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Monday, September 16

8:30–10:00 a.m. | Opening Plenary Session

Helen A. Brohl, Executive Director of the US Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS), former PIANC USA Commissioner, and 2016 Woman of the Year in Maritime Policy by the Organization of American States

Helen A. Brohl - HeadshotHelen Brohl is the first Executive Director of CMTS partnership under which 25 Federal agencies collaborate to address US waterways, ports, and intermodal connections. Under her direction, the first-ever National Strategy for the Marine Transportation System (MTS) was developed and approved. She is focused on issues including Federal infrastructure financing and investment, system performance measures, navigation technology integration and coordination, and integration of marine transportation issues into the President’s Ocean Policy and National Export Initiatives. She was instrumental in the development of the CMTS Strategic Action Plan for Research and Development in the MTS, the CMTS response to the National Ocean Policy, the CMTS National Strategy for eNavigation, and a marine transportation policy for the U.S. Arctic.

Major General Scott A. Spellmon, Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Major General Scott Spellmon - HeadshotMajor General Spellmon received his commission as a second lieutenant from the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) at West Point in 1986. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from USMA, a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, and a Master of Science Degree in National Security Strategy from the U.S. Army War College. He is a certified Project Management Professional.

MG Spellmon most recently served as the Commander of the Northwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where he oversaw an annual program of more than $3 billion in civil works, environmental restoration and military construction in more than a dozen states, primarily within the Columbia and Missouri river basins.

His prior command assignments include Commanding General, U.S. Army Operational Test Command, Fort Hood, TX; Commander, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Fort Polk, LA; Commander, 31 7th Engineer Battalion and 3-3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, both as part of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, GA; and Commander, C Company, 82nd Engineer Battalion, Bamberg, Germany. His previous staff assignments include Executive Director, Office of the Chief of Engineers, Headquarters, Department of the Army; Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Engineer Intelligence Officer, Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps, Rheindahlen, Germany; and Observer-Controller, Combat Maneuver Training Center, Hohenfels, Germany. His operational deployments include Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm Kuwait, Iraq; Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq; and Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.

His military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

Tuesday, September 17

12:00–2:00 p.m. | Awards Luncheon

Leslie S. Richards, PennDOT Secretary of Transportation; Chairwoman, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission; Chairwoman, Pennsylvania Public-Private Partnership Board

Leslie Richards - HeadshotSecretary Leslie Richards was appointed by Governor Tom Wolf in 2015. She is responsible for one of the largest multimodal transportation systems in the US, which includes the Ports of Philadelphia, Erie, and Pittsburgh. Under her direction, Pennsylvania has embarked on a program of innovation and adoption of technology, including the extensive use of Public-Private Partnerships to address infrastructure funding and reliability challenges, an early partnership with Waze, the implementation of a metric-driven infrastructure investment approach, the inauguration of IdeaLink 20/20, and the development of the new PennDOT 20-20 strategic vision which includes the innovative PennDOT Connects.

Wednesday, September 18

12:30–1:30 p.m. | Plenary Session

Colonel Andrew "Coby" Short, Commander, Pittsburgh District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Colonel Short - headshot

As the Pittsburgh District Engineer, Colonel Coby Short is responsible for carrying out the District’s mission within the Ohio River Basin, which includes more than 328 miles of navigable waterways on the Allegheny River, Monongahela River, and upper Ohio River. Pittsburgh District’s 26,000 square miles infrastructure includes 23 navigation locks and dams, 16 multi-purpose flood damage reduction reservoirs, 80 local flood damage reduction projects, and other projects to protect and enhance water resources.

Colonel Short comes to the Pittsburgh District following an assignment at the U.S. Army War College. A native of Bedford, Indiana, Colonel Short was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in 1997 following his graduation from the U.S. Army Military Academy with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Systems Engineering. He also holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, a Master’s of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia, a Master’s of Business Administration from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. He is also a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms Service Staff School, Engineer Captain’s Career Course and the Engineer Officer Basic Course.

His first duty station was Fort Campbell, KY where he served as a Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer in 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division. While there, he deployed to Kosovo with 1-187 Infantry Battalion. Colonel Short was then assigned to the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY as the Assistant Operations Officer for 41st Engineer Battalion and then commanded Alpha Company, 41st Engineer Battalion; later Alpha Company, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion. During his time in command, he deployed to Afghanistan with 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division. After command, Colonel Short served as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, 10th Mountain Division. He next served as a Project Engineer at Langley Air Force Base, VA with the Norfolk District, United States Army Corps of Engineers. He was subsequently assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg where he deployed to Afghanistan as part of CJTF-82 and served as the Deputy Division Engineer. He then served consecutively as Operations Officer of 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion in 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Operations Officer of the 20th Engineer Brigade, and Executive Officer of the 20th Engineer Brigade. Colonel Short then served as the Executive Officer to the Deputy Commanding General of FORSCOM. Most recently, he commanded the 91st Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood for 31 months where he deployed to both eastern Europe as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve and to the Republic of Korea.

Colonel Short has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Joint Meritorious Service Medal.

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