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 previously worked in the environmental and information technology fields before transitioning to transportation safety research 15 years ago. His current focus is advancing sustainable transportation through the application of emerging and alternative technologies. His recent research has focused on low-speed automated vehicles, truck parking, HazMat tracking, road weather safety, animal-vehicle conflict, road salt impacts, and the use of unmanned aerial systems (drones) in support of surface transportation.

Alden is active in various organizations, most notably the National Academies Transportation Research Board, the American Meteorological Society, and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).

Session: Work Zones: Advances & Obstacles to the Introduction of AVs

Autumn Anderson
North Highland

Autumn Anderson is a consultant for North Highland, focusing on management consulting for public-sector clients. Previously she worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, often overlapping on projects with PennDOT. As an avid bike commuter, she looks forward to a future where automated vehicles make it safer to share the road with cars.

Session: Financials & Business Models

Jeffrey Arch

Jeffrey Arch brings 35 years of engineering experience in various transportation operations and technology projects that include ITS, operations centers, and connected vehicle and automated vehicles. He has held a variety of positions with consulting engineering firms and vendors with technology platforms that enable him to provide unique perspectives on complex projects and the use of emerging technologies.

Currently, Arch leads and/or manages HNTB’ s efforts to develop specifications and standard detail drawings for connected vehicle roadside and on-board units for the NJDOT; develop the concept of operations for the NJDOT Statewide Connectivity system; develop system requirements for an ATMS; and support the PANYNJ on their exclusive bus lane connected automated bus proof of concept demonstration

Previously, he played a significant role in the development and management of the New York City Connected Vehicle Pilot Demonstration project as well as the start-up, transition and management of operations centers for the NYSDOT.

Session: CAV Concept of Operations (ConOps)

Aditya Belwadi

Dr. Aditya Belwadi is a biomechanics and Ux researcher at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He serves as a principal investigator on several National Science Foundation grants focusing on improving the safety for children in automobiles. He has over 15 years of injury biomechanics and crashworthiness experience in the automotive field. He specializes in computational modeling, usability and Ux development, autonomous vehicles, and patient specific injury mitigation technologies. He has published in several reputed journals and participated in local and international scientific conferences. He also serves as chairman of the Automated Vehicle Special Interest Group for the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine and a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Child Restraint and Side Airbag Technical Committees.

Session: CAV Transition Period: Sharing the Road

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Fred Bergstresser
Royal Truck & Equipment Inc.

Fred Bergstresser is the government account manager for Royal Truck & Equipment. He is the face of Royal to many national, state, and local government agencies throughout the United States, managing Royal's government activities including solicitation response, government relations, and promoting highway and work zone safety. Bergstresser leads Royal Truck and Equipment's Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicle (AIPV) development and commercialization project throughout the United States and internationally. He is Royal's representative in many highway safety and autonomous vehicle organizations, including the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, American Traffic Safety Services Association Innovation Council, Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Policy Task Force, and is a founding board member on the Automated Vehicle Coalition. He also is Royal’s representative on FHWA's Cooperative Automated Transportation Coalition AV Infrastructure/Industry Working Group.

Session: Work Zones: Advances & Obstacles to the Introduction of AVs

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Meredith Biggica
PA House of Representatives

Meredith Biggica is the executive director of the Transportation Committee for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Democratic Caucus. As the executive director, she is responsible for conducting policy research, drafting and analyzing transportation legislation, as well as other duties and responsibilities.

Biggica also is a designee on the State Transportation Commission and various advisory committees for the House Democratic Chairman, Mike Carroll. She has served as the executive director for almost nine years, and has worked on several important pieces of legislation, including the transportation funding package known as Act 89 of 2013.

Biggica began her career as the legislative aide for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Subsequently, she was appointed as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Pennsylvania Department of State where she stayed until 2010. Following her time with Department of State, she served as the executive director of the Professional Licensure Committee for the Democratic Caucus in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Session: AV Governance: Federal & State Perspectives

Sean Brennan
Penn State University

Dr. Sean Brennan is a professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State University where he has taught since 2003. He leads the Intelligent Vehicles and Systems Group, consisting of roughly 20 to 30 engineers in research focused on vehicle dynamics and automation both at high speeds such as highway vehicles and high-speed off-road maneuvering, and low speeds such as bomb-disposal robotics, automated wheelchair systems, and nuclear inspection robotics. His diverse research applications are unified by a focus on model-based control and estimation algorithms that utilize location-specific information compression – algorithms that rely on maps. The deployment of these typically include V2V and V2I systems, driving simulators, and even teleoperation. His research has resulted in approximately 150 peer-reviewed publications to date.

Session: Planning Today for CAVs Tomorrow

Valerie Briggs
Federal Highway Administration, Office of Transportation Management

Valerie Briggs was appointed as director of Office of Transportation Management for the Federal Highway Administration in 2018. In this capacity, she provides national leadership for advancing the operations of metropolitan, rural, and statewide surface transportation systems to enhance mobility, efficiency, productivity, and safety.

Prior to her appointment, Briggs served as director of the National Highway Institute, the training and education arm of FHWA. She focused on increasing accessibility of NHI's curriculum of training products, spanning the full range of highway transportation needs, for the organization's thousands of federal, state, local, tribal, and private-sector customers and partners.

Briggs also led efforts to advance the next generation of transportation technologies as a team leader within the USDOT's Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO). She joined USDOT in 2007 from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, where she was the association's first permanent program manager for operations.

Session: Day 2 Lunch Plenary

Denise Brinley
Governor's Office of Energy

Denise Brinley serves as the executive director of Governor Tom Wolf’s Office of Energy, a newly formed office in Pennsylvania. She coordinates energy-related matters among state agencies and serves as the first point of contact for federal agencies, businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations in the energy sector. In this role, she will convene and guide the Commonwealth Energy Collaborative — a multidisciplinary, agency-focused effort to align numerous energy efforts and develop long-term energy strategies for Pennsylvania.

Prior to this role, Brinley was a senior energy adviser at DCED — focusing on Pennsylvania’s energy advantages by working with economic and workforce development partners to retain and grow our energy industry and by marketing and attracting potential investors to the commonwealth.

Session: Energy Implications of AVs

Jeannette Brugger
City of Philadelphia

Jeannette Brugger has over 10 years of experience in the planning field in the Philadelphia region in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. She focuses on multimodal transportation planning and implementation. She coordinates public agency and stakeholder interests to maintain and grow infrastructure for Philadelphia.

Session: AV Interactions with Pedestrians & Bicyclists

Stephen Buckley

Steve Buckley is passionate about ensuring automated vehicles enhance the quality of life in our cities. He most recently served as general manager of transportation for Toronto. Prior to Toronto, Buckley served as the director of policy and planning for the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities for Philadelphia. While in Toronto, he initiated and led a city divisional working group on AVs, commissioned the white paper “Driving Changes: Automated Vehicles in Toronto,” and initiated an AV Work Plan. Since then he has presented over 40 times to agencies, academic institutions, and conferences on planning for AVs.

Session: Planning Today for CAVs Tomorrow

Andrea Carberry
Rybinski Engineering

Andrea Carberry, EI, is a key player in Rybinski Engineering’s data analytics niche, which requires balanced knowledge of traffic data requirements, data scrubbing, and data collection technologies. She is an integral part of working with large-scale transportation data, performing traffic engineering analysis, and contributing to transportation planning. Additionally, she is on the Philadelphia Board for Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS), serving as co-chair of the Transportation YOU program for 2019-2020.

Session: Data, Data, and More Data

Tim Carden
The P5 Group

Tim Carden is a well-known and respected expert in public-sector management and finance. In his 35-year career, he has led and advised public agencies through periods of fiscal stress and organizational upheaval, developing innovative and financially sound responses to public-sector challenges.

A pioneer in the public-private partnership field, Carden founded The Public Private Strategy Group in 1996 that provided public agencies a variety of mechanisms for leveraging underutilized public facilities or restoring undercapitalized assets. In 2011, he joined the national financial advisory firm, Public Financial Management, and led the firm’s P3 advisory practice.

In 2018, Carden re-established his own consulting firm, The P5 Group. Responding to several decades of declining federal and state funding for public facilities and institutions, the P5 Group is dedicated to attracting new capital sources to fund the growing “infrastructure gap.”

Session: Financials & Business Models

Tosh Chambers
City of Pittsburgh

After interning for Pittsburgh's Department of Public Works and the Port Authority of Allegheny County, Tosh Chambers joined Argo AI's operations as a mapping specialist. While helping to determine mapping procedure and operations for the then-budding startup, he found an interest in the realm of new mobility. Such experiences have shaped his current role as a new mobility policy analyst for the City of Pittsburgh.

Session: CAV Transition Period: Sharing the Road

Robin Chase
Zipcar | Veniam | NUMO

Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the world’s leading carsharing network; as well as co-founder of Veniam, a network company that moves terabytes of data between vehicles and the cloud. She has recently co-founded her first nonprofit, NUMO, a global alliance to channel the opportunities presented by new urban mobility technologies to build cities that are sustainable and just. Chase sits on the boards of the World Resources Institute and Tucows, and serves on the Dutch multinational DSM’s Sustainability Advisory Board. In the past, she served on the various boards, including Veniam and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the French National Digital Agency, the National Advisory Council for Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Intelligent Transportations Systems Program Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Session: Day 2 Morning Plenary

Miriam Chaum
Uber Technologies Inc.

