June 2022 - VDOT Project Development Forum

Presentation File & Attendee List

Presentation File

Attendee List

Our Speakers

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
John Lynch, PE - NOVA District Engineer

As the District Engineer for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Northern Virginia District, John Lynch, P.E., oversees the largest capital improvement, maintenance, and operations program in the Commonwealth. It includes the engineering, construction, maintenance, operations, and business functions for the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William.   
Prior to his role in the Northern Virginia District, John was the District Engineer for VDOT’s Culpeper District, which is comprised of nine counties in Central Virginia. Projects of note in the Culpeper District included the Route 29 Solutions project in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, as well as the Commonwealth’s first diverging diamond interchange in Zion Crossroads, located in Louisa County.
Before joining the Culpeper District in 2013, John served as the Director for VDOT’s Northern Virginia Megaprojects office and was responsible for providing on-time, on-budget, and safe delivery of $5 billion in transportation projects including the 495 Express Lanes, 95 Express Lanes, and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project. Previous to his time with the Megaprojects office, John served as the District Construction Engineer and the District Location and Design Engineer. 
John also has over 20 years of progressively responsible design engineering experience in several private firms, after starting his career with Caltrans in the Los Angeles area.
John received a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware and a Master’s in Civil Engineering from George Mason University.


Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) NOVA District
Nicholas Roper - Assistant District Administrator for Project Development

Nicholas J. Roper, P.E., has more than 37 years of engineering experience in the military, private, and public sectors.   Nick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute in 1982, and a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Virginia in 1996.  He joined VDOT in 2001 as the District Structure and Bridge Engineer, and in 2013 he became the Assistant District Engineer for Project Development, where he is currently responsible for development of over 200 transportation projects valued at nearly $3 billion as well the construction of nearly 30 local assistance projects worth $250 million.  Nick retired from the US Army as a Colonel following 28 years of service on active duty and in the reserves, including deployments to Kosovo and Iraq.  He resides in Occoquan, Virginia.


Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
Chris Swanson - Environmental Division Director

Chris Swanson recently took on the role of Environmental Division Director. Chris joined the VDOT Team in 2015 as MS4 Program Manager within the Location & Design Division, and subsequently became an Assistant State Location & Design Engineer. During his time in L&D, he was involved in the implementation of the Department's MS4 program, enhancement of the stormwater management standards and specifications, collaboration on the Environmental Performance Program, and advancement of resiliency initiatives.


Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
David L. Davis, CPWD, PWS - Director, Office of Wetlands & Stream Protection

David L. Davis (Dave) is the Director of the Office of Wetlands & Stream Protection at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.  Dave is responsible for Virginia’s independent nontidal wetland regulatory program, non-regulatory wetland program, and surface water investigation and stream gauging programs.  He is the chief technical expert for DEQ on wetland and stream ecology issues; drafts regulations and guidance on State wetland policy; serves as a liaison with federal agencies regarding Clean Water Act Section 404/401 issues and Rivers and Harbors Act Section 10 issues; represents DEQ on wetland issues related to the multi-state Chesapeake Bay Restoration Agreement; and manages several federally-funded wetland research grants.  Dave also represents DEQ on several state and federal interagency wetland committees, taskforces, and work groups – state-wide, nationally and throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.  Prior to joining DEQ in 2001, he was a partner in a wetland consulting firm in Richmond.  In 2002, he was appointed to the Virginia Board of Certified Soil Scientists and Wetland Professionals by then-Governor Mark Warner, and was re-appointed to the Board in 2006 by then-Governor Tim Kaine.  In September 2015, Dave was appointed by then-EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to serve as a member of the Assumable Waters Subcommittee of EPA’s National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT).
Dave holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (Music minor) from The College of William & Mary and a Master of Environmental Studies degree in Environmental Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).  He is a Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) and a Virginia Certified Professional Wetland Delineator (CPWD).  His professional affiliations include the Society of Wetland Scientists and the Association of State Wetland Managers, for which he served two terms as the National Chairman.  In 2012, Dave was appointed to the Certification Review Committee for Society of Wetland Scientists-Professional Certification Program.  Dave is the 2015 recipient of the National Wetlands Award in the State/Tribal/Local Program Development category, awarded by the Environmental Law Institute.


Fairfax County Department of Transportation
W. Todd Minnix - Division Chief

Mr. Minnix has over 40 years of experience in the design, construction and management of multi-modal transportation facilities. Since 2010, Mr. Minnix has been the Chief of the Transportation Design Division of the Fairfax County Dept. of Transportation, where he is responsible for the implementation of the County’s Transportation Priorities Plan (TPP) . Prior to joining Fairfax County in 2003, Mr. Minnix spent 21 years as a private sector consultant where he had the pleasure to work on various projects in at least 9 different states. He graduated from VMI in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, cum laude; is a registered Professional Engineer; and was honorably discharged from the US Army Reserve, where he attained the rank of Captain.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
Pawan Sarang, PE - District Drainage Engineer

Pawan Sarang is a Professional Engineer in Commonwealth of Virginia and State of Maryland. He has a post graduate degree in Highway Engineering and has been working with VDOT – NOVA District as District Drainage Engineer since July 2005 (about 17 years). During this time, he has worked on numerous major projects such as P3 projects (I-495 Express Lane, I-95 Express Lane, I-66 Outside Beltway, I-395 Express Lane, I-495 NEXT) as well as multiple roadway improvement projects which were delivered by either Design-Bid-Build or Design-Build or Locally Administered delivery.
For last 25 years, Pawan worked for various projects that involved Land Development, Site Design and Highway Hydraulics/Drainage/SWM along with MS4 Program and VSMP Program. He has experience with Project Management, QA/QC for Hydrology and Hydraulics Design for various projects as well as management of VDOT staff and On-Call Consultant Contracts.


Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
Marian Carroll - National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Coordinator

Marian Carroll is the NPDES Coordinator at the VDOT Northern Virginia District Office. Marian provides NPDES oversight inspections on VDOT construction sites, and serves as a technical resource to assist the District Office meet the agency’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program goals. Prior to her work at VDOT, Marian worked as an Environmental Specialist at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Halliburton.
Marian holds a MS in Environmental Science from American University and a BA in Environmental Studies and German from The College of William & Mary. She lives in Fairfax, VA and loves her pitbull.

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