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Monday, June 10

8:30–9:15 a.m. | Opening Plenary: Imagining and Creating our “Future World”

Robin A. Kemper, P.E., LEED AP, F.SEI, F.ASCE, President, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

ASCE President Robin KemperRobin A. Kemper is the ASCE President. She 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.

Kemper also served on the Board of Direction of Engineers Without Borders, and the Civil Engineering Industrial Advisory Board of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, her alma mater. She is currently a member of the Civil Engineering Industrial Advisory Boards for Rutgers University and the College of New Jersey.

Yinhai Wang, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, President, ASCE-T&DI

Yinhai Wang - HeadshotDr. Yinhai Wang is a professor in transportation engineering and the founding director of the Smart Transportation Applications and Research Laboratory (STAR Lab) at the University of Washington (UW). He also serves as director for Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans), USDOT University Transportation Center for Federal Region 10 and visiting chair for the Traffic Information and Control Department at Harbin Institute of Technology. He has a Ph.D. in transportation engineering from the University of Tokyo (1998), a master's degree in computer science from the UW, and another master’s degree in construction management (1991) and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering (1989) from Tsinghua University in China. Dr. Wang’s active research fields include traffic sensing, e-science of transportation, big-data analytics, traffic operations and simulation, smart urban mobility, transportation safety, etc. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles and delivered more than 130 invited talks and nearly 220 other academic presentations. Dr. Wang is the President of ASCE’s Transportation & Development.

9:15–10:00 a.m. | Understanding and Harnessing Smarter Mobility for Smarter Cities

Terry F. Neimeyer, Chairman of the Board, KCI

Terry Neimeyer - HeadshotTerry Neimeyer is KCI’s Chairman of the Board. Neimeyer joined KCI in 1977 and has since served in numerous leadership roles for the company, including chief engineer of civil engineering operations in Maryland and North Carolina. In December 1995 Neimeyer became president, a position he held until June 2006. He has served as chief executive officer for nearly two decades, and chairman of the board since December 2000.

Neimeyer earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Delaware, his master’s degree in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and his Master of Business Administration from Wilmington College. He is a registered professional engineer in six states, and he earned his Envision Sustainability Professional Credential from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure and is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.

Neimeyer has served as chairman of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the American Council of Engineering Companies, president of XL Insurance Design Professional Risk Control Group, and sat on the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is a fellow of both the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Council of Engineering Companies and a graduate of Leadership Maryland.

Neil Pedersen, Executive Director, Transportation Research Board

Neil Pedersen PortraitIn February 2015, Neil Pedersen became Executive Director of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). In that role, he provides executive direction and leadership to TRB’s technical activities, including its annual meeting of over 12,000 transportation professionals, its more than 200 technical committees, its conferences, and its publications; its peer-reviewed policy consensus studies; its multimodal cooperative research programs; and operation of the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) naturalistic driving study safety database.

From 2012 to 2015, Pedersen was Deputy Director for Implementation and Communication for SHRP 2. In that role, he led TRB’s efforts to ensure that the products of the $218 million SHRP 2 research program will be used by state DOTs, MPOs, local governments, resource agencies, and other implementation agencies.

Pedersen spent 29 years at the Maryland State Highway Administration, where he served the last eight years as Administrator and Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. Prior to that, he was both Deputy Administrator and Director of the Office of Planning and Preliminary Engineering.

Over his career, Pedersen has been involved in volunteer leadership roles in both TRB and AASHTO. He chaired a number of TRB committees, including serving as Chair of TRB’s Executive Committee in 2011. He was also Chair of the SHRP 2 Technical Coordination Committee for its Capacity focus area from 2005 until joining TRB staff in 2012. At AASHTO, he was Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Highways from 2007 to 2011 as well as several AASHTO policy committees.

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Disruptive Technologies: Powerful Enablers for Policymakers and Operating Agencies

Stephen Buckley, Vice President and National Director for Planning and Environment, WSP

Stephen Buckley - HeadshotBased in Philadelphia, Steve Buckley is the manager of the northeast U.S. planning, environment and traffic practice for WSP USA. He has over 20 years of experience in transportation including design, operations, maintenance, policy, planning, programming and funding.

