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Office of Materials Technology (OMT)

Mission: To effectively and efficiently assure 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.

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
      • Safety

Director's Office
The Director's Office includes the Director, Deputy Directors and an Executive Administrative Assistant. The Director is responsible for the management of the office and serves as the State Materials Engineer for Maryland who reports directly to the Deputy Administrator of Operations/Chief Engineer. The two Deputy Directors serve as leaders for the two 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@sha.state.md.us

Eric Frempong
Deputy Director, Material Quality
7450 Traffic Drive
Hanover, Maryland 21076
Office 443-572-5269
Toll Free 866-926-8501
EFrempong@sha.state.md.us

Karuna Pujara
Deputy Director, Material Engineering
7450 Traffic Drive
Hanover, Maryland 21076
Office 443-572-5036
Toll Free 866-926-8501
KPujara@sha.state.md.us


Materials Management Division - Material Quality
The Materials Management Division is responsible for District support, Independent Assurance Audits and the Materials Management System development and implementation. The District support services will include the creation of four Area Materials Engineers, who are the first point of contact for District personnel on all material related matters. Statewide Access Permit Projects are also a part of the Material Management Division responsibilities. Project Material Clearance responsibilities will also come under this division.

Materials Management Division     Woody Hood, Division Chief
Office 443-572-5020     Toll Free 866-926-8501     WHood@sha.state.md.us


Asphalt, Concrete, and Soils and Aggregate Divisions - Material Quality
Each division is responsible for Quality Assurance/Quality Control, 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@sha.state.md.us

Concrete Technology Division     Shekhar Murkute, Division Chief
Office 443-572-5133     Toll Free 866-926-8501     SMurkute@sha.state.md.us

Soils and Aggregate Technology Division     Dan Sajedi, Division Chief
Office 443-572-5162     Toll Free 866-926-8501     DSajedi@sha.state.md.us


Structural Materials and Pavement Markings Division - Material Quality
The Structural Materials and Pavement Markings Division provides QC/QA inspection, testing and evaluation in both the laboratory and field for a full spectrum of materials and their fabrication and application (includes structural and reinforcing steel, complex coating systems, pavement marking materials and their application, and a wide variety of materials such as bridge bearings, fencing and bonding materials).

Structural Materials and Pavement Markings Division     David Malburg, Division Chief
Office 443-572-5298     Toll Free 866-926-8501     DMalburg@sha.state.md.us


Pavement and Geotechnical Division - Material Engineering
The Pavement and Geotechnical Division is responsible for Pavement Design and Pavement Management. The division also provides Geotechnical Engineering services for designers and is SHA's Geotechnical 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@sha.state.md.us


Engineering Geology Division - Material Engineering
The Engineering Geology Division develops geotechnical designs for rock slopes and rock foundations; conducts groundwater contamination and quantity studies; reviews contractor blast designs; conducts seismic vibration studies; and makes HAZMAT site assessments.

Engineering Geology Division     Eric Dougherty, Division Chief
Office 443-572-5171     Toll Free 866-926-8501     EDougherty@sha.state.md.us


Field Explorations Division - Material Engineering
The Field Explorations Division is responsible for the testing and evaluation of our state highway infrastructure, as well as subsurface investigation (drilling) services.

Field Explorations Division     William Adzimahe, Division Chief
Office 443-572-5176     Toll Free 866-926-8501     WAdzimahe@sha.state.md.us


New Products and Research Team - Material Engineering
The New Products and Research Team is responsible for deciding which new products and processes merit investigation and evaluation by the Administration. Upon completion of evaluation, the committee will document and publish its findings in the Maryland Products Evaluation Listing (MPEL) database and submit them with recommendations to the Chief Engineer for approval or disapproval relative to use, procedures, specification changes and policies.

New Products and Research Team     Rodney Wynn, Team Leader
Office 443-572-5043     Toll Free 866-926-8501     RWynn@sha.state.md.us


Administrative Group
The Administrative Group supports the functions of OMT and assists the Hanover Complex where it is appropriate.

Human Resources - Vacancy
Office 443-572-5101     Toll Free 866-926-8501

Procurement & Finance Team Leader - Justin Hannie
Office 443-572-5102     Toll Free 866-926-8501     JHannie@sha.state.md.us

OMT Safety Officer - Steve Sandkuhler
Office 443-572-5041     Toll Free 866-926-8501     SSandkuhler@sha.state.md.us

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