Rich is currently the Executive Director of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Development at Cornell University. He was previously the Executive Director, Emerging Markets Institute for Cornell’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. In this role, he founded a start-up research and education center focused on rapidly developing international economies. Rich served as the public face and voice for the institute and created and executed the strategy for outreach, marketing and educational programming in order to engage stakeholders. He propelled Johnson to be ranked #10 in International Business for 2012 by Bloomberg/Business Week, through a consistent public relations and marketing campaign, featuring press releases, blogs, and articles.
Prior to his service at Cornell, Rich was Senior Director, International Corporate Affairs for Walmart Stores, Inc., where he led communications, public affairs and stakeholder relations for a $12 billion global procurement organization with 1,800 employees and sourcing activities in 50 countries. He resolved crises as the communications point person for responsible sourcing for the largest supply chain in the world and provided consultation on reputation issues for a $34 billion sales subsidiary in the United Kingdom.
Rich has also served as the President and State Director of International Trade for the Maine International Trade Center, a post for which he was appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate to expand Maine economy via international trade and investment. As Maine’s premier international business spokesperson, Rich cultivated media relationships in New England and the Canadian Maritime Provinces to highlight trade success stories. He built relationships with foreign trade offices, consulates, embassies, and economic development agencies to identify trade opportunities and implemented a communications strategy to promote membership, engender financial and political support, and inform stakeholders of trade activities.
Rich holds an MBA in International Management from the Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Management and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also has earned an Advanced Graduate Business Certificate, International Business and Internet Marketing from Bentley University and a Scholarship in Advanced German Studies from the University of Vienna, Austria.
MARTIN T. PIETRUCHA, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE., F.ITE
TECHNICAL ADVISORY SPECIALIST
Dr. Pietrucha received his Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, in civil engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland. He has over 40 years experience in transportation engineering specializing in transportation policy, funding, and financing; highway design; highway traffic operations; highway safety; and human factors issues for a variety of public and private institutions.
Dr. Pietrucha recently served as the director of the Engineering Systems Program, a research, education, and outreach program that is at the nexus of engineering, management, and the social sciences at The Pennsylvania State University. He also completed a seven-year term as director of The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute at PSU. The Larson Institute is an interdisciplinary research unit in Penn State’s College of Engineering. Over 250 faculty, students, and staff receive financial or administrative support from the institute, which performs nearly 18 million dollars of research annually. He recently served as the President of the Council of University Transportation Centers, a professional organization of university-based transportation research, education, and outreach units and as the President of the Research and Education Division of the American Road and Transportation Builders.
Dr. Pietrucha is a Professor of Civil Engineering with the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University Park campus of Penn State where he teaches courses in transportation policy, transportation engineering, highway engineering and safety, and human factors. He has been principal investigator or co?principal investigator on numerous research projects for the Federal Highway Administration, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Dr. Pietrucha is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). He is past chair of the National Research Council’s Transportation Research Board Committee on Traffic Control Devices, ASCE’s Highway and Traffic Safety Committee, and ITE’s Transportation Education Council. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in the State of New Jersey.
EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST
Mr. Wilson provides expertise to assist LCL Advisors’ programs on behalf of firms desiring advice and expertise in the management of major projects and general operating needs. He holds extensive experience in the management of major private and public sector organizations, marked by challenge, achievement, and success in business and government operations. policy and planning, finance, engineering, and general management. He has held CEO responsibility for large complex systems and business enterprises, major infrastructure investments, and advanced-technology development initiatives.
Through effective management and dynamic leadership, Frank has built effective teams that resolved major problems, forged new directions, constructed major projects, and turned-around organizations.
Currently, Frank is the President and co-founder of One Vision Enterprises, a technology development delivery and financing company providing unique patented and performance tested technologies to the transportation infrastructure, oil / gas exploration, and utilities industries.
