The 2018 Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Summit was held April 10-11 in Pittsburgh, Pa.


(All files are PDF documents unless otherwise noted. Not all presenters had slides or provided them for public use.)

Three Key Questions for Self-Driving Cars on Public Roads

Phil Koopman, Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Ensuring Automated Vehicle Safety

Mike Wagner, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Edge Case Research

Lieutenant Brian Ianuzzi, Pennsylvania State Police

Ann Shikany, Independent Consultant and Manager Autonomous Vehicle Coalition for National Safety Council

Moderator: Jackie Erickson, Principal, The Jackie Group

Use Cases for Automated Vehicles

Ngani Ndimbie, Transportation Strategist, Traffic 21 at Carnegie Mellon University

Fred Bergstresser, Government Account Manager, Royal Truck & Equipment

David DiNotaris, Director, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services

John Whitt, Supervisory General Engineer, Aberdeen Test Center/Department of Defense

Moderator: Orla Pease, Associate Vice President, Transportation Northeast Region, AECOM

Business Models and Financing Strategies

Richard Voith, President and Principal, Econsult Solutions

Robert Mudge, Principal, The Brattle Group

Barry Einsig, Global Automotive and Transportation Executive, Cisco Systems

Moderator: Stacia Ritter, Director of Policy and External Affairs, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

Planning for Automated Vehicle Infrastructure

Sam Van Hecke, Senior Associate, Cambridge Systematics

Karina Ricks, Director of Mobility and Infrastructure, Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure

Sanah Baig, Program Director – Economic Development, Resilience and Transportation, National Association of Counties

Matt Smith, National Connected and Automated Vehicle Program Manager, Michael Baker International

Moderator: Cheryl Moon-Sirianni, District Executive, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, District 11

Developing and Motivating our Workforce of the Future

Yvonne Lopez-Diaz, Vice President, HR Director, HNTB

Automated Vehicles and the New Age of Public Transit

Steve Buckley, Northeast Regional Manager, Planning, Environment and Traffic, WSP USA

Art Guzzetti, Vice President – Policy, American Public Transit Association

Sheila Gombita, Executive Director, Freedom Transit (Washington County Transit Authority)

Katharine Kelleman, Chief Executive Officer, Allegheny Port Authority

Moderator: Courtney Ehrlichman, Principal, The Ehrlichman Group

Goods Movement, Logistics, and Automated Freight

Ted Dengel, Managing Director, Operations Technology, FedEx Ground

Andy Alden, Executive Director, Interstate 81 Corridor Coalition

Steve Boyd, VP External Affairs, Peloton Technology

Kevin Peterson, Co-Founder, Marble

Moderator: Becky Bradley, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

Careers and Opportunities in Automated Vehicles

Robert Koch, Department Chair, Occupational Trade Programs, Community College of Allegheny County

Abigail Loughrey, Autonomous Vehicle Operations Manager, Aurora Innovation

John Devlin, President, Pennsylvania Automotive Association

Joe Kane, Senior Research Associate and Associate Fellow, Brookings Institution

Moderator: Eileen Cipriani, Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

Economic & Social Roundtable

Dennis Davin, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development

Susie Snelick, Executive Director, Workforce Solutions for North Central Pennsylvania

Sue Mukherjee, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Educational Intelligence, Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education

Brad Markell, Executive Director, Industrial Union Council at AFL-CIO

Shoshana Lew, Chief Operating Officer, Rhode Island Department of Transportation

David Ruppersberger, President, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance

Moderator: Carol Kilko, Deputy Secretary for Business Finance, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

Featured Speaker Bryant Walker-Smith

Bryant Walker Smith, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina School of Law

The Legal Landscape 2050

Emily Frascaroli, Counsel, Ford Motor Company

Bryant Walker Smith, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina School of Law

Bryson Datt, Member, Burns White

Jason Sharp, Chief Counsel, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Examining leadership and its role in innovation

View the archived livestream on YouTube.

Secretary Leslie S. Richards, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Chris Urmson, Chief Executive Officer, Aurora Innovation


