The Board of Directors of the Transportation Professional Certification Board (TPCB) congratulates its two newest Discipline Directors who will join the board January 1, 2021, each for a three-year term.
Nelson Galeano. P.E., PTP, PTOE is a Civil Professional Engineer. His 20-year work and international experience spans transportation planning, travel-demand modeling, traffic engineering, and controlling focused on policy formulation at national, regional and urban level in transportation infrastructure projects.
After his master studies in transportation planning and traffic engineering in Stuttgart (Germany), he worked during two years for a German company. His activity mainly focused on shopping centers, multi-uses developments and the redevelopment of some institutional areas (former USA military bases). He operated as an entry-level engineer performing traffic analysis and travel demand forecasting simulations for private developers.
He came back to his native country (Colombia, South America) as part of the United Nations Developing Program in charge of the technical component of formulating the national urban transportation policy for the National Department of Planning under private-public partnership. One of his most important remarks is Transmilenio, which is the best bus-guided transit system of the world and the structural stone for the citywide integral multimodal mobility plan for Bogota, capital of Colombia.
After his relocation to the U.S., he worked for private engineering consulting companies doing traffic impact analyses and transportation studies for public and private agencies using travel demand models.
He started working in Manatee County Florida six years ago at the transportation planning division as engineer and is currently the transportation planning division manager.. He continues with his advocacy for road safety and sustainability for the Latino community as a columnist for the Latino Al Día in Southwest Florida. Nelson believes that professional growth is only feasible through economic development and opportunities, which are created with education. He wants to build an optimal environment for the multicultural diversity in the United States/Florida, especially for Latinos, to connect economic development and opportunities by means of values such as honor, knowledge and aspiration.
Dr. Kohinoor Kar, P.E., PTOE is a Transportation Engineer Manager in Arizona DOT’s Multimodal
Planning Division with over 30-year combined experience in roadway, traffic and safety engineering. Dr. Kar manages federal transportation grants and is also active in research programs. Prior to this position, he was with the Arizona DOT Research Center and the Traffic Safety Section. He played key roles in FHWA’s Highway Safety Improvement Program, Arizona Strategic Transportation Safety Plan development, Highway Safety Manual training and implementation, and pilot applications of Human Factors Guidelines (NCHRP 600) to Road Safety Assessments. Prior to joining Arizona DOT, he worked for reputed international consulting firms and universities.
He has served on several prestigious committees and panels at the national and Arizona state level as a chair/member.
Currently, Dr. Kar serves on the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Research Innovation Implementation (AJE35, old ABG30) and Pedestrians (ACH10, old ANF10) committees as a member, and also a few Highway Safety Manual related NCHRP research panels as a chair/member.
Dr. Kar published over a dozen papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented at more than 40 national and international conferences and webinars. He serves on the Editorial Board of Elsevier's Journal of Safety Research and TRB's Transportation Research Record. He reviewed numerous research papers for the ITE Journal, Transportation Research Records as well as several administrative and technical documents.
He is a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University (ASU) currently tasked with teaching a doctorate-level course on transportation safety. He taught several undergraduate and graduate engineering courses at Wayne State University (Michigan) and the University of Windsor (Ontario, Canada). He also serves on other academic committees at ASU.