Joe Butler


409A McLaughlin Hall, MC 1720
BerkeleyCA 94720
United States
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Joe Butler is the program and engineering manager responsible for the Connected Corridors program. Connected Corridors is a multimillion dollar statewide Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) research and development effort.


  • Masters Degree in Computer Science from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA
  • Undergraduate Degree in Biochemistry from same
  • UC extension courses in Bioinformatics, Accounting, Philosophy, Statistics, etc.


2008 – Present, University of California, Berkeley - PATH
Connected Corridors Program Manager

As the Program Manager for the Connected Corridors Program, Joe manages a core team of over 30 personnel comprised of managers, software engineers, traffic modelers, traffic engineers, communication specialists, researchers and students. In addition there are multiple consultants and industry partners associated with the program. Connected Corridors is focused on bringing the next generation of Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) strategies to major corridors throughout California.

The focal point of the program is a pilot in Los Angeles County utilizing the latest technologies, from academia, government, and industry, in traffic modeling, decision support, communication, organizational efficiency, financing, and human motivation. PATH is responsible for developing and implementing both the technical tools and human processes required to deploy and manage this innovative program.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) initiated the program and the local district for the I-210 Project, District 7 has undergone a reorganization of their Traffic Operations Division to better support corridor management. Caltrans has committed to bringing the Connected Corridors strategy and technology to other congested corridors over the next 10 years.

In 2017, the Connected Corridors I-210 Project moved from the planning phase to the development phase. Deployment is planned for late 2018 or early 2019. Thirteen stakeholders have committed their time and various resources to the project, with several private sector companies participating in the development of communication software and ITS systems for the Project. Joe oversees the many moving pieces of this project, helps to guide the stakeholders to consensus, and is responsible for the overall success of the I-210 Pilot.

Mobile Millennium Program Manager
Program manager for the Mobile Millennium project (, a highlyvisible and successful research program focused on crowd sourcing traffic information usingmobile phones and other GPS enabled devices. The 25 person team consisted of PhDstudent researchers, post docs, software engineers and interns. We interacted on a regularbasis with media (TV, Radio, Magazines, Web Sites, Blogs, Journals, Conferences, etc) aswell as senior management, academic leaders and industry partners.Upon arrival I organized the team and setup project management and developmentprocesses for both a QOS constrained real time data processing system and an associated data warehouse. Production system was online 14 hours a day X 5 days a week (dailytraffic).  Our PostgreSQL database has over half a terabyte of data contained in 150 tables.

2007 – 2008, Risk Management Solutions, Newark CA.
Director of application development responsible for leading 22 people (9 in India) in thedevelopment of a business intelligence (BI) decision support tool for the insurance industry.Also responsible for developing a new .NET architecture and development process used tobuild and deliver the application. I worked closely with Product Management, ProjectManagement, Model Management and Quality Assurance.

2005 to 2007 - Streamline Solutions, San Rafael, CA.
Hands on leader of 5 person team responsible for development of a new .NET framework.Methods implemented include a .NET C#/VB/ADO.NET/ASP 2.0, agile, business object based,unit test maintained, continuous integration development environment (SDLC). Alsoresponsible for .NET 3.0 prototypes including WPF, WCF, WWF, LINQ and Silverlight. Alsoresearched/prototyped Ruby and Rails. Studied F#.

2004 to 2005 - Countrywide Home Loans, Simi Valley, CA.  
Consultant responsible for architecting and building the first rich internet applicationreleased into production at Countrywide. Participated in the development of a 3-tierdisconnected rich client home inspection system. System used Web Services and ADO.NETto transfer data between a rich client windows front end and back end IIS servers. Webservices retrieved data from AS400 and SQL Server systems and initiated work flows.

2003 to 2004 - IdeaBlade Inc., San Francisco, CA.  
Hands on development manager responsible for creating, growing and managing theengineering, IT and consulting functions (12 Personnel) for a company offering product andconsulting services in the .NET arena. Developed and taught .NET courseware. Personallyworked on architecture and code for several consulting projects.2001 to 2003 - Gorilla Genomics, Alameda, CA. Hands on manager responsible for Order Management, Bioinformatics (DNA MolecularBeacon Generation), Manufacturing (Plate Layout, Machine Control Files and ProcessMonitoring), Inventory and Fulfillment systems.  

2000 to 2001 – ezboard, San Francisco, CA.  
Responsible for development, web site design, quality assurance and IT operations (20+personnel). Implemented scalable architecture resulting in 100% growth to 450,000,000page views a month and 3,000,000 registered users. At the time it was one of the top 20sites, as measured in page views, in the world. 

1989 - 2000 - ObjectWare Inc., San Francisco, CA.
As a founding member of ObjectWare, I built an engineering organization spanning multiplecontinents that consistently built, delivered and supported products over a 10 year timespan.Personally developed and/or managed the development of over 15 products. Products weredeveloped in Smalltalk, C and Java, executed on PC platforms and accessed DB2, Oracleand SQL Server databases on servers and mainframes.

1983 to 1989 - Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX.
Led a team that improved manufacturing methods by integrating data and processes forCAE, CAD, CAM and CAT.