Carnegie Mellon University

Raj Mobility Summit

Mobility21 Hosts Fourth Annual National Mobility Summit of USDOT UTCs

Mobility21 hosted the Fourth Annual National Mobility Summit of US Department of Transportation University Transportation Centers in Washington D.C.  The summit provided a unique opportunity for over 110 researchers, government, community, and industry representatives from across the country to discuss improving mobility for people and goods as well as highlighting UTC innovations and impacts.

The day began with a welcome from Mobility21 Director Raj Rajkumar and US Department of Transportation Director of UTC Grants Program Caesar Singh.  The day also included a keynote session, where Alasdair Cain, USDOT Director of Research, Development and Technology Coordination and several other senior leaders from the department discussed their programs and opportunities for collaborative transformational research.  The panelists included:

  • Maryam Allahyar, Director, Research & Development, Office of Research, Development & Technology, Federal Railroad Administration, USDOT
  • Brian Cronin, Director, Office of Safety and Operations R&D, Federal Highway Administration, USDOT
  • Tom Keane, Associate Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, USDOT
  • David Schneider, Acting Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation, Federal Transit Administration, USDOT
  • Egan Smith, Managing Director, Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office, USDOT
  • Nanda Srinivasan, Associate Administrator, Research and Program Development, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, USDOT

In addition, there were three discussion panels which focused on the topics of environment and climate change, workforce development, and equity.  The day highlighted work from mobility-themed UTC’s around the country (representing 50+ educational institutions) and concluded with a research showcase where UTCs could share their ideas and create new collaborations.