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Richter, Cheryl

Director, Office of Infrastructure R&D

Dr. Cheryl Richter serves as Director, Office of Infrastructure Research and Development (R&D) at FHWA's Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center.  In this role, she provides leadership and guidance to research and development programs focused on innovations in materials, design, construction and asset management for highway pavements, bridges and other structures.  In addition, she is oversees delivery of expert technical assistance in support of infrastructure forensic investigations undertaken by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), State Departments of Transportation, FHWA Division Offices, and others in situations that require specialized technical capabilities and expertise uniquely available through FHWA's Infrastructure Research and Development Laboratories.

Previously, Cheryl served as Senior Advisor to the Associate Administrator for the Office of Infrastructure, and in several key leadership positions in the Office of Infrastructure R&D.  She was actively involved in all stages of pre-authorization planning for the Highways for Life Program.  Cheryl joined FHWA's Long-Term Pavement Performance Division in 1992, after service with the original Strategic Highway Research Program.  She began her professional career with the New York State Department of Transportation, where she worked in planning and research.   

Cheryl is a past chair of the Transportation Research Board Pavement Section and Committee on Strength and Deformation Characteristics.  Cheryl holds a Doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland, and Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Cornell University.  She is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Maryland.  

Cheryl and her husband, Lee, are the proud parents of three adult children, each of whom is amazing in his or her own unique way.


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