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.

Join us April 4, 2024 in Washington, DC for this year’s Summit, at the Holiday Inn Washington Capitol – Natl Mall.

Registration is required for this event, please click here to register. Contact us for more information.

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.

Agenda (as of 2/28/24):

8:00am     Breakfast and Registration

8:30am     Welcome and Introductions

  • Raj Rajkumar, Director, Safety21 University Transportation Center

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

  • 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

  • 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 & Keynote Speaker

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

1:30pm     Panel: National Perspectives on Transportation Safety 

  • 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

  • Sam Abuelsamid, Principal Analyst, Guidehouse Insights
  • Laura Chace, President and CEO, Intelligent Transportation Systems of America
  • Richard Ezike, Clean Technology Project Manager, Transportation & Power Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Ed Wytkind, Former President of the Transportation Trades Department and Senior Advisor, AFL-CIO Technology Institute
  • 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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