Miriam Chaum is Uber's head of public policy for self-driving cars. In this role, she works closely with Uber's local policy teams and Advanced Technologies Group to advance policies that promote the safe development and deployment of automated vehicles. Chaum has worked for 10 years on a range of social and environmental policy issues for the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in the U.S. and abroad. Chaum joined Uber in 2018 from an education technology startup, where she lead organizational strategy and planning, and designed and built the organization's analytics and performance measurement program. She previously worked as a public-sector consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and as a senior policy adviser to central government in New Zealand.

Session: CAV Testers Panel

Kenny Chen
Partnership to Advance Responsible Technology

Kenny Chen is the executive director of the Partnership to Advance Responsible Technology (PART), a nonprofit think-tank that applies cross-sector, multidisciplinary insight toward supporting the responsible development of AI and data-driven technologies. In his role, Chen works with a global network of expert stakeholders from public, private, academic, and nonprofit backgrounds to create unique and collaborative solutions to complex problem areas.

To complement his work at PART, Chen serves a variety of additional roles in organizations where technology meets social impact. He is the founder of Pittsburgh AI, outreach committee member for AI Commons, curator for Global Shapers Pittsburgh, XPRIZE Ambassador, Techstars Community Leader, and board member at the Pittsburgh Entrepreneurs Forum and Social Venture Partners Pittsburgh. His career interests in cross-sector collaboration have led him to work in and learn the "languages" of various fields, including education, behavioral research, federal government, local government, nonprofits, foundations, economic development, and entrepreneurship.

Session: Scenario Planning Policy Workshop

Eileen Cipriani
PA Dept 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. She is also responsible for the Center for Workforce Information and Analysis, the office for labor market information, and the commonwealth’s newly established Apprenticeship Training Office.

In addition to her work as Deputy Secretary, Eileen is a member of the Keystone Workforce and Economic Development Command Center, STEM Advisory Committee, TEAM PA, the PA Interagency Health Equity Team, PA Assistive Technology Council, Aging Council Workforce Workgroup, the Commonwealth Energy Collaborative and the Tri State Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Committee.

Session: Jobs for an AV World

Jennifer Crobak
Federal Highway Administration

Jennifer Crobak is a community planner for the Federal Highway Administration — Pennsylvania Division. In this role, she serves as the planning liaison to assist PennDOT and Metropolitan and Rural Planning Organizations to successfully deliver the Federal-Aid Highway Program. In addition, Crobak serves as the division lead on the Transportation Alternatives Program, Recreation Trails Program, and Functional Classification.

Prior to joining FHWA, Crobak worked for McCormick Taylor as a public involvement and communications specialist. In this role, she served as the consultant project manager to the PA State Transportation Innovation Council, PennDOT P3 Office, and the State Transportation Committee — Twelve Year Program. She began her career as the program director at Preservation Pennsylvania where she led statewide public outreach programs.

Session: Scenario Planning Policy Workshop

Steve Cunningham

Steve Cunningham leads Jacobs’ traffic engineering and ITS design group in Philadelphia, where he delivers a full suite of project services from initial planning and feasibility studies through design, construction, and operational support on public agency projects across the Northeast. He also supports Jacobs’ Mission Critical clients through site selection and layouts for world-scale data centers across North America.

Session: CAV Planning & Policy Development

Andrew Daga
Momentum Dynamics

Andrew Daga is the founder, president, and CEO of Momentum Dynamics, the global leader in fast, efficient, high-power wireless charging for electric vehicles. He formulates and implements the company’s business strategy through the coordination of technology development, market analysis, and partnership building. He also is responsible for promoting the company as a recognized thought leader through his presentations in public media and at key industry conferences. Prior to founding Momentum Dynamics, Daga was a leading consultant to the aerospace industry and contributed to the design of the International Space Station solar power array system, the Mars Pathfinder program, and future mission planning studies with NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense. From 1987- 2009, he was an independent consultant to NASA and major aerospace companies where he worked on advanced mission planning studies and on specific space programs. He is regarded as an expert about manned lunar and Martian mission planning.

Session: Energy Implications of AVs

Domenic D'Andrea
Southwestern PA Commission

Domenic D'Andrea is the manager of operations and safety programs at the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) and is responsible for work program elements such as the Congestion Management Process, the Regional Operations Plan, the Regional Safety Action Plan, the Regional Traffic Signal Program, and regional ITS Planning and Implementation. The SPC is the cooperative forum for regional collaboration, planning, and public decision-making. It serves as the official Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for a 10-county region, including the City of Pittsburgh and the counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland.

Session: CAV Planning & Policy Development

Steve Deck
Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

Steve Deck is the executive director of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, which serves as the staff for the Harrisburg Area MPO. He has 35 years of transportation and community planning experience, mostly as a consultant for Gannett Fleming, Skelly & Loy, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Michael Baker. As the director for TCRPC over the past two years, he oversaw the development of an online long-range transportation plan for the Harrisburg MPO and lead the development of a regional study for connected vehicle technology throughout PennDOT District 8.

Session: Planning Today for CAVs Tomorrow

Brian DeMuth

Brian DeMuth is the CEO of GRIMM, an advanced services corporation that researches and develops the art of the possible in business modernization and computing technologies through cybersecurity, sensors, tools, analytics, frameworks, modeling and simulation, automated testing, cyber range Installation, Operations, and Maintenance (IOM), consulting, and intelligence. He also is co-founder and board member at the Cyber Bytes Foundation, a Virginia based nonprofit where he is currently overseeing the operational startup of the American Cyber League consortium.

Prior to joining GRIMM, DeMuth led an advanced cyber services organization providing solutions to federal government and intelligence community customers as well as commercial companies. He has developed and implemented DoD and military department cyber range programs, developed training modules and programs for cyber warriors, and consulted DoD on improving training programs across the entire cyber workforce. He has led highly technical SIGINT system integration efforts as well as developed and implemented corporate information security strategies for large corporate CISOs.

Session: Cybersecurity & Privacy: a Multi-pronged Approach

Eric Paul Dennis
Center for Automotive Research

Eric Paul Dennis is a senior transportation systems analyst at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His educational background combines engineering and urban planning, with degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. His research at CAR focuses on transportation and mobility policy, especially as related to developing technologies such as intelligent transportation systems, connected vehicle systems, and automated driving systems. Dennis’ approach to policy analysis adopts a view of transportation systems as complex, adaptive, cultural, and social.

Session: Equity

Gene Donaldson
Delaware Department of Transportation

Gene Donaldson is the TMC operations manager with the Delaware Department of Transportation. He has been with the department since 1997. His primary responsibility is to manage DelDOT’s transportation management program to include operation of the 24-hour statewide transportation management center, planning and implementation of Delaware’s intelligent transportation system, incident and event management, emergency management, and transportation homeland security. Prior to DelDOT, Gene retired from the Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Public Works and Transportation, after 27 years. He retired as chief of the transportation management section where he was responsible for managing the implementation and operation of the nation’s first fully integrated advanced transportation management system.

Session: Local Government Public Works: Preparing for AVs, CAV Planning and Policy Development

Eric Donnell
Penn State University

Eric Donnell is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, director of the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute, and director of the Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multimodal Transportation Infrastructure Systems. He has 21 years of teaching and research experience related to geometric design of highways and streets, speed management, and traffic safety. He has served as principal or co-principal investigator on research projects from sponsors including the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Federal Highway Administration, PennDOT, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, New York City DOT, Montana DOT, and the Department of Defense. He chairs the Transportation Research Board’s Design Section, and is past chair of the TRB Geometric Design Committee. He also serves as a member of the FHWA-PennDOT Statewide Transportation Innovation Council and is a member of the Governor’s Highly Automated Vehicle Advisory Committee.

Session: CAV Concept of Operations (ConOps)

Malcolm Dougherty
Michael Baker International

Malcolm Dougherty is senior vice president and national practice executive, transportation for Michael Baker International. He is responsible for the strategic direction across all aspects of transportation from planning and design to construction services. Michael Baker's Transportation Practice spans the entire breadth of mobility and ways communities are connected, including highway and bridges, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), aviation, railroad/transit, emerging technologies and toll services.

Dougherty brings more than 25 years of transportation industry experience to Michael Baker. For the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), he held roles of increasing responsibility that culminated in his most recent position as director. In this role, he was responsible for the maintenance and operations of more than 50,000 lane miles of roadway in the State Highway System and the delivery of an $11.4 billion construction portfolio. He also had overall fiscal responsibility for the department’s budget of more than $10 billion and 20,000 employees.

Session: CAV Testers Panel

Lori Duguid
Michael Baker International

Lori Duguid is a seasoned project manager and transportation engineer with over 20 years of experience. The diversity of her project experience spans from multimodal transportation planning to traffic design to emerging technology implementation for a wide range of clients. She serves on an NCHRP project panel on traffic forecasting and has taught as a lecturer at The Ohio State University in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering. She is an associate vice president at Michael Baker International and is the project manager for the program management of the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor project.

Session: Shuttles: Current Deployments in Action!

Charles Duncan
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

Charles Duncan is the director of legislative affairs for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. His public service to Pennsylvania began in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and then with the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the nation's fourth-largest housing authority. He has worked for Temple University and the Pennsylvania Senate, where he served as the Special Assistant to the Senate Democratic Appropriations Chairman.

He also is a current board member-designee to the Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement System, which is a $29.4 billion fund providing benefits to more than 129,000 retirees and beneficiaries.

Session: CAV Transition Period: Sharing the Road

Martha Morecock Eddy

Martha Morecock Eddy is a transportation operations and policy program manager for Battelle. She is a recognized leader in the ITS/Advanced and Emerging Transportation Technology industry. She has over 30 years of experience, including project and program management and ITS/ACES planning, research, architecture development, systems engineering and design.

