Dr. Destenie Nock and Her Student Participate in Scott Institute Energy Week

March 22, 2023
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March 22, 2023

Mobility21 researcher Dr. Destenie Nock and her Ph.D. student Lily Hanig participated in CMU Energy Week activities, where Lily talked about her work during the poster session.

CCAC Discusses Student Spaceflight Experiment Program

March 22, 2023
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March 22, 2023

Mobility21 UTC researcher and CCAC professor Dr. Justin Starr discussed his role as coordinator of  CCAC’s new Spaceflight Experiment Program and how they are designing experiments for space.  Watch his interview here.

Research Recap: Connected Vehicle Infrastructure for a Smart City

March 18, 2023
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March 18, 2023

Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap” for Carnegie Mellon University researcher Ray Gastil’s project “Connected Vehicle Infrastructure for a Smart City.” Recaps are one-page overviews of the UTC funded research that describe the research project’s purpose, approach, key findings, conclusions, contact information for the research team and a link to the final research report.

Transportation Club Hosts Career Panel

March 17, 2023
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March 17, 2023

Members of the CMU Transportation Club hosted four transportation professionals for their annual career panel event.  Panelists represented the City of Pittsburgh, Department of Mobility & Infrastructure, WSP, Pittsburgh Regional Transit, and Hitachi Rail.  The panelists shared their experiences in planning transit-oriented communities, conducting right-of-way development, managing sidewalks and curbs, and rail wayside engineering.  Students asked questions of the panelists, as well as engaged in networking at the end of the event.

Mobility21 Hosts Fourth Annual National Mobility Summit of USDOT UTCs

March 16, 2023
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March 16, 2023

Mobility21 hosted the Fourth Annual National Mobility Summit of US Department of Transportation University Transportation Centers in Washington D.C.  The summit provided a unique opportunity for over 110 researchers, government, community, and industry representatives from across the country to discuss improving mobility for people and goods as well as highlighting UTC innovations and impacts.

The day began with a welcome from Mobility21 Director Raj Rajkumar and US Department of Transportation Director of UTC Grants Program Caesar Singh.  The day also included a keynote session, where Alasdair Cain, USDOT Director of Research, Development and Technology Coordination and several other senior leaders from the department discussed their programs and opportunities for collaborative transformational research.  The panelists included:

  • Maryam Allahyar, Director, Research & Development, Office of Research, Development & Technology, Federal Railroad Administration, USDOT
  • Brian Cronin, Director, Office of Safety and Operations R&D, Federal Highway Administration, USDOT
  • Tom Keane, Associate Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, USDOT
  • David Schneider, Acting Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation, Federal Transit Administration, USDOT
  • Egan Smith, Managing Director, Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office, USDOT
  • Nanda Srinivasan, Associate Administrator, Research and Program Development, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, USDOT

 

In addition, there were three discussion panels which focused on the topics of environment and climate change, workforce development, and equity.

Environment/Climate Change – UTC Innovations and Impacts

  • Richard Ezike, Program Communication Specialist, Joint Office of Energy and Transportation
  • Ralph BuehlerProfessor and Chair at Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA)
  • Genevieve Giuliano, Distinguished Professor, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, Pacific West Region UTC
  • Stanley YoungResearch Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

 

Workforce Development – UTC Innovations and Impacts

  • Tom O’Brien, Executive Director, California State University, Long Beach College of Professional and Continuing Education Center for International Trade and Transportation
  • Nick Geale, Vice President for Workforce Policy, American Trucking Associations
  • Sarah Fox, Assistant Professor Human-Computer Interaction Institute, & Nik Martelaro, Assistant Professor Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Matt Colvin, Chief of Staff, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO
  • Hilary Nixon, Deputy Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute
  • Carita Ducre, Vice President for Workforce Development and Education Services, APTA

 

Equity – UTC Innovations and Impacts

  • Arlando Teller, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tribal Affairs, USDOT
  • David Kack, Director, Western Transportation Institute and the Program Manager for Mobility and Public Transportation
  • Carol Tyson, Government Affairs Liaison, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
  • Steven Polzin, Deputy Director at the TOMNET UTC at Arizona State University, TOMNET UTC
  • April Rai, President & CEO, COMTO

 

The day highlighted work from mobility-themed UTC’s around the country (representing 50+ educational institutions) and concluded with a research showcase where UTCs could share their ideas and create new collaborations.

