Carnegie Mellon University

Austin Davis Visit

September 20, 2021

Representative Austin Davis Visits CMU Campus

Representative Austin Davis toured the Carnegie Mellon University campus on Wednesday, September 15 and spoke with staff and faculty to continue to develop a relationship that will improve development of smart cities and transportation in the region.

This is Representative Davis’s second visit to campus.  He visited in February 2020 and received an overview of the CREATE Lab, CMU’s work in additive manufacturing and a briefing on cybersecurity. 

Representative Davis began his career working for County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, which provides him with a broad perspective on government operations and issues.  Representing the Mon Valley communities of McKeesport, Clairton, Duquesne, Lincoln, Munhall—Davis has focused on community and workforce development, infrastructure and strategies for advancing the decarbonization of the region’s metal industry.   

Representative Davis is emerging as a leader in state and regional transportation issues.  He serves on the House Transportation Committee and the board of the Pittsburgh Port Authority.

This was an opportunity to engage with a current and emerging leader on infrastructure and transportation issues.  Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman and Traffic21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell were able to highlight examples of CMU research, advances that may be particularly critical and initiatives that demonstrate CMU’s ability to impact a variety of communities in the region (e.g. McKeesport collaboration on school lunch delivery).