Speaker Bios

Andy Alden
I-81 Corridor Coalition
Andy Alden serves as the Executive Director of the Interstate 81 Corridor Coalition and leads the Eco-Transportation and Alternative Systems Research Group at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. He is a registered professional engineer who has worked in the environmental and information technology fields, as well as the development and deployment of vehicle data acquisition systems. His current focus is advancing safe and sustainable transportation through the application of emerging and alternative technologies. Recent research has focused on automated “last mile” shuttles, road weather safety, bus transit efficiency, animal-vehicle conflict, applied road salt impacts, and the use of unmanned aerial systems in support of surface transportation.
Sanah Baig
National Association of Counties
Sanah Baig is the program director for economic development, resilience and transportation and infrastructure in the County Solutions and Innovation (CSI) department. In this capacity, she develops and manages research, training and technical assistance programs designed to elevate thought leadership and convene networks of county government officials with federal, business and philanthropic leaders. These programs cover a wide range of topics including economic diversification in transitioning economies; solar energy deployment; disaster recovery and resilience planning; and innovations in transportation planning. Before joining NACo, Sanah worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in a variety of capacities. Most recently, she served as an advisor to the secretary on rural development programs, the rural opioid crisis and special projects. Prior to that role, Sanah was a special advisor for the Rural Opportunity Investment Initiative, acting deputy White House liaison and confidential assistant to the undersecretary of marketing and regulatory programs. Sanah holds a bachelor's degree in foreign affairs and psychology from the University of Virginia and speaks fluent Urdu/Hindi.
Fred Bergstresser
Royal Trucking
Fred Bergstresser is Government Account Manager for Royal Truck & Equipment, managing government activities including procurement strategy, government relations, and Royal's representation on NCUTCD Temporary Traffic Control (TTC) Technical Committee, ATSSA Innovation Council, Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Policy Task Force, and is a founding member of the Automated Vehicle Coalition. Fred leads Royal's Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicle (AIPV) project.
Steve Boyd
Stephen Boyd is Co-founder and VP of External Affairs for Peloton Technology, a Silicon Valley-based connected and automated vehicle technology company that is bringing innovations in safety and efficiency to the freight transportation industry. In this role, he leads public affairs, government relations and market development for the company. For the last decade, Steve has worked with leading edge transportation and energy enterprises and advocated for policy change and market innovation to accelerate progress in these sectors. Previously he has served as an Assistant Press Secretary in the White House, a Producer at the PBS NewsHour, and held a variety of roles with technology companies, federal agencies, political campaigns, and public policy initiatives. Steve holds an Environmental Science degree from Pennsylvania State University with minors in Economics and Political Science and studied international business at the University of Manchester (UK).
Becky Bradley
Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
Becky Bradley has 20 years of experience in city, regional, economic development, historic preservation, and transportation planning, including significant implementation experience in small town revitalization, roadway re-design, and trail construction. She has been the Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) since August 2013 and is leading a $3.3 billion regional transportation planning program, as well as balancing the needs of the Lehigh Valley's rapidly growing population through this organization's county planning responsibilities. Prior to joining LVPC, Bradley was the Director of Planning, Codes and Development at the City of Easton, where she was instrumental in the over $500 million revitalization of the community, including the addition of the Lehigh Valley's first sculpture trail, the state's first road diet and the opening of over 60 restaurants and shops. Bradley lives with her husband and beloved dachshund in rural Lehigh County. They are avid hikers and can often be found on the Appalachian Trail over the weekends.
Steve Buckley
Steve Buckley has over twenty years of experience in the transportation industry including design, operations, maintenance, policy, planning, programming, and funding. Steve recently served as General Manager of Transportation for the City of Toronto. While in Toronto, Steve initiated and led a City working group on Automated Vehicles, commissioned the white paper “Driving Changes: Automated Vehicles in Toronto”, and created a Divisional Automated Vehicle Work Plan. Since then, he has been invited to speak by over two dozen State DOTs, MPOs, transit agencies, and City DOTs on how public sector agencies can plan for and shape the introduction of AVs into cities. Steve earned Master's Degrees in Transportation and in City Planning from the University of California - Berkeley and a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University. He currently serves as the Chair of the Transportation Research Board's Committee on Transportation Issues in Major Cities, and serves as a Lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania's City & Regional Planning program.
Eileeen Cipriani
PA Department of Labor and Industry
Eileen Cipriani is deputy secretary for workforce development at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. In her role, she oversees the commonwealth workforce system, which includes 23 local workforce areas. Eileen was instrumental in the planning, drafting and now implementation of Pennsylvania's first comprehensive state plan under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. In her current role, she oversees the implementation of WIOA as the many changes are executed statewide. She coordinates the departments interagency projects that are an effort to facilitate collaboration and reduce duplication in workforce service delivery. In addition to her work as Deputy Secretary, she is also a member of the STEM Advisory Committee, TEAM PA, the PA Interagency Health Equity Team, PA Assistive Technology Council, Aging Council Workforce Workgroup and the Environmental Quality Board. She has a Bachelor of Science from Bloomsburg University and a master's in organizational management from Misericordia University. Eileen lives in West Wyoming, PA with her husband. They have two grown children.
Bryson Datt
Burns White
Mr. Datt is the co-chair of the Transportation and Logistics practice group at Burns White. He maintains a diverse litigation practice with a focus on representing national and regional transportation clients in the defense of catastrophic losses. He also regularly advises transportation and logistics clients on business operations, insurance coverage, and regulatory compliance. In addition to his transportation practice, Mr. Datt counsels and represents clients on complex commercial litigation matters. His experience includes protecting and furthering clients' interests in business and commercial disputes, unfair competition, and trade-secret and business-protection litigation. Mr. Datt is a 2004 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He received his B.A. in East Asian Studies and Politics from Washington and Lee University in 2002. Prior to attending law school, he worked at the Chinese University of Political Science and Law in Beijing.