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

CCAC Professors Explore the Robot Revolution

March 16, 2023
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March 16, 2023

Mobility21 UTC academic partners and CCAC professors Dr. Justin Starr and Robert Koch discuss the need for understanding of artificial intelligence with Futurum as the future of transportation goes electric and drives itself.  Read the full article here.

Research Recap: Smart and Equitable Parks: Quantifying Returns on Investments

March 10, 2023
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March 10, 2023

Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap” for Carnegie Mellon University researcher Katherine Flanigan’s project “Smart and Equitable Parks: Quantifying Returns on Investments.” Recaps are one-page overviews of the UTC funded research that describe the research project’s purpose, approach, key findings, conclusions, contact information for the research team and a link to the final research report.

ACT Celebrates International Women’s Day with Panel

March 8, 2023
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March 8, 2023

The Association of Commuter Transportation Board of Directors members, Connie McGee, Jessica Alba, Roz Tucker, and Lisa Kay Schweyer (Mobility21 Program Manager) hosted an International Women’s Day discussion.  The conversation highlighted how empowering women in Transportation Demand Management means promoting and enabling their equal and meaningful participation, as historically, women have been underrepresented in the transportation sector.

Research Recap: Platooning for Improved Safety and Efficiency of Semi-Trucks (PISES-III)

March 4, 2023
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March 4, 2023

Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap” for Carnegie Mellon University researchers Venkatasubramanian Viswanathan and Varun Shankar’s project “Platooning for Improved Safety and Efficiency of Semi-Trucks (PISES-III).” Recaps are one-page overviews of the UTC funded research that describe the research project’s purpose, approach, key findings, conclusions, contact information for the research team and a link to the final research report.

Fifth Annual Conference on Autonomous Vehicles and Public Transport

March 2, 2023
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March 2, 2023

Mobility21 UTC researcher Nik Martelaro participated in the Fifth Annual Conference on Autonomous Vehicles and Public Transport in San Francisco, CA, which was attended by a mix of individuals working in transit in both the public and private sectors.  Nik spoke about his work on the intersection of autonomous vehicle driving technology and the future of bus transit labor.  During the discussion, he highlighted recommendations from the recent policy brief, focusing on challenges to human-automation teaming and the potential impacts of automation on bus drivers.

CCAC Partners with Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities for Educational Event

March 2, 2023
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March 2, 2023

Mobility21 UTC academic partner CCAC worked with Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities to host the educational event “Cow FartBus” to teach participants about the transition from diesel school busses to low carbon busses.

Inclusive Stem Teaching Project CMU Discussions Led by Mobility21 & Robotics Institute Program Managers

February 28, 2023
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February 28, 2023

Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for Mobility21 UTC and Rachel Burcin, Global Programs Manager for the Robotics Institute, co-chaired an information session today about the Inclusive Stem Teaching Project and a companion discussion group for members of the Carnegie Mellon University community.  Lisa Kay and Rachel will also be leading the CMU community discussion group, which will meet 3 times over the next 2 months.

Research Recap: Equity and Transportation System Implications of Shared Autonomous Vehicle Deployment

February 27, 2023
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February 24, 2023

Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap” for Carnegie Mellon University researcher Corey Harper’s project “Equity and Transportation System Implications of Shared Autonomous Vehicle Deployment.” Recaps are one-page overviews of the UTC funded research that describe the research project’s purpose, approach, key findings, conclusions, contact information for the research team and a link to the final research report.

Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Holds First Regional Broadband Summit

February 18, 2023
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February 18, 2023

Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission hosted the first of its kind Regional Broadband & Connectivity Summit, bringing together regional stakeholders, industry and non-profit experts, and local, state and federal governments and agencies to address equitable and affordable access to high-speed broadband internet in southwestern Pennsylvania.  Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman participated and provided her expertise on broadband.

