Ahmed Abukhater, Ph.D., GISP, AICP, Digital Aviation, Boeing
Dr. Ahmed Abukhater is an architect, environmental scientist, and an urban and regional planner by trade. Throughout his career, he has served in a variety of senior positions in both governmental and nongovernmental organizations, including Director of Mapping and GIS at Trimble, Global Director of Product Management at Pitney Bowes Software, Esri’s Global Industry Manager for Planning and Community Development and Director of PLACES, and GIS Director at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Abukhater is a noted expert in a number of areas including geospatial and navigation solutions, strategic marketing and product management, planning and community development, and trans-boundary water resources management and conflict resolution.
Terry Bennett, senior industry program manager and chief strategist for civil infrastructure at Autodesk, New Hampshire
Terry D. Bennett, LS LPF MRICS ENV SP LEED AP, is the senior industry program manager and chief strategist for civil infrastructure at Autodesk. He is responsible for setting the company’s future vision and strategy for technology serving the planning, surveying, civil engineering and heavy construction industries, as well as cultivating and sustaining the firm’s relationships with strategic industry leaders and associations. Bennett has been a practicing professional, global author and lecturer for almost 30 years on the impact of technology to the infrastructure and urban planning, engineering, and construction industries focusing on sustainable approaches to urban infrastructure development. He currently serves as a Board Member of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design’s Sustainable Infrastructure Advisory Board, is a charter member of the Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure and a member of its economics committee, and a council member on the Urban Land Institute’s Public Development and Infrastructure Council.
Dan Burden, senior associate and registered professional engineer, Wade Trim, Palm Bay, Florida
Dan Burden is a Senior Associate and registered professional engineer with the engineering consulting firm of Wade Trim and works out the firm’s Palm Bay, Florida office. Dr. Burden holds a master’s and doctorate degree in civil and environmental engineering from Louisiana State University and has more than 25 years of private consulting experience with municipal utilities in Florida. Dr. Burden has been directly involved with the planning, design, permitting and construction of wastewater collection system infrastructure projects, wastewater treatment plant projects, and wastewater reclaimed water projects throughout Florida during his career. He currently serves as member the Water Environment Federation’s Water Reuse and Program Committees and has authored numerous publications on wastewater, reclaimed water and infrastructure related projects.
Philip Christensen, vice president, Offshore & Optioneering, Bentley Systems
Philip Christensen is responsible for product development within Bentley’ portfolio of analysis software for design of offshore structures and also for a range of analysis software running under Bentley’s CONNECT analytical cloud services. Phil was founder and CEO at FormSys prior to its acquisition by Bentley in 2011. He has 30 years’ experience in leading development teams in the development of analytical and design software across structural, marine and industrial design applications. Phil has a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and Engineering Science.
Mike Markovitz, founder and former president, RAM International
Mike Markovitz is a serial entrepreneur and a professional angel investor. He founded RAM International, one of the first structural engineering software to incorporate an entire building model into one dataset with a Windows interface back in 1988. He also led the global sales team for SITEOPS site planning software. Both companies were sold to Bentley Systems, Inc.
Shannon McElvaney, project manager, GeoDesign Services, Esri, Redlands, Calif.
Shannon McElvaney is the sustainable development industry manager at Esri and a geodesign evangelist working on developing geodesign tools, techniques, and processes that will enable people to design, build, and maintain livable, sustainable, healthy communities. He has more than 18 years of experience applying a broad range of geospatial technologies across a variety of industries.
Erik Shepard, PhD, PMP, Principal, Waterbridge GeoDesign, Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.
Dr. Erik Shepard, PMP provides operational strategy, business justification, and project development and execution for utility technology projects that enable reliability, efficiency and effectiveness in the field, the back office and the control center, through his firm Waterbridge Consulting, Inc., and in partnership with Massachusetts-based BRIDGE Energy Group.
Amy Lamb Woods, P.E., senior staff, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Chicago, Ill.
Amy Lamb Woods has a background that combines architecture, historic preservation and civil engineering materials. She has more than 17 years of experience in the field of forensic engineering of building materials, both historic and contemporary structures. Her primary interests include projects involving the investigation and repair of historic concrete and other cementitious materials. She is a board member of both the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) International and the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI).