Center for Safety Equity in Transportation

rural • isolated • tribal • indigenous


Executive Board
Advisory Board
    • Billy Connor
    • Director | Director - Alaska University Transportation Center
    • (907) 474-5552
    • Expertise: transportation in northern regions; seismic response of structures in frozen ground, soil stabilization, cold regions pavements, hydraulic structures in cold climates, and dust management.

    • Nathan P Belz
    • Assistant Director | Assistant Professor - University of Alaska Fairbanks
    • (907) 474-5765
    • Expertise: driver behavior and traffic safety and operations, roundabouts, developing transportation solutions for rural areas, and applications of GIS in Civil Engineering

    • Guohui Zhang
    • Associate Director | Assistant Professor - University of Hawaii at Manoa
    • (808) 956-7550
    • Expertise: large-scale transportation systems modeling and simulation, traffic detection and sensor data analysis, Cyber-transportation systems and security, transportation safety and security, sustainable transportation infrastructure design and maintenance.

    • Kevin Chang
    • Associate Director | Assistant Professor - University of Idaho
    • (208) 885-4028
    • Expertise: transportation engineering, traffic operations, traffic management, roadway design, safety management, school transportation, traffic calming, engineering education, professional development, and public outreach.

    • Yinhai Wang
    • Associate Director | Professor - University of Washington
    • (206) 616-2696
    • Expertise: advanced traffic detection systems, traffic safety, large-scale traffic system modeling and analysis, traffic operations, smart mobility technologies, traffic simulation, and e-science of transportation.

    • Anna Bosin
    • Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF)
    • Anna Bosin graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2002 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. She's been working for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) since 2008 and has been a registered Civil Engineer since 2009.  During her tenure at DOT&PF, she has worked in the Highway Design, Construction, and Traffic and Safety sections before moving to the Research Development and Technology Transfer section in 2014. Anna's emphasis areas are materials, traffic and safety.  In addition to managing research projects, she works to advance transportation programs with Alaska's Tribal communities.

    • Josh Green, MD
    • Lieutenant Governor, State of Hawaii
    • Josh Green, MD is Hawaii's LG since December 2018. He served in the Hawaii State House of Representatives from 2004 to 2008 and in the Hawaii State Senate from 2008 to 2018 where he chaired the Heath Committee and Human Services Committee. Dr. Green accepted a position in the National Health Corps to practice medicine in under-served areas of Hawaii. He practices as an Emergency Room physician on the Big Island of Hawaii.

    • Darrin Grondel
    • Vice President of Traffic Safety and Government Relations at the Foundation of Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
    • Darrin began his career as a trooper with the Washington State Patrol on January 6, 1992. He promoted through the ranks to Captain with varying job assignments, leadership and management responsibilities.

      Director Grondel is an active member with the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) serving as Secretary on the Executive Board and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) where he serves as the Chair of the Law Enforcement Standing Committee and Chair of the Region IV Law Enforcement Committee.

    • Hilary Strayer
    • Senior Injury Prevention Specialist for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
    • Hillary Strayer is the Senior Injury Prevention Specialist for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.  She supports regional tribal health organizations by providing data analysis, technical assistance, outreach and training on injury prevention topics. She serves on the Alaska State Trauma System Review Committee, the Maternal Child Death Review Committee, and on boards of injury prevention non-profits.

      Hillary came to the ANTHC Injury Prevention Program through a CDC fellowship in 2008.  In 2011, Ms. Strayer completed the IHS Injury Prevention Epidemiology Fellowship. Hillary has an MPH in Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases.  Her earlier work positions include environmental project manager in California and Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa.


    • John Tomlinson
    • Highway Safety Manager, Idaho Department of Transportation's Office of Highway Safety
    • John Tomlinson has been the Highway Safety Manager for the Idaho Transportation Department’s Office of Highway Safety since August 2015.  Prior to that, John worked for seven years in ITD’s Driver Services Section as a supervisor and hearing officer in the civil DUI program.  His degree is in Communications, and prior to joining ITD he worked as a news producer.

    • Angel Gonzalez
    • 2018 CSET Outstanding Student of the Year
    • Angel Gonzalez, a first generation college student, began working in the geotechnical engineering industry after completing his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Idaho. Two years later, in 2017, he decided to come back to the University of Idaho as a graduate student to focus on his true passion – traffic safety. Angel is currently finalizing his Master’s thesis that characterize fatal and severe injury crashes on low-volume unpaved roads in Idaho. After completing his master at the UI, Angel will join the public sector in the state of California in one of Caltrans offices in northern California. 

    • Tristan Sayre
    • 2019 CSET Outstanding Student of the Year
    • Tristan Sayre completed his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2019 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Civil Engineering at UAF. Tristan is continuing research he began as an undergraduate student that seeks to quantify the spatial distribution of off-highway vehicle use and safety on public roads in Alaska and execute a pilot counting study to quantify rates of helmet use, passenger rates, and on-road use. Tristan also competes on the UAF Cross Country Ski and Running teams, coached local high-school ski teams while on exchange at Boise State in 2017, and was the recipient of the 2019 Coral Sales Douglas P. Daniels Scholarship.

      Thesis Title: Quantifying Unlawful Use of Off-Highway Vehicles on Public Roads in Alaska

      Thesis Summary: Many households in Alaska maintain a certain level of mobility through the use of “non-traditional” forms of transportation such as off-highway vehicles (OHVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) as they are multi-purpose in nature However, their use on roads and public facilities increases safety concerns due to the disparate capabilities with highway vehicles. To obtain a better understanding of OHV use on public facilities and related safety issues, a pilot counting study was conducted along with a media discourse analysis and a spatial analysis of OHV crashes and traumas.