Session No. 5F

Thought Leadership

Moderator: Jenn Walsh

Franklin Boulevard Project

  • Smith Siromaskul, P.E., Principal Professional Associate, Oregon Traffic Business Class Leader, HDR
  • Will Hume, P.E., Professional Associate, Senior Transportation Engineer, HDR

  • Ellie Simpson, P.E., Traffic Engineer, HDR

A Rawlsian Contract to Save Public Involvement

  • Nick Ross, P.E., Municipal Traffic Engineer, Traffic Bureau Chief, City of Pittsburgh, Department of Mobility and Infrastructure

Using Non-traditional Talents to Advance Transportation Mobility

  • Justin Ferri, Technology & Training Team Lead, KMJ Consulting, Inc.


With over 20 years of industry experience, Smith Siromaskul is a Principal Professional Associate and HDR's leader in innovative intersection design and analysis with a background in both roadway design and traffic analysis. He runs HDR Oregon’s traffic business class which is HDR’s center of excellence for concept development and traffic microsimulation.

Will Hume is a Senior Transportation Engineer with HDR specializing in concept development, geometric design, and traffic operations of innovative intersections and interchanges. He has extensive experience developing solutions for the most congested corridors across the United States; incorporating innovative intersection elements to improve operations and safety.

Ellie Simpson is a traffic engineer in Portland, Oregon who has worked on many innovative intersection and traffic projects and has a great interest in complex concept development and simulation. She has experience with roadway design and is adept at combining roadway and traffic disciplines for creative transportation solutions. She has worked on a range of projects all over the United States including regional interstate projects and local corridor studies. Simpson has a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Oregon State University. She enjoys exploring Oregon trails in her free time. 

Nick Ross serves as the Municipal Traffic Engineer and Traffic Bureau Chief for the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure. This position oversees an engineering staff of 11 as well as more than 30 operations staff in Traffic Control and Sign & Paint Divisions. Ross came to the city after spending 11 years as a consultant working on projects across 12 states and Ontario, Canada. He is a graduate of Penn State and currently resides on the Northside of Pittsburgh.

As Technology & Training Team Lead, Justin Ferri manages KMJ’s technology applications and information technology needs as they relate to transportation projects. He provides technical and technology-focused helpdesk support and training for KMJ’s regional and national clients. He has developed unique applications for specialty client needs, as well as teamed with other industry leaders to develop comprehensive software packages for a variety of traffic and planning initiatives. He is a proud Penn State alumnus.



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Dec. 9, 2021

2:00 to 3:15 p.m.




The Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) attracts professionals from throughout Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic region, and the country. It is an authoritative source of information on pressing issues from some of the foremost experts in transportation today.

Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

201 Transportation Research Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-1891