Previously, Frank has served as President for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County TX, (Houston METRO). Under Mr. Wilson's direction, the system was able to improve its operating ratio by 300% in three years. Earlier, Frank was the President of AECOM Enterprises, providing professional services developed and implemented through its ten operating companies consisting of over 14,000 professionals operating in 60 major offices worldwide. As Chief Executive he was responsible for delivering fully integrated services for turnkey, design/build/finance projects and public/private partnerships in both the infrastructure and facilities markets. Projects ranging from $5 million to $5 billion for clients that include federal, state, and local government and Fortune 500 industry leaders such as Disney, Charles Schwab and Boeing. He also served as CEO for Daniel, Mann, Johnston & Mendenhall, a renowned infrastructure and facilities development firm offering a diverse array of architecture, engineering and construction management services worldwide.
He has acted as Commissioner for the Department of Transportation of the State of New Jersey, selected by Governor Christine Todd Whitman to serve as the State's CEO for transportation policy, financing, operations and system development of its highway, public transit, aviation and freight assets. In other public sector enterprises, Frank has been the General Manager for the Bay Area Rapid Transit District of San Francisco, CA, Deputy Executive Director of Operations for the Chicago Transit Authority and Deputy General Manager of Operations for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority in Philadelphia, PA
In addition, Frank’s leadership has been demonstrated in his roles as Chairman of the Board for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and the New Jersey Transit Corporation. He has served on many boards including those of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New Jersey State Toll Roads, the Economic Development Advisory Board of Alameda County, California, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) and the Calstart Electric Vehicle Consortium. He holds a MS in Civil/Urban Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Civil Engineering from Drexel University.
VEHICLE DESIGN & OPERATIONS SPECIALIST
Mr. Chakraborty has led the development of vehicle acquisitions programs for both automotive and rail vehicle fleets for many years.
For Miami-Dade Transit, he worked on a $1.3 Billion project managing engineering for the rehabilitation of the Metrorail and original Phase 1 Metromover vehicle fleets. In this role, he provided engineering tasks related to vehicle condition assessments, identification of overhaul alternatives and associated costs, and assisting Miami-Dade Transit with finalizing the scope of the rehabilitation through development of contract documents. The work also included analyses to identify vehicle compatibility issues and wayside systems impacts resulting from the overhaul. During the bid-award cycle, he assisted the agency with various tasks, including responding to bidder questions and analyzing proposals from contractors willing to perform the rehabilitation work.
At Houston METRO, Mr. Chakraborty served as the key technical advisor for the procurement of rolling stock of Houston Metro. He provided valuable strategic, technical and commercial advice and direction for the new Light Rail Trolley vehicles Procurement Program, containing 103 vehicles for use on the four rail lines operated by the agency. As the Rail Vehicle/Bus/Motor Vehicle Engineer for the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) New Rail Car fleet procurement/overhaul and Automatic Train Control system implementation, Dhiren controlled the activities of the project managers and engineering staff overseeing day-to-day equipment operation and engineering-related functions of the 400-rail car fleet.
For the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Mr. Chakraborty served as the Vehicle/Senior Program Manager with responsibilities including planning, organizing, directing and controlling the activities of managers, project managers and engineers; preparation of technical specifications for the rehabilitation of present vehicles and the acquisition of new transit and utility vehicles maintenance process and repair procedures. He coordinated all contractual agreements with prime contractors and subcontractors, developed and managed all related capital projects to improve Authority’s automotive equipment and facilities. He also led the diagnoses and recommendations of solutions to failures on transit vehicles.
His attention to detail and familiarity with all aspects of vehicle design has produced remarkable results for operators in several cities around the nation.
Mr. Chakraborty holds an M.Tech degree in Electrical Machine Design & Power Supply Technology, a B. Tech. degree in Applied Physics and a B.S. in Physics. His publications include: “Thermal Conductivity of Insulated Materials,” Journal of Applied Physics, 1970 – 1971, “Automatic Transmission and Brake Retarder for Transit Buses,” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Paper C219/86. England. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineering and American Public Transportation Association.