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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.

Robin A. Kemper, P.E., LEED AP, F.SEI, F.ASCE, ASCE President-Elect

Robin KemperRobin 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.

Mayor William Peduto, Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh

Since taking office, Mayor 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 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.”

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.

Brian Lutes, President and CEO, Michael Baker International

Brian LutesMr. 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.

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.

Kirk T. Steudle, P.E., Director, Michigan DOT

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.

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 (U.S. Update)

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.

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