Dennis Davin
PA Department of Community and Economic Development
Dennis M. Davin was appointed to serve as Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development in January 2015 by Governor Tom Wolf. Prior to his appointment, Secretary Davin served as Director of the Allegheny County Economic Development since March 2004. During his time at the Allegheny County Economic Development, Secretary Davin was responsible for the overall development and implementation of the economic development strategy for Allegheny County. He managed funding from local, state and federal resources to implement economic development activities such as: site development, new job creation initiatives, community development and affordable housing for approximately 1.25 million citizens in 130 municipalities. He also served as Director of the Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority and Executive Director of the: Industrial Development Authority, Hospital Development Authority, Higher Education Building Authority and Residential Finance Authority. Secretary Davin is a former board member and treasurer of the Allegheny County Airport Authority; as well as a former member of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance Partnership, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, International Economic Development Council, and National Association for Industrial and Office Parks, as well as a Carnegie Mellon University Center for Economic Development Fellow.
Ted Dengel
FedEx Ground
Ted Dengel is the Managing Director, Operations Technology, for FedEx Ground. In this role, Ted leads a team of technology professionals responsible for the research, development, implementation, and support of field-based technologies at FedEx Ground. These technology areas include automated parcel sortation, mobile and fixed automated data collection (scanning, imaging, weighing, and dimensioning), and robotics. Ted also chairs a FedEx enterprise-wide technology council focused on identifying common technology solutions across all FedEx operating companies and ensures collaboration and consistency in the application of new technology. Ted has more than 23 years' experience at FedEx Ground in operations technology and other operations engineering functions. He holds a bachelor's degree in industrial management from Carnegie Mellon University and a master's degree in industrial engineering management from the University of Pittsburgh
John Devlin
Pennsylvania Automotive Association
John is President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Automotive Association where he has held various positions over the last 35 years. John received the designation of CAE Certified Association Executive in 1997. He's been active in the community. He is past President of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Capital Region and serves on the PCRB (PA Compensation & Rating Board) classification and rating commission. John is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and has a degree in accounting and finance. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Members 1st FCU.
David Dinotaris
PA Department of Labor and Industry
Since 1993, David De Notaris has had the privilege of serving as a job developer, assistive technology instructor and coordinator of independent living, advocacy and work-based learning initiatives. As the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, he currently leads an amazing team of over 900 dedicated professionals, investing approximately $200M in state & federal resources to assist individuals with disabilities in achieving competitive, integrated employment. Last year, OVR worked with 6,000 employers and helped over 9,300 residents of PA who happen to have disabilities find jobs, resulting in a return of $77M in state and federal dollars. David believes that access equals success: when we can help individuals with disabilities access the same information as their classmates, neighbors, colleagues and peers, they can get the same education, training opportunities and jobs! David and his wife Mariann live in Hershey, PA with their 3 children David, Marykate and Emily and their big dog Valentino.
Courtney Ehrlichman
The Ehrlichman Group
Courtney Ehrlichman is Principal of The Ehrlichman Group. The Ehrlichman Group radically re-envisions mobility and prepares communities and organizations for a digital and autonomous future. Prior to The Ehrlichman Group, Ms. Ehrlichman served as the Deputy Executive Director of the Traffic 21 Institute and Mobility21 National USDOT University Transportation Center at Carnegie Mellon University. During her tenure at Traffic21, she oversaw research and deployment of transportation technology projects in partnership with USDOT, PennDOT, and the PA Turnpike, growing a USDOT Tier 1 center to a USDOT National center with over $45 million in research funding and an expanded multi-modal focus; led academic commercialization efforts; served on the ITSA Advocacy Trust where she contributed to the development of Federal AV legislation; and created fellowships for students to increase diversity in the workforce. Courtney proudly serves as a board member of the Intelligent Transportation Society of PA and is a founding member of the Women's Transportation Seminar Pittsburgh Chapter. She received her Bachelor's degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master's degree in public management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.
Barry Einsig
Cisco Systems
Barry Einsig is the Global Automotive and Transportation Executive in Cisco's Internet of Things and Applications Group responsible for driving the growth strategy, business planning, thought leadership and solutions designs and validation for all modes of transportation. Barry has been in the industry for over 19 years serving in a variety of roles providing industry leading solutions for Automotive, Transportation, and Public Sector systems. Barry is a patent holder for Video Quality of Service deliver over LTE services. He is an advisor for Singapore Ministry of Transport for their Connected and Highly Automated vehicle systems. Barry works globally with customers in all modes of transportation including: Network Rail, Deutsche Bahn, Dallas Fort Worth Airport, Port of Hamburg, SFMTA, Transport for London, BNSF, WMATA, AMTRAK, DART, PA Turnpike, TMR Australia, Metrolinx Toronto and many others.
Jackie Erickson
The Jackie Group
Jackie Erickson is a robotics-focused public relations and government affairs consultant based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After a decade of public policy experience including service as Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Director for U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey Jr., Jackie chose to follow her passion for robotics, serving first as Director of Communications for Astrobotic Technology then founding a boutique consulting firm dedicated to telling the stories and advocating for the greater good of robotics. Jackie's clients span sectors such as defense, logistics, healthcare, agriculture, and transportation. Jackie is the Pittsburgh robotics cluster representative for the Robotics Industry Association, Co-Founder of the Pittsburgh Robotics Network, and a member of PennDOT's Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force.