Transportation Club Hosts “Movie Night” On Campus

February 17, 2023
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February 17, 2023

The Transportation Club hosted movie night on the CMU campus to watch “The Terminal.”  The event provided 23 students a chance to share in the camaraderie of the club while enjoying popcorn and a movie.

Transportation Club Students Attend Hitachi Rail Open House

February 16, 2023
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February 16, 2023

Students from the CMU Transportation Club attended the Hitachi Rail Open House to learn about the career and development opportunities that Hitachi Rail offers.  Students had the chance to speak with several of the Hitachi Rail top business leaders, toured the research labs, and participated in individualized sessions to learn more about their projects and available positions.

Mobility21 Program Manager Added to Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank’s Community Advisory Council

February 13, 2023
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February 1, 2023

Mobility21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, was added as a member of the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank’s Community Advisory Council“The Community Advisory Council (CAC) is made up of experts and leaders who reflect the diversity of the Fourth District and are focused on economic development issues such as affordable housing, financial and social determinants of health, racial and social inequalities, rural prosperity, small businesses, and workforce development.”

Mobility21 UTC Faculty Member Named as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

February 13, 2023
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February 13, 2023

Mobility21 UTC researcher Burcu Akinci, along with others from Carnegie Mellon University, has been elected as fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  Akinci was honored for her significant contributions to her field for data and model-drive infrastructure management through digital twins.

Traffic21 Director Presents to National Academy of Medicine

February 13, 2023
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February 13, 2023

Traffic21 faculty director and Mobility21 researcher Chris Hendrickson participated in a National Academy of Medicine roadmap panel on transportation, mobility and urban transformation with his presentation titled, “Grand Challenge on Climate Change, Human Health and Equity: Transportation.”

Smart Mobility Connection featuring Rahul Mangharam

February 10, 2023
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February 10, 2023

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC researcher Rahul Mangharam.  He discussed his new University of Pennsylvania course, “Tiny Machine Learning.”  Watch the recording here.

Research Recap: Towards a Smart, Safe, and Sustainable Sidewalk: How Infrastructure Affects Users

February 10, 2023
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February 10, 2023

Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap” for Carnegie Mellon University researcher Ding Zhao’s project “Towards a Smart, Safe, and Sustainable Sidewalk: How Infrastructure Affects Users.” Recaps are one-page overviews of the UTC funded research that describe the research project’s purpose, approach, key findings, conclusions, contact information for the research team and a link to the final research report.

Mobility21 Program Manager Participates in ACT Winter Meeting

February 9, 2023
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February 9, 2023

Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for Mobility21, serves as a board member for the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT).  She attended the winter board meeting and met with the new members of the ACT ImpACT Leadership cohort, where she was able to share resources with their project teams.

Metro21 Hosts National Science Foundation Workshop at Carnegie Mellon University Campus

February 7, 2023
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February 7, 2023

Metro21: Smart Cities Institute, led by Executive Director Karen Lightman, hosted participants from across the country for an invite-only workshop funded by the National Science Foundation to discuss the need to address multiple societal challenges such as mobility and access, energy efficiency, and provision of ecosystem services.  Learn more here.

CCAC West Hills Center Offers New Toyota TECS Elite Program

February 7, 2023
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February 7, 2023

Mobility21 UTC academic partner, Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) has announced the launch of a new automotive program available at CCAC’s West Hills Center. The Toyota Technical Education College Support Elite program, a seven-week course designed as an advanced maintenance and general service class following Toyota’s specific requirements for maintenance level certification, will be held June 6 through July 20.  Read more here.

UTC Presentation at PA House Emerging Tech Caucus Event

February 2, 2023
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February 2, 2023

Members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Emerging Technologies Caucus, chaired by Rep. Napoleon Nelson from Montgomery County, met at the headquarters of Aurora in Pittsburgh.  The legislators saw one of Aurora’s autonomous trucks and participated in a panel discussion featuring Matt Blackburn, Senior Manager, Government Relations, Aurora and Eileen Steffan, VP of Academic Affairs, Pittsburgh Technical College who discussed their innovative AV workforce education initiative and Stan Caldwell, Executive Director of Mobility21 who presented his UTC research on emerging transportation technology trends.