Safety21 Hosts Annual Safety Summit of USDOT UTCs

Safety21 hosted the 2024 National Safety Summit of U.S. Department of Transportation University Transportation Centers in Washington, D.C.  The summit provided a unique opportunity for over 100 researchers, government, community, 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.

The event featured opening remarks from Safety21 Director Raj Rajkumar and U.S. Department of Transportation Director of UTC Grants Program Caesar Singh.  The event also included keynotes from Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, Chief of Staff to New Jersey Governor Philip D. Murphy and Former Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Transportation as well as Robert Hampshire, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research & Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation, where both discussed their programs and opportunities to improve safety through collaborative, transformational research.  The event also include panels such as:

The Human Side of TransportationDiscussion about 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 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)
Roadway Safety – Discussion about roadway safety with respect to infrastructure (lighting, workzones), vehicles (trucks, buses, passenger vehicles, automated vehicles, bicycles), freight, incident management and work zones. Panelists 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)
National Perspectives on Transportation Safety – Discussion features transportation safety experts hailing from several agencies within the US DOT. Panelists 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)
Tech and Policy for Safe Connected Automation – Discussion looks 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 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)

The day highlighted work from safety-themed UTCs around the country and concluded with a research showcase, where UTCs could share their work and ideas, and create new collaborations.

View some of the photos from the day’s events below:

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