About our Instructors
Dr. Eck is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at West Virginia University (WVU) and is also a Senior Advisor with the West Virginia Local Technical Assistance Program. He has been involved in traffic engineering and traffic safety for over 35 years.
Mr. Grouchy is a civil and environmental engineer with a career’s worth of experience in leading and managing people in public and private agencies. He is the former director of the Louisiana LTAP Center. In his career, he has been involved in restoring the fragile coast of Louisiana, improving navigation on the Mississippi and Red Rivers, and various projects related to planning, designing and constructing drainage and irrigation systems, subdivisions and transportation systems.
Mrs. Grouchy holds a Masters degree in Philosophy and a Bachelors degree in Math Education. She has 35 years of teaching experience at all grade levels, most recently 15 years experience teaching logic at Louisiana State University. Her primary focus areas include Interpersonal Communication, Ethics, and Organizational Skills. Janet has extensive and broad experience in community service.
Mr. Hood is Technology Transfer Specialist. He provides training and technical assistance to over 2,500 Pennsylvania municipalities to help define and solve their traffic engineering and highway safety problems. Mr. Hood has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from Swarthmore College, and a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Villanova University. His prior work experience includes over 20 years of extensive experience in safety, engineering, technology transfer, and planning fields through the transportation consulting industry. His responsibilities included providing consulting and technical assistance services to federal, state, and municipal clients throughout the country resulting in increased client safety; conducting operational analyses increasing efficiency and lowering costs for many municipal transportation systems; co-authoring and contributing to several nationally recognized and distributed training programs. Mr. hood is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers and Transportation Research Board.
Mr. Hopkins is a Technology Transfer Engineer at Penn State University and has over 20 years experience in securing funding and directing operation providing on-site assistance to local transportation agencies. He has provided technical assistance and training both nationally and internationally; and has been requested by the Federal Highway Administration to serve as a consultant on developing training programs for local agencies each year since 1990.
Mr. Ismart of Louis Berger & Associates, retired from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) after 35 years of service in a variety of policy, planning and engineering positions. He was responsible for implementing the Intermodal Management Systems regulations. Mr. Ismart has authored manuals and taught NHI courses on Capacity Analysis, Access Management, Financial Management, Travel Demand Forecasting and Intermodal Planning, and is a member of the TRB Highway Capacity Subcommittee on Unsignalized Intersections. Mr. Ismart is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a Bachelors Degree and received his Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota.
Mr. Kercher has had more than 27 years of experience as a graduate engineer in the Civil and Structural Engineering fields. He is President of Kercher Engineering, Inc., an engineering and surveying consulting firm. Projects range from the design of roads, bridges, buildings and retaining structures to the preparation of contract documents and providing contract administration for a wide variety of municipal projects including pavement maintenance and rehabilitation, community parks and drainage improvement projects.
For more than thirteen years, Mr. Kercher served as the engineering consultant for the Delaware Technology Transfer (T2) Center. His responsibilities included providing technical assistance and training in the latest technologies to the municipal governments in Delaware. The main areas of focus were on infrastructure asset management, pavement design, alternative construction techniques, utility control policies, contracts and specifications, construction inspection, drainage improvements, and construction trouble-shooting. Additionally, he has provided training for the Delaware Department of Transportation, the Delaware River and Bay Authority, the University of Delaware, the Maryland Technology Transfer (T2) Center, the Pennsylvania Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) and the Federal Highway Administration – Eastern and Central Lands Divisions in the areas of infrastructure asset management, pavement maintenance/rehabilitation, construction inspection and preparation of contract documents.
President of J.M. Morales & Associates, has over 30 years of transportation engineering experience, specializing in highway safety and work zone safety. Prior to starting his transportation engineering consulting firm, Mr. Morales was the director of technical programs for the Institute of Transportation Engineers and a traffic and research engineer for the Federal Highway Administration in McLean, VA, where he was actively involved in traffic control, highway safety, congestion management, and traffic simulation. Mr. Morales holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master’s degree from Georgia Tech. He is a registered professional engineer in Virginia.
Mr. Edwin C. Stellfox is a civil engineer and former Co-Director of the Maryland T2 Center. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Drexel University, a Master's in Education from Penn State University, and has more than 40 years of public works experience including 23 years of experience in transferring transportation technology with the LTAP program. Mr. Stellfox is also the head instructor for the Road Scholar Program.
Mr. Stoffel is a certified environmental trainer and owner of GLS Environmental Associates. He has over 25 years experience in maintaining and managing underground utility systems, most recently serving as the superintendent of water line repair for Anne Arundel County, Maryland. As a training consultant, he has delivered thousands of hours of training throughout the country on the safe operation, maintenance and construction of water, sewer and storm drain systems, including the development of a series of courses to assist construction inspectors in obtaining NICET certification. He also provides training in water system security, emergency response planning and asset management and is a regular guest instructor at the Florida Water Utility Management Institute. He currently conducts training at the University of Florida’s Center for Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations (TREEO), the Maryland Center for Environmental Training at the College of Southern Maryland, and the Environmental Training Center at Delaware Technical & Community College. He has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore and is recognized as a Certified Environmental Trainer and Certified Instructional Technologist by the National Environmental, Safety and Health Training Association.