Dan Baxter Joins Stantec as Chief Systems Engineer
Dan Baxter, PE, has joined Stantec’s Denver office as Chief Systems Engineer and Intelligent Transportation Systems Manager. With more than 33 years of transportation design and construction experience, Baxter will help expand the firm’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) services in Colorado and across North America.
Baxter’s primary focus is the application of emerging technology to highway transportation. As an award-winning member of the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board Standing Committee on ITS,
Baxter recently engaged in research and design for Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAV), including infrastructure design of Direct Short Range Communications equipment for Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) applications.
“We are seeing unparalleled acceleration of emerging technology in the transportation sector. People like Dan, with a proven track record in implementing new technology, are in high demand,” says Habib Shamskhou, Stantec’s Connected Vehicle (CV) and Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Program Director and senior principal. “Dan is a globally recognized leader who will bring so much value to our North American clients. Two of America’s fastest growing cities are in Colorado, where Dan is based. We are thrilled to have a top technology expert in Denver. ”
Baxter has been tagged to manage the systems engineering and integration of components at GoMentum Station (www.gomentumstation.net), the largest secure CV/AV testbed in the U.S. He is also serving as Stantec’s Integrated Corridor Manager for Moving I-680 Forward, a project focused on reducing congestion in California’s Bay Area through new technology. In this complimentary role, Baxter will have the opportunity to deploy the new technology developed at GoMentum Station in a real world corridor. Technologies include driverless surface street transit vehicles providing first/last mile connections to corridor rail transit stations.
Baxter is currently serving an appointment as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board Standing Committee on ITS, where he is focusing on CV/AV operational scenarios. Additionally, he was recently accepted as a member of the National Fire Protection Association in light of his exemplary work in the safe evacuation of highway tunnels during vehicle fires. Baxter has authored more than 20 publications including federal guidelines, peer-reviewed research and trade journal articles.
Baxter has recently completed domestic and international project work assignments in Canada and the Middle East, gaining experience relevant to traffic congestion problems in the United States. His recent projects included participation in electronic systems testing and commissioning for “cut and cover” tunnel facilities in Doha, Qatar, and Ontario, Canada. His expertise is often sought by contractors and owners of covered highways, especially when it comes to the safety systems required. Baxter is a member of the National Fire Protection Association and is a world recognized expert in the application of NFPA 502, the standard that governs fire safety for highway bridges and tunnels. His experience with 502 dates back to the “Big Dig” Boston’s landmark $16 billion Central Artery Tunnel underground urban highway network, where he was in responsible charge of the final design for all of the electronic systems with over 70,000 devices.
Baxter is a founding member and active participant in ITS America and a charter member of the International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association’s Leadership Academy. Baxter is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and a Registered Professional Engineer.
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