation systems.  He serves with the Administrator and Deputy Administrator of Statewide Bureaus in leading over 1,300 dedicated and talented people.  Previously, He served as Director of the Bureau of Structures for eight years where he led the Bureau which oversees program, policy, design, maintenance, and administration of the state’s 15,000 transportation bridges and ancillary structures.

He currently serves as the Vice Chair of AASHTO Committee on Bridges and Structures (COBS).  Prior to this appointment, he had served as the State Bridge Engineer representative for 13 years as the primary voting member for Wisconsin. He has served on T-5 technical committee for loads and on T-19 software and technology where he was the T-19 chairman for nine years.

Scot has been with WisDOT for 28 years and worked three years for a consultant prior to joining the department. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is a licensed professional engineer.


Louis Feagans, P.E, MS
Managing Director of Asset Management, Indiana DOT (IBC Featured Agency)

Louis is the INDOT Managing Director of Asset Management and Planning. He has over 32 years of transportation experience.  During his career he has worked in asset management, hydraulics, water resources, design, scoping, and project management.  He is a professional engineer with a BS for University of Evansville and MS for Purdue University.  He is married to his wife Julie and has two children; Louie and Mandy.