The February 2021 session, titled “Infrastructure Readiness: Planning & Deployment,” featured the following panelists:
Karina Ricks is the City of Pittsburgh's first director of mobility and infrastructure and intent on guiding staff and partners to fulfill their mission to "provide the physical mobility essential to the economic and social mobility of all Pittsburghers." In this role, Ricks has been instrumental in developing the "Pittsburgh Principles for Shared and Autonomous Mobility" and pioneering innovative policies, projects, and programs to address existing and systemic inequities. Ricks came to Pittsburgh from Washington, D.C., where she was a principal and practice lead with Nelson/Nygaard Associates. Prior to that, she served as the director of transportation planning for the DC Department of Transportation.
Sam Amen, is the District 11 branch chief for traffic system performance, and the connected and automated vehicle (CAV) manager with California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). He has over 30 years' experience in planning, design engineering, traffic operations, construction, and project program management in both transportation and defense-related industries. He is also an adjunct professor of transportation engineering at San Diego State University, Civil Engineering Department.
Kristin White is executive director of Minnesota's Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Office. White partners, collaborates, explores, and innovates transportation technologies with government, industry, researchers, and nonprofits. She is a lawyer and policy strategist who leverages her legal, policy, and strategic vision to bring public and private partners together to innovate policy and technology solutions. White leads Minnesota DOT's CAV-X Office and Minnesota's Destination CAV research and testing program to develop strategic, innovative, and collaborative ideas. She is a leader who creates innovative solutions to transportation challenges and a policy expert on trends in transportation technology and law. Her goal is to bring more empathy and leadership into the industry to drive the transportation sector to view our work through an equity lens and ensure the innovations we deliver serve community needs.