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

CUTR Advisory Board Member V.P. of Planning and Development, Port Tampa Bay
Phone: 813-905-5162
Photo of Ram Kancharla

Biography

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 Photos

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Previous Advisory Board Members

Jose Abreu Secretary Florida Department of Transportation
Danny Alvarez Miami-Dade Transit
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
Roosevelt Bradley Miami-Dade Transit
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
Chester Colby Miami-Dade Transit
Don Crane Floridians for Better Transportation
Mike Dew Secretary Florida Department of Transportation
Ann Fandozzi vRide, Inc.
John Forney Raymond James & Associates Inc./United Insurance Holdings Company
Katherine Frazier Florida Transportation Commission
James T. Hargrett Senator
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