Keynote Speeches from Federal, State, and Local Government Leaders.
Robin Kemper has over thirty-five years of diverse and extensive structural engineering experience in design, analysis, and forensics, focused mainly on buildings. Robin currently is a Risk Engineer with Zurich North America. She works for both the Professional Liability and Construction Properties Risk Engineering Groups providing technical support to construction project policies, developing best practices, and investigating losses on construction projects. Robin is a licensed Professional Engineer in six jurisdictions, and a Fellow of both ASCE and the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute. She is currently a member of the Civil Engineering Industrial Advisory Boards for Rutgers University and the College of New Jersey.
Since taking office, Mayor Peduto has lead a collaborative effort to make Pittsburgh a leading 21st Century city. The Peduto administration has partnered with the White House on numerous initiatives, resulting in direct access to federal support related to affordable housing, education, economic development, energy efficiency, immigration, manufacturing, community policing, workforce development, technology and transportation. Pittsburgh was recently selected to join the Rockefeller Foundation network’s 100 Resilient Cities, which provides resources to improve city resilience in the face of climate change, globalization and urbanization trends. Mayor Peduto is also a founding member of the MetroLab Network, a national alliance of cities and universities committed to providing analytically-based solutions to improve urban infrastructure, services and other public sector priorities. The Peduto administration is working to ensure that everyone benefits from Pittsburgh’s transformation and growth because, “If it’s not for all, it’s not for us.”
PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards has extensive leadership experience in the management of transportation projects both in her private sector work in the planning and engineering fields over the past two decades, as well as in her work in local government. Her private and public sector backgrounds give her a unique perspective on understanding stakeholder issues, and on the importance of bringing projects to completion on time and on budget.
Impacts of Connected & Autonomous Vehicles on Transportation & Development - Perspectives of Leaders from the Private Sector.
Mr. Harrington joined Verizon through the acquisition of Sensity Systems by Verizon in October 2016. Sean was the chief operating officer (COO) for Sensity, where he was responsible for the operational and strategic leadership of Sensity.
Sean has led engineering, operations, sales and marketing, and business development at the company. He established the first strategic and partner relationships for Sensity, building an ecosystem for the newly created Light Sensory Network category.
In September 2016, Harry Lightsey was appointed executive director of Emerging Technologies Policy in the Global Public Policy organization at General Motors (GM).
Lightsey joined GM in March 2012 as director, Federal Affairs—OnStar, Infotainment and Strategy Development. He subsequently also led the Federal Affairs team. He retired from AT&T in 2009 after serving as president of Southeast Region and as its senior vice president of Legislative and External Affairs. Lightsey also served as State President South Carolina of BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. Lightsey’s career in the telecom industry spanned more than 26 years, including in a variety of positions in the external affairs and legal organizations at BellSouth.
Mr. Lutes is the President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Michael Baker International, a leading provider of high-end engineering, development, intelligence and technology solutions with more than 6,000 employees globally, past performance in more than 100 countries, and more than $1 billion in annual revenue.
He was most recently Chief Operations Officer for Michael Baker International, and served as Chief Financial Officer from 2014 until August 2016. His previous leadership positions include Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Sypris Solutions, Inc.; Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chairman at MAG – Industrial Automation Systems; Chief Financial Officer and Vice President at The Wornick Company; and Senior Vice President - Human Resources at Fifth Third Bancorp. Mr. Lutes also held positions with the General Electric Company for 15 years.
Impacts of Connected & Autonomous Vehicles on Transportation & Development - Perspectives of Leaders from the Public Sector
Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee in August 2016. He joined WSDOT as deputy secretary in October 2015 and was appointed acting secretary in February 2016. Millar oversees an agency of 6,800 employees, with responsibility for 18,600 lane miles of highway, 3294 bridges, general aviation airports, passenger- and freight-rail programs, and Washington State Ferries, the nation's largest ferry system.
Carlos M. Braceras is the Executive Director of the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). In this capacity, he is responsible for UDOT's more than 1,600 employees and the design, construction, and maintenance of Utah's 6,000-mile system of roads and highways.
UDOT recently celebrated the completion of two of the largest highway projects in Utah history with the Utah County I-15 Corridor Expansion (I-15 CORE) and the first phase of the Mountain View Corridor in west Salt Lake County. Both projects address long-term transportation needs and will improve mobility of goods and services throughout the state.
Darran Anderson is the Director of Strategy & Innovation for TxDOT. He is responsible for directing TxDOT's strategies for technology, innovation, research and performance. He directs planning, analysis, execution, change management and continuous assessment of technology and business process improvements, and strategic research and innovation initiatives across TxDOT. He has 29 years’ experience in the areas of: leadership, strategic planning, operations, technology programs, training, tests/experimentation, sensors and simulation. He’s happy to be living in Texas, and blessed with a great family and a fun job.
Kirk T. Steudle began his career with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in 1987. A registered professional engineer, he rose through the ranks of the department to his current position. Steudle is a national leader in the development of connected vehicle technology, which allows vehicles to communicate with the road and other vehicles to improve safety and mobility. He continues to work with a partnership of governments and auto manufacturers to further high-tech highway operations and, at the same time, improve Michigan’s economy.
Current Status of Deployment and Future of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Around the World
As the Associate Administrator for FTA’s Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation since 2008, Vincent Valdes leads a group of program managers, transportation specialists, and engineers who work on FTA’s critical transit research program. The program provides a forum for transit research at the national level and facilitates the development of innovative transit practices and technologies to support national public transportation.
Throughout his career in the public and private sectors, Mr. Valdes has led work in various fields including engineering, transportation research, urban and regional planning, neighborhood economic development, environmental protection, and international development.