Session: SPaT Challenge/ Connected Signals

Courtney Ehrlichman
The Ehrlichman Group

Courtney Ehrlichman launched the Ehrlichman Group to ensure that mobility tech not only solves for efficiency but also for humanity. Her background — steeped in community and economic development, human-centered design, public policy and mobility AI R&D — drives the Group’s vision forward with street-level intelligence.

Previously, Ehrlichman spent a decade at Carnegie Mellon University as deputy director of the Traffic21 Institute & Mobility21 UTC, assistant director of two internationally recognized social practice spaces, and as a researcher. In late 2016, Ehrlichman co-founded RoadBotics, a Robotics Institute spin-off that uses AI to monitor road surfaces.

Ehrlichman writes on the social implications of mobility AI for The Drive, is an adviser for startups at CMU, serves on the boards of Partnership for Advancing Responsible Technology and ITSPA, and works on the ITSA’s Cybersecurity Task Force & the PA AV Task Force.

Session: Shuttles: Current Deployments in Action!

Barry Einsig

Barry Einsig is principal at Econolite and CAVita. Previously, he was with Cisco Systems Inc., where he was an executive responsible for global automotive and transportation solution development. He helped launch Cisco’s leading innovative solutions in several new markets, including connected and automated vehicle, rail, roadways, and mass transit.

Prior to Cisco Systems, Einsig was the director of transportation and strategic development for Harris Corp. in Washington, D.C., where he was one of the founding members of the broadband team to lead the company into the LTE market. While at Harris, Einsig received a patent for the use of video over LTE networks.

He is a member of Singapore CARTS Committee focused on Connected and Highly Automated vehicle systems. He has worked 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.

Session: SPaT Challenge/ Connected Signals

Michael Eisenman
Dynamic Manufacturing

Mike Eisenman is the general manager of Dynamic Manufacturing, a Matric Group Company. Dynamic is a contract manufacturer and design engineering provider of board-level and box build electronic assemblies and industrial controls located just outside of Pittsburgh in Freeport, Pa. Eisenman's experience in this industry spans over 30 years and encompasses all aspects of electronics, control systems, and manufacturing processes.

In addition to electronic technology, Eisenman has worked in the wind energy space and wind turbine technology. For several years, he led Windurance, another affiliate of the Matric Group, and its team in the international pitch control market for wind turbines.

Session: Jobs for an AV World

Jackie Erickson
Edge Case Research

Jackie Erickson leads communications for Edge Case Research’s mission to make autonomy safer. Before joining Edge Case Research, she served as Southwestern Pennsylvania regional director for U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-Pennsylvania) and then transitioned her skills into the tech sector where she has worked in communications and public policy positions for robotics and autonomous vehicle startup companies in Pittsburgh and San Francisco. She sits on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Autonomous Vehicle Task Force, previously advised San Francisco’s Emerging Technology Working Group, and is the co-founder of the Pittsburgh Robotics Network.

Session: Regulations & Standards

Richard Ezike
The Urban Institute

Dr. Richard Ezike is a senior policy associate at the Urban Institute, where he manages the Accelerating Innovation for Inclusion Initiative, a partnership with the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. Previously, he has had stints at the Union of Concerned Scientists and Congressional Black Caucus Foundation focusing on transportation equity and accessibility. In his time, he has contributed to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Transportation Planning Board’s (TPB) Long Range Transportation Plan, organized and moderated transportation-themed panels at the CBCF’s Annual Legislative Conference, and published in media such as the Washington Post,, and the Washington Informer.

Session: Equity

Albert Federico
Albert Federico Consulting LLC

Albert Federico has over 20 years of experience partnering with communities to improve public infrastructure and the built environment through engineering practices that focus on traffic and transportation. By working to integrate the physical infrastructure with its adjacent users in a manner that provides utility while minimizing undesirable impacts, he has supported an array of public and private clients.

Federico currently represents several municipalities in southeastern Pennsylvania and is the appointed traffic engineer for Caln Township and Westtown Township in Chester County. He is also the chair of his Borough Zoning Hearing Board and previously served on the Borough Planning Commission.

Session: Local Government Public Works: Preparing for AVs

Amy Ford
Mobility on Demand Alliance

Amy Ford is the director of the Mobility on Demand Alliance, a partnership launched by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) that promotes an innovative, customer-focused approach to transportation by leveraging technology, mobility services, real-time data, transit and intelligent transportation systems to provide improved mobility options for all. Based in Denver and Washington, D.C., Ford previously spent six years in the Colorado Department of Transportation, first as communications director and later as chief of advanced mobility.

Session: Day 2 ITSPA Plenary

Kelly Funkhouser
Consumer Reports

Kelly Funkhouser is the head of connected and automated vehicle technology testing at Consumer Reports. She is responsible for evaluating driver assistance technologies and infotainment systems in nearly 50 vehicles each year. She is passionate about advocating for driver and vehicle safety, as well as debunking myths about what cars can and cannot do. Her role at CR gives her hands-on experience with the latest in connected and automated vehicle technologies.

Session: Regulations & Standards, Podcast Live Recording

Brett Fusco
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

Brett Fusco is the manager of long-range planning at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. He works with the commission’s planning partners, stakeholders, and the public to set the region’s vision for growth, development of a financial plan for transportation infrastructure, and strategies to achieve the vision. He’s conducted a variety of what-if scenario analyses to help understand how different trends and forces are shaping the future, as well as an interactive web-based scenario tool: Choices & Voices. He was instrumental in forming the Futures Group, an interdisciplinary working stakeholder expert group that analyzes how change is reshaping Greater Philadelphia. He’s developed long-range financial plans that use performance-based planning, asset management, and mode-neutral project evaluation criteria. He has (co)authored a variety of key policy papers, such as Networking Transportation, the Connections (2035, 2040, and 2045) series of long-range plans, and DVRPC’s Options for Filling the Region’s Funding Gap.

Session: Scenario Planning Policy Workshop

Behnoush Garshasebi

Behnoush Garshasebi is a civil engineer at AECOM - Philadelphia in the Overhead Electrification-Transit Department and a smart mobility enthusiast. She has more than two years of professional and academic experience in rail and road transportation engineering, traffic signal systems evaluation, delay prediction at signalized intersections, and traffic impact studies. She is currently working on design and analysis of overhead catenary systems.

Garshasebi is interested in providing data-driven solutions for the complex real-world mobility problems by leveraging disruptive trends such as machine-learning, AI, and IoT. She is also passionate about investigation of the behavior of future CAVs and implementation of digital transformation in transportation industry.

Session: Transit

Vikash Gayah
Penn State University

Dr. Vikash V. Gayah is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State University. His research focuses on urban mobility, traffic operations, traffic flow theory, traffic safety, and public transportation. His research approach includes a combination of analytical models, micro-simulations, and empirical analysis of transportation data.

Gayah has authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, over 50 refereed conference proceedings, and numerous research reports to sponsors. He has worked on research contracts valued at more than $3.7 million, sponsored by the Pennsylvania, Washington State, Montana and South Dakota Departments of Transportation, US Department of Transportation (via the Mineta National Transit Research Consortium and the Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Center), Federal Highway Administration, National Cooperative Highway Research Program and National Science Foundation.

Session: SPaT Challenge/ Connected Signals

Nino Genoese

Nino Genoese has more than 12 years of diversified transportation planning and engineering experience for both the private and public sectors. His experience includes traffic operations analysis, traffic simulation modeling, and preliminary as well as final roadway design, including roadway signing, striping, traffic signal, street lighting, and temporary traffic control plans. His work also covers a broad range of transportation technology projects that include designs for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Project 25 (P25) digital mobile radio communications, Passenger Information Display Systems (PIDS), Transportation Management Centers (TMCs), and on-board transit vehicle systems.

Session: Multimodal Operations for Local, Regional, and State Agencies

Ariel Gold
U.S. Department of Transportation

Ariel Gold is the data program manager for the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office of the U.S. Department of Transportation. In this capacity, she drives the development of data-related strategies and products to support the next generation of ITS deployments including smart cities and connected and automated vehicles. Previously, Gold managed the open data program at Amazon Web Services (AWS) and led the launch of public data projects in partnership with organizations such as the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the International Computer Science Institute. Prior to AWS, she served as a consultant and strategist at the Office of the U.S. Chief Information Officer and played a lead role in the development and execution of strategic initiatives including the U.S. Digital Government Strategy and Open Data Policy.

Session: Work Zones: Advances & Obstacles to the Introduction of AVs

Roy Gothie
PA Department of Transportation

Roy Gothie, PennDOT's statewide bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, has over 11 years of experience in the transportation field. His work involves developing bicycle- and pedestrian-related education and outreach programs for PennDOT, including initiating PennDOT's first large-scale social media surveys to test the public’s knowledge of bicycle and pedestrian laws. On the engineering side, Gothie works with a wide range of stakeholders to provide improved policy guidance and craft legislation that allows PennDOT to utilize innovated roadway design standards and significantly improve safety for all roadway users.

Session: AV Interactions with Pedestrians & Bicyclists

Bill Gouse
SAE International

Bill Gouses' experience is in the combination of passenger and freight surface transportation planning, energy, environmental, and safety research, product and process development, and legislative and regulatory policy for federal, state, local and international entities. He has published articles and made presentations about emerging and developing technologies, operations, regulations, and enforcement for vehicles and impacts to the environment, energy efficiency, and safety enhancements. He has several patents for both products and processes (one project displayed in the Smithsonian Institution). He is the Co-Secretary of the United Nations ECE Working Group for Validation Methods of Automated Driving.

