Beverly Hills, Mich. — Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) Managing Director Dennis Kolar has named Gary Piotrowicz as the agency’s new deputy managing director/county highway engineer, effective Monday, Jan. 16.
Kolar, who took over as managing director on Jan. 1, previously held the deputy managing director/county highway engineer position.
Piotrowicz, who is a registered professional engineer (PE) and registered professional traffic operations engineer (PTOE), has been employed by the Road Commission for nearly 15 years. Most recently, he served as the director of the RCOC Traffic-Safety Department, which oversees the agency’s traffic engineering, traffic signals, signs, guardrail and other safety-related issues.
Prior to that position, Piotrowicz served as the traffic-signal engineer (head of the Traffic Signal division of the Traffic-Safety Department) and was the project manager for RCOC’s Faster And Safer Travel Through Routing & Advanced Controls (FAST-TRAC) high-tech “adaptive” traffic signal system. Prior to joining RCOC, he spent three years with the Federal Highway Administration and also worked for a civil engineering firm.
Piotrowicz is widely recognized as a national expert in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS – transportation related technology) and is highly regarded for his expertise in traffic-signal systems and transportation-safety issues.
“I am very pleased to announce Gary’s promotion to the deputy managing director/county highway engineer position,” Kolar said. “Gary is well known and highly respected in Oakland County and brings an ideal tool set to the position. Together we are committed to continuing to provide the highest level of service possible to our customers, the residents, businesses and motorists of Oakland County.”
Piotrowicz holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in transportation, also from MSU. He has participated in the Federal Highway Administration’s Peer-to-Peer mentoring program across the country, has been a member of numerous Transportation Research Board (TRB) National Cooperative Highway Research Program research panel teams, previously served as a member of the TRB Signal Systems Subcommittee and is the co-chair of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Connected-Vehicle Task Force.
He and his family reside in Beverly Hills.
Editor’s Note: A Jpeg photo of Piotrowicz is attached.
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