JOE KINDRED GILLIS, JR.
3181 Maple Lane; Alpharetta, GA 30009
Experienced Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) professional with expertise in the areas of developing ITS architectures, concepts of operation, ATMS plans, and TMC operation analysis. A certified project manager with excellent oral and written communication skills, including small and large group presentations to clients and colleagues as well as at national conferences. A committed and dedicated employee with a reputation for quality who can be depended upon in a deadline-driven project environment. Very knowledgeable about managing human resources, budgets, and schedules. Has prior work experience in business development; software testing, development, and support; and in database operations.
URS Corporation – Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Transportation Analyst/Project Manager 3/07 – 5/09
• Successfully managed Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) projects
• Responsible for project scope, manpower, budget, schedule, and client satisfaction
• Followed URS corporate quality assurance and control (QA/QC) plans
• Assisted in business development activities
• Developed a planning document to implement organizational and operational changes to the Miami freeway service patrol program to accommodate a budget cut of 50 percent
• Submitted an ATMS concept for a $1 million arterial ITS implementation in Fulton County Georgia while fostering a cooperative relationship between three city municipalities
• Coordinated the development of two Regional ITS Architectures in Mississippi and a Strategic Deployment Plan – integrated detailed recommendations for hurricane evacuation, including contra-flow operation, as well as rural ITS for managing flood, ice and fog events
• Presented papers on ITS research and project experience at two national transportation conferences
• Mississippi DOT System Integrator Project, Associate Project Manager (2007 -2009)
o ITS Architectures (Led effort for Hattiesburg and Northwest MS regions) – held meetings with stakeholders, gathered needs of each region, developed Turbo Architecture report listing relevant user services and market packages.
o Concept of Operations (Statewide) – worked with another colleague to finalize document, generate user service workflows and performed QA/QC duties.
o Strategic Deployment Plan (Statewide) – developed detailed requirements for market packages, made implementation recommendations and an associated guide for where and when to implement specific types of projects, wrote business plan for funding projects.
• Douglas County, Ga. ITS/ATMS Plan, Associate Project Manager (2008): Led the task effort to incorporate an ITS Plan into an overall Comprehensive Transportation Plan. Held meeting with county-wide stakeholders and developed a set of project recommendations.
• Georgia DOT Concept of Operations, Associate Project Manager (2007): Statewide ITS ConOps – Held interviews with 15 stakeholder agencies and gathered ITS needs. Met with the GDOT steering committee to help develop GDOT requirements. Defined the current and future ITS concept for the state. Made specific recommendations for GDOT moving forward with ITS deployment and programming.
• Florida DOT – District 6, Project Manager (2008)
o TMC Operator Training Task – led the development of updated training documentation and Power Point as well as a web-based MS Access application that TMC Operators now use to prove competency so they can gain certification. Exam questions were written or revised for the application. Managed the work of one database developer.
o Road Ranger Operator Program Recommendations – worked with AECOM and FDOT to document the current Road Ranger program and make recommendations for improvements while managing a 50% budget cut. Recommendations are in the process of being implemented.
• State Route 9 ATMS, Associate Project Manager (2008): Multi-jurisdictional project for the Cities of Sandy Springs, Roswell and Alpharetta – met with staffs of the three cities on a monthly basis to discuss needs and ITS solutions – especially solutions that impacted two or more of the cities in a cooperative manner. Recommend use of CCTV, detection, DMS, TMC operations, maintenance activities, freeway detours onto arterials, travel times, etc…Project is moving into design phase.
