(Washington, D.C.) – The roundtable that addressed increasing federal leadership in infrastructure was moderated by Henry J. “Hank” Hatch, P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, and the participants were Joseph A. “Bud” Ahearn, P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, J. Richard Capka, P.E., M.ASCE, David R. Conrad, James Kolb, Representative Steven C. LaTourette (R-Ohio), John H. Moyle, P.E., M.ASCE, Kerry E. O’Hare, and T. Peter Ruane, Ph.D. (Ahearn participated by phone.)
J. Richard Capka, P.E., M.ASCE, is the chief operating officer for Dawson & Associates, Inc., of Washington, D.C. He served as the administrator of the Federal Highway Administration and as acting administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation from 2005 to 2008 and as the chief executive officer and executive director of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority from 2001 to 2002. Capka retired from a 30-year career in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2001 as a brigadier general. Among his posts, he served as commander of the Corps’s South Atlantic Division and South Pacific Division and of the Corps district headquartered in Baltimore.
“There is direct impact on the public, but there are very few who really understand the intricacies of infrastructure, and somehow there needs to be leadership providing the basis of public education and public awareness.” —Richard Capka
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