V.O. "Dean" Tekell, Jr., P.E., P.T.O.E

Personal
Born: August 1, 1958 in Houston, Texas
Height: 5' - 11" Weight: 195#
Married to Arleen Trahan w/ four children: Jeremy, Joshua, Jamie, and Jayci

Education
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering; Cum Laude; University of Louisiana (Lafayette), (then known
as the University of Southwestern Louisiana), May 1980

Post Graduate Training
Northwestern University - Traffic Institute courses in:
    Technical Accident Investigation
    Vehicle Dynamics
    Traffic Accident Reconstruction
    Identification and Treatment of High Hazard Locations
    Highway-Railroad Grade Crossings
Federal Highway Administration courses in:
    TRANSYT-7F (A Traffic Signal Timing Optimization Model)
    Traffic Detection
    Transportation Research Board Circular 212
    Highway Safety Manual Workshop, NCHRP 17-38, December 2010
Other courses in:
    Interconnection of Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Warning Systems and Highway Traffic Signals
    Video Image Processing for Highway Incidents
    Grade Crossing Collision Investigation

Professional Activities
Registered Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering, State of Louisiana, Registration No. 21472
Professional Traffic Operations Engineer – Institute of Transportation Engineers Registration No. 733
Member of Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon engineering honor societies
Member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers serving on the Expert Witness Council
Technical Member of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices – Traffic Signals
Member National Society of Professional Engineers
Member American Society of Civil Engineers – Transportation and Development Institute
Member Louisiana Engineering Society
Past President of the Deep South Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers
Past President of the Association of Louisiana Transit Operators
Chairman, University of Louisiana (Lafayette) Civil Engineering Advisory Board

Current Activities
Owner and Principal Engineer for Dean Tekell Consulting, L.L.C., (1998 – Present). The firm provides
advice and expert witness services regarding the safe, efficient and environmentally compatible movement
of people and goods on streets, highways, parking lots, sidewalks, bikeways, and transit systems. Its clients
primarily include attorneys, local and state governments.

Experience
Managing Engineer – Acadiana Region for Gulf Engineers and Consultants, (2002 – 2005). GEC is one of
the top 500 engineering companies in the world. The seven major program areas at GEC are Civil and
Structural Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Economics and Planning,
Environmental Services, Geographic Information Systems, and Information Systems.

City-Parish Transportation Engineer - Lafayette Consolidated Government (1985 - 1998) – responsible for
the safe and efficient movement of people and goods in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. This was accomplished
as Division Manager of a staff of 60 people working in four (4) sections; a Development Section, a Traffic
Services Section, a Transit Section and a Parking Section.

The Development Section reviewed all capital improvement plans, subdivision applications, and
commercial building permits for Lafayette Consolidated Government. Trouble shooting traffic complaints,
identifying high frequency accident locations and operating a computerized traffic signal network were
common activities.

The Traffic Services Section maintained all signs, signals and pavement markings on roadways throughout
the City and Parish of Lafayette.

The Transit Section was a unionized operation comprised of 26 people that provide public transportation
within the City of Lafayette via a fleet of 16 buses. The Section also operated, via contract, a fleet of five
(5) vans that provide door to door transportation services to citizens of the City who were unable to use
fixed route buses due to a physical or mental handicap.

The Parking Section operated two (2) public parking garages, maintained and collected revenue from
approximately 800 parking meters and maintained a staff of three (3) parking control officers who were
authorized to write parking citations to insure public compliance with the parking ordinance of the City of
Lafayette.

Total Annual Operating Budget: $3.5 million

Chief Accomplishments
Start up and maintenance of a computerized traffic signal system for the City of Lafayette comprising over
100 signals and school warning flashers.

Established operating and auditing procedures for a new 500 car parking garage for the City of Lafayette
and supervised the renovations and the installation of a revenue collection system for a 300 car parking
garage formerly controlled by the Parish of Lafayette.