Session: Regulations & Standards

Yassmin Gramian
PA Department of Transportation

Yassmin Gramian, PE, serves as executive deputy secretary of PennDOT. In this position she functions as the Chief Operating Officer for the Department and the Chief of Staff for Secretary Leslie S. Richards. She oversees five deputy secretaries and the development and implementation of strategies and policies in support of the secretary and the governor. Drawing on her years of technical expertise as an engineer in the transportation and infrastructure industry, she is focused on developing these forward-looking strategies that deliver innovative solutions for communities and transportation networks across the Commonwealth.

Gramian has more than 30 years of experience in operations, design, and management of transportation infrastructure systems, including highway, tolling, bridge, and railroad projects. She brings to her role at PennDOT strong working relationships with transportation authorities and governments across the Pennsylvania region, including the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Philadelphia International Airport, Delaware River Port Authority, SEPTA, AMTRAK and the City of Philadelphia.

Session: Freight

Erica Groshen
Cornell University

Dr. Erica Groshen is the visiting senior scholar at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and research fellow at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. From 2013 to 2017, she served as the 14th Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the principal federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and inflation. Before that she was vice president in the Research and Statistics Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Her research has centered on jobless recoveries, wage rigidity and dispersion, and the role of employers in the labor market.

Session: Day 3 Morning Plenary

Jennifer Hall
American Trucking Associations

Jennifer Hall is the general counsel and executive vice president for legal affairs for the American Trucking Associations, the nation’s leading organization representing the interests of the trucking industry. Prior to coming to ATA, Hall spent a decade as a professional staff member at the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, most recently as general counsel and deputy staff director. Earlier in her career, Hall has worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform as well as in the private sector.

Session: Freight

Corey Harper
Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Corey Harper is a Post Doctoral Presidential Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also Young Member on the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences’ Standing Committee on Vehicle-Highway Automation, a position held by experts who can contribute valuable perspectives on transportation issues. His research and consulting are in the general areas of transportation network resiliency and automation in transportation. He has previously held a position at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C., supporting clients on technical and policy issues related to automation systems, especially with the Department of Transportation focusing on connected and automated vehicles.

Session: Equity

Kathy Harris
Natural Resources Defense Council

Kathy Harris is a clean vehicles and fuels advocate for the Natural Resources Defense Council. She works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, which is the largest source of emissions in the United States. Covering the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, she advocates for policies that accelerate the electrification of cars, buses, and trucks that can be powered by clean, renewable energy.

Session: Energy Implications of AVs

Drew Horgan

Drew Horgan, PE, PTOE, is a senior ITS/traffic engineer with Jacobs based out of Philadelphia. He is responsible for providing technical services associated with the planning, design, deployment, integration, and testing of ITS and traffic signal systems.

Session: CAV Planning & Policy Development, CAV Transition Period: Sharing the Road

Justine M. Kasznica
Babst Calland

Justine Kasznica is a shareholder in Babst Calland's Mobility, Transport and Safety, Transportation Safety, Corporate and Commercial, and Energy and Natural Resources groups. She is a technology and commercial transactions attorney who represents technology companies, investor groups, universities, and research institutions seeking to commercialize new technologies, as well as innovative products and services. Her clients are customers and vendors of software, SaaS, IoT, AI and robotics products and services in the retail, aerospace, automated vehicle, oil, gas and pipeline, health care, education, emergency management and system safety/security industries, among others. In addition, she has experience in general corporate and commercial law matters, and supports clients with their entity formation, corporate governance, venture capital and private equity investments, and commercial contract needs.

Session: Regulations & Standards

Nicole Katsikides
Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Dr. Nicole Katsikides is a research scientist for TTI. She has 20 years of public-sector experience in transportation planning and policy analysis, logistics, economic development and land use/real estate planning with specific expertise in freight mobility and operations. She most recently served as the deputy director of the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration Office of Planning and Preliminary Engineering where she led strategic planning and implementation efforts for connected and automated vehicle programs, mobility analysis, performance-based planning, freight and asset management. Prior to that, she served as the freight performance program manager for the Federal Highway Administration Office of Freight Management and designed the freight formula program presented in the GROW AMERICA surface transportation proposal that formed the basis for the freight program in the FAST Act. She also helped work with TTI and others to advance the data and analytics needed to evaluate multimodal freight mobility throughout the nation.

Session: Freight

Beth Kigel

Beth Kigel serves as national practice leader, intelligent transportation systems and vice president. She is based in HNTB’s Miami office.

Kigel is a national thought-leader in new mobility and smart city ecosystems and is responsible for assisting transportation agencies, cities and regions in developing smart and connected infrastructure solutions. Kigel joins HNTB colleagues who represent the firm in industry and business organizations, including ITS America, ITS World Congress, Florida Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Previously, Kigel served as president and CEO of the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce covering a 10-municipality region with 850 member organizations. Under her leadership, the Chamber took on key strategic initiatives and programs contributing to improved economic prosperity in the region.

Session: Financials & Business Models

Carol Kilko
PA Department of Community and Economic Development

Carol Kilko serves as deputy secretary for business financing, for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. She manages the Commonwealth’s grant, loan, and tax credit programs. Kilko 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. During her first tour with DCED — 2000 through 2006 — she worked with the Governor’s Action Team and DCED’s Business Retention and Expansion Program. From April 2006 through June 2015, she served as the director of training services for the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS).

Session: Jobs for an AV World

Robert Koch
Community College of Allegheny County

Robert Koch is the department chair for occupational trade programs at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh and a professor/coordinator for the Ford ASSET (Automotive Student Service Educational Technician) training program. He also is the director for the Pennsylvania State Inspection and Emission Inspection classes at CCAC and an instructor for over 29 years. He is an ASE certified master automotive technician and L1 advanced diagnostic certified technician. He is also a Ford Motor Company certified instructor with over 40 years in the industry. He has instructed students on all facets of automotive repair to include diagnosing advanced vehicle systems. He is a member of the Alliance of Automotive Providers of PA and a member of the Petroleum Retailers and Auto Repair Association in PA. Koch also is an ASE Educational Foundation certified team leader that evaluates automotive programs in both secondary and post-secondary schools. He also works with Pittsburgh Regional Clean Cities bringing alternative fuel training to Western PA.

Session: Jobs for an AV World

Katherine Kortum
Transportation Research Board

Katherine Kortum is a senior program officer at the Transportation Research Board, where she provides recommendations to Congress and the U.S. Department of Transportation on transportation policy. In 2015 and 2016, she was also a Robert Bosch Fellow, working with the Innovationszentrum für Mobilität und gesellschaftlichen Wandel GmbH (InnoZ) in Berlin, Germany, on shared and integrated mobility research projects.

Session: ITE C/AV Steering Committee Activities

Jason Kratsas
Cranberry Township

Jason Kratsas is the director of engineering and environmental services for Cranberry Township, a community of 35,000 just north of Pittsburgh. He has been with the township for 15 years and has served as the township's engineer for the last 13 years. In his time with Cranberry Township, Kratsas has overseen the development of Cranberry Township's infrastructure to support its growing population and land use vision.

Session: Local Government Public Works: Preparing for AVs

Jeffrey Kupko
Michael Baker International

Jeff Kupko is an associate with Michael Baker International in the emerging technology practice and leads the smart communities initiatives. Currently, he sits on-site at Smart Columbus as a city project manager and is responsible for leading the AV shuttle and Smart Mobility Hubs projects.

Session: Human Factors: Consumer Expectations & Education

Hannah Landvater

Hannah Landvater is an associate engineer for RK&K, primarily focused on traffic analysis and modeling. As a Mid-Atlantic Section of ITE member, she serves as the representative on the PA AV Summit planning committee and is the social media coordinator.

Session: ITE C/AV Steering Committee Activities

Helen Loeb
Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia

Helen Loeb, Ph.D., is a senior scientist at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and founder and director of The MetaCHOP Engineering Research Affinity Group at the CHOP Research Institute.

After a first career in research and development in the aerospace and software industry, she returned to academia in 2009. She has been a principal investigator on multiple projects at CIRP. Her research on Human Factors and Autonomous Driving has received funding from federal, state, corporate and nonprofit sources.

She leads an NSF funded study with Drexel University that applies Machine Learning to the SHRP2 naturalistic driving database to predict Driver’s Engagement in the driving task.

Loeb also is the CEO of Jitsik LLC, a startup that develops driving simulation tools to educate people of all walks of life about ADAS and self-driving.

Session: Human Factors: Consumer Expectations & Education

Sam Loesche

Sam Loesche leads transportation public policy and government relations for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, focusing on the union’s core surface transportation portfolio. The Teamsters are the nation’s largest transportation labor union, representing workers throughout commercial and passenger transport industries. Prior to the Teamsters, Loesche was a political and legislative representative for the United Auto Workers and has worked in a variety of capacities with other labor and political organizations.

Session: Jobs for an AV World

Alexandra Lopez
Gannett Fleming Inc.

Alexandra Lopez has over eight years of experience in the public, private, and academic sectors. This includes five years with a department of transportation leading transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) and intelligent transportation systems projects. While at Gannett Fleming, Lopez served as deputy project manager for the Pennsylvania Joint Statewide Connected and Automated Vehicle Strategic Plan, which engaged several stakeholders to understand needs and opportunities when integrating CAV into the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s business areas. She also served as a research engineer assisting in the development of an TSMO Workforce Assistance Guidebook for NCHRP.

Session: Jobs for an AV World

Monica Lopez
La Petite Noiseuse Productions

Dr. Monica Lopez is a multilingual business executive, cognitive scientist, educator, entrepreneur, public speaker, and strategy analyst. She is the chief executive and science officer at La Petite Noiseuse Productions, a consulting firm that integrates human cognition and behavioral insights into machine intelligence development and competitive business solutions. Her work in creativity and human intelligence has led to understanding human-human interactions in multi-sensory, multiagent environments, resulting in theoretical and applicational insights for driverless car contexts and within robotics, health care, cybersecurity, and education industries. She is also faculty at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Cognitive Science and Advanced Academic Programs in Washington, D.C.

