The number and quality of projects and products produced by our department continues to impress. All of us are busy, and sometimes we don’t share the good work we are doing with our co-workers. Let me do that on all our behalf:
CUMULUS – Michelle Wright rallied the troops and saved this project, with a lot of help from Jim, Joanna and Michelle Hoelscher. We have a functioning system of more than 30,000 photos, each keyworded. Rick Collins and the RTI staff are really excited about this system and ready to push it out to all of TxDOT.
MY 35 OUTREACH – Chris Pourteau set the bar high with our client with the first My35 e-newsletter last spring. He and Michelle Hoelscher have primarily been involved in this effort, which involves researchers and staff throughout the institute.
RUDDER THEATRE COMPLEX WEBSITE – Vicky Nelson and Jim Lyle took the lead on this high-visibility project. With Mark and Jared handling the development and David Dennis writing taglines and copy, this team produced the best-looking website on campus.
TTI WEBSITE – The other best-looking website on campus is our own. The TTI web development project, led by Chris Sasser, was a major step forward for the institute. Chris had a strong team to work with: Mark, Jared and Tobey handled the code stuff, with writing support from Rick, Michelle Benoit, Pourteau, Terri Parker and Sam Holland.
VIDEO SUMMARY REPORTS – David Dennis met an almost humanly impossible deadline by producing 8 VSRs in just under 8 weeks time. Lots of work goes into making these 3 minute videos, involving multiple layers of approval and travel to exotic places like Tyler.
RESEARCHER – Chris, Kelly and Stacy continue to meet their own high standards with the Researcher. The issues are well-planned and interestingly written. With Jim’s always creative cover photos, this publication continues to be enormously popular.
FREIGHT SHUTTLE PROPOSAL – Michelle Benoit, Kelly West, John Henry and Debbie Murrillo are neck-deep in the final stages of helping produce TTI’s largest proposal ever. Dolores and Nancy are printing and assembling the docment, if and when it clears the technical staff upstairs. All of these people must be strong and virtuous, because all of them are still standing. So are Joanna and Consol, who have assumed the lion’s share of editing while this effort is underway.
REPORT PROCESSING – One of our key unsung heroes is Michelle Jones, who sees to it that researhers meet their deliverable deadlines in spite of themselves.
SOCIAL MEDIA – Michelle Hoelsher has been charged with dragging the institute into the 21st century by establishing an agency presence in the social media world. She is nurturing our Facebook and Twitter efforts (and could use your likes and follows.)
DIGITAL LIBRARY – Along with handling the literature search requests and managing the Work Zone Safety Clearinghouse, Hong also oversaw the digital conversion of more than 900 TxDOT reports. She and Suzie scanned, cleaned and posted each of those files. They are on schedule to complete posting of all TTI non-TxDOT publications by the end of the calendar year – another 300 or so documents.
That’s not all the great work coming out of here – it’s just the highlights. Clyde Hance continues to be Shanna Yates’ favorite staffer. In his spare time, he is mastering HTML 5 so he can post video online. David Martin is a production machine back there, cranking out everything from research video documentation to livestock safety videos. This year, he also produced a music track for a safetyPSA — sang, played all the instruments, and engineered his own recording session.
Toni Monroe – who made sure we actually HAD lunch today – does the work of at least three people. This year, she carried most of the workload in closing out our fiscal year. Along with the TTI website development, Tobey has been moving conference services to WordPress while simultaneously maintaining her sanity (that’s ongoing – it could change.) Debbie is working with several online materials projects when she’s not selecting pictures for the SHRB walls and laying out billion dollar proposals.
I can’t imagine a better, more talented group of people to work with than this team. I know I don’t say it enough, but I am impressed by and thankful for all that you do.