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Executive Leadership

Raj Rajkumar
Safety21 Director
Fax: 412-268-1124

Raj Rajkumar is the Director of Metro21 Institute and Safety21, a USDOT National University Transportation Center for Safety. Rajkumar is the George Westinghouse professor at CMU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Raj also serves as Co-Director of the General Motors-Carnegie Mellon Information Technology Collaborative Research Laboratory. His work is primarily in cyber-physical systems, such as autonomous driving and vehicular networks, and wireless/sensor networks, including the creation of Nano-RK, the reservation-based real-time operating system (RTOS). Raj has won six best paper awards, and his paper on Priority Inheritance Protocols proposed a solution to ‘priority inversion problem,’ allowing for the success of the 1997 Mars Pathfinder Mission.

Karen Lightman
Interim Safety21 Executive Director

Karen Lightman is the Interim Executive Director of Safety21 as well as the Executive Director of Metro21: Smart Cities Institute at CMU. Karen is an internationally recognized leader in building and supporting communities based on emerging technologies. Her diverse background spans the consumer, military, healthcare, manufacturing, and automotive sectors. Karen is ranked by EETimes as one of the top 25 “Women in Tech.”  She is a passionate advocate and spokesperson for technology solutions to real-world problems and has held several board positions and is currently treasurer on the board of the MetroLab Network. She has a BA from the University of Vermont  and a MS in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College.  Mom to two great young adults, Karen lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and dog.

Chandani Sharma
Safety21 Program Manager

Chandani Sharma is the Program Manager at Safety21.  She is a Business Administration and Accounting graduate from The Pennsylvania State University-Abington, and has many years of experience in the nonprofit sector.

Safety21 University Partner Contacts

Safety21 CCAC Director

Justin Starr
Community College of Allegheny County
+ 1 412 639-5771
Assistant Professor of Mechatronics
West Hills Center, N2203
1000 McKee Road
Oakdale, PA 15071

Zhuping Sheng

Safety21 Morgan State University Director

Zhuping Sheng
Morgan State University
+1 443 885-2243
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
Morgan State University
CBEIS, Room 313
Baltimore, MD 21251

Safety21 The Ohio State University Director

Keith Redmill
The Ohio State University

+1 614 292-5216

Electrical & Computer Engineering

The Ohio State University

420 Dreese Laboratories

2015 Neil Avenue

Columbus, OH 43210

Professor Rahul Mangharam of the University of Pennsylvania

Safety21 University of Pennsylvania Director

Rahul Mangharam
University of Pennsylvania
+1 215 573-3636
200 South 33rd Street
Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Safety21 University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Director

Hossein Noruzoliaee

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
+1 956 665-3728
Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
1201 W. University Drive, EIEAB 3.238
Edinburg, TX 78539

Safety21 Community College of Philadelphia Director

Richard Saxton
Community College of Philadelphia
+1 267 299-5875
Professor of Automotive Technology
Community College of Philadelphia
Automotive Technology Program
4731 Ludlow Street
Philadelphia, PA 19139

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