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V. O. "Dean" Tekell, Jr., P.E.
Dean Tekell Consulting
345 Doucet Road, Suite 231
Lafayette, LA 70503


Born: August 1, 1958 in Houston, Texas
Height: 5' - 11" Weight: 185
Married to Arleen Trahan w/ four children: Jeremy, Joshua,  Jamie, and Jayci


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

         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 Urban Traffic Engineers Council, the Expert Witness Council and on the ITE review team for proposed revisions to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices

    Member National Society of Professional Engineers

    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

    Secretary, University of Louisiana (Lafayette) Civil Engineering Advisory Board

    Current Activities:

    Managing Engineer - Acadiana Region for Gulf Engineers and Consultants, (2002 - Present). 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.

    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.


    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, 15th, 16th, 23rd, 24th & 31st Judicial Districts.  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)

    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 Acadian

    Immediate 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

    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. 

    Recent Technical Conferences Attended

    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.

    Recent Technical Reading

    MUTCD 2000, 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.


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