Authored a new Parking Ordinance for the City of Lafayette, which changed parking violations from
criminal to civil offenses. Authored legislation, obtained a sponsor and lobbied the State Legislature to
permit the City to change its law. As a result, parking tickets and disputes were eliminated from a crowded
criminal court document. City Police were freed from writing parking citations. Collections on parking
tickets rose from 18% to over 60%. Parking meter revenues increased as a result of improved enforcement.

Initiated a public transportation service for disabled persons within the City of Lafayette.

Established a traffic control device inventory at fatal and serious injury accident scenes and participated in
the investigation of over 70 fatal or serious injury accidents. Crash types included, single vehicle, multiple
vehicle, pedestrian, train/automobile, train/truck, truck/automobile, head-on, rear-end, and right-angle
crashes. Many of these crashes occurred in adverse conditions created by fog, rain, wind, night, dusk and
dawn.

Accepted as an expert in accident reconstruction in Louisiana’s 4th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 24th & 31st
Judicial Districts as well as Civil District Court in Orleans Parish. Accepted as an expert in the application
and operation of traffic signals, and other traffic control devices, in Pike County Mississippi.

Additional Information
Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering; University Louisiana at Lafayette Fall 2000 (1987 - 1988)
Member of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Traffic Signal Technical Committee (2005-
present), Edit Committee (2014-present)
Expert Panel Member for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) publication of the
Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria guidelines (2016-2017)
Graduate of Lafayette Chamber of Commerce - Leadership Lafayette IV
Executive Board Member of the Louisiana Public Transit Association (1996 – 1998)
Certified Senior Arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau of Acadiana
Past President, Parish Council, St. Mary Church in Lafayette
Infrastructure Committee Chairman, Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce
Funding Allocation Team Member for the United Way of Acadiana
Grant Review Team Member for the Acadiana Educational Endowment

Recent Technical Presentations
Impact of Pavement Edge Line on Vehicular Lateral Position on Narrow Rural Two-Lane Roadways in
Louisiana
, Presented at the 9th International Conference on Low-Volume Roads, in Austin, Texas, June 2007

Road Safety Fundamentals and Low Cost Safety Improvements lecture series taught at eight locations across
Louisiana in the Summer of 2006 on behalf of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and
Development and the Federal Highway Administration.

Traffic Sign Inventories for Rural Parishes Presented at the June 1998 meeting of the Louisiana Parish
Engineers and Supervisors Association

An Application of Multi-way Stop Signs on Neighborhood Streets Presented at the July 1998 meeting
of the Deep South Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers

Signs and Driver Information Needs (“What you should consider before you decide to erect a sign”)
Presented at the Fall Seminar of the Louisiana Parish Engineers and Supervisors Association, September
1999

A Review of Highway Capacity Manual Procedures for Analysis of Roundabouts Presented at the Fall
Meeting of the Deep South Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, October 1999

Motorist Understanding of Abbreviations Used on Dynamic Message Signs Presented at the Winter Meeting
of the Deep South Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, February 2000

Signs and Pavement Markings Required at Railroad Grade Crossings Presented at the Spring Seminar of
the Louisiana Parish Engineers and Supervisors Association, May 2000.

MUTCD 2000, Significant Changes Affecting Parishes Presented at the Spring Seminar of the Louisiana
Parish Engineers and Supervisors Association, June 2001.

Mock Trial – The Traffic Engineer as an Expert Witness, Presented with Dr. Olin K. Dart at the Southern
District Annual Meeting of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, April 2002.

Considerations for Temporary Traffic Control Lecture delivered in November 2004 to senior students in
Construction Management at the University of Louisiana

Traffic Sign Reflectivity and Maintenance Presented at the Spring 2005 Conference of the Louisiana Parish
Engineers and Supervisors Association

Local Roads Safety – Your Communities, Your Families, Your Lives!- For the National Safety Council.
Presented in Alexandria and Shreveport, Winter 2010

Sign Reflectivity - 2011 Spring Conference of the Louisiana Parish Engineers and Supervisors Association,
May 2011 in Baton Rouge, LA

Workzone for I-12 Design Build Project – 2013 Louisiana Transportation Conference, February 18, 2013 in
Baton Rouge, LA