Session: Regulations & Standards

Yvonne Lopez-Diaz

Yvonne Lopez-Diaz is a vice president at HNTB Corp., an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm serving public and private owners and contractors. She currently serves as the firm’s human resources director for the Central and West Regions, as well as the Growth Champion for the Northwest Division where she is focused on supporting the strategic growth and development efforts of these rapidly growing areas of the firm. In this role, Lopez-Diaz focuses on driving the alignment of and implementing the organization’s people strategy and plan for deploying HR processes.

Lopez-Diaz has more than 35 years of experience in the human resources field, the last 19 of which have been spent in various HR leadership roles with HNTB. She provides senior-level strategic HR support and works closely with office and division leadership to ensure they are organized to win and deliver the biggest projects. She ensures that decisions regarding business results are fully integrated with decisions about people.

Session: Jobs for an AV World

K.R. Marshall

K.R. Marshall is a vice president, senior technical principal, and senior ITS engineer for WSP USA. He has 39 years of technical experience in the areas of traffic engineering, traffic operations, intelligent transportation systems, transportation infrastructure design, transportation planning, telecommunications, and connected/automated vehicles. His recent project experience includes technical requirements manager for the I-495/I-270 P3 Program in Maryland; project manager for the Nice Bridge ITS package; technical consultant manager for the Maryland CHART program for the past 24 years, where he most recently supported the development of the Connected/Automated Vehicle Strategic Action Plan; and the Main Street Smart Corridor Plan for the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Center.

Session: Data, Data, and More Data

Laurie Matkowski
Gannett Fleming

Laurie Matkowski is the connected and automated vehicle (CAV) services director at Gannett Fleming. She has over 21 years of experience and is a national subject matter expert on strategic planning for future technologies in the transportation industry, focusing on planning for operations including CAV, Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO), smart cities/communities, Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS), traffic and transportation engineering, traffic incident management (TIM), and ITS.

Prior to Gannett Fleming, she was with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission for over 18 years. Current major projects include involvement in USDOT’s Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployments and Smart Columbus.

Session: SPaT Challenge/ Connected Signals

Cindy McCormick
City of Lancaster

Cindy McCormick has over 25 years of experience working in transportation and traffic engineering on the consulting side working with municipalities and state DOTs. In 2016, she took a position with the City of Lancaster as the city engineer and deputy director of engineering in public works. In this role, she has come to truly understand the meaning of "multimodal" and the importance of providing for all users. She manages design and implementation of intersection safety improvements, traffic calming measures, pedestrian safety campaigns, bike boulevards and protected bike lanes, traffic signal upgrades and maintenance, one-way to two-way street conversions, and many other exciting projects. She serves on the MPO Technical Advisory Committee and the City Traffic Commission.

Session: Local Government Public Works: Preparing for AVs

Glenn McLaughlin
Maryland Department of Transportation

Glenn McLaughlin is the deputy director for systems of the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration’s Office of CHART & ITS Development. He has worked in the transportation industry for 32 years and has been with MDOT SHA for 29 years. In his current position, McLaughlin is responsible for the administration, planning, engineering, system development, and funding of Maryland’s Coordinated Highways Action Response Team (CHART), which is MDOT SHA’s Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) program. He is a former president of ITS Maryland and currently sits on several regional transportation management committees, including the Metropolitan Area Transportation Operations Coordination (MATOC) Committee. He is co-chair of the MDOT SHA Connected and Automated Vehicle Infrastructure Working Group.

Session: SPaT Challenge/ Connected Signals

Ken McLeod
The League of American Bicyclists

Ken McLeod is the policy director for the League of American Bicyclists, a national nonprofit organization committed to building a Bicycle Friendly America for Everyone. As policy director, McLeod works with states through the Bicycle Friendly State program and engages with the League's over 350-member advocacy groups to coordinate policy responses to bicycling issues.

The League has been active in automated vehicle policy since 2014, with a strong focus on the need for transparent testing of automated systems for their ability to detect, recognize, and safely react to people biking and walking.

Session: AV Interactions with Pedestrians & Bicyclists

Michelle Mekker
Utah State University

Michelle Mekker's teaching and research focus is on the improvement of traffic operations and management using emerging technology and data. Her dissertation topic was on active traffic management in work zones using connected vehicle data and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology. Currently, she is investigating the big data implications of collecting LiDAR data from connected autonomous vehicles.

Session: Work Zones: Advances & Obstacles to the Introduction of AVs

Çetin Meriçli

Çetin Meriçli is an expert in applying cutting-edge robotics technologies to real world challenges. Prior to cofounding Locomation, he led a team of researchers and commercialization experts at Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) over the last decade. This role at the intersection of industry and academia resulted in several high-profile projects ranging from autonomous mining trucks to high-speed autonomous driving for military applications.

Session: Freight

Chris Mills

Chris Mills is a BICSI Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) with more than 20 years of extensive technical systems development experience. He has spent much of his career with a hands-on approach to designing, integrating, inspecting and maintaining telecommunications/network systems and infrastructure. Having been part of design builds, O&M and CE&I projects, his knowledge and experiences of the implemented, quality-driven design solutions are born from real-world experiences.

Chris offers specialized expertise in telecommunication/network master plans, obsolescence management plans, process analysis-including technology evaluations, industry trends, and cost ROI. His innovative experience illustrates abilities in providing tactical and strategic planning, recommending conceptual design requirements, determining final design specifications, and build implementation. His current experience includes serving as ITS regional leader/technical lead/technology project manager for the design/build of numerous large-scale IT/ITS network infrastructure projects.

Session: Data, Data, and More Data

Aditi Misra
University of Michigan

Dr. Aditi Misra is an assistant research scientist in UMTRI’s Center for Management of Information on Safe and Sustainable Transportation group. Her research focuses on use of data analytics and travel behavior models to plan for safe, equitable, and sustainable mobility solutions for all users, especially vulnerable road users. She has been and is the principal investigator for multiple industry and highway safety planning projects involving vulnerable road users and co-principal investigator on projects involving AVVRU interactions. Her research interests include systems analysis and context sensitive solutions, data-driven decision models, Bayesian methods, and health equity.

Session: AV Interactions with Pedestrians & Bicyclists

Wasif Mirza
New Jersey Department of Transportation
Wasif Mirza was appointed to the position of director for the Division of Traffic Operations Systems and Support at the New Jersey Department of Transportation in January 2014. He and his team are directly responsible to provide for the planning, design, construction, review, inspection, and maintenance of technology-related projects and intelligent initiatives. Wasif is responsible for providing engineering services along with technical support for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and smart initiatives, vehicular mobility during construction, development of smart signals systems along state corridors, connectivity and communications (V2I), and advanced traveler information systems deployment and management. Session: CAV Planning & Policy Development, CAV Transition Period: Sharing the Road
Michelle Monje
AARP Driver Safety

Michelle Monje has more than 15 years of experience in program management and development, with a strong background in building education for the mature market facing transportation and mobility issues. She has served as an adviser for AARP Driver Safety Programs focused on developing and deploying transportation education and programming designed to help drivers and riders remain safe, independent, connected and confident as they age. Prior to her role in AARP Driver Safety, Monje served in various roles in both human resources and finance, using her skills to manage vendor relationships and develop quality programs for AARP staff.

Session: Human Factors: Consumer Expectations & Education

Edward Mortimer
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Ed Mortimer serves as vice president of transportation and infrastructure at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He oversees the development and implementation of the chamber’s transportation infrastructure policy and represents the chamber on Capitol Hill as well as before the administration and industry organizations. He also leads the Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) Coalition, a collaborative effort by business, labor, transportation stakeholders, and concerned citizens to advocate for improved and increased federal investment in the nation’s aging and overburdened transportation system.

Mortimer comes to the chamber from AECOM, an engineering and construction company, where he served as director of government relations. He was responsible for coordinating government affairs efforts with the company’s infrastructure market segment, representing AECOM’s interests before federal, state, and local officials.

Session: Day 2 Lunch Plenary

Kurt J. Myers
PA Department of Transportation

Kurt J. Myers was appointed deputy secretary for driver & vehicle services for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in June 2007. In this position, he oversees nearly 1,200 driver and vehicle services employees who provide quality customer service, while keeping the safety and security of the commonwealth's 8.7 million licensed drivers and 11.3 million registered vehicle owners a paramount focus.

Myers oversees key highway safety improvements relating to driver behavior, a customer-conscious business approach, implementation of motorist-related legislation, and integration of new initiatives that improve customer services, streamline processes, and upgrade quality using new technologies. He also is responsible for the regulatory oversight of 97 facilities across the commonwealth that issue driver's licenses and identification cards as well as approximately 5,000 new and used car dealers, 2,500 agents, 17,000 vehicle safety inspection stations, and more than 7,000 emissions inspections stations.

Session: AV Governance: Federal & State Perspectives

Kevin Myhre
Barley Snyder

As a patent attorney in the Barley Snyder's Intellectual Property Practice Group, Kevin Myhre brings unique perspective to his work for clients at various stages. He is involved in patent application preparation and prosecution, trademark matters, and litigation support across all areas of intellectual property law, including research and strategy development.

Myhre’s distinct background as a United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) patent examiner – where his field of examination focused on driverless or automated vehicle technology – is complemented by his real-world experience working in the engineering community. Because many of the applications Myhre examined on behalf of the USPTO were related to driverless or automated vehicle technology, he has a unique capability to assist clients with the optimal strategies and potential pitfalls in prosecuting patent applications focused on these technologies.

