We offer Engineering services for roadside safety systems, construction traffic staging, structural design and roadway signage to Owners, Contractors and Consultants.

Road building is a dynamic industry. We can create a flexible design that can be refined and adjusted to suit your requirements. By combining practical designs with leading edge products our clients realize savings in both costs and time.


We will develop an interactive partnership with you, provide creative and innovative approaches in planning phase of your work, react to change quickly through the project execution phase and will see your project through to completion making safety a reality.

We are a hands-on, pro-active company that not only completes work on time and on budget, but one that also strive to builds relationships with our customers and vendors.


Ben Powell, P.ENG.

Vice President

Ben is a founding member of Safe Roads Engineering and leads the Research and Development team, developing and testing innovative products and solutions. He has more than 20 years of experience in roadside safety design and construction, mobile lifts, noise barrier design and construction, crash testing, and accident investigation. Ben is a licensed Professional Engineer throughout Canada and a graduate from the University of Waterloo in Civil Structural Engineering. Ben is an authority on solving design problems, providing proposals for alternative configurations and developing innovative construction techniques in the Noise Barrier, Roadside Safety and Physical Security industries.  Ben is an active participant with committees such as Transportation Research Board (TRB), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Canadian Association of Technical Accident Investigators and Reconstructionists (CATAIR), American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), and the Global Security Exchange (GSX).

Dean Alderson, Ph.D., P.E.

Senior Research Engineer

Dr. Dean C. Alberson has served most of his career at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). Since retirement from TTI he is serving as a consultant to private sector entities that want to save lives through highway safety and physical security. His passion for new things is contagious and has demonstrated broad success in developing new research areas and new products (Patents) with individuals across Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). Prior to his retirement from TTI he served as an Assistant Agency Director assisting individuals and divisions in the pursuit of new research initiatives. He was also a Senior Research Engineer and Program Manager of the Crashworthy Structures Program. Dr. Alberson is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas. He obtained his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering Structures at Texas A&M University. Since beginning his tenure at TTI in 1992, he has been actively involved in over 1000 full-scale crash tests!

Jennifer Rasmussen, Ph.D., P.E. 

Senior Research Engineer

Dr. Jennifer Rasmussen (formerly Jennifer Schmidt) is a Senior Research Engineer at Safe Roads Engineering US. Dr. Rasmussen received her Ph.D. in civil engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Nebraska and Texas. She was previously the Associate Director of the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility (MwRSF), Assistant Director of the MwRSF Computational Mechanics and Visualization Laboratory Division, and Research Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Rasmussen ‘s primary focus is the analysis and design of roadside safety hardware using non-linear finite element analysis, including LS-DYNA software. Dr. Rasmussen has created and validated many LS-DYNA hardware and barrier impact simulations. She has also been active in the testing, analysis, and implementation of many roadside safety devices. Dr. Rasmussen has published numerous research reports, refereed journal articles, and conference papers. Dr. Rasmussen received the Transportation Research Board Committee on Roadside Safety Design Best Paper Award in five times in the past eight years for her work on approach guardrail transitions, an energy-absorbing, high containment barrier system, and steel bridge rail designs. She is also a member of the Transportation Research Board AKD20 Committee on Roadside Safety Design.

Mark C. Ayton, P.ENG.

Senior Engineer, Highway Design

Mark is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario with over three decades of highway design and construction experience. Mark is a technical expert on geometric and roadside safety design, and during his past career with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO), developed and implemented many construction standards, design guidelines, design policies, design manuals and technical presentations and training sessions for MTO and the Ontario Provincial Standards for Roads and Public Works (OPS). From 1999 until leaving MTO in 2018, Mark was an associate member of the AASHTO Technical Committee on Roadside Safety who are responsible for developing and updating the AASHTO Roadside Design Guide and Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH). Now with Safe Roads Engineering applying his technical expertise on engineering projects and technical training, Mark will continue his involvement with TRB Roadside Safety Design committee and various NCHRP projects.

Will Longstreet

Senior Research Engineer

38 years of experience in roadside safety in the U.S., both at Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Bureau of Design, Harrisburg, PA., and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Safety, Washington, D.C. While at PennDOT, Will was charged with maintaining crashworthiness of PennDOT Standards including serving on Texas A&M Transportation Institute state pooled fund as Pennsylvania rep for seven years before retirement State DOT in November 2008 with 28 years of State service. Will joined the FHWA Office of Safety, Washington D.C. in November ’08. While at FHWA, Will served as FHWA Representative on AASHTO Technical Committee of Roadside Safety (TCRS), FHWA rep on two-state pooled funds at Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TamTI) and Midwest Roadside Safety Facility (MwRSF), and numerous NCHRP Panels as FHWA Rep. Now with Safe Roads Engineering since February, Will is assigned to the R&D Team developing & crash-testing new & innovative highway safety products.

Mohammad Vakili, P.ENG., M.SC

Senior Structural/Bridge Engineer

Mohammad is a licensed Professional Engineer with the Professional Engineers of Ontario, and a Masters graduate from the University of Tehran in Structural Engineering, and Project Management from the University of Toronto. Mohammad has over 20 years of experience in design, inspection, evaluation, and construction of transportation infrastructure such as bridges, retaining walls, sound walls, sign support structures, railway structures, shoring and parking structures. Prior to joining Safe Roads Engineering Mohammad worked for IBI and AECOM Canada as a Senior Structural/Bridge Engineer in high profile projects.

Jim Connell, P.ENG.

Senior Engineer, Quality Auditor

Jim is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario with more than three decades of experience in highway design and structural engineering with the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO). Jim has worked in all aspects of structural project management, including site selection, preliminary and detailed design, tendering, construction liaison and construction administration. In highway design, Jim’s major focus was roadside safety design, including chairing the Ontario Provincial Standards (OPS) Traffic Safety Committee, co-authoring the MTO Roadside Design Manual, and implementing many new roadside safety hardware systems. Jim has extensive experience in Quality Control and Quality Assurance. He developed MTO Design Assessment procedures, including requirements for consultants to develop and apply quality control plans for engineering design work. He represented the MTO Bridge Office on the MTO Quality Assurance Committee. With Safe Roads Engineering, Jim developed SRE Quality Control Plans and applies them to SRE design products. Jim was instrumental in helping SRE meet requirements to be approved to do bridge engineering work for the MTO.