Blaine Leonard is the Transportation Technology Engineer at the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) in Salt Lake City. In this role, he leads the planning and deployment of connected and automated vehicles and related traffic management technologies. His team is on the forefront of operational, connected vehicle deployments. He is active in, and has chaired various efforts in AASHTO, ASCE, the Cooperative Automated Transportation (CAT) Coalition, Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and other national groups with a focus on these technologies.

Blaine has been with UDOT since 2001, with roles in research, intelligent transportation systems, and advanced transportation technologies. Prior to joining UDOT, he spent 20 years in the consulting engineering business, including as a partner in Van Boerum & Frank Associates and owner of Strata Consultants. He has twice served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah.

Blaine served as the President of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2010, after having filled many leadership roles within the Society at the local and national level. He has received the ASCE William Wisely American Civil Engineer Award, the AASHTO Alfred E Johnson Achievement Award, the ASCE Thomas A. Lenox Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEED) Leadership Award, the SAE Lloyd Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award, and has been named the Utah Engineer of the Year. He has published several papers dealing with connected vehicle deployments in Utah and has given numerous presentations in six countries on transportation trends, connected and automated vehicles, the future of engineering, engineering education and engineering licensure.

Blaine is a licensed engineer in six western states and recently finished a term as Chair of the Utah Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors Licensing Board. He is a Diplomate in Geotechnical Engineering from the Academy of GeoProfessionals. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah, where he was named a Distinguished Civil Engineering Alumni in 2010.