Buckley previously served as general manager of transportation for the City of Toronto, where he helped lead a dialogue on how North American cities can and should influence the development of policies for autonomous vehicles to ensure they align with city goals. Steve also commissioned the discussion paper, “Driving Changes: Automated Vehicles in Toronto,” to initiate a regional conversation on autonomous vehicles.

Buckley earned a master’s degrees in transportation and in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Syracuse University. He has been an active member of the Transportation Research Board, the National Association of City Transportation Officials, ITS Canada, and the Transport Association of Canada.

Lauren Love-Wright, Vice President of Network Partnerships, Verizon

Lauren Love-WrightLauren Love-Wright is Chief Marketing Officer of Verizon Partner Solutions leading the development and execution of programs to drive $5B in annual revenue and deliver year over year growth. In this role she is responsible for developing the winning strategy and vision for the wholesale business unit, managing the product portfolio to drive revenue growth and gain market share, and driving transformation by launching new products and services, targeting new customer segments, and developing key partnerships.

Her career with the company spans more than 12 years and includes positions of increasing responsibility in sales, consumer electronics, business and retail services. Prior to her current role, Lauren was president of Verizon Wireless’ region covering Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky where she was responsible for all sales, marketing, operations, financial performance and customer service in the three states.

Love-Wright joined Verizon Wireless in 2003 as associate director for strategic sales for its Illinois/Wisconsin Region. For nearly six years she developed and implemented strategies to expand the customer base across the health care, utilities, distribution, finance and professional services areas and subsequently was promoted to director for strategic sales in 2009.

In early 2012, Love-Wright joined Verizon Wireless’ Marketing team as director of connected consumer electronics and personal computing devices, responsible for driving strategy to ensure that Verizon Wireless service was embedded in the leading consumer electronics and portable personal computing devices sold in the U.S. Love-Wright returned to the Illinois/Wisconsin Region in 2014 to help lead its retail channel. Love-Wright has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Spelman College and Georgia Institute of Technology; her Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology; and her MBA from Harvard Business School.

Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

Michael O'Rielly - PortraitMichael O’Rielly was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama and was sworn into office in November 2013. In January 2015, he was confirmed and sworn into office for a second term, which extends until June 30, 2019.

Prior to joining the agency, Commissioner O’Rielly spent almost 20 years working in prominent Republican communication policy and leadership positions for the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Most recently, he served as a Policy Advisor in the Office of the Senate Republican Whip, led by U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX). Commissioner O’Rielly received his B.A. from the University of Rochester.

Phil Silver, Transportation Vertical Strategy Leader, State & Local Government, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Phil Silver - HeadshotPhil Silver leads Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) public sector transportation vertical, including activities with airports, seaports, transit agencies, tolling authorities, traffic departments, parking, DOTs, MPOs, and COGs – practically anything where state and local government operates transportation infrastructure (that includes CAV and Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives). He works with the state and local government field sales, solution architects, partner development, and professional services teams that support ISVs who build with AWS.

Over the past twenty years, Silver held sales and strategy leadership roles in global systems integration firms who are specialists in payments, fare collection, traffic management, tolling, parking, traveler information, logistics, e-commerce, IoT, and advanced analytics. Through it all, he has developed a great network of end-users, technology providers, and consultants. He also gained an appreciation for the technology challenges and opportunities faced by public sector agencies and authorities engaged in smart city / smart transportation initiatives focused on improving services to their patrons. Concurrently he served in the U.S. Navy, capping a 25-year active duty and reserve career with command of two expeditionary warfare units that deployed overseas in support of our Naval Forces, retiring as a Captain.

Along the way, Silver earned a Masters in Executive Leadership from University of San Diego, an MBA from Fordham University, and Bachelor degrees in Chemistry and History from the University of Florida.

Tuesday, June 11

8:30–10:00 a.m. | Smart Cities, Now!

