2024 National Safety Summit of USDOT University Transportation Centers

The National Safety Summit invites all safety-themed US DOT University Transportation Centers together for an event to discuss real-world problems, opportunities, and innovations in today’s transportation landscape.

April 4, 2024 in Washington, DC

The summit provides a unique opportunity for researchers, government, and industry representatives from across the country to engage in critical discussions and participate in a research showcase where ideas will be shared and new collaborative efforts to transfer research to deployment are identified.

Topics covered during the summit include road safety, public transportation, and much more.  Whether you are an industry professional, researcher, or policymaker, this event provides a platform to gain valuable insights, share experiences, contribute to ongoing efforts to enhance transportation safety and collaborate with professionals in the field.


8:00am     Breakfast and Registration

8:30am     Welcome and Introductions

  • Raj Rajkumar, Director, Safety21 University Transportation Center

9:10am     Remarks from the UTC Program

  • Caesar Singh, Director, US DOT University Transportation Centers Grants Program

9:15am      Keynote Speaker

  • Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, Chief of Staff to New Jersey Governor Philip D. Murphy and Former Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Transportation

9:45am     Panel: The Human Side of Safe Transportation

This panel will discuss the people who are impacted by and are impacting transportation safety including drivers, passengers, vulnerable road users, as well as transportation and construction workers. Panelists will also consider issues related to equity, including the needs of seniors, those with disabilities and other underserved communities.

  • Willie Brown, Division Director of Transit, Universities, Utilities, and Services, AFL-CIO Transport Workers Union of America
  • April Rai, President and CEO, COMTO National
  • Paul Skoutelas, President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association
  • C. Y. David Yang, President and Executive Director, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
  • Arlando Teller, Assistant Secretary for Tribal Government Affairs, U.S. Department of Transportation (Moderator)

10:45am   Break

11:15am     Panel: Roadway Safety

This panel will discuss roadway safety with respect to infrastructure (lighting, workzones), vehicles (trucks, buses, passenger vehicles, automated vehicles, bicycles), freight, incident management and work zones. Panelists will address challenges/opportunities related to equitably deploying technology to address roadway safety in urban, rural and suburban communities.

  • Greg Barlow, Software Architect, Miovision
  • Ken McLeod, Policy Director, The League of American Bicyclists
  • Folake Owoloja, Western Regional Traffic Management Center Manager, PA Department of Transportation | Engineering District 11-0
  • Thomas Smith, Senior Transportation Advisor, Appalachia Regional Commission
  • Lorraine Martin, President and CEO, National Safety Council (Moderator)

12:15pm    Lunch 

12:45pm   Keynote Speaker

  • Robert Hampshire, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research & Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation

1:30pm     Panel: National Perspectives on Transportation Safety 

This panel features transportation safety experts hailing from several agencies within the US DOT. Panelists will provide more details on current and future US DOT initiatives focused on keeping traveling Americans safe – through its programs and projects.

  • Brian Cronin, Director, U.S. Department of Transportation’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO)
  • Bob Kreeb, Director, Office of Safety Research, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  • Ben Levine, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research & Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Essie Wagner, Director, Office of Behavioral Safety Research, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Tom Keane, Associate Administrator, Office of Research & Registration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (Moderator)

2:30pm     Break

2:45pm     Panel: Tech and Policy for Safe Connected Automation

This panel will look at the current and future states of connected automated vehicles with an emphasis on safety, addressing the mismatch between technology and policy at the state and federal levels. Panelists will discuss the implications of data collection, privacy, and equity with respect to the deployment of new technology (i.e., connective automation – CAV, V2X) and their impacts on communities.

  • Sam Abuelsamid, Principal Analyst, Guidehouse Insights
  • Laura Chace, President and CEO, Intelligent Transportation Systems of America
  • Matthew Colvin, Chief of Staff, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO
  • Richard Ezike, Clean Technology Project Manager, Transportation & Power Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Jim Misener, Senior Director, Product Management – Global V2X Ecosystem Lead, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (Moderator)

3:45pm     Observations and Next Steps

  • Raj Rajkumar, Director, Safety21 University Transportation Center

4:00pm   Research Showcase Featuring US DOT Safety UTCs and Networking 

5:00pm   Adjourn

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