Intergraph Corporation – Huntsville, Alabama
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Product Planning 10/05 – 3/07
• Provided on-site ITS technical support to corporate sales representatives
• Researched, developed and presented an ITS business case to executive management
Application Software Testing, Development, and Support 2/99 – 3/07
• Provided on-site and direct telephone support to corporate customers
• Performed ORACLE and SQL-Server database management operations
• Performed integrated software system testing for Public Safety software products
Business Development and Technical Proposals 3/89 – 1/99
• Managed business development and technical proposal activities for Public Safety Applications, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Utilities
• Solved key technical system and contractual issues
• Planned and directed the development of a new ITS software product to integrate computer-aided dispatch systems to transportation management systems
• Solved complex customer support issues for 911 centers, police departments and jails – some of which were mission critical emergency situations or involving the legal handling of jail inmates
• Developed and implemented customer-specific software interfaces to fingerprinting, mug shot and crime reporting systems in several police and sheriff departments in the US
• Served as the Lead Software Test Analyst for the Police and Jail Records Management software during three certification cycles; hundreds of man-hours were saved, as customers posted fewer trouble tickets as compared to previous releases
• Led the development of a winning multi-million dollar proposal response for a nationwide tax mapping GIS in Russia
• Intelligent Transportation Systems Product Planning. Task Leader (2005-2006)
911 Center/CAD to TMC/ATMS Interface: This was the primary ITS work that I did at Intergraph – the effort I used to leverage my role at URS. After several years of research on my own time in the area of ITS, I began to come up with a business plan to recommend how Intergraph could enter the ITS business. The idea was to leverage the work being done for 911 centers with that of the GIS-Transportation group and enable the two business units to work together and cross-sell. The result was my invitation to work with the GIS-Transportation group to investigate how to proceed. After the development of a mock XML process to extract data from the 911 database and populate a Transportation Center database, funding for the effort was stalled pending the gaining of a client to help fund the R&D. I was invited to attend a meeting with a sales rep in Virginia to influence the release of an RFP for a 911 center to include ITS integration.
• Custom Software Development Projects (for law enforcement agencies), Task Leader (2002-2003): Development projects involved developing algorithms in FoxPro for submitting or extracting formatted data to/from the records ORACLE or SQL Server database from/to the third-party interface software.
o Fingerprint and Mug Shot interfaces
Shreveport (LA) and Thornton (CO)
o Crime Database interface (NCIC)
• Law Enforcement Software Product Certification and Testing Team Leader, (2001-2002): Led a team of software test analysts through three release cycles. Wrote and executed test plans for individual products as well as integrated multi-product testing.
o Police Records Management software
o Jail Records Management software
Auburn University – Auburn, Alabama 9/83 – 12/88
Master of Science, Civil Engineering
• Specialized in Construction Engineering and Management,
Transportation Engineering, and Traffic Systems Analysis
• Conducted graduate research and worked as a teaching assistant
• Led a Bar Code Applications thesis research project for the Construction Industry Institute (CII) and member construction firms
• Taught Introduction to Computers in Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Civil Engineering
• Graduated magna cum laude with a 3.62 GPA
• Outstanding Civil Engineering Graduate (Spring Quarter of 1987)
• Member of Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi (Engineering honorary societies)
University of Alabama, Huntsville, Alabama 9/98 – 2/00
Certificate: C, C++ and Visual C++ Programming, including Microsoft Foundation Classes and the Unified Modeling Language (UML)
HONORS AND ACTIVITIES
• Certified Project Manager, URS Corporation
- Meets PMI training requirement for PMP
• Engineer in Training (EIT), State of Alabama certification
• Toastmasters International 1989 – present
- Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award
- Past Club President
- Area Governor
• Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), Associate Member
- Georgia Section Webmaster, 2008 – present
- Technical Committee, 2009 – present
• Presented the paper: “Retrofitting an Established Concept of Operations into an Existing ATMS” to the 15th World Congress on ITS in New York City. (November 2008)
• Presented the paper: “Integrated Transportation Incident Management Barriers and Benefits” to the Freeway and Tollway Operations Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. (June 2008)
• Intergraph white paper: “Computer-Aided Dispatch to Transportation Management Center Integration.” (March 2006)
• Master’s thesis: “An Introduction to Bar Code Applications in Construction through a Menu Driven Tutorial Program.” (December 1988)