Office of Materials Technology

Mission

Assure that the quality of the materials used on the Maryland roadway system are designed, produced and placed to meet the system preservation, safety and environmental needs of the State's communities.

The Office of Materials Technology (OMT) is structured as follows:

  • Director's Office
    • Material Quality
      • Materials Management Division
      • Asphalt Technology Division
      • Concrete Technology Division
      • Soils and Aggregate Technology Division
      • Structural Materials and Pavement Markings Division
    • Material Engineering
      • Pavement and Geotechnical Division
      • Engineering Geology Division
      • Field Explorations Division
      • New Products and Research Team
    • Administrative Group
      • Human Resources
      • Procurement & Finance
      • Safety Management
      • Performance Excellence
      • Unit Training

Director's Office

The director serves as the State Materials Engineer for Maryland, reporting to the deputy administrator of operations/chief engineer. The departmental deputy directors lead the functional areas of OMT - Material Quality and Material Engineering.

Sejal Barot, Director
7450 Traffic Drive
Hanover, Maryland 21076
Office 443-572-5037
Toll Free 866-926-8501
materials@mdot.maryland.gov

Eric Frempong
Deputy Director, Material Quality
7450 Traffic Drive
Hanover, Maryland 21076
Office 443-572-5269
Toll Free 866-926-8501
EFrempong@mdot.maryland.gov

Vacancy
Deputy Director, Material Engineering
7450 Traffic Drive
Hanover, Maryland 21076
Office 443-572-5036
Toll Free 866-926-8501
materials@mdot.maryland.gov

Sherry Foster-McKnight
Executive Administrative Assistant
7450 Traffic Drive
Hanover, Maryland 21076
Office 443-572-5038
Toll Free 866-926-8501
SFosterMcKnight@mdot.maryland.gov

Materials Management Division - Material Quality

The division is responsible for district support, independent assurance audits and the Materials Management System. Area materials engineers are the first point of contact for district personnel. Statewide access permit projects are also supervised by the division. Project Material Clearance is coming under this division.

Materials Management Division     (Vacant), Division Chief
Contact: Eric Frempong - Deputy Director, Material Quality
Office 443-572-5269     Toll Free 866-926-8501     EFrempong@mdot.maryland.gov

Asphalt, Concrete, and Soils and Aggregate Divisions - Material Quality

Each division is responsible for quality assurance (QA)/quality control (QC), clearance and acceptance of materials used in transportation facility construction.

Asphalt Technology Division     Chandra Akisetty, Division Chief
Office 443-572-5051     Toll Free 866-926-8501     CAkisetty@mdot.maryland.gov

Concrete Technology Division     Vicki Stewart, Division Chief
Office 443-572-5134     Toll Free 866-926-8501     VStewart@mdot.maryland.gov

Soils and Aggregate Technology Division     Dan Sajedi, Division Chief
Office 443-572-5162     Toll Free 866-926-8501     DSajedi@mdot.maryland.gov

Structural Materials and Pavement Markings Division - Material Quality

The division provides QC/QA inspection, testing and evaluation in the lab and field for a full spectrum of materials – their fabrication and application. Their subjects include structural and reinforcing steel, complex coating systems, pavement marking materials, and materials such as bridge bearings, fencing and bonding materials.

Structural Materials and Pavement Markings Division     David Malburg, P. E., Division Chief
Office 443-572-5298     Toll Free 866-926-8501     DMalburg@mdot.maryland.gov

Pavement and Geotechnical Division - Material Engineering

The division is responsible for pavement design and pavement management, as well as geotechnical engineering related to pavement. It is MDOT SHA's pavement engineering resource for our construction and maintenance personnel.

Pavement and Geotechnical Division     Geoff Hall, P. E., Division Chief
Office 443-572-5067     Toll Free 866-926-8501     GHall1@mdot.maryland.gov

Engineering Geology Division - Material Engineering

The division develops geotechnical designs for rock slopes and rock foundations; oversees subsurface investigations for structure foundations; carries out slope stability and settlement analyses for highway embankments; conducts groundwater contamination and quantity studies; reviews contractor blast designs; conducts seismic vibration studies; and makes hazardous materials (HAZMAT) site assessments. The division is MDOT SHA's geotechnical engineering resource for our construction and maintenance personnel.

Engineering Geology Division     Nathan Moore, Division Chief
Office 443-572-5171     Toll Free 866-926-8501     NMoore@mdot.maryland.gov

Field Explorations Division - Material Engineering

The division tests and evaluates our State highway infrastructure, and drills to conduct subsurface investigations.

Field Explorations Division     William Adzimahe, Division Chief
Office 443-572-5176     Toll Free 866-926-8501     WAdzimahe@mdot.maryland.gov

New Products and Research Team - Material Engineering

The team determines which new products and processes merit investigation by the administration. Upon completion of evaluation, the committee publishes its findings in the Maryland Products Evaluation Listing (MPEL) database and submits them with recommendations to the Chief Engineer for approval or disapproval relative to use, procedures, specification changes and policies.

New Products and Research Team     Troy Davis, New Products Team Leader
Office 443-572-5045     Toll Free 866-926-8501     TDavis5@mdot.maryland.gov

Administrative Group

The Administrative Group supports the functions of OMT and assists the Hanover complex.

Human Resources - Christina Grodnitzky
Office 443-572-5261     Toll Free 866-926-8501     CGrodnitzky@mdot.maryland.gov

Procurement & Finance Team Leader - Justin Hannie
Office 443-572-5102     Toll Free 866-926-8501     JHannie@mdot.maryland.gov

Safety Manager - Steve Sandkuhler
Office 443-572-5041     Toll Free 866-926-8501     SSandkuhler@mdot.maryland.gov

Performance Excellence Specialist / Unit Training Coordinator - Vanessa Howard
Office 443-572-5093     Toll Free 866-926-8501     VHoward@mdot.maryland.gov