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Conference Speakers and Bios



Deputy Secretary State Transportation Engineer

Burt Morey is the Deputy Secretary and State Transportation Engineer at the Kansas Department of Transportation. He has filled this role since February 2019.

Upon graduation from Kansas State University with a bachelor's of science degree in Civil Engineering, Burt began a career in transportation engineering. He has worked in this field for 29 years. In that time, he has worked for various local governments and the private sector in bridge design, construction engineering, and contract administration. He served as the KDOT Metro Engineer in Johnson County from 2007 to 2012. In 2012, Burt was selected to be the Project Director for the Johnson County Gateway design-build project; KDOT's first design-build and largest project at the time. From November 2015 until his recent appointment as the State Transportation Engineer, he served as the City Engineer of Overland Park. 

Burt and his wife Jan live in rural Leavenworth County. They have two adult children and two German short-haired pointers.

Presentation Description

KDOT Update.

Rick Backlund

Division Administrator for the FHWA Kansas Division

Rick is Division Administrator for the FHWA Kansas Division - where he leads all aspects of FHWA's almost $420 million annual transportation program here.  Rick has worked for the FHWA for the past 34 years in 7 Division Offices (IN, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, NY, California, South Carolina & KS) as well as at FHWA Headquarters in DC in the Offices of Planning, Policy, and Operations.   Before working for FHWA - Rick worked for the Texas DOT for 3 years in Pavement Design/Construction, Work Zone Traffic Control, and advancing the State’s ITS program.  He is a Civil Engineering graduate from the Univ. of Texas at Austin - and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Presentation Description

FHWA Update.

Amy Miller

National Director for the Asphalt Pavement Alliance

Amy currently serves as the National Director for the Asphalt Pavement Alliance.  The Alliance represents the interests of the Asphalt Institute, the National Asphalt Pavement Association and a consortium of the State Asphalt Pavement Associations.  Amy is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Environmental Engineering and a Master of Business Administration.  She is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Florida. 
Immediately out of college, she worked as a civil engineer doing site work and land development.  She went on to work for a pipe company as a sales engineer and eventually worked into a key account manager position for another manufacturing organization.  Most recently, she has worked for trade associations making this her sixth year with the Asphalt Pavement Alliance.
She resides in northeast Florida with her husband and three children.

Presentation Description

Asphalt Pavement Alliance Update.

Todd Mansell

Civil Engineer at Caterpillar

Todd is a civil engineer who delivers paving and compaction training and consulting for Caterpillar customers worldwide.  After spending over 30 years in the asphalt paving industry working for employers in both the United States and Canada, there isn’t a day goes by that Todd doesn’t learn something new about our industry.   Driven by a passion for training and promoting quality paving practices, Todd is always trying new and innovative paving equipment, technologies, and paving practices.  Todd is an active member in several national and international paving industry associations, committees and task groups.   Personal interests include fishing, woodwork and history.

Presentation Description

Compaction Fundamentals & Technologies

This session will review compaction fundamentals for achieving density and smoothness on the job site.  The application and use of Intelligent Compaction technology will also be presented as a QC tool for improving the consistency of compaction and use as a training and troubleshooting tool for the paving Contractor.  Finally, a brief introduction the paver-mounted thermal profiling (PMTP) technology will be introduced to show how it too can help improve compaction in the field.