Raymond J. Resendes of La Plata, Md., who has been chief of the Intelligent Technologies Research Division of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) since 2005, has been named director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute's National Capital Region operation.

The transportation institute's capital region operation includes the Virginia Connected Test Bed, the Northern Virginia testing area for the Connected Vehicle/Infrastructure University Transportation Center, and other research projects related to connected vehicles and roads, such as intersection management and communication between emergency vehicles.

Resendes planned, organized, and directed U.S. Department of Transportation research related to advanced vehicle safety technologies for preventing crashes. He created the program for connected vehicle safety, which focuses on vehicle-to-vehicle safety communications, and the human factors for connected vehicle program, which addresses the human-vehicle performance issues for all connected vehicle applications. Resendes received the NHTSA Administrator's Award for Leadership and the NHTSA Administrator's Award for Superior Accomplishment.

Previously he was intelligent vehicle initiative program manager with the Federal Highway Administration.

"Raymond has exactly the technical expertise, professional contacts, and leadership experience we need for our high-technology and safety research operation in Northern Virginia," said Tom Dingus, director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

Resendes received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Buffalo in 1987 and a Master of Science degree in administration from Central Michigan University in 1990.

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