The board of directors of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) recently appointed 17 members to its Research Advisory Committee (RAC), which is charged with annually identifying the trucking industry’s top research needs. 

RAC members represent a diverse group of trucking industry stakeholders including motor carriers, suppliers, academics, government, driver groups and law enforcement.  The members, along with 16 reappointed members, will serve a two-year term starting January 2013. 

The ATRI board also appointed Steve L. Niswander, vice president of safety, policy and regulatory relations for Groendyke Transport in Enid, OK, as chairman of the Research Advisory Committee.  Niswander, a member of RAC since 2009, will serve as chairman 2013-2014 and be responsible for leading the group’s identification, review and prioritization of the industry’s research agenda. 

Newly appointment members of the ATRI Research Advisory Committee are: Duane Acklie, chairman, Crete Carrier Corp.; Kirk Altrichter, vice president maintenance, Gordon Trucking, Inc.; Andrew Boyle, executive vice president, Boyle Transportation; Michael Conyngham, director of research, International Brotherhood of Teamsters; John Freeman, vice president sales, Pilot Travel Centers;

 Matt Hart, executive director, Illinois Trucking Assn.; Sanford Hodes, senior vice president and deputy general counsel, Ryder System, Inc.; Keith Klingenberg. senior vice president, logistics practice group leader, Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA; Michael Kray, principal planner, Atlanta Regional Commission; Chris McLoughlin, cargo risk manager, C.H. Robinson; Robert Moseley, Jr., transportation group lead, Smith Moore Leatherwood; Scott Mugno, vice president, safety and maintenance, FedEx Ground; Vidya Mysore, manager, systems traffic modeling, Florida Department of Transportation; Richard Plewacki, partner, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Arnoff; Webb Shaw, vice president, editorial resources, J.J. Keller & Associates; Frank Southworth, principal research scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering; and Keith Tuttle, president, Motor Carrier Services, Inc.

ATRI is the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization and is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.