RISS Students 2023

Safety21 Congratulates the 2023 Robotics Scholars

August 28 th, 2023

August 28, 2023

Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute Summer Scholars (RISS) community of mentors, sponsors, and alumni congratulate the 2023 cohort for their successful completion of the program! 

Each year, hundreds of students apply to join the RISS program.  The RISS community of sponsors makes the program and experience a possibility. Undergraduate research experiences, long recognized as a high-impact education practice, are critical to growing the nation’s research and scientific community. Safety21 is an ongoing sponsor and partner for the RISS program.  RISS also serves as an equity deployment partner for the Center.

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TRB Highlights Mobility21 UTC Summit in Newsletter

August 22 nd, 2023

August 21, 2023

The Transportation Research Board highlighted the Mobility21 Fourth Annual National Mobility Summit held in Washington, DC in March 2023 in a recent newsletter, highlighting Equity in Transportation.  Read the full article here.

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Mobility21 and Safety21 UTC Researcher Discusses Alternative Fuels

August 21 st, 2023

August 21, 2023

Traffic21 Director and Mobility21/Safety21 UTC researcher Chris Hendrickson was featured in the trade journal Route One, discussing coach and bus alternative fuels with Paul Halford.

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Robotics in Rural Pennsylvania

August 15 th, 2023

August 15, 2023

Mobility21 UTC researcher Rachel Burcin curated a day of robotics and AI educator workshops in Venango, PA, as a kickoff for the 2023 educator conversations led by Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Scholars Program in partnership with the Institution for Innovation for Tomorrow and County Commissioner Chip Abramovic.  The educator day was adjacent to the first Venango Rural STEM Summit, which was originally inspired by Dr. Jordi Albo’s work in rural spaces across the world.  

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PennSTART Hosts Inaugural Training

August 12 th, 2023

August 12, 2023

PennSTART hosted their inaugural training class for the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) Traffic Incident Management Technical Specialist Certification.  This is a free 8-hour training course available to first responders including fire fighters, EMS, PennDOT, and others.

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UTC Researchers Submit Public Comments on EPA Standards

August 11 th, 2023

August 11, 2023

Mobility21 UTC researcher Jeremy Michalek submitted public comments on EPA’s proposed light-duty vehicle GHG standards through the Vehicle Electrification Group.  Read the comments here.

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Architecture and Design Thesis Explores AVs

August 11 th, 2023

August 11, 2023

Mobility21 UTC researcher Stan Caldwell joined a masters thesis review panel for CMU Master of Science in Sustainable Design student Yi Zhao.  Zhao’s research applied innovative design applications to explore urban design and equity scenarios of shared autonomous transportation in a disadvantaged neighborhood in Pittsburgh.  Read the full report here.

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SURCOM Program Director Highlights Mobility21 Research at APTAtech

August 2 nd, 2023

August 2, 2023

Dr. Jill Hough, Program Director at Small Urban and Rural Center On Mobility (SURCOM) recently shared Mobility21 UTC research from Sarah Fox and Nik Martelaro at APTAtech, highlighting transit technology research done by the University Transportation Center.

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Mobility21 Director Participates in Autonomy Debate

July 27 th, 2023

July 27, 2023

Mobility21 Director Raj Rajkumar participated in a debate, “Autonomy: Coasting or Crashing” which sought to answer whether or not AVs will be mainstream in the next 10 years.  Alongside Prof. Rajkumar in the debate was Brad Templeton, founding faculty for Computing & Networks at Singularity University.

Sofia Martinez

Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Graduate Fellowship Awarded to CMU Ph.D. Student

July 27 th, 2023

July 27, 2023

Ph.D. candidate Sofia Martinez has been awarded the prestigious Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Graduate Fellowship by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. Co-advised by Mobility21 UTC researchers Costa Samaras and Corey Harper she is focused on the electrification of the U.S. public transportation sector to reduce carbon emissions. Read the story


Mobility21 Researchers Investigate Impacts of Online Grocery Delivery on Energy Use

July 27 th, 2023

July 27, 2023

Mobility21 UTC and CMU researchers Destenie Nock, Corey Harper, Jeremy Michalek and CMU faculty affiliate Greg Lowry have been investigating the impacts of online grocery delivery on energy use, emissions and traffic congestion.  Their work created a new tool to aid policy-making and planning sustainable, equitable transportation systems.

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UTC Program Manager Departs

July 27 th, 2023

July 27, 2023

While we are sad to lose Lisa Kay Schweyer as Program Manager at CMU’s Traffic21 Institute and Mobility21 National University Transportation Center (UTC), we are pleased that her efforts over the past 5 years have gained national attention and resulted in a great job opportunity.

Lisa Kay’s leadership in federal grant program management has been recognized by US Department of Transportation (DOT) staff and she serves on the board of the Association for Commuter Transportation, helps lead the paper review process for the Transportation Research Board TDM Committee and advises the CMU Student Transportation Club.

Lisa Kay has accepted a job offer to move into the transportation consulting space with a dynamic Washington, DC firm, Foursquare ITP.  Her last day at CMU will be August 4, 2023.  You can keep in touch with Lisa Kay through LinkedIn.

Please join us in thanking her for her dedication to CMU, the Heinz College, the College of Engineering, the US DOT UTC Program and many students, faculty, staff and partners.

If you know anyone who might be interested in the Traffic21/UTC program manager position, here is the link to the job posting.



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