Session: Legal Implications

Ngani Ndimbie
PA Department of Transportation

Ngani Ndimbie is a policy specialist at PennDOT. She is a Pittsburgh native with a passion for equitable policymaking, economic justice, active transportation, and healthy communities. At PennDOT, Ndimbie co-leads the department's conversation on electric scooters and is heavily involved in PennDOT's in-depth look into energy and environmental issues in transportation. Before joining the team at PennDOT, Ndimbie held positions at some of Pittsburgh's most influential and transformative nonprofits including the ACLU of Pennsylvania and Bike Pittsburgh.

Session: Transit

Edward Niedermeyer
The Drive

Ed Niedermeyer fell into the world of cars and mobility after leaving the University of Oregon in 2008, when he found work as a freelance blogger at The Truth About Cars. Primarily covering the collapse, bailout and recovery of the Detroit automakers, he moved up the ranks to become the site's managing editor and then editor-in-chief. He went on to work as a research and analysis consultant while contributing to BloombergView, The Daily Beast, the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and other outlets, gradually shifting focus from the traditional auto industry toward the emerging world of new mobility technology. In 2016, this growing interest blossomed into The Autonocast, which has gone on to become one of the most-followed podcasts on autonomous drive and other mobility technologies. He is currently senior editor for mobility technology at The Drive and just released his first book, “LUDICROUS: The Unvarnished Story of Tesla Motors.”

Session: Podcast: Live Recording

Jodi Dyan Oley
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC

Jodi Dyan Oley is a member with the law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott  LLC and has over a decade of experience in civil litigation in state and federal courts. In addition, she is a member of the firm’s Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Autonomous Transportation Systems practice group. Her work in this group currently focuses on regulatory aspects of artificial intelligence, particularly as it relates to the automated vehicle industry. Oley is a co-editor of the firm’s Artificial Intelligence Law Blog and is the current chair of DRI’s Product Liability Committee’s Automotive Specialized Litigation Group.

Session: AV Governance: Federal & State Perspectives

George Onofrio
The Auto Club Group

In his role at the Auto Club Group (ACG), George Onofrio leads business-line application development, including digital, infrastructure and operations, AAA Bank, and data operations, along with the Meemic, Fremont, and Florida insurance company subsidiaries. When Onofrio joined ACG in 2007, his leadership responsibilities included various technology areas in partnership with departments such as claims, insurance, distribution, and membership to accomplish common goals. Most recently, he led ACG’s Insurance Core Transformation initiative, which resulted in the successful implementation of PolicyCenter, BillingCenter, DataHub, and InfoCenter.

Session: Cybersecurity & Privacy: a Multi-pronged Approach

Michael Pack
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

Michael Pack started his career with PennDOT in 1998 in the District 5 Allentown office. He completed the one-year Civil Engineer Trainee program before assuming the ITS coordinator position for the district. He moved to the PennDOT Central Office in 2001, where he held several positions in ITS, traffic operations, and incident and emergency management through 2014. He then transferred to PennDOT District 6 in the Philadelphia region as the freeway operations supervisor. In 2015, he joined the PA Turnpike team in as a senior traffic operations project manager. He is now the manager of incident management and traffic operations.

Session: CAV Concept of Operations (ConOps)

Lorna Parkins
Michael Baker International

Lorna Parkins has 30 years of experience in transportation planning. She started her career with the Pittsburgh region MPO in Pennsylvania and has since worked as a consultant. Her career focus has been on the linkages between land use, transportation and economic development. Her professional activities include a TRB committee on MPO planning, WTS International, the Virginia chapter of the American Planning Association, and the Virginia Transit Association. She has been with Michael Baker for 21 years, where she leads the company’s Mid-Atlantic Planning practice and facilitates coordination of transportation planning across the U.S.

Session: Scenario Planning Policy Workshop

Alison Pascale
Audi of America

Alison Pascale is senior policy strategist at Audi of America. She has over 25 years of combined legislative and executive branch experience developing and implementing public policy with a focus on automotive safety, manufacturing, transportation policy and international trade. At Audi, Pascale works to advance federal and state policies that will accelerate the safe deployment of automated vehicle technologies. She engages and informs elected officials on vehicle technologies, develops and advises on public policy and legislative initiatives, builds and expands stakeholder coalitions, and initiates innovative approaches to prioritize vehicle safety.

Prior to coming to Audi, Pascale was director of governmental affairs, policy and strategic planning at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In her senior leadership position at NHTSA, Pascale developed and implemented initiatives to reform the agency; played a key role in developing agency guidance on highly automated vehicles; and implemented changes to improve NHTSA's defects and recall mission. Pascale also oversaw all aspects of NHTSA’s interactions with Congress.

Session: Human Factors: Consumer Expectations & Education, CAV Transition Period: Sharing the Road

Órla Pease

Órla Pease, PE, PTOE, is the vice president for digital innovation for AECOM. She is a passionate leader with 20 years of experience in management, planning, engineering design and analysis. At AECOM, Pease is responsible for building a culture of digital innovation that includes the early adoption of digital solutions and scaling those innovations across the business.

Session: Energy Implications of AVs

Sandee Perfetto

Sandee Perfetto is personal lines product development director for ISO, where she manages the research, development, implementation, and maintenance of ISO's personal auto and homeowners insurance programs. Over the years, Perfetto has helped develop a number of new products, and currently leads the research and development of insurance coverage solutions for personal lines exposures, including cyber and autonomous vehicles. Sandee began her career at ISO in the Personal Lines Division.

Session: Legal Implications

Amy Pritchett
Penn State University

Amy R. Pritchett is a professor and head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Penn State University. Previously, Dr. Pritchett was on the faculty of the Schools of Aerospace Engineering and of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1997 to 2017. She also served via an IPA as the Director of NASA’s Aviation Safety Program in 2008 and 2009. Her research focuses on the intersection of technology, expert human performance and aerospace operations, with a particular focus on designing to support safety. She has received the AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award, the RTCA William Jackson Award and, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Commercial Aviation Safety Team, the 2008 Collier Trophy.

Session: Human Factors: Consumer Expectations & Education

Raj Rajkumar
Carnegie Mellon University

Ragunathan (Raj) Rajkumar is the George Westinghouse Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Rajkumar serves as director of the Metro21: Smart Cities Institute, USDOT Mobility21 National University Transportation Center, Real-Time and Multimedia Systems Lab, and co-director of the General Motors-Carnegie Mellon Connected and Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab (CAD-CRL). His research interests include all aspects of cyber-physical systems with a special emphasis on self-driving vehicles. In 2013, he founded Ottomatika, which provided a full software stack for automated vehicles, and was acquired by Delphi (now Aptiv) in 2015.

Session: CAV Testers Panel

Jeremy Raw
Federal Highway Administration

Jeremy Raw, P.E., is a community planner in the Federal Highway Administration Office of Planning where he coordinates research and deployment of data collection and analysis techniques and modeling for transportation planning, as well as planning applications for national data sets. His work areas include data collection, analysis and modeling for bicycle and pedestrian transportation; planning for connected and automated vehicles; scenario planning; and developing strategic planning models.

Session: AV Interactions with Pedestrians & Bicyclists

Brian Reed

Brian Reed leads the geospatial & applied technology group and is a technical principal with WSP USA. For over two decades, he has specialized in the design, deployment, development, and integration of technology systems, including connected and automated vehicles (C-V2X and DSRC, network/security equipment), ITS, asset management, and data analytics. He served as the deputy project manager/technical lead for Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Test Environment, and has been the design and deployment lead for the Harrisburg Connected Corridor, MNDOT Connected Corridor, American Center for Mobility CV Test Facility Projects.

Session: Data, Data, and More Data

Virginia Reeder
I-95 Corridor Coalition

Virginia Reeder has worked in the field of transportation for over 15 years. She is currently the program associate for innovations in transportation for the I-95 Corridor Coalition, where she leads the connected and automated vehicle effort for the organization. In this role, she supports the coalition’s member agencies from Maine to Florida in their efforts to prepare for and embrace new vehicle technology as individual states and a coordinated region.

Prior to joining the coalition staff, she was the director of performance management coordination in MassDOT's Office of Performance Management and Innovation. In this role she worked collaboratively with departments and divisions throughout the agency to support and advance data collection, performance management reporting and monitoring, congestion initiatives, and customer experience. She has also worked as a consultant in support of state, regional and federal transportation agencies.

Session: Scenario Planning Policy Workshop

Amber Reimnitz
Michael Baker International

Amber Reimnitz is a system engineer for Michael Baker in the emerging technologies group, located in Philadelphia. At Michael Baker, she provides technical experience and knowledge for connected and automated vehicles, intelligent transportation system, and operations on projects, initiatives, research, technical consulting, and programs.

Previously, Reimnitz was with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, where she managed the ITS Program. In this role she was responsible for identifying the technological and operational needs of the Commission’s Traffic Operations Department. She managed numerous studies across the Turnpike, oversaw the design and construction of ITS deployment projects and worked on incorporating new innovative technologies. During her time with the commission she grew their ITS program, developing ITS deployment standards, deploying traditional ITS devices and new innovative technology to aid in traveler information and safety.

Session: Planning Today for CAVs Tomorrow

Gunnar Rhone

Gunnar Rhone is an ITS designer for HNTB. He has five years of highway design and ITS experience, which includes CAV pilot planning and deployments. He is currently assisting with emerging mobility projects across the country.

Session: CAV Planning & Policy Development

Leslie S. Richards
PA Department of Transportation

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.