Rich Fitzgerald
County Executive of Allegheny County
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald took office on January 3, 2012, and he's currently in his second term. After more than 18 years in public service, including 12 on County Council, he still relishes his role working with others to make the county a great place to live and work, and he's bullish on the region's future. Under Rich's leadership, the county has concentrated on economic development and job creation to great effect, and for the first time since the end of the Pittsburgh region's industrial era in the 1970s, the county is managing growth instead of decline. It boasts an excellent quality of life, low unemployment rate and cost of living, and a diverse and thriving business community. Raised in Pittsburgh's Bloomfield-Garfield neighborhood, Rich graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a business minor. He and his wife, Cathy, a pharmacist, live in Squirrel Hill. They have eight children.
Emily Frascaroli
Ford Motor Company
Emily Frascaroli serves as Counsel for Ford Motor Company, where she advises globally on automotive safety, regulatory, and product liability issues, including a focus on autonomous vehicles, mobility, and cybersecurity. She has extensive experience handling regulatory matters with NHTSA and other governmental entities, product defect investigations, and complex product litigation cases. She is also a lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School where she teaches a class about the legal issues involved with autonomous vehicles, and she is co-chair of the Legal and Insurance Working Group of the University of Michigan Mobility Transformation Center. In 2017, she was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Council on Future Mobility. She earned her JD, cum laude, from Wayne State University (2001) and was an editor of the Wayne Law Review. She received her BS in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California (1995) and her MEng in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan (1996). Prior to practicing law, she worked in engineering at both Ford and NASA (Dryden Flight Research Center).
Sheila Gombita
Freedom Transit
Ms. Gombita is the Executive Director of the Washington County Transportation Authority (Freedom Transit), a position she has held since the agency was formed in 2001. She is responsible for managing and directing the public transit agency which provides approximately 300,000 trips per year with an annual operating budget of $6.6 million. Ms. Gombita is a Certified Community Transit Manager and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Since 2010, Ms. Gombita has served on the Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association Board of Directors and was the first female elected to Chair the organization
Art Guzzetti
American Public Transit Association
Art Guzzetti, a 39-year professional in public transportation at the local, state and national levels, serves as Vice President-Policy for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the trade group for the public transportation industry. Among other things, Mr. Guzzetti is responsible for APTA's extensive policy development and research agenda, and for advancing policies favorable to public transportation with Congress, the Administration, state and local governments, with grass-roots and stakeholder organizations, and with public policy think tanks. Prior to coming to Washington in June 1997, Mr. Guzzetti had 16 years of management experience with two of the nation's leading public transportation systems: New Jersey Transit, and the Port Authority of Allegheny County. Mr. Guzzetti has a Political Science degree from Edinboro State University, and a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Among other position, he is the immediate past national president of the Transportation Research Forum. He is married 39 years and is father to four children and the grandfather of five.
Brian Ianuzzi
Pennsylvania State Police
Lt. Ianuzzi has served with the Pennsylvania State Police for the past 21 years in various roles. In April 2016, he was assigned to the Bureau of Patrol to serve as the Director of the Safety Program Division. In that role, Lt. Ianuzzi oversees the Vehicle Fraud Unit, the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit, emergency vehicle lighting/designations, emergency towing, traffic incident management, crash reporting, and work zone enforcement. He is a member of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Inspection Advisory Board, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Traffic Records Coordination Committee, and Pennsylvania Autonomous Vehicle Task Force.
Joe Kane
Brookings Institute
Joseph Kane is a senior research associate and associate fellow at the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program. Kane's work focuses on a wide array of built environment issues, including transportation and water infrastructure. Within these areas of research, he has explored infrastructure's central economic role across different regions as well as its relationship to opportunity and resilience. Across several projects, he has concentrated on the use of innovative datasets, combining them with other qualitative measures to better assess current and future infrastructure needs. From the exploration of metropolitan freight trends to the first-ever analysis of infrastructure jobs at a metropolitan level, he has coordinated the production of new metrics and developed other interactive content to better inform decisions by policymakers and practitioners across the country. Prior to Brookings, Kane was an Economist at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. He holds a master's degree in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia and a bachelor's degree in economics and history from the College of William and Mary.
Katharine Kelleman
Allegheny Port Authority
Katharine Eagan Kelleman is chief executive officer of Port Authority of Allegheny County. Prior to joining Port Authority, Kelleman worked at Hillsborough Area Regional (HART) in Tampa, Fla. in several executive leadership roles, including chief of service development, chief operating officer, and chief executive officer. During her tenure at HART, Kelleman grew ridership by more than 20 percent; adopted technologies like the OneBusAway application; expanded public-private partnerships with entities like MegaBus, Red Coach and Coast Bike Share; launched a regional fare program; and oversaw HART HyperLink – the nation's first transit agency-operated rideshare program. Prior to her time at HART, she worked in leadership roles for the Maryland Transit Administration and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). She began her career in public transit as a transit planner in San Angelo, Texas. Kelleman received her Bachelor's degree in art history from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and her Master's degree in public administration from San Angelo State University.
Carol Kilko
PA Department of Community and Economic Development

