Mr. Carlson is the former executive director of FHWA, former secretary of transportation for the State of Kansas, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In 2003 Dean Carlson retired from his position as Kansas secretary of transportation and began his consulting practice. He has nearly five decades of experience in the field of transportation; in addition to eight years as Kansas Secretary, he served for 36 years with the Federal Highway Administration, retiring as executive director in 1994. His career with Federal Highway Administration included many positions in various regional and division offices as well as the headquarters in Washington, D.C. He has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board, and was its chairman in 2002. He is also former president of the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. In 2001, Secretary Carlson was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineers for "outstanding leadership and dedication in developing national highway policy, systems management initiatives and research programs." During his distinguished career, Secretary Carlson has received numerous awards from Presidents G.H.W. Bush and Clinton, the Federal Highway Administration, The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the National Research Council, the International Road Federation and the Road Gang.