Three leaders from the Gannett Fleming Transportation Operations Practice (TOPs) were named vice presidents of the company: Jason Ellerbee, based in the Memphis, Tennessee, office; Keith Mullins, PE, based in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, office; and Robert Skaggs, PE, PTOE, of the Tampa, Florida, office.
A growing area for the firm, TOPs’ comprehensive approach to operations and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) ensures that deployments are made in a cost-effective manner and support the transportation mobility goals of a geographic region. Operating throughout the U.S. and internationally, the practice provides services ranging from developing the initial concepts to planning, design, systems integration, construction, construction management, and operations and maintenance support.
“Jason, Keith, and Robert have been influential in the growth of the Transportation Operations Practice at Gannett Fleming,” said Matthew Schiemer, PE, vice president and Transportation Operations Practice manager. “Thanks in large part to their leadership, our clients view Gannett Fleming as trusted advisors in the areas of operations, ITS, and traffic.”
Ellerbee, the Memphis office manager, is responsible for the ITS Construction Services Group, including construction engineering and inspection (CEI) and ITS construction and integration. His duties include personnel management, business development, and profit and loss statement oversight.
With more than 20 years of experience, Ellerbee has led ITS and CEI efforts on high-profile projects throughout Tennessee, including the SmartWay I-40 Expansion CEI project of the Tennessee Department of Transportation. This project consists of 18 miles of expanded SmartWay coverage along the I-40 corridor. He also served as the project principle on the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program - Year 3 Signal System project in Memphis. The project consisted of interconnecting 38 existing traffic signals in the city.
A respected professional with more than 14 years of experience, Mullins coordinates ITS planning, design, integration, and construction support services. He is a firm leader in the areas of systems engineering, ITS standards development, traffic and highway safety, tolling systems, and technical outreach and training. He manages all aspects of the project delivery process and has led several alternative delivery projects throughout the Northeast.
During his tenure with Gannett Fleming, Mullins has been involved with many major transportation technology projects, including serving significant roles on the I-91 ITS design-build in Massachusetts, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation NextGen Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS), and the update of the ITS Architecture and Strategic Plan for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.
Mullins is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor of civil engineering from the University of Delaware and a master of science in Ocean Technology and Commerce from the Webb Institute in Glen Cove, N.Y. He is an active member of the Intelligent Transportation Societies of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. In addition he is active in the International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association (IBTTA).
Skaggs, Gannett Fleming’s TOPs regional office manager in Tampa, is responsible for managing ITS/traffic engineering and design staff in Florida. He manages services including intersection analyses, access management analyses, traffic impact studies, safety reviews, signal timing development and implementation, and lighting justification. His experience also includes the design of sidewalks, signalization, signing and pavement marking, freeway management systems, and advanced traffic management systems.
Skaggs has led a variety of projects in Florida, including the Sarasota/Manatee I-75 FMS and SR 54 Pasco County ATMS Design-Build Criteria Package Development projects, several Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District-Wide/On-Call contracts, and has been the engineer of record for numerous ITS design, traffic design, and traffic study projects for FDOT and several local government agencies. Skaggs has also provided support on the firm’s ITS contracts in the State of Qatar.
Skaggs earned a bachelor of civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla. With more than 19 years of experience, he is a registered professional engineer in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, as well as the State of Qatar. Skaggs is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, ITS Florida, and the Tampa Bay Institute of Transportation Engineers.