Carol Kilko serves as Deputy Secretary for Business Financing, an appointment made in January 2018. In this role, Carol manages the Commonwealth's grant, loan and tax credit programs. Carol began her second career with DCED in June 2015 as a Special Assistant for Workforce Development, moving to Deputy Secretary of Administration in April 2016 Carol when appointed by Governor Wolf. During her first tour with DCED – 2000 through 2006 - Carol worked with the Governor's Action Team and DCED's Business Retention and Expansion Program. From April 2006 through June 2015 Carol served as the Director of Training Services for the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS). Carol holds a Master's in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Public Policy from Penn State University.

Bob Koch
Community College of Allegheny County
Phil Koopman
Carnegie Mellon University
Shoshana Lew
Rhode Island Department of Transportation
Yvonne Lopez-Diaz
HNTB Corp.
Abby Loughrey
Aurora Innovation
Abby Loughrey is Autonomous Vehicle Operations Manager at Aurora Innovation. She leads a growing Pittsburgh team that tests autonomy software in vehicles to ensure safe and effective driving. Abby is passionate about building inclusive and powerful teams driven to solve intimidating problems. Abby recently made the career transition into autonomous vehicles from BloomBoard, a technology startup where she led the configuration and implementation of data platforms for state governments. Abby has written books on data policy, taught marine science aboard a sailboat in Puget Sound, and designed chairs in Denmark. She holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.Ed. from the University of Pittsburgh.
Brad Markell
AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council
Brad Markell is the Executive Director of the AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council (IUC) and chairs the AFL-CIO energy task force. The IUC is a group of 12 unions with over 4.5 million members, including 1.2 million in manufacturing. Brad also leads AFL-CIO's work on energy policy, and worked closely with the U.S. State Department to win worker-friendly language in the Paris Agreement. Before coming to the AFL-CIO, Brad worked for the UAW in Detroit for 15 years, where his duties included bargaining and public policy advocacy on environmental issues. Brad's board and committee service on behalf of the labor movement includes the MIT Lean Aerospace Initiative, the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council, the International Research Network on Autowork in the Americas, the Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras, the Michigan Climate Action Council, the National Academy of Engineering's Making Value in America committee, and the International Labor Organization's expert committee on just transition. Brad has degrees from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. He has been a member of the UAW since 1976, and is a member of Local 14 in Toledo, Ohio.
Cheryl Moon-Sirianni
PA Department of Transportation
Cheryl Moon-Sirianni is the District Executive at PennDOT District 11 which includes Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence Counties with 8500 miles of roadway and 1800 bridges. She manages a staff of 787 that includes Design, Construction, Maintenance and Administration personnel. She is a registered professional engineer since 1992 and a graduate of Penn State University. She has worked for PennDOT for 31 plus years holding positions of Assistant District Executive for Design for 13 years, Contract Management Engineer and Project Manager. She has been instrumental in the development of significant regional projects such as the SR 28 Corridor Improvements, Boulevard of the Allies Gateway to Oakland, West End Improvements, West Carson Street Reconstruction in addition to many other bridge, traffic and roadway improvement projects. Her proudest accomplishment though is her daughter Gina who is a junior at PSU studying Industrial Engineering. In her spare time she enjoys golfing, swimming and spending time with her amazing friends.
Robert Mudge
The Brattle Group
Mr. Mudge is an expert in corporate and project finance matters in the energy industry. He has advised energy clients on issues relating to corporate restructuring, contract terminations or amendments, special capital needs, and acquisitions and divestitures. He also has experience in analyzing contractual, regulatory, financing, and tax matters, and projecting effects on cash flows, earnings, and customer rates. Prior to Brattle, he was a principal at CRA International, where he focused on financial restructuring initiatives for electric utility clients and consulted on matters involving rate design, asset valuation, and project finance structuring and credit requirements. As a former investment and commercial banker at Rothschild, ABN AMRO, and Sanwa Bank, he developed financeable contract structures for large public and private infrastructure projects, utility mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy restructuring, and power project financings. He also has served as a guest expert for courses on project finance at Georgetown Law School.
Sue Mukherjee
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