In addition, she currently serves as chair of the AASHTO Active Transportation Council. The secretary also serves as chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission as well as chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Public Private Partnership board. The secretary was honored with the 2016 Gold Stevie Awards for Female Innovator of the Year and Female Executive of the Year.

Session: Day 2 Lunch Plenary

Nolan Ritchie
Senate of Pennsylvania

Nolan Ritchie is the executive director of the Senate Transportation Committee for Sen. Kim Ward, the Majority Chair, who represents the 39th Senatorial District covering Westmoreland County. In this capacity, Ritchie supports the transportation legislative priorities of Sen. Ward and is responsible for the management of transportation-related legislation and policy in this Commonwealth.

In relation to automated vehicles, Ritchie is a lead staffer in the General Assembly on developing and evaluating the legislative framework for testing and deploying automated vehicles in Pennsylvania. He was integral in drafting various bills on automated vehicles including Act 117 of 2018, which authorized automated work zone vehicles, platooning, and the Highly Automated Vehicle Advisory Committee. He organized the first legislative hearing in the Commonwealth in 2017 on automated vehicles, and he continues to collaborate with various stakeholders on how to manage the next generation of our transportation system. He also actively participates in PennDOT’s Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force and its Local Government Subcommittee.

Session: Legal Implications

Stacia Ritter
PA Turnpike Commission

Stacey Ritter is director of policy and fare collection for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. She began her government career in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as a budget analyst for the Democratic Appropriations Committee. She later served as legal counsel for the Democratic Intergovernmental Committee. She also served as executive director of the Minority 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.

Session: Work Zones: Advances & Obstacles to the Introduction of AVs

Justin Robbins
HDR Inc.

Justin Robbins is an AICP Certified Planner with a specialization in automated and connected vehicle transportation planning, and experience in city planning, and urban design/architecture. His 14 years of combined experience have shaped a deeper understanding of the relationship between land use, transportation, and the built environment, and how cities can use automated and connected vehicle technology to their benefit. Robbins is committed to helping bridge the planning profession and the rapidly advancing transportation industry, with a focus on helping communities develop their vision and set specific goals for how automated and connected vehicles can serve their communities today and into the future.

Session: Multimodal Operations for Local, Regional, and State Agencies

Greg Rodriguez
Best Best & Krieger LLP

Greg Rodriguez provides policy, regulatory and legislative analysis, advocacy, and legal assistance around the safe and effective incorporation of emerging transportation technologies into communities across the country, including on-demand mobility, automated and connected vehicles, dockless micromobility and drones. He has filed comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation on regulatory issues associated with automated vehicles. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Transit and Intermodal Transportation Law Committee and has authored various articles and spoken at a wide variety of conferences on legal and policy issues associated with innovation, including data sharing, privacy and intelligent transportation systems.

Rodriguez has worked both on Capitol Hill for a U.S. Senator and as in-house counsel for a regional transportation planning agency where he worked on capital improvement projects receiving federal funding, including the $2 billion Mid-Coast Corridor trolley extension project. In his free time, he enjoys discussing all things mobility as cohost of the MobilityPodcast.

Session: Legal Implications, Financials & Business Models

Amanda Roraff
Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Amanda Roraff is PlanetM director of technology activation at the Michigan Economic Development Corp. In her role, Roraff develops and nurtures relationships with key mobility stakeholders, including auto OEMs, suppliers, startups, investors, academia, NGOs, municipalities, government agencies, and philanthropy to accelerate the global mobility industry. She develops programs to support the deployment of new mobility technologies and to make Michigan’s testing sites more accessible for mobility startups.

Roraff works closely with Michigan Department of Transportation on various programs, including the $8 million Michigan Mobility Challenge, NAIAS 2020 Michigan Mobility Challenge, and the Automated Bus Consortium. She also helped establish the PlanetM Landing Zone, a 100-desk collaborative workspace for global mobility startups, OEMs, suppliers and other stakeholders that currently includes over 50 member companies. By the end of 2019, Amanda will be directly involved in approximately 40 deployments statewide.

Session: Shuttles: Current Deployments in Action!

Mark Rosekind

Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., is a passionate safety professional with more than 30 years of experience promoting innovation through science and leadership in complex environments.

In April 2017, Rosekind joined the executive team at Zoox as the Chief Safety Innovation Officer. He leads efforts to safely develop, test, and deploy automated vehicles. Prior to Zoox, he was appointed by President Obama to be the 15th administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Serving from 2014 to 2017, Rosekind led significant transformation, instilling a proactive safety culture while driving both the agency and automobile industry to be future-oriented. His initiatives included the development and issuance of the first-ever Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, the founding of the Road to Zero coalition to develop a 30-year plan to eliminate traffic fatalities, and aggressive oversight of safety in the automobile industry, including leading the agency through the nation’s largest product safety recall in U.S history.

Session: AV Opportunities and Risk: The Safety Imperative (Day 1 Opening Plenary)

Megan Rosica

Megan Rosica is a traffic and ITS engineer at Jacobs Engineering. She works on a multitude of client projects that encompass traffic engineering and ITS design and planning, as well as the development of connected and automated vehicle technologies in transportation and infrastructure.

Session: CAV Planning & Policy Development

April Rothermel
PA Turnpike Commission

April Rothermel is the information security officer for the PA Turnpike Commission where she leads the commission's IT security and risk program, including data privacy initiatives, employee awareness programs, and security of the commission's network and assets. She has 21 years of information technology experience and is a certified PMI project management professional.

Cybersecurity & Privacy: a Multi-pronged Approach

Ben Safran
McKinsey and Company

Ben Safran is an associate partner in McKinsey & Company’s Washington, D.C., office, where his work focuses on capital projects, infrastructure, and economic development. He has led capital planning and portfolio optimization efforts, economic development strategies, and operations transformations with a focus on state and local government entities. Prior to joining McKinsey, Safran worked in the World Bank and in real estate development based in Washington, D.C.

Session: Financials and Business Models

Carrie Sauer
Center for Safe Mobility, University of Pennsylvania

Carrie Sauer, AICP, is a transportation planner and director of the Center for Safe Mobility at the University of Pennsylvania. She oversees research that lies at the intersection of data and design; her projects use eye-tracking glasses to collect authentic visual experience and provide a new and comprehensive approach to understanding mobility, wayfinding, and safety. Outside of work, Sauer volunteers with the Community Design Collaborative and Women’s Transportation Seminar, and sits on the Penn Bicycle Committee and the Central Philadelphia Transportation Management Association.

Session: AV Interactions with Pedestrians & Bicyclists

Justin Schorr
DJS Associates Inc.

Dr. Justin P. Schorr joined DJS Associates Inc. in 2015, where his specialties are focused mainly in three areas: transportation engineering, applied mathematics, and intelligent systems engineering. Specific to collision reconstruction and intelligent vehicles, Schorr is well-trained in traffic engineering and highway safety, highway design, intelligent transportation systems, vehicle dynamics, real world crash investigation, crash investigation and analysis, vehicle standards and crash test analysis, and intelligent control systems. Schorr also serves as an adjunct professor and the lead researcher at the Vehicle Instrumentation and Driver Simulation Laboratory at George Washington University.

Session: Legal Implications

John Schulze
McCormick Taylor Inc.

John Schulze is a senior transportation engineer in McCormick Taylor’s Harrisburg office. He has served as an Infantry Lieutenant in the PA National Guard receiving his commission through Penn State Army ROTC. He has worked on various complex traffic control projects to include the I-83 widening project and the U.S. 11/15 Rock Slope Safety Project.

Session: Multimodal Operations for Local, Regional, and State Agencies

Lisa Kay Schweyer
Carnegie Mellon University

Lisa Kay Schweyer serves as the program manager for the Carnegie Mellon University Traffic21 Institute, which houses the Mobility21 National University Transportation Center. She started her transportation career in 2003, helping commuters find and employers learn about transportation options as she managed the regional ridesharing CommuteInfo program for Southwestern Pennsylvania. From 2016–2018, Schweyer led the vanpool council for ACT. Her previous work experience includes association management, volunteer coordination, and fundraising.

Session: Human Factors: Consumer Expectations & Education

Allison Slizofski
Drive Engineering Corp.

Allison Slizofski, PE, PTOE, is a principal and founder of Drive Engineering Corp., a 25-person transportation engineering firm headquartered in Blue Bell, Pa., since 2010, with offices in Harrisburg, Pa., and Baltimore, Md. She has 15 years of experience with ITS and traffic related policy, planning, design, construction services, operations, and asset management projects from Virginia to New York, most recently in Pennsylvania working as part of the Transformational Technology pilot programs and CAV Strategic Plan. She is currently serving her sixth year on the Montgomery County Transportation Authority Board and is a member of WTS Philadelphia, MASITE, ITS NJ, and is a past-president of the Intelligent Transportation Society of Pennsylvania.

Session: CAV Concept of Operations (ConOps)

Matthew Smith
Michael Baker International

Matthew Smith is Michael Baker International’s Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV) Program manager, located in Detroit, Michigan. He serves as the national lead for CAV and emerging transportation technology initiatives, supporting over 80 offices nationwide. He also serves on several nationwide initiatives on Connected and Automated Vehicles through AASHTO, the Transportation Research Board / NCHRP, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He has 25 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.

Session: Planning Today for CAVs Tomorrow, IT C/AV Steering Committee Activities

Bernard Soriano
California Department of Motor Vehicles

Bernard C. Soriano is a deputy director for the California Department of Motor Vehicles in charge of California's automated vehicles program. He has over 35 years of engineering and management experience in the private and public sector. He previously held engineering and management positions at Hughes Space and Communications Inc. (now Boeing), where he designed satellite control systems and was involved in their launch missions.

