The Transportation Training Academy is pleased to announce that Walt Catlett has joined its advisory board. Catlett is the Central Atlantic Region Engineer for the American Concrete Pipe Association, promoting best practices in rigid and flexible pipe installations. He serves on the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department’s Transportation Research Advisory Council and promotes the concrete pipe industry to State Departments of Transportation in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and the District of Columbia.
“My goals are to promote best practices and empower agencies and their people,” explained Catlett. “If I can share good information about installing concrete pipe correctly, then we can help stretch agency budgets and resolve transportation issues at the local level.“
“If you can install a pipe culvert, then you can also install a box culvert which means you’re capable of small bridge replacement at a fraction of the cost of contracting out the work.”
Catlett’s successful track record working with State DOTs and other transportation groups across the nation supports the advisory board’s mission to deliver excellent customer service and relevant training opportunities while maximizing financial and human resources. Catlett and the other board members, including Julie Brown (director of the local assistance division for the VVDOT), Lorenzo Casanova (local assistance and research/technology transfer programs manager for the FHWA), Amy O’Leary (associate director for environment, planning and research at VTRC) and Mike Shahsiah (traffic management center with the City of Virginia Beach PW/Traffic Engineering), bring deep experience in forging collaborative efforts around local transportation issues. Together, they’re working with VA’s LTAP to build technical assistance capacity and to create consensus around workforce development needs in the transportation sector.
“I believe VA LTAP’s advisory board has the unique ability to bring together diverse views under one umbrella, all working to address issues that have local, regional and even national implications. I’m looking forward to working with colleagues across the state to find solutions to local transportation problems,” stated Catlett.
Catlett has a BS in civil engineering from Texas A&M University and a masters in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. Catlett is also a member of the U. S. Army Reserve and currently serves as the Deputy Commanding Officer of the 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Indianapolis, IN. He has over 28 years of combined service in the USAR and USMC.