Recent Technical Conferences Attended
9th International Conference on Low-Volume Roads, Austin, TX June 2007
National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, June 2007
2007 Louisiana Transportation Engineering Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, February 2007
National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, Overland Park, Kansas, June 2006
American Public Works Association, Web Cast, Lafayette, LA, July 2005, Neighborhood Traffic Calming
National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, Buffalo, NY, June 2005, Revised Chapter 4F.
Traffic Control Signals for Emergency Vehicle Access
National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, Washington, D.C., January 2005, Assigned to
Traffic Signals Technical Committee
Federal Highway Administration, Non Traditional Intersections, Lafayette, LA, September 2004
Institute of Transportation Engineers, Deep South Section, Baton Rouge, LA, July 2004, Attended sessions
on Bicycles, Pedestrians and Vehicles, Toll Facilities, MUTCD, Continuous Flow Intersections, Signal
Coordination
Institute of Transportation Engineers, Deep South Section, Hammond, LA, October 2003, Attended sessions
on Crash analysis, Roundabouts, Intersection upgrades.
Institute of Transportation Engineers, Southern District Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 2002
Co-presenter on session titled “Mock Trial – The Traffic Engineer as an Expert Witness”. Attended
Sessions on neighborhood traffic control, environmental screening of highway corridors, Hurricane
Evacuation, ITS using leased Communication Systems
Louisiana Transportation Engineering Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, February 2002, Attended Sessions on
NCHRP 350, Hurricane Evacuation Planning, Traffic Safety in Louisiana, Access Management, Highway
Right-of-Way Encroachment, Advanced Transportation Controller 2070, ITS Telecommunications.
Satellite Video Conference on the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, Millennium Edition,
sponsored by the American Traffic Safety Services Association and the Federal Highway Administration.
2018 EDR Summit, Houston, TX, March 2018, Attended Sessions: “Your Vehicle Has an Infotainment
System – Now What?”; “On-Star Data: Real-world Example of Automatic Collision Notification
Evidence”; “EDR Throttle, Power Loss and “Reported” Vehicle Speeds”; “Subaru EDR Evidence: Software
Traits and Real-world Examples”; “Tesla Autopilot, Self-driving Vehicles & Driver Assistance Features;
Who Caused the Accident”; “Case Studies in Bosch CDR Tool Retrieved Data”; “Detroit Diesel Engine
EDR ECM Overview and Updates”; “Legal Challenges Regarding EDR Data”; “EDR and Motorcycles”;
“An Overview of Bendix ABS and Bendix Data Recorder (BDR) Data”; and “Case Studies in Bosch CDR
Tool Retrieved Data – continued”

Recent Technical Reading
MUTCD 2003, Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, Millennium Edition, December 2000, U.S.
Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.

Traffic Signing Handbook, published by: Institute of Transportation Engineers, Washington, D.C., (1997).

Road Safety Audit, published by AUSTROROADS (The National Association of Road Transport and
Traffic Authorities in Australia), (1994)

Using ITS to Improve Safety & Mobility at Railroad-Highway Grade Crossings, by Amy Ellen Polk,
Presented a the 1999 Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Conference in College Station, TX, October 17-
19, 1999.

Developing Traffic Signal Control Systems Using the National ITS Architecture, U.S. Department of
Transportation, Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office, February 1998.

Skidmark Patterns and Identification of ABS-Equipped Passenger Car, Journal of Eastern Asia Society for
Transportation Studies, Vol. 6, pp. 3401-3412, January 2005.

Hobbies
Running, Wildlife Habitat Management, Fishing and Reading

Publications Authored in the Last Ten Years:
Evaluation of Pavement Edge Lines on Narrow Highways with Low Traffic Volume in Louisiana, Xiaoduan
Sun, Jaehyun Park, V. O. “Dean” Tekell, Jr. and Nina S. Ludington, Transportation Research Record,
Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1989, Low Volume Roads 2007, Transportation
Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, D.C. 2007

The Role of Civil Engineers in Reducing Roadway Departure Crashes in Louisiana, Louisiana Civil
Engineer, Louisiana Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Volume 18, No. 1, November
2009
Dean Tekell