Sue Mukherjee is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Educational Intelligence for Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. Sue is responsible for providing strategic decision-support for State System stakeholders in a manner that helps with student access and success and assists the System's universities individually and collectively increase their connection to Pennsylvania's economy. Before coming to work for the State System, she worked for the Pennsylvania departments of Labor & Industry and Education in various capacities, where she was responsible for development and implementation of policies, programs, and research that enhanced Pennsylvania's education development, data quality initiatives, and workforce development strategies. Sue earned a Ph.D in Administrative Leadership Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is currently a Fellow at the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University's Strategic Data Project, is a member of Governor Wolf's Advisory Council on Education and the Workforce, and was recently appointed as a Commissioner on Governor Wolf's Commission for Asian Pacific American Affairs.
Ngani Ndimbie
Carnegie Mellon University
Ngani Ndimbie is a MS Candidate for Public Policy and Management at CMU. She's a Pittsburgh native who is passionate about equitable policymaking, economic justice, and healthy communities. Before joining Traffic 21 as the Women in Transportation Fellow, she held positions at some of Pittsburgh's most influential non-profits including the ACLU of Pennsylvania and the Black Political Empowerment Project. Most recently she served as the communications manager for Bike Pittsburgh, a bike and pedestrian advocacy organization. In 2016, Ngani was a Pittsburgh Magazine 40 Under 40 awardee.
Alicia Nolan
Federal Highway Administration
Alicia has been working in the Pennsylvania Division Office as the Division Administrator since March of 2018. She started with Federal Highway Administration right out of college and has held several positions within FHWA. Those positions include: Area Engineer, Intermodal Planning Engineer, Regional Air Quality Specialist, Transportation Planning Engineer, Northern Border Transportation Program Coordinator, and Director of Program Management. Most recently, Alicia served as the Assistant Division Administrator in Colorado working closely with the Colorado Department of Transportation on several of their initiatives including implementation of ROADX, various innovative technology deployments and several Major Projects initiatives. Throughout her tenure with FHWA, Alicia has worked on all aspects of the Federal-Aid program, including project planning, environmental review, project design, construction and operation and maintenance related program oversight. She has worked with the International agencies by assignment of the Border Coordinator working closely with CBP and GSA on several international projects.
Orla Pease
Orla Pease, PE, PTOE is an Associate Vice President for Transportation for AECOM. Orla has 18 years of experience in the management, planning, engineering design and analysis of urban streets, intersections, traffic signals, safety and transit related projects most recently managing the design for the new BRT Direct Bus stations along Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia. The favorite part of her job is getting to solve complex problems by developing innovative ways to get people to where they are going safely and in the most efficient manner possible. Orla has a Bachelor's Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a Master's Degree in Traffic Engineering from University College Cork, Ireland.
Bill Peduto
City of Pittsburgh
William Peduto was re-elected to the office of Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh in the General Election on November 6, 2017, and took office as Pittsburgh's 60th Mayor in January of 2018. Prior to taking office, he worked for 19 years on Pittsburgh City Council - seven years as a staffer then twelve years as a Member of Council. As Mayor, Bill Peduto continues to champion the protection and enhancement of Pittsburgh's new reputation - maintaining fiscal responsibility, establishing community based development plans, embracing innovative solutions and becoming a leader in green initiatives. Since taking office, Mayor Peduto has lead a collaborative effort to make Pittsburgh a leading 21st Century city. The Peduto administration has partnered with the White House on numerous initiatives, resulting in direct access to federal support related to affordable housing, education, economic development, energy efficiency, immigration, manufacturing, community policing, workforce development, technology and transportation. The Peduto administration is working to ensure that everyone benefits from Pittsburgh's transformation and growth because, “If it's not for all, it's not for us.”
Kevin Peterson
As Co-Founder and the software lead at Marble, Kevin is responsible for ensuring that the robots are capable of seamlessly navigating the city and efficiently routing to their destination. Kevin builds the software that detects people, cars, and other objects, as well as the proprietary mapping technology to map the city's sidewalks. Kevin graduated Carnegie Mellon University in 2003 with a Master's of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, going on to work on his Ph.D. in 2007. As a Masters student, he led one of CMU's DARPA Grand Challenge teams. After graduating, Kevin began work at Astrobotic Technology as the Director of Guidance, Navigation, and Control for over two years before becoming the Chief Technology Officer. Under his leadership, Astrobotic secured over a dozen contracts with NASA, and they won the $1.75M Google Lunar XPRIZE Milestone Awards for demonstrating advanced capability for landing, roving, and imaging on the Moon.
Leslie Richards
PA Department of Transportation
