Our Speakers

James Wolfe, P.E.

District 6 Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)

James Wolfe is the District Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation District 6. He is responsible for the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of the State Highway System in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Mr. Wolfe has been with FDOT for nearly 39 years, serving previously as the District 4 Secretary in Fort Lauderdale. While at District 4, he led the team that delivered the $1.8 Billion I-595 project which was the first highway P3 in the United States to close with availability payment financing.   

Javier Rodriguez, P.E.

Executive Director, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX)

Javier Rodriguez has served as Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) since March 2007. His primary duties are to oversee all aspects of MDX’s Twenty-Year Master Transportation Plan, with its current $503 million five-year work program. Mr. Rodriguez’s responsibilities encompass the operation and maintenance of the existing toll road system, its expansion and financing. Before joining MDX, he worked with the Florida Department of Transportation, District 6 (FDOT) for 16 years, including four years as Director of Transportation Development.

Wilson Fernandez

Deputy Director, Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization

 Wilson Fernandez is the Deputy Director for the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization (TPO).  He is currently focused on the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan and implementation of the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) Plan.  During his 30 years of experience, he has served as project manager for various multi-modal transportation projects including major transit corridor projects, 2040 Regional Transportation Plan for Southeast Florida, and 2015 Regional Travel Survey.  In addition, he co-chairs the Florida Model Task Force and has been an adjunct professor at Florida International University (FIU). 

Pablo Ortiz, EdD 

Vice President, Florida International University (FIU)

Dr.Ortiz has been an educator for over 27 years, beginning his career as a teacher in Miami-Dade Public Schools. Dr. Ortiz has been honored as the school district’s only two-time Miami-Dade County Public Schools Principal of the Year. He was the recipient of the 2012-2013 Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership as the top principal in the state of Florida. Most recently, Dr. Ortiz accepted an opportunity to apply his talents in Higher Education as the Vice President for Regional Academic Locations and Institutional Development and the Vice Provost for Biscayne Bay Campus at FIU. 

Alyssa Rodriguez, P.E ., PTOE

International Vice President, Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

Alyssa Rodriguez is the 2020 International Vice President of Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). She also works at the City of Henderson, Nevada as the assistant director of Public Works. With nearly 20 years of experience, she has a diverse employment history including municipal engineering, consulting, and academia. Her background includes a wide variety of transportation engineering and planning projects including complete streets design, traffic impact studies, traffic signal design, travel demand modeling, safe routes to school, fleet management, and GIS applications.  

Patrick Son, P.E.

Managing Director, National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE)

Patrick Son has been serving as the Managing Director for the National Operations Center of Excellence since 2016. He is a registered civil engineer with more than 10 years of experience including transportation and traffic planning, design, operations, and construction inspection. Mr. Son has also managed and worked in a nonprofit environment working directly with transportation stakeholders and is actively involved in volunteer engagement. Most recently Mr. Son served as Vice-President of Technical Programs for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.  

Paula Flores

Transportation Planning Practice Leader, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (GPI)

Paula served as the International President for the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) in 2016 and completed her term on the Executive Committee in 2017. Paula has spent the last decade focusing on urban planning efforts to make for stronger economically sustainable cities with over 33 years of experience managing and performing a variety of transportation planning and traffic engineering projects for public and private agencies. Paula’s experience ranges from leading and performing mobility studies, corridor studies, feasibility studies, traffic impact studies, and parking studies.

Robert Bertini, Ph.D.,P.E.

Executive Director, Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR)

Dr. Bertini is the Executive Director of the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida. He is the director of the National Institute for Congestion Reduction, designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Dr. Bertini served in the Obama Administration as Deputy Administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation (now known as OST-R) where he also led the ITS Joint Program Office and chaired the Department’s Innovation Council.