CUTR Advisory Board
CUTR appreciates the service and support provided by the CUTR Advisory Board. Board members are appointed to two-year terms by the Dean of Engineering to the President of the University of South Florida, reviewed and approved by the Florida Transportation Commission and confirmed by the State University System of Florida Board of Governors. Specific responsibilities of the Advisory Board include:
- Periodically and objectively review and advise the center concerning its research program.
- Provide advice and support to CUTR executive director, faculty, staff and students on issues relating to transportation research and education and CUTR strategic vision.
- Serve as a voice, advocate and ambassador for CUTR to its various constituents and stakeholders, including research sponsors, agencies, industry, the transportation community, alumni, and colleagues.
- Introduce CUTR to new potential research sponsors and assist in CUTR fundraising activities toward funding more scholarships and endowments and improving physical space.
CUTR Advisory Board Materials
The CUTR Advisory Board met on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 1:30 – 3:30 PM at CUTR, in the Rosa Parks Room, 3808 USF Alumni Dr., Tampa, FL 33620.
Past meeting materials are available on the Meeting Materials page.
CUTR Advisory Board Members
Ram Kancharla is Vice President of Planning and Development for Florida’s largest port. For three decades, he has overseen Port Tampa Bay’s capital improvements, strategic planning, economic development, capital resource management, and inter-agency coordination and outreach at the state and federal level. He has overseen $2 billion in capital projects and secured more than $600 million in external funding. Kancharla has extensive experience in facilitating public private partnerships.
Kancharla has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of South Florida and is certified by the American Association of Port Authorities as a Professional Port Manager (PPM®). He is an alumnus of Leadership Florida, Leadership Tampa, and represents the port of Tampa on various committees involved in freight movement, intermodal planning, finance, trade, logistics and the maritime industry. Kancharla was appointed by the U.S. Commerce Secretary to serve on the U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Council on Supply Chain Competitiveness. He is one of the Miami Herald’s 2019 Florida Influencers.
Kancharla is active in the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa Bay Partnership, Florida Council for Public Private Partnerships, Government Finance Officers Association, Intermodal Association of America Marine Division, and American Association of Port Authorities. He advises or serves on the boards of Floridians for Better Transportation, Economic Club of Tampa Bay, the USC Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management Executive Board, and the USF Center for Urban Transportation Research. Kancharla was a Global Advisory Council member for Columbia-based Innovation in Logistics Supply Chain and Port Management
(LOGPORT), and was a U.S. Maritime Administration Strong Ports focus group member. He is an active Rotarian and serves on several community boards including Feeding America.
Previous Advisory Board Members
|Jose||Abreu||Secretary||Florida Department of Transportation|
|Thomas F.||Barry Jr||Secretary||Florida Department of Transportation|
|John H.||Beck||Beck Barrios & Malaney|
|Michael||Blaylock||Jacksonville Transportation Authority|
|Jim||Boxold||Secretary||Florida Department of Transportation|
|Carol||Browner||Secretary||Florida Department of Environmental Protection|
|Colleen||Castille||Secretary||Florida Department of Community Affairs; Florida Department of Environmental Protection|
|Thaddeus||Cohen||Secretary||Florida Department of Community Affairs|
|Don||Crane||Floridians for Better Transportation|
|Mike||Dew||Secretary||Florida Department of Transportation|
|John||Forney||Raymond James & Associates Inc./United Insurance Holdings Company|
|Katherine||Frazier||Florida Transportation Commission|
|T. Wallace||Hawkes III||URS Corporation|
|James||Holton||Florida Transportation Commission|
|Arthur||Kennedy||Florida Transportation Commission/Floridians for Better Transportation|
|David||Kerr||Florida Transportation Commission|
|Stephanie||Kopelousos||Secretary||Florida Department of Transportation|
|Norman||Mansour||Commercial Real Estate|
|Maracos||Marchena||Florida Transportation Commission|
|William H.||McDaniel||URS Corporation|
|Darrick||McGhee||Interim Executive Director||Florida Department of Economic Opportunity|
|Gerhard||Meisels||Provost||University of South Florida|
|James||Murley||Secretary||Florida Department of Community Affairs|
|Bob||O’Malley||Vice President for Government Affairs||Brightline Trains|
|Jesse||Panuccio||Executive Director||Florida Department of Economic Opportunity|
|Thomas||Pelham||Secretary||Florida Department of Community Affairs|
|Ananth||Prasad||Secretary||Florida Department of Transportation|
|Cissy||Proctor||Executive Director||Florida Department of Economic Opportunity|
|Manuel||Rose||Florida Transportation Commission|
|William||Sadowski||Secretary||Florida Department of Community Affairs|
|Jim||Sebesta||Senator||Florida Transportation Commission|
|Steve||Seibert||Secretary||Florida Department of Community Affairs|
|Linda Loomis||Shelley||Secretary||Florida Department of Community Affairs|
|William V.||Sheppard||LPA Group|
|Robert E.||Skinner Jr.||Transportation Research Board|
|Michael||Sole||Secretary||Florida Department of Environmental Protection|
|David||Stamps||Provost||University of South Florida|
|Jon||Steverson||Secretary||Florida Department of Environmental Protection|
|David B.||Struhs||Secretary||Florida Department of Environmental Protection|
|Denver||Stutler||Secretary||Florida Department of Transportation|
|Thomas||Tighe||Provost||University of South Florida|
|Herschel T.||Vinyard||Secretary||Florida Department of Environmental Protection|
|Ben||Watts||Secretary||Florida Department of Transportation|
|Virginia||Wetherell||Secretary||Florida Department of Environmental Protection|
|Jack||Wilson||The Wilson Company|