In her two years as Secretary of PennDOT, Leslie S. Richards has instituted new strategic directions based upon a policy of sustainable infrastructure investments as well as innovation throughout the department. Her vision is a PennDOT with continuing improved efficiencies to meet the funding challenges ahead, a diversified workforce that offers employees fulfilling career opportunities, and a broadened planning and project development process that considers input from all stakeholders reflecting a truly multimodal approach. The secretary also was recently named chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and serves as chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Public Private Partnership board. Secretary Richards is a graduate of Brown University, where she concentrated in economics and urban studies. She received a master's of regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Secretary Richards is a lifelong Pennsylvania resident. She lives with her husband and three children in Montgomery County.
Karina Ricks
City of Pittsburgh
Karina Ricks is Director of Mobility and Infrastructure for the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In this capacity, she oversees the introduction and integration of ultra-modern mobility services and the design, maintenance, and operation of legacy infrastructure. Karina is driven by a passion for equitably delivering the physical mobility vital to the social and economic mobility of city stakeholders. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, Karina resided in Washington, DC and contributed to the dramatic transformation of that city as Director of Transportation Planning, introducing bike share, modern streetcar, electric charging infrastructure and car share services. Between her terms serving the public, Karina was in the private sector as a Principal and Board Member of Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates.
Stacia Ritter
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
Stacey Ritter is director of Policy & External Affairs for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. She began her governmental career in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives after graduation from Shippensburg University as a budget analyst for the Democratic Appropriations Committee. After earning her juris doctor degree from Widener School of Law in 2001, she served as legal counsel for the Democratic Committee on Committees. She also served as executive director of the Democratic Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, executive director of the Democratic Commerce Committee, executive director of the Majority Transportation Committee and assistant executive director of the Democratic Appropriations Committee before taking her current position with the Turnpike Commission in September 2011.
David Ruppersberger
Allegheny Conference
David Ruppersberger is the President of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA), an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. The PRA markets the benefits of conducting business in southwestern Pennsylvania to companies all over the world that are growing, relocating or expanding. Before joining the Conference, Mr. Ruppersberger served as the Director of Joint Economic Development Initiatives for Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh from June 2013 to April 2015. Prior to June 2012, Mr. Ruppersberger served as president and CEO of The Technology Collaborative, a technology-based economic development organization created by the merger of the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse (PDG) and the Robotics Foundry in January 2005. Mr. Ruppersberger joined the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse team in 2000 and became president & CEO in 2003. He has served on many local Boards and is an Executive Fellow in the Center for Economic Development at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College. Mr. Ruppersberger has a degree in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh.
Jason Sharp
PA Department of Transportation
Jason D. Sharp was appointed Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in March 2018 after serving as Acting Chief Counsel since June of 2017. Prior to his appointment, he was the Executive Deputy Chief Counsel, serving as chief administrator for three regional PennDOT legal offices that provide litigation and legal support services for forty-five (45) counties, as well as assisting the Chief Counsel in overall management of office's personnel, fiscal and information technology needs. Additionally, Mr. Sharp managed PennDOT's administrative docket program, serving as lead hearing officer. Mr. Sharp also acted as counsel on priority projects and litigation matters including service as lead counsel to Pennsylvania's Autonomous Vehicle Task Force, addressing connected and automated vehicle issues. Prior to his appointment as Executive Deputy, Mr. Sharp was a member of the Office's Real Property Division, litigating before administrative, trial and appellate tribunals, including the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, various Courts of Common Pleas and the Commonwealth and Supreme Courts. Mr. Sharp is a graduate of Widener University School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from King's College.
Ann Shikany
Autonomous Vehicle Coalition for National Safety Council
Ann Shikany is working with the National Safety Council to manage their efforts on consumer education and outreach on automated vehicles. Previously she has served in the Portland (Oregon) Bureau of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the U.S. Department of Energy. Her policy background includes transportation infrastructure finance, congestion pricing, autonomous vehicle policy and regulation, and women's economic empowerment. In Portland, OR, she led the city's Autonomous and Connective Vehicle work, driving the formal policy, regulations, and pilot activities at the city and state levels. At USDOT, she stood up the Build America Bureau, which combined the department's various infrastructure credit programs and investment expertise under one roof and led the project development for one of the nation's largest infrastructure projects, the New York-New Jersey Gateway program. She has also launched two internationally recognized women's equity programs for both departments of Transportation and Energy.
