Dan Flowers Distinguished Lecture Series

The Dan Flowers Distinguished Lecture series was established in 2007 to honor the transportation service of Dan Flowers.  Dan Flowers is a former Director of Arkansas Department of Transportation.  Flowers is a registered professional engineer, a member of the University of Arkansas’ Academy of Civil Engineering, and serves on the Mack-Blackwell Transportation Center’s Professional Advisory Board at the University of Arkansas.



Jim Kruse, Director of the Center for Ports and Waterways, Texas A&M Transportation Institute. 

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November 14, 2019




Eric Shen, Director, Mid-Pacific Gateway Office Maritime Administration U.S. Department of Transportation

Marine Transport and Goods Movement: Why Should You Know and Why Should You Care


Sarah Hernandez and Eric Shen

April 15, 2019




Dr. Tianjia Tang, Chief of Travel Monitoring and Surveys Division

Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation

Challenges & Opportunities in Surface Transportation


November 15, 2018



Melissa Tooley, PhD, PE

Director of External Initiatives Texas A&M Transportation Institute 

Preparing for Automated and Connected Vehicles


Heather Nachtmann and Melissa Tooley

April 20, 2018




Regina Hopper

Senior Vice President Global Public Policy GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc.

Intelligent Next Generation Transportation: Integrated Mobility Through Connected and Automated Technologies

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Regina Hopper and Bobby Hopper

November 9, 2017





Craig Philip, Ph.D., P.E.

Research Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Vanderbilt University



November 17, 2016



Robert Sinn, P.E., S.E., F.ASCE, FIABSE, LEED AP

Principal and Building Structure Practice Leader Thornton Tomasetti

Sinn has significant experience in medium- to large-scale projects, from long-span structures to high-rise buildings, including Jeddah Tower, the next world’s tallest building and the first man-made structure to reach a height of one kilometer.


Mr. Robert Sinn and Dr. Micah Hale

April 14, 2016



Gene Higginbotham, Arkansas Waterways Commission Executive Director and Heather Nachtmann Ph.D., MarTREC Center Director

A presentation on: Regional Economic Impact Study for the McClellan Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System


November 12, 2015



Scott E. Bennett, P.E. , Director, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department

Arkansas Highways:  The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


April 24, 2015




Dr. Kenneth “Ned” Mitchell, Research Civil Engineer for US Army Engineer Research and Development Center Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory

Optimization Formulations and Strategies for Navigation Systems Operations and Maintenance


Dr. Kenneth Mitchell and Dr. Heather Nachtmann

November 6, 2014



Evening with the Pros

Greg Shipley, P.E., LEED AP President, Morrison Shipley “The Professional Engineer in Private Practice”

David Foster, P.E. (pictured right) Project Manager, APAC Arkansas “The Professional Engineer in Construction”

Harold Beaver, P.E. Retired District Engineer with the Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department “The Professional Engineer in Government”

Wayne Jones, P.E. Wayne Jones Consulting Engineer, LLC “The Professional Engineer in Materials Testing”

Ashley Pifer, PhD, E.I. Project Engineer, Garver “The Young Engineer’s Perspective”

October 28, 2014

Evening with the Pros

Bob Walters welcomed everyone and introduced the speakers.

Scott Bennett, Director of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Dept., spoke on “Graduate School: To Go or Not to Go – and When: Now or Later.”

Nate Bachelor, CEI Engineering, spoke on “The Professional Engineer and Social Media.”

Ross O’Kelley, AECC, spoke on “The Top x Things Your Professors Don’t Tell You About Working as an Engineer.”

Stewart Noland, Crist Engineers, spoke on “It’s Never Too Early to Lead.”



Bob Walters and Student

September 20, 2012

Evening with the Pros

Matt Crafton, Crafton Tull, President and CEO;

Moderator, Bob Walters, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Chief Engineer (retired);

Grady Harvell, AFCO Steel, President;

Ralph Hall, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Assistant to the Director;

Mike Griffin, Garver Engineers, Director of Aviation 

September 29, 2011

 AASHTO (American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials)

Safety Manual

Karen Dixon, Associate Professor, Oregon State University

 March 31, 2011

 Panama Canal Expansion 2014 
Richard L. Grenville, Director of Logistics and Business Development

Tulsa Port of Catoosa

 March 3, 2011 

 War Eagle Bridge Rehabilitation

Chris Wilbourn, Senior Project Manager and Project Engineer of Garver Engineers

November 18, 2010

Evening with the Pros

Bob Walters, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department Chief Engineer (retired);

Bert Parks, Garver Engineering; Scott Bennett, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation;

Marcus Hopkins; AFCO Steel and a recent graduate;

and Larry Weir, Wawkin-Weir Engineers

September 30, 2010

 System Maturity and Development Lab

 Jose Emmanuel Ramirez-Marquez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor 
School of Systems & Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology

April 23, 2010

 Planning for Light Rail in NW Arkansas  

Rod Diridon, Executive Director of the Norman Y. Mineta
International Institute for Surface Transportation Policy Studies at San Jose State University


 October 20, 2009

Evening with the Pros

Bob Walters, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Chief Engineer (retired);

Randy Hathaway, Ph.D., P.E., Deputy District Engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers;

Emmanuel Banks, P.E., Assistant Chief Engineer-Operations with Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department;

Keith Tencleve, P.E., Project Manager for Garver USA and a recent graduate;

Charles Zimmerman, P.E., Vice President of International Design and Construction, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.;

and James Engstrom, P.E.of H.James Engstrom & Associates, Inc.

 September 10, 2009

 The Increasing Role of Seismic Measurements in Geotechnical and Pavement Studies

Kenneth H. Stokoe, II, Ph.D., P.E., Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department from the University of Texas at Austin



Jack Buffington with Kenneth Stokoe

February 5, 2009

 Opportunities Available to Engineers

Wallace F. Forbes, CFA, President of the Forbes Investors Advisory Institute

October 23, 2008 

  Evening with the Pros       

Mike Marlar, P.E., President of Marlar Engineering of North Little Rock;

Sherman Smith, P.E., Director of Pulaski County Public Works;

Robert Seay, P.E., City Engineer for the City of Hot Springs;

Charles Clements, P.E., Division Head, Roadway Design, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department;

Natalie Becknell, P.E., Project Engineer at Garver Engineers and a recent graduate;

Bill Staggs, P.E., Chief Engineer at North Little Rock Wastewater Utility

September 11, 2008


Ted C. Kennedy, founder of BE&K, Inc.


Ted Kennedy and Jack Buffington speaking with a student

February 21, 2008

 The Best Value Model for Education: Can Everyone Win?

Dean T. Kashiwagi, Ph.D., P.E., Professor at Arizona State University
Director of the Performance Based Studies Research Group


October 11, 2007 

 Evening with the Pros

 Mike Marlar of Marlar Engineering of North Little Rock;

 Kirby Rowland of Garver Engineers;

 Steve Beam of Crafton & Tull Engineers;

 Carl Bachelor of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department;

 and Don Mosley of Wal-Mart.

September 13, 2007