AASHTO Transportation Management Fellows begin 12-month program

Scenic highwayThree state departments of transportation officials have begun their 12-month-long fellowships with American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO). This year marks the first time the AASHTO Transportation Management Fellowship has been opened up to divisions beyond its engineering division, and will include a planning fellow and policy fellow in addition to engineering.

“This one-year fellowship provides the successful candidate(s) with the opportunity to interact with engineers, transportation professionals, and policy-makers from across the country, making contact with colleagues from other state DOTs who will become invaluable resources for the rest of his or her career,” AASHTO says of the program.

Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) Traffic Services Engineer Kevin Sablan is the engineering fellow. He oversees ITD work in geometrics, hydraulics, roadside design, standard drawings and traffic. He also previously worked as a design engineer for Boeing and CG engineering.

Anne Ellis, Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), will serve as the planning fellow. In her current role she leads a multi-state coalition to create the Interstate 10 Western Connected Freight Corridor. She is the former head of ADOT’s Transportation Research Center and worked for 10 years at Arizona State University’s engineering program.

Rachel Roper, an engineer with the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), is the AASHTO policy division fellow. Roper has been with HDOT for eight years and works in the planning branch of the agency’s systems planning section for which she also serves as the legislative coordinator for the branch.