The Third Annual National Mobility Summit of US Department of Transportation University Transportation Centers

Innovating Mobility for All

April 15, 2021

11:00AM – 4:00PM

Featured Keynote Speaker:

Studio head-shot portrait of Robert Hampshire.

Robert Hampshire, Acting Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

Robert Hampshire serves as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology. Hampshire was previously an associate professor at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He was also a research associate professor in both the U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS), and an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE).



11:00 am   Welcome, Introductions, & Overview of the Day

  • Raj Rajkumar, Director, Mobility21 National UTC, Carnegie Mellon University

11:10 am    Remarks from the UTC Program – watch recording here

  • Caesar Singh, Director, USDOT Office of Research, Development & Technology

11:15 am    Federal Representative Panel – watch recording here

Moderator, Shari Schaftlein, Director, Office of Human Environment at FHWA

  • David Corman, Program Director, National Science Foundation, Cyber-Physical Systems, Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Core Research, Smart and Connected Communities
  • Prasad Gupte, Technology Manager, Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office and the Energy Efficient Mobility Systems Program
  • Scott Michael Robertson, PhD, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, Employment-Related Supports Team
  • Stanley E. Young, PE, PhD, Advanced Transportation & Urban Scientist, Mobility Systems Team Lead, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

12:05 pm   Break

12:15 pm   Improving Mobility for All: Infrastructure and Opportunities Panel – watch recording here

Moderator, Carol Wright, Director of Easterseals Transportation Group and co-director of the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center

  • Sheryl Gross-Glaser, President, SGG Consulting LLC and former Director, Community Transportation Association of America’s National Center for Applied Transit Technology (N-CATT)
  • Ken McLeod, Policy Director at The League of American Bicyclists
  • Thomas Weakley, Director of Operations of the Owner-Operator Independent Driver’s Association Foundation, Inc.

1:05 pm   Break

1:15 pm   Small Group Break-outs and Discussions – watch recording of discussion debrief here

Click here to read the summaries from all the discussions.

1. Redefining the role of the curb

2. Connected and autonomous vehicles

3. Freight and goods movement, including deliveries (groceries, food)

4. Public transportation & transportation network companies

5. Rural challenges

6. Active transportation – ped/bike, micromobility

7. Future emergencies and transportation – lessons learned from COVID-19

2:15 pm   Break

2:25 pm   Keynote & Closing Remarks – watch recording here
Introduced by Raj Rajkumar, Director, Mobility21 National UTC, Carnegie Mellon University

Robert Hampshire, Acting Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology 

2:45 pm   Poster Session – watch recording here

4:00 pm   Summit Adjourns

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Also, check out the previous National Mobility Summit Recaps: