Carnegie Mellon University


US Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Visits CMU

U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Polly Trottenberg joined researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the U.S. Department of Transportation Safety21 University Transportation Center at Mill19 on August 21, 2023 to learn more about the UTC program.

Deputy Trottenberg, accompanied by Ben Levine, senior adviser for the USDOT Office of Research and Technology, and Bryson Hughes, deputy director of USDOT Operations and adviser to the deputy secretary, met with CMU’s Raj Rajkumar, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and the director of Mobility21 and Safety21, and university leaders. Discussion centered on goals for Safety21 and its strategic alignment with the new $22 million state-funded Pennsylvania Safety Training and Research (PennSTART) facility in Westmoreland County. Officials from the Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC) were also in attendance, including Don Smith, president, and Tim White, senior vice president, business development and strategy.

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