Pavement Preservation Journal - Winter 2009 - (Page 12)

Pavement Preservation Had No Greater Friend Than Jim Sorenson Jim Sorenson, senior construction and system preservation engineer, Offi ce of Asset Management, Federal Highway Administration — and a great champion of pavement preservation at the national level — died suddenly Saturday, June 27, at the age of 59. The pavement preservation industry had no greater friend and it is with deep sadness that the Foundation for Pavement Preservation notes his passing. Mr. Sorenson passed away at a rehabilitation facility in Falls Church, Va., as he recovered from a scheduled surgery earlier that month. True to form, he was moved to the rehab center and immediately began calling his staff and leveraging federal funds. He is survived by his three daughters, Dana, Jamie and Amber, and 12 grandchildren. He was born in Montana on July 28, 1949, and received a B.S.C.E. in 1976 from Montana State University at Bozeman, where he had worked as an engineering assistant to the city engineer following four years in the Vietnam War. Mr. Sorenson worked in several FHWA fi eld and headquarters offi ces, culminating in his position in the Offi ce of Asset Management, where he traveled the country promoting pavement preservation to state and local road agencies, when he was not leading the effort to fund pavement preservation at the national level. There he was responsible for technical assistance, policy development and research guidance in the areas of construction and maintenance operations, transportation system preservation, asset management and FHWA’s external Quality Management Program. Following are reminiscences of Jim Sorenson by his comrades in the pavement preservation industry. Jim Sorenson, 1949-2009 THE JIM SORENSON I KNEW I knew Jim since the early 80s, when he was stationed with the Federal Highway Administration in Portland, Ore., and I felt a great loss with his passing. Jim meant a great deal to me and to others in the Northwest. During his stay in Portland he literally dragged Joe Mahoney (University of Washington) and me around on a number of “show and tells” and had us help do much of his work in our spare time. His leadership style was unique and his work ethic was almost superhuman. But then, he had Joe and me to help him as support staff. He certainly knew how to get the most out of people. There we worked on a number of projects with him that were well ahead of their time, including workshops on mechanistic-empirical pavement design and modulus testing, although it wasn’t until the late 1990s that M-E design became of interest at the national level; and participating in some early pavement preservation efforts before anybody knew the term “pavement preservation.” Jim had a great way of bringing people together and he worked closely with agencies, universities, and with industry to promote his programs. While at FHWA’s Pavements Division, we continued to work together on pavement design issues and on the use of asphalt rubber in pavements. He was responsible for initiating the fi rst contract on asphalt rubber after the failed mandate. 12 pavement preservation journal Winter 2009 We worked together for FP2, which he helped start, while I served on the fi rst board of directors in 1992. FP2 was his baby and it provided the momentum he needed to market pavement preservation throughout the United States. I never saw anyone like him who showed such passion and desire to implement pavement preservation. His vision changed the way we manage and deliver transportation programs to America. His passion and commitment have been inspirational, and his ability to get everyone together to undertake major initiatives was unequaled. The industry will miss him greatly. – R. Gary Hicks, professor emeritus, Civil Engineering at Oregon State University, and former director of the California Pavement Preservation Center, California State University, Chico A GOOD GUY, AND UNIQUE Neither the Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association (AEMA), the Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association (ARRA), nor International Slurry Surfacing Association (ISSA) had a better friend at FHWA or in the pavement preservation community than Jim Sorenson. Even with all his, hmmmm, unique characteristics and idiosyncrasies, Jim was truly one of the good guys. I will miss him professionally, and I will miss him as a friend. Godspeed, Jim, and let us know what the streets are paved with up there. – Michael R. Krissoff, Executive Director, AEMA-ARRA-ISSA

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Winter 2009

Pavement Preservation Journal - Winter 2009
President’s Message
International Preservation Conference to Feature Flexible, Rigid Pavements
A Tribute to Jim Sorenson
Add Pavement Preservation to Boost Pavement Management
L.A. Street Preservation: It’s For, and About, the Public
StreetSaver Software Key to Bay Area Asset Management, Regional Fund Distribution
Integrating Pavement Preservation Practices
Revised Manual Provides Basics of Asphalt in Preservation
International Road Federation Hears from Lone Star State on Pavement Preservation
Iowa State Hosts Grad Course in System Asset Management
A New FP2 for Changing Times
Stimulus Package Boosts Preservation in Northeast
Calendar of Events
Index to Advertisers

Pavement Preservation Journal - Winter 2009