Full Membership

As an Aurora Member, a public sector organization is entitled to all the benefits of full participation in the program. Members may propose and vote on proposed projects for program funding. A complete description of membership rights and benefits are contained within the Aurora Organizational Charter and Operating Rules.

As an FHWA pooled-fund study program, the overall success of Aurora is directly linked to active support and guidance provided by its members. The annual membership fee of $25,000 would fund only minimal RWIS research and development activities for individual member agencies. Compounded through Aurora, however, membership dues are funding valuable initiatives that directly benefit all members. As an FHWA pooled-fund project, Aurora is eligible for 100 percent SP & R funding. Most agencies cover the annual membership fee with SP & R funds. Some members have made in-kind contributions in lieu of membership fees.

Associate Membership

The Aurora Associate Membership option is designed for research, non-profit public entities such as universities or other research institutions. To become an Aurora Associate Member, an organization should be nominated by an active Aurora member. Aurora Associates may attend all Aurora meetings and receive all documents and materials developed through the Aurora Program on request.

Friends of Aurora

Friends of Aurora was established as an outreach initiative with private sector RWIS service entities intended to improve dialogue between the public and private road weather communities.


The Aurora Visitor option allows public organizations the opportunity to gain first-hand understanding of the Aurora Program through attendance at one general meeting. It is intended that the visitor option will enable agencies to become familiar with the program prior to becoming a full member.

Is Aurora a good fit for your agency?

The only way to know is to try it on for size. Visit a general meeting to gain first-hand understanding of the Aurora program, meet other members, and see for yourself how membership could benefit your organization.To arrange a visit, or for other information on Aurora, contact Neal Hawkins (Program Manager), Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University, hawkins@iastate.edu.


Name Contact Agency Highlight
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Lisa Idell-Sassi Agency Highlight
California Department of Transportation Steve Hancock
Colorado Department of Transportation Kyle Lester
Delaware Department of Transportation Anne Brown
Illinois Department of Transportation Harold Dameron
Iowa Department of Transportation Tina Greenfield Agency Highlight
Kansas Department of Transportation Dale Kirmer
Michigan Department of Transportation Dawn Gustafson Agency Highlight
Minnesota Department of Transportation Joe Huneke
New York State Department of Transportation Mike Lashmet
North Dakota Department of Transportation Travis Lutman Agency Highlight
Ohio Department of Transportation Tim Boyer
Ontario Ministry of Transportation Max Perchanok Agency Highlight
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Jason Norville
Utah Department of Transportation Jeff Williams Agency Highlight
Virginia Department of Transportation Jimmy White
Wisconsin Department of Transportation Mike Adams
Program Support Contact
Center for Weather Impacts on Mobility and Safety Zach Hans


Name Contact
FHWA Road Weather Management Paul Pisano
Goteborg University Jörgen Bogren
InTrans at Iowa State University Neal Hawkins
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Robert Hallowell
Meteorological Service of Canada
National Center for Atmospheric Research Bill Mahoney
Ohio University
Pennsylvania State University Paul Knight
Purdue University Bob McCullouch
Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
University of Minnesota - Duluth Taek Kwon
University of North Dakota
University of Utah John Horel
University of Waterloo Liping (Lee) Fu
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin - Millwaukeee Jonathan Kahl
WTI at Montana State University Steve Albert

Friends of Aurora

Name Contact
MeteoGroup Jason Bartuseck
AmeriTrak Beverly Edelstein, Jeff Edelstein
Lufft USA, Inc. Laura Goodfellow
High Sierra Electronics, Inc. Brett Hansen
Certified Cirus Control Systems Robert Henningsgard
Weathernet Scott Jensen
Vaisala Rose Mooney, Leon Shneider
Amec Foster Wheeler Ted Reeler
Schneider Electric Diane Walkowiak