CREATEs Advisory Board

CREATEs Advisory Board Members

The CREATEs Advisory Board provides guidance and direction to researchers at the Center. Advisory board members are asked to provide input on current and expected challenges facing the transportation industry, and help develop research strategies on how to tackle such challenges. Advisory board members have the opportunity to contribute to CREATEs’ success as a research and educational center, make positive impact on the transportation industry, and serve the community and help improve the quality of life for people in New Jersey and the nation.

Rizwan Baig

Port Authority of New York / New Jersey

Rizwan holds a Bachelor and a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering degree; and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the States of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. He is also a certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE), and a certified Professional Transportation Planner (PTP). In 1990, Rizwan began his career with the Port Authority as a Traffic Engineer, and now serves as Chief Traffic Engineer.  Rizwan leads diverse teams to deliver critical elements of complex engineering services on several agency capital programs in support of the agency’s priorities to deliver world-class transportation operations and ensure a 21st-century customer experience. He spearheaded coalition building with regional partners to ensure that critical agency projects are planned and constructed in the most effective manner to achieve the Mobility goals and objectives. Rizwan ensures a diversified and productive workforce, while maintaining a vision on succession planning through staff rotations and mentoring to develop technical experts, managers, and future leaders.

Archie Filshill

Aero Aggregates of North America

Archie is the founder of Aero Aggregates and manages the daily operations for the company.  He has over 25 years of international experience in the geotechnical market, e3ncompassing a vast range of experience in executive management, engineering, project management, construction and manufacturing.  He started his career as a regional manager for ana environmental products company and went on to become Managing Director of European operations for a global manufacturer of geosynthetics.  After returning to the States, he started an international contracting company focused on geotechnical applications, infrastructure, solid waste, soil stabilization, coal ash, shale gas development, sediment remediation, reinforced earth structure and lightweight fill.  This experience guided him to establish Aero Aggregates of North America.

Aaron Gerber

The Kercher Group

Mr. Gerber is a Principal and the Pavement Practice Leader for The Kercher Group, Inc., an engineering, infrastructure asset management, and business consulting firm based in Newark, DE.  Aaron has 17 years of infrastructure asset management and engineering experience. He is a subject matter expert in pavement and asset management systems, pavement and asset data collection processes, and pavement engineering and is actively supporting many State DOT, County, and Municipal agencies across the nation in the implementation of their pavement programs.  He currently serves on the Transportation Research Board Committee AKT10 – Pavement Management Systems, and AKP10 – Committee on Pavement Condition Evaluation.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rowan University in 2003 and completed graduate studies in Civil Infrastructure Systems from the University of Delaware in 2008.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer in seven states.

Jim Grove

Department of Transportation

Jim is currently a Senior Project Engineer and works as a contract employee for the Federal Highway Administration.  He is a part of the staff of the FHWA Mobile Concrete Technology Center, which assists states with concrete testing, demonstrates new testing devices and supports implementation of new technologies.  He has been with FHWA for over 11 years.  Prior assignments have included the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center at Iowa State University as the PCC Paving Engineer, before retiring in 2008.  His experience also includes working with the Iowa DOT as Concrete Engineer and Concrete Paving Field Engineer, and as Assistant County Engineer with Story County, Iowa.

Vivek Jha


Mr. Jha has over eleven years of professional experience in the area of pavement analysis and design. He has served as a Project Manager with Advanced Infrastructure Design on numerous NJDOT pavement rehabilitation projects. Mr. Jha has conducted and supervised hundreds of pavement condition survey projects for both airfields and highways. Mr. Jha also has extensive experience with the 1993 AASHTO design procedure, Pavement ME, and MicroPaver. As a graduate student at Rowan University, he was involved in developing the pavement design catalog based on the Mechanistic-Empirical Design Guide (MEPDG) for NJDOT. As part of his graduate studies, Mr. Jha evaluated the pavement cracking performance based on limiting strain value and developed a pavement design catalog for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. Mr. Jha was awarded the “2008 Outstanding Student Award” by the NJDOT research bureau and “2009 Excellence in Graduate Research Award” by Rowan University.

Dennis Motiani


Mr. Motiani has 40 years of experience in the transportation industry that includes serving as senior executive leadership at the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). He specializes in traffic engineering and operations that include signal timing, safety improvements, smart work zones, managing large planned and unplanned events and ITS deployment. He has extensive experience working for and with state DOTs. He is a nationally recognized leader in Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSM&O). He served as the founding executive director of the National Operations Center of Excellence, a collaborative effort between the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). He is currently the leader of Kimley-Horn’s Princeton Transportation group.

Jared Oren


Jared Oren has sixteen years’ experience leading organizations, groups, and individuals in combat and peacetime to accomplish a variety of military engineering missions worldwide, from rapid research and development to combat engineering and construction. He was Acting Chief, Research & Engineering Division, Apr-Oct 2019, responsible for leading five R&D branches which comprise the division, consisting of 185 engineers, scientists, technicians, and administrative personnel, and executing a total (predominantly reimbursable) annual budget of $50M.   Since 2013, Jared has been Chief of Engineering Resources Branch, and is responsible for leading 57 engineers, scientists and technicians. ERB DELIVERS engineering solutions to our Warfighters and the Nation involving RDTE related to systems and equipment, pavements and materials, oil and the environment, and energy applications for use in cold regions.

Carrie Streahle


Carrie Streahle has over twenty years of experience in the construction management industry.  Carrie became owner and President of Promatech, Inc. in 2010 and is responsible for the daily management of the firm and its personnel.  Promatech is a certified WBE/DBE/SBE firm specializing in Construction Management and Project Management Services.  Ms. Streahle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and is involved with numerous professional organizations, including the American Society of Highway Engineers—Southern NJ Section, Women’s Transportation Seminar—Philadelphia Chapter, and the Professional Women in Construction—Philadelphia Chapter.

Krishnan Viswanathan

Cambridge Systematics

Krishnan Viswanathan co-leads Cambridge Systematics’s big data analytics practice and also leads activities in data and travel demand modeling for the Southeastern United States . He has close to 25 years of experience working with Federal Planning and Research Agencies, State department of transportations (DOT), regional planning agencies, public transit agencies and private sector transportation companies. He has developed and analyzed commodity and supply chain based freight models, passenger and freight surveys and applied multivariate statistical techniques to understand passenger and freight movement. He has also developed methods to overcome data limitations and developed travel demand models using pooled data sources. He has used cell-phone and GPS location-based services data to support numerous truck and passenger studies across the nation.