ITD has been engaged in research for over 50 years. This is a clear measure of the understanding that in order to remain a strong agency serving our customers well we need an active and well managed Research Program which focuses on a broad range of topics.
During the summer of 2004 the Department was fortunate to have Dr. Michael Kyte from the University of Idaho lead a review of our current activities in research and engage a variety of people to develop a series of recommendations to move our program to the next generation. Dr. Kyte engaged over 36 professionals and senior staff in developing a series of findings and recommendations to help us take the next steps.
First a short review of what we heard.
Dr. Kyte’s final report contained a series of 7 recommendations focused at:
The Executive Team considered the report and held two discussion sessions with Dr. Kyte. As a result we have adopted the report and the spirit and intent of its findings and recommendations.
As a significant first step we have established in the Division of Transportation Planning and Programs the position of Department Research Program Manager. It will be the focus of this position to implement the findings and recommendations necessary to bring the Research Program to the next level.
We are pleased to announce that Matt Moore has been selected to be the new Research Program Manager. Previously, he served as the Senior Transportation Planner responsible for administering Idaho’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program for ITD from 1998 to 2005; co-managed Idaho’s Transportation Future: Getting There Together from 2000 to 2005.
He also provided liaison to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, LHTAC and FHWA on transportation/environmental quality issues.
Matt was promoted into ITD in 1998 from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, where he served for four years as the transportation/environmental quality liaison to ITD, LHTAC and FHWA.
Prior to that, Matt was in the transportation and environmental consulting business as a project manager. Matt has a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the Claremont Graduate University, and a Bachelor of Science in Resource Management and Public Administration from Northern Arizona University.
Please extend Matt your utmost cooperation as he works with our many partners to reformulate and modernize Idaho’s Research Program.
A copy of the report from Dr. Kyte is available from the Division of Transportation Planning and Programs.
David S. Ekern, P.E.