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IEM Manager David Willauer Selected as Vice-Chairman for Committee on Transportation of Hazardous Materials

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, October 9, 2014 – IEM’s David Willauer, Manager of Transportation and Geospatial Technology, and a well-known hazardous materials expert, recently accepted the role of Vice-Chairman for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Transportation of Hazardous Materials. The TRB is part of the National Academy of Sciences.

The goal of the committee is to protect human health and the environment through the safe packaging, handling and transportation of hazardous materials, as well as the effective response to hazardous materials incidents.

Willauer is also serving as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Crude Oil Transportation. This subcommittee was formed last June in response to significant national increases in crude by rail, and  the need for additional research on  crude oil transportation by motor carrier, rail, pipeline and barge.

The composition of both committees includes federal and state government, industry, academia, consultants and transportation agencies.

Willauer has over 20 years of experience with transportation and emergency planning, including evacuation studies, commodity flow studies of hazardous materials, transportation corridor plans, port security plans and hazmat risk assessments. He is a seasoned mariner and licensed captain for up to 100 ton vessels and previously served as Planning Director for the Council of Governments in Portland, Maine.

For more information on the Committee on Transportation of Hazardous Materials, visit

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