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Plenary Speakers

Monday, July 16

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Opening Plenary

Keynote Speeches from Federal, State, and Local Government Leaders.

Kristina Swallow, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE, ASCE 2018 President

Kristina Swallow, ASCE 2018 PresidentKristina Swallow is the current president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Kristina is a civil engineering leader with more than 20 years of professional practice in water resources, transportation, and land development. Among her many past roles, she served as Region 8 Director, Region 8 Governor, Chair of the Education Activities and the Diversity and Women in Civil Engineering committees, and ASCE's 150th Anniversary Steering Committee.

Kristina has a diverse professional background that includes serving as a program manager in the capital improvements division for the City of Las Vegas, as a transportation policy advisor for a U.S. Senator in Washington, DC, and working as a land development consultant in the fastest growing city in the United States, including five years as a small business owner.

She is passionate about civil engineering and the benefits of infrastructure for communities, especially transportation systems.

She is married to a civil engineer, Dave, and has three dogs and a cat. In her spare time, she enjoys running, aerial acrobatics, exploring new cities, and just trying new things.

William Peduto, Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh

Since taking office as Pittsburgh’s mayor, Bill Peduto has led 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 100 Resilient Cities network, which provides resources to improve city resilience in the face of climate change, globalization, and urbanization trends. 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.”

Leslie Richards, Secretary of Transportation, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Leslie RichardsPennDOT 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.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Private Sector CEO Forum

Impacts of Connected & Autonomous Vehicles on Transportation & Development - Perspectives of Leaders from the Private Sector.

Sean Harrington, Vice President of City Solutions, Smart Communities & Venues, Verizon

Sean HarringtonMr. 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.

Harry Lightsey, Executive Director of Emerging Technologies Policy, General Motors

Harry LightseyIn September 2016, Harry Lightsey was appointed the 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.

Malcolm Dougherty, Vice President and National Practice Lead, Transportation, Michael Baker International

Malcolm DoughertyMr. Dougherty is Senior Vice President and National Practice Lead, Transportation for Michael Baker International. He is responsible for driving the strategic direction, growth and performance of the practice and leads an integrated team of regional transportation and management professionals in all aspects of transportation.

Mr. Dougherty brings more than 25 years of transportation industry experience to Michael Baker, and holds numerous affiliations and certifications, including: Past Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Executive Committee, Chair of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Committee on Construction, Chair of the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee. He also is a member of the Board of Directors for the Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) of America, AASHTO, and the California Public Works. Additionally, he is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the past President of the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (WASHTO).

Henry Liu, Vice President and Chief Scientist on Smart Transportation, DiDi

Dr. Henry LiuDr. Henry Liu is the Chief Scientist on Smart Transportation of DiDi and the General Manager of the Urban Transportation Business Unit. He is also a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Liu received his Ph.D. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2000 and his Bachelor degree in Automotive Engineering from Tsinghua University (China) in 1993. Dr. Liu’s research interests focus on transportation network monitoring, modeling, and control, as well as mobility and safety applications with connected and automated vehicles. On these topics, he has published more than 80 refereed journal articles. Dr. Liu is the managing editor of Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, and an associate editor of Transportation Research Part C, Network and Spatial Economics, and Transportmetrica Part B.

Tuesday, July 17

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | State DOT CEO Forum

Impacts of Connected & Autonomous Vehicles on Transportation & Development - Perspectives of Leaders from the Public Sector

Roger Millar, Secretary of Transportation, Washington State DOT

Roger MillarSecretary 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 Braceras, P.E., Executive Director, Utah DOT

Carlos BracerasCarlos 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 the mobility of goods and services throughout the state.

Darran Anderson, Director of Strategy And Innovation, Texas State DOT

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 the 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.

Kimberly Avery, Director, Bureau of Field Services, Michigan DOT

Kimberly AveryKimberly Avery, P.E., is the Director of Bureau of Field Services at the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). She is responsible for overseeing MDOT’s statewide maintenance, construction, bridge management, pavement, research program, and safety and security operations.

A Valparaiso University graduate, Avery has 25 years of experience at MDOT. She is involved with several initiatives and teams, including the Autonomous Vehicle Implementation Team, the Strategic Planning Committee, the Great Lakes Regional Transportation Operating Coalition, and the Commercial Vehicle Steering Team. In addition, she is a member of the Detroit Greenway Coalition, the Detroit Engineering Society, and is president of the Michigan chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO).

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Modal Leaders’ Forum

Impacts of Emerging Technologies on Transportation & Development – A Modal Perspective

Vincent Valdes, Associate Administrator for Research, Demonstration and Innovation, Federal Transit Administration 

Vincent ValdezAs 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.

Michel Hovan, Manager of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Technology Research & Development Branch

Michel HovanMichel Hovan is the Manager of the FAA’s Airports Technology Research branch located the William J. Hughes FAA Technical Center in NJ. As such, Michel manages a $33 M research portfolio focused on airport safety, airport pavement and airport environmental research. The research is conducted by FAA to update and create airports-related FAA Advisory Circulars that are used by airports nationwide. He holds a Ph.D from the University of Minnesota in Geo-Engineering, a Master’s degree in geotechnical engineering from the University of Manitoba as well as an engineering from France.  Throughout his various positions, Michel has accumulated decades of experience in highway and airports research, as well a front line experience in the field. Between 2006 and 2013, Michel was the manager of FAA’s airport safety and engineering for the FAA’s New England region, and as such, was able to see firsthand the application of research in the field by airports of all sizes. On a side note, Michel is also an advanced martial arts practitioner and instructor.

Dwight W. Clark, President, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA)

Dwight Clark is the 2017-18 President of the AREMA Educational Foundation Board of Directors.Throughout his 37 years in the railway industry with the Missouri Pacific Railroad and Union Pacific Railroad, he has held positions both in the field and system across the network. During this time, Clark developed an acute awareness of the imperative for railway maintenance personnel, from the boots-on-the ground track employees up to executives, to develop, utilize, and support best-practice technologies and standards for track maintenance.

For most of his career, Clark has participated in the promotion of national and international research and development of rail infrastructure technology and maintenance.

Egan Smith, Managing Director Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO)

Egan Smith, Managing Director Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO)Egan Smith has decades of professional experience in intelligent transportation systems (ITS), transportation program management and transportation planning. Smith is a registered Professional Engineer, Professional Traffic Operations Engineer and Professional Transportation Planner. He has a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering, a master of engineering in traffic engineering and operations research, and a master of science in technology management.

Smith is the managing director of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO). He is responsible for the timely and efficient implementation of ITS activities including the development and implementation of the ITS Strategic Plan; the review and assessment of legislative proposals; and the coordination, oversight and evaluation for all ongoing ITS JPO program activities.

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