Session: AV Governance: Federal & State Perspectives

Joseph Sutor
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

Joe Sutor, PE, has been with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission since 2004 and currently works as the planning and environmental manager in the engineering department. His 31 years of engineering experience includes time with Lower Paxton Township, Ephrata Borough, and Grinnell Corp.

Session: CAV Concept of Operations (ConOps)

Kathleen Swindler

Kathleen Swindler has more than 18 years of planning and design experience focused on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and was recently named as one of WSP’s Connected and Automated Vehicle Champions. She thrives in the quickly evolving ITS field, working with clients toward their goals by policy, operational, and technological integration. Her experience includes systems engineering, ITS planning, ITS design, system operations, ITS program support, and transportation systems management and operations (TSMO). She works effectively with clients, including as extension of staff for agencies in the New York-New Jersey region as well as part of teams integrating local WSP staff with our national network of experts.

Session: CAV Planning & Policy Development

Kara Templeton
PA Department of Transportation

Kara N. Templeton has been with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for over 19 years and currently serves as the director of the Bureau of Driver Licensing. She is responsible for all driver license operations in the Commonwealth, which include issuance, sanctioning, driver license facilities operations at over 100 centers, and special driver programs for over 10 million Pennsylvania driver license and identification card holders.

Since 2014, she has been serving on AAMVA’s Autonomous Vehicles Best Practices Working Group, which developed and released the AAMVA Guidelines For The Safe Testing of Highly Automated Vehicles in 2018. She also serves as a technical advisor to the Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Task Force, which was established in 2016. In this role, Templeton served as a contributor to the Commonwealth's Automated Vehicle Testing Guidance and the Commonwealth's Vehicle Platooning Policy.

Session: CAV Planning & Policy Development

Joanne Troutman
Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way

Joanne Troutman joined Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way as the president and CEO in 2015. Prior to that, she spent a combined 16 years in advancement at Susquehanna University, Evangelical Community Hospital and Camp Victory. Since 2004, when she moved into fundraising, she has been responsible for development teams at small, rural nonprofits that have cumulatively raised more than $50 million in public and private investments.

In her role at United Way, Troutman has worked with various partners to establish local opioid coalitions, expand pilot programs targeting issues related to poverty, transportation and education, and has launched United Way into the social innovation arena. Through these collective impact initiatives, United Way program revenue has increased by 75% since she took the helm. She has been trained and developed trainings in brain development, ACEs, trauma, substance use disorder and social determinants of health and equity like rural transportation, child care, food insecurity and housing.

Session: Equity

Colleen Turner
Maryland Department of Transportation

Colleen Turner is an assistant director in the office of planning and capital programming at the Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary’s Office, where she oversees long-range environmental planning and the implementation of innovative transportation technologies. She serves as an expert and resource to local jurisdictions and MDOT’s Transportation Business Units, managing the department’s air quality and climate change activities, and is a liaison on national, multistate, and Maryland environmental and electric vehicle task force groups. In addition to overseeing MDOT’s electric vehicle initiatives, she is currently leading the development of a Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Vision for Maryland as well as a CAV Strategic Plan for MDOT.

Prior to joining MDOT in January of 2016, Turner was a project manager at Michael Baker International where she assisted governmental agencies by providing high-level analyses, briefings, and guidance on air quality, sustainability, climate change, public involvement, and transportation planning.

Session: Energy Implications of AVs

Parth Vaishnav
Carnegie Mellon University

Parth Vaishnav is an assistant research professor in the Department of Engineering & Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He has worked on the distribution of subsidies, benefits, and costs of rooftop solar photovoltaic installations in the U.S., on problems related to the decarbonization of freight transport, as well as on the economics of additive manufacturing. His research focuses on the practical constraints — economic, operational, and behavioral — on the deployment of technology to solve social problems. From 2008-10, he worked for Shell’s European natural-gas business in The Hague, developing forecasts for the long-term supply and demand of natural gas. Between 2005 and 2008, he was a planner and project manager in Shell’s lubricants blending plant in Singapore.

Session: Energy Implications of AVs

Karyn Vandervoort
Federal Highway Administration

Karyn Vandervoort joined the Federal Highway Administration in 2001 as the environmental program manager and environmental team leader. Prior to joining FHWA, she was an associate at a private engineering firm as a senior project manager as well as an office manager in State College. Currently, she assists the Pennsylvania FHWA Division Administrator in strategic planning. She works on the Performance Plan, Risk Assessment/SWOT, Dashboards and other special assignments. She deploys the Every Day Counts program and established the State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC), which was recognized as the innovation of the year in 2014 and continues to receive accolades.  She also is the  research program coordinator, which is a synergetic fit with the EDC and STIC programs to advance technology transfer and broader communication on research being conducted at Universities and within PennDOT. She assists with FHWA Headquarter teams for deploying technology as well.

Session: Scenario Planning Policy Workshop

Parv Venkitasubramaniam
Lehigh University

Parv Venkitasubramaniam is an associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Lehigh University. His research interests include security and anonymity in networks, distributed signal processing and statistical learning, and cyber physical security. He received the 2004 Leonard G. Abraham Award from the IEEE Communication Society and an NSF CAREER Award in 2012.

Session: Cybersecurity & Privacy: a Multi-pronged Approach

Sara Walfoort
Southwestern PA Commission

Sara Walfoort is the first dedicated freight transportation planner for the Pittsburgh region, and currently holds the position of manager of freight planning for the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Pittsburgh region. Under her guidance, the region completed its first Regional Freight Plan to identify where and how freight moves within the 10-county region.

Session: Freight

Emily Watts
PA Department of Transportation

Emily Watts is an executive policy specialist for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. She performs policy analysis and development work for the Secretary of Transportation and the director of the Governor's Policy Office to ensure that the administration’s transportation goals are met. She has eight years of experience in the transportation industry. Before joining PennDOT, she served a variety of clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, overseeing and implementing effective community outreach programs for transportation and environmental planning projects.

Session: Podcast Live Recording

Steven Weber
Drexel University

Steven Weber is professor and head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Cybersecurity Institute at Drexel University. His expertise lies in the mathematical modeling, performance analysis, and performance optimization of communication and networked systems, and he is best known for his work on performance analysis of ad hoc wireless networks.

Session: Cybersecurity & Privacy: a Multi-pronged Approach

Richard Webster

Richard Webster is vice president of regulatory policy and strategy for PECO. He oversees the company’s regulatory strategy, policy, regulatory affairs, and energy acquisition, acting as the company interface with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

Prior to his current position, Webster was director of rates and regulatory affairs. During his more than 32 years with the company, Webster has led merger integration efforts, supported long-term strategic development, reorganization and cost-reduction initiatives, and was responsible for the oversight of information technology and business process changes to implement customer choice at PECO. Webster began his career in the company’s Nuclear Construction Division where he was involved in the construction of Limerick Units 1 and 2.

Session: AV Governance: Federal & State Perspectives, Energy Implications of AVs

Sam Wempe

Sam Wempe serves as the government relations manager for Aptiv. In partnering with government at all levels, Wempe enables Aptiv to deliver safe, accessible automated vehicles in communities around the world. Aptiv currently operates AVs in Boston, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, and Singapore and has completed over 60,000 automated passenger rides via their partnership with Lyft.

Before his current role, Wempe worked with nuTonomy, a subsidiary of Aptiv, to expand the AV testing program in Singapore. While there he scoped public AV deployments, stress-tested the AV milestone certification program, and diagnosed global autonomous vehicle regulatory movements.

Session: CAV Testers Panel

Allante Whitmore
Carnegie Mellon University
Allante Whitmore is a Ph.D. student in civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on equitable connected and automated vehicle deployment particularly through the lens of public policy. Session: Equity
Laura Wiens
Pittsburghers for Public Transit

Laura Wiens is the executive director of Pittsburghers for Public Transit (PPT), a grassroots transit rider union advocating for mobility as a human right. PPT recently published an Autonomous Vehicle literature review, "Wait, Who's Driving this Thing? Bringing the Public to the Autonomous Vehicle Table," and has been collaborating with residents in a proposed AV corridor to elevate concerns around labor, environmental, pedestrian safety, mobility equity, and data privacy. PPT transit rider-leaders are additionally advancing campaigns for fare equity, affordable housing and transit policy, rider-led transit planning of a rapid transit corridor, and transit as a climate solution. Wiens has her roots in labor organizing with Unite HERE, and draws from that experience to mobilize transit riders in the fight for equity, access and transparency within our public agencies. Laura believes in the collective power of people to transform their communities.

Session: Transit

Andrew Woelfling
Argo AI

Andrew Woelfling is director of public policy and government relations at Argo AI LLC, a Pittsburgh -based self-driving company. Woelfling is responsible for developing and managing the company’s policy and associated advocacy strategy and initiatives, as well as overseeing its entire government relations team.

Prior to joining Argo, Woelfling was employed by Ford Motor Co. government and community relations as director of smart mobility, where he managed Ford’s federal engagement on policy issues related to connected and automated vehicles. Prior to that, he was Acting Director of Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, serving as the agency’s primary liaison with the U.S. Congress. Woelfling also served as the late Congressman John D. Dingell’s deputy chief of staff and legislative director and was a professional staff member on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Session: CAV Testers Panel

Matthew Wood

Matthew Wood is engaged in defining hardware and software system architectures and performing safety hardware and software analysis for automated vehicle development at the Aptiv Mobility Technical Center in Pittsburgh. He has been actively engaged in functional safety with automated systems for more than four years now. He previously had more than 10 years in failure analysis of active and passive safety systems and designs for passenger and commercial motor vehicles and their compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle and Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

Session: Regulations & Standards