Matt Smith
Michael Baker International
Matt is Michael Baker International's Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV) Program Manager, located in Detroit, MI. He serves as the national lead for CAV and emerging transportation technology initiatives, supporting over 80 offices nationwide. He has 23 years of experience in Connected and Automated Vehicle Systems, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), traffic engineering, and transportation system management and operations (TSMO), serving as the Michigan Department of Transportation's ITS Program Administrator prior to joining Michael Baker.
Susie Snelick
Workforce Solutions for North Central Pennsylvania
Ensuring our students are making informed career decisions, helping our employers remain competitive in this global environment, and assisting our job seekers find gainful employment is what Workforce Solutions is all about. As the Executive Director of this new organization, Susie works with her team to help uncover resources, find creative solutions to help the region grow, and collaborate with partners to support mutual efforts. At the same time making sure policies support innovation while hitting performance benchmarks. Susie has also been fortunate to serve as the chair of the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association for the past few years as well as serving on the Governor's Middle Class Task Force. Helping to improve lives is what this work is all about!
Chris Urmson
Aurora Innovation
and robotics technology. Before Aurora, he helped found, led, and later served as chief technology officer for self-driving cars at Alphabet. Urmson will sit down with Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Leslie S. Richards at the Tuesday morning session to discuss how to strike the right balance between innovation and public safety, strategies for meeting the complex issues and challenges in bringing AV technology into widespread use, and the importance of
Sam Van Hecke
Cambridge Systematics
Mr. Van Hecke is a Senior Associate with Cambridge Systematics. He has led projects in emerging transportation technologies with an emphasis on automated and connected vehicles in Chicago, Los Angeles, Ohio, Virginia, and Maryland among others.
Richard Voith
Econsult Solutions
Dr. Richard Voith is a well-known expert in real estate economics, transportation, and applied microeconomics. Until recently, he taught Cost Benefit Analysis at the Wharton School's Business and Public Policy Department, and Urban Real Estate Economics through the School's Real Estate Department. Dr. Voith remains a Faculty Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Institute for Urban Research. Prior to establishing ESI, Dr. Voith held the position of Economic Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Over the last 15 years, Dr. Voith has served on several National Academy of Science Foundation Advisory Panels addressing topics such as the interrelationships between highway and transit investment and land use, valuing the costs and benefits of transit investments, and the relationships between land use and public health. He has been a guest speaker at numerous forums, including those sponsored by the Lincoln Land Institute, the Brookings Institution, the Urban Land Institute, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Mike Wagner
Edge Case Research
Mike Wagner is the CEO of Edge Case Research (ECR), a company founded to make autonomous systems safer. ECR's team brings together some of the world's top software safety and autonomy experts to help clients in the public and private sectors to build better, more reliable, and most of all safer autonomous systems. Mike's experience with autonomous vehicles began nearly twenty years ago, starting at Carnegie Mellon University. Mike built lunar rovers for Red Whittaker, autonomous scientists that explored Antarctica, and self-driving technology for tackling harsh off-road terrain. Ten years ago, Mike and Philip Koopman began researching techniques to design and verify autonomous systems. Today, Mike applies this experience to lead Edge Case Research with the goal of providing validation technology for autonomy across a range of industries including self-driving cars, materials handling, and robotic work cells.
Bryant Walker-Smith
University of South Carolina
Bryant Walker-Smith is an assistant professor in the School of Law and (by courtesy) in the School of Engineering at the University of South Carolina. His research focuses on issues of risk and trust in new technologies, especially automated driving systems, unmanned aerial systems, and other transportation technologies. As an internationally recognized expert on the law of driverless vehicles, Walker-Smith taught the first-ever course on this topic (as well as the first course on hyperloops) and is regularly consulted by government, industry, and media. His publications are available at
John Whitt
U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center
Mr. John M. Whitt is the Light Tactical Vehicles Branch Chief at the US Army Aberdeen Test Center. His branch is responsible for testing tactical wheeled and autonomous vehicles for the Department of Defense, Other Government Agencies, and private industry. John has been with Aberdeen Test Center for over ten years and has worked in the areas of ship and submarine shock testing, communications testing, body armor testing, instrumentation development, and autonomous systems test capability development.