Institute of Transportation Engineers welcomes New Executive Director and CEO
The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) this week welcomed new Executive Director and CEO, Jeff Paniati. Mr. Paniati joins ITE after a more than 32-year career with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). He steps into the position today taking over for longtime Executive Director and CEO, Thomas W. Brahms, who is retiring from ITE at the end of the year.
Mr. Paniati’s career with FHWA comprised a series of progressively more responsible roles, from leading safety and traffic operations research programs at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, to Director of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office, to Associate Administrator of the FHWA Office of Operations. Mr. Paniati served as FHWA’s Executive Director from 2008-2015. There he was responsible for 2,900 employees in 65 offices nationwide and an annual operating budget of $400 million. He was a senior adviser to the FHWA Administrator on programs, policies, and priorities for the $40 billion annual federal-aid highway program. He led the development and implementation of the highway provisions in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) surface transportation program, including the transformative move to a performance-based federal-aid highway program. He was a champion for FHWA’s efforts to create more liveable communities, better accommodate pedestrians and bicycles, and create more flexible design approaches through performance-based practical design and context sensitive solutions.
Under Mr. Paniati’s leadership, FHWA was recognized as a Top 5 Best Place to Work (out of 300 peer federal agencies) by the Partnership for Public Service. Mr. Paniati also represents the United States as the first delegate to the World Road Association, where he serves as the Chair of the Strategic Planning Commission.
Mr. Paniati has received numerous performance and honour awards. He is a recipient of the Secretary’s gold medal and the Secretary’s Award for Meritorious Achievement. In 2010 he was recognized with the prestigious Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive for exceptional long-term accomplishments and commitment to excellence in public service. In 2011 he was inducted into the University of Connecticut Academy of Distinguished Engineers and Hall of Fame.
As an ITE member for more than 25 years and a Fellow of ITE, Mr. Paniati has served as President of the ITE Washington, DC Section and as Chair of the Traffic Engineering Council. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland.