Joint Rail Conference

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

April 18 - 20, 2018







Piervincenzo Rizzo

Plenary Luncheon SpeakerDate: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Time: 11:45 AM – 1;00 PM
Location: Bob and Dolores Hope Room

Dr. Piervincenzo Rizzo received his Laurea (M.S. equivalent) in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Palermo, Italy in 1998. After serving in the Italian Army Corps of Engineering, Dr. Rizzo moved to the U.S.A. where he received a Master (2002) and a Ph.D. (2004) in Structural Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. In September 2006 he became Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh where he founded the Laboratory for Nondestructive Evaluation and Structural Health Monitoring studies. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure in 2012. Dr. Rizzo’s research interests are in the area of nondestructive testing (NDT) and structural health monitoring (SHM) using methods such as ultrasound, acoustic emission, solitary waves, infrared thermography, and electromechanical impedance. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Federal Railroad Administration, the National Academy of Sciences, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT).

During his career, Dr. Rizzo received several honors and awards. From the ASNT, he received the 2002 Fellowship Award, the 2007 Faculty Grant Award, the 2009 and 2015 Fellowship Research Award. He also won the Outstanding Paper Award twice, in 2013 and 2017. Dr. Rizzo is the only person worldwide who has received both the Achenbach Medal (in 2012) and the SHM Person of the Year Award (in 2015). The Medal recognizes one young individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the field of SHM. The Award recognizes accomplishments within the past year or the past few years. Both honors are selected by the editors and associate editors of Structural Health Monitoring: An International Journal, the top academic journal on the subject. He is also the recipient of the 2016 University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Junior Scholar Award. The award includes faculty across the whole University, within 12 years from their Ph.D., who have demonstrated great potential and have achieved international standing.

Dr. Rizzo published 92 referred papers, 8 book chapters, nearly 150 conference proceedings and reports, and 2 patents. For more information, visit Dr. Rizzo's home page.


Paul P. Skoutelas

Banquet Keynote Speaker
Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Pirates Stadium

Paul P. Skoutelas
President and CEO
American Public Transportation System (APTA)

Paul Skoutelas, President and CEO of the American Public Transportation Association, has been a highly successful and respected national leader in the public transportation industry for more than 40 years. Mr. Skoutelas served as CEO of public transit systems in Pittsburgh and Orlando, and most recently as Senior Vice President of one of the world’s largest architectural and engineering firms. Mr. Skoutelas was the National Director of the firm's Transit & Rail Technical Excellence Center (TEC). ln this position, he provided leadership and strategic direction with a focus on growing the firm's transit and rail business, enhancing marketing capabilities and strengthening client relationships. Mr. Skoutelas also has successful tenures as chief executive officer at two prominent public transportation agencies - the Port of Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX), Orlando, Florida. His achievements include the successful implementation of major capital programs including the South Hills Stage ll Light Rail Program, the North Shore Rail Connector, a comprehensive rail station improvement program, major rail rolling stock acquisitions and three Bus Rapid Transit projects; the Airport/West Busway, the Martin Luther King, Jr. East Busway Extension and the Orlando/Lymmo BRT.

A recognized and respected industry leader, Mr. Skoutelas has served on numerous boards and committees for transportation organizations in leadership positions, including the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the Transportation Research Board, National Transit Institute, Pennsylvania Transportation Institute, and the Transit Cooperative Research program. Mr. Skoutelas holds an M.B.A. as well as M.S. and B.S. degrees in Civil Engineering, and is a licensed professional engineer.