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

The 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 the 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,” Tom Dingus, director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, said in a news release.

Resendes received a bachelor’s of science in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Buffalo in 1987 and a master’s of science in administration from Central Michigan University in 1990.

The transportation institute is an international leader in transportation research dedicated to conducting applied research to solve significant transportation challenges.