Terry Halvorsen, CIO/EVP IT Mobile, Samsung Electronics

Terry Halvorsen - HeadshotAs the CIO and of EVP IT Mobile at Samsung, Terry Halvorsen works on mobile enterprise strategies and helps navigate government and regulatory business. Prior to joining Samsung, Halvorsen was the Department of Defense CIO, and was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Information Management / Information Technology and Information Assurance as well as non-intelligence space systems; critical satellite communications, navigation, and timing programs; spectrum; and telecommunications. He provided strategy, leadership, and guidance to create a unified information management and technology vision for the Department and ensured the delivery of information technology-based capabilities required to support the broad set of Department missions.

Before serving as the Department of the Navy CIO, Halvorsen was the deputy commander, Navy Cyber Forces. He began serving in that position in January 2010 as part of the Navy Cyber reorganization. Previous to that, Mr. Halvorsen served as the Deputy Commander, Naval Network Warfare Command. He was responsible for providing leadership for over 16,000 military and civilian personnel and supporting over 300 ships and approximately 800,000 globally dispersed computer network users. In this position, he was responsible for the business performance of Navy network operations, space operations, information operations and knowledge management.

Halvorsen served as an Army intelligence officer in a variety of assignments, including Operations Just Cause and Desert Storm. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Widener University and a master's degree in educational technology from the University of West Florida. He is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and an Excellence in Government Leadership Fellow.

Kristin Musulin, Senior Editor, Smart Cities Dive

Kristin Musulin - PortraitKristin Musulin is the Senior Editor of Industry Dive’s Smart Cities Dive publication. Originally raised on a farm in South Jersey, she received her degree in journalism from the University of Maryland in 2015 and moved to Washington, D.C. shortly after. Her passions include environmental research, city innovation, comedy, and Wawa.

Huei Peng, Director, MCity

Huei Peng - HeadshotHuei Peng received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992. He is director of Mcity, the University of Michigan’s public-private partnership devoted to advancing the development of connected and automated vehicles.

Peng is also the Roger L. McCarthy Professor of Mechanical Engineering at U-M. Peng’s research interests include adaptive control and optimal control, with emphasis on their applications to vehicular and transportation systems.

In the last twenty years, Peng has worked on vehicle automation, vehicle dynamics, design and assessment of active safety systems, and human model development—with a special focus on understanding how they err. He has served as the principal investigator or co-principal investigator of more than fifty research projects, with a total funding of more than $30 million. He has more than 240 technical publications, including 100 in referred journals and four books.

Peng is an SAE Fellow and an ASME Fellow. He is a Chang Jiang Scholar at the Tsinghua University of China.

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Smart Mobility, Now!

Cliff Fietzek, Director of Technology, Electrify America

Cliff Fietzek HeadshotCliff Fietzek is the Director of Technology for Electrify America, LLC. In this role, he is responsible for all Charging Hardware, Battery Storage, the backend IoT platform as well as all other technology deployments. Previously, Cliff held the position of Manager of connected e-mobility at BMW of North America, where he was responsible for all Engineering aspects around the BMW i Program, including vehicle development and validation, public infrastructure, smart charging and battery second life.

Sherry Login, Manager of Electric Vehicles Programs, Con Edison Company of New York, Inc.

Sherry Login - PortraitSherry Login is the Manager of Electric Vehicles Programs at the Consolidated Edison Company
of New York. Con Edison operates one of the world’s largest energy delivery systems providing
electric, gas and to the 10 million people who live in New York City and Westchester County. In
2017, Sherry pioneered the SmartCharge New York program, the first electric vehicle off‐peak
charging incentive program to utilize a connected car technology to monitor charging behavior.
This unique, innovative program currently has almost 2,000 light‐duty electric vehicles actively
enrolled and is in the process of expanding to include medium and heavy duty electric vehicles.  In 2015, she spearheaded the creation of Con Edison’s workplace charging program which now covers 18 facilities. She holds an MBA and Master of Environmental Studies from Yale University, as well as a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Environmental Technology from Cornell University.

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