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Seminar Series

Watch live streaming of our seminars and meetings featuring our faculty and guest speakers.

Addressing Cyber-Security Issues in Intelligent Transportation Systems
Dan J. Klinedinst
Friday, May 4, 2018

Smart Mobility Connection: Security of Electric, Hybrid, and AV Battery Systems
Venkat Viswanathan
Friday, March 30, 2018

Distinquished Speaker Series
Exploring Impacts on Time Use for Early Adopters of Autonomous Vehicles

Eric Williams, Associate Professor, Golisano Institute of Sustainability
Rochester Institute of Technology
Friday, February 23, 2018

Safety in Transportation
Chris Hendrickson and Sean Qian
Friday, February 16, 2018

Video Analytics in Transportation
Christoph Mertz and Bernardo Pires
Friday, February 2, 2018

Enhancing Mobility for People with Disabilities
Aaron Steinfeld and Stephen Smith
Friday, December 1, 2017
How Innovative Technology Can Improve Mobility: Featuring the Awardees of the Smart Mobility Challenge
Alexandre Jacquillat, Bernardo R. Pires, and Sean Qian
Friday, November 3, 2017

User-driven Service Order Adjustments for Efficiency in Collaborative Consumption of Transportation Supply
R. Jayakrishnan
Friday, October 13, 2017

Human Mobility Modeling Based on Extensive Data From a Ride Sharing Service
John Paul Shen and Abhinav Jauhri
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Modeling and Analysis of Dynamic Pricing of Ride-Sourcing Services
Yafeng Yin
Wednesday, April 14, 2017

Electrical Vehicles, Air Pollution, and the Motorcycle City: Consumers’ willingness to adopt electric motorcycles in Indonesia?
Erick Guerra
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

From Set-and-Forget Traffic Control to Connected Midas: A Possible Future of Proactive Traffic Management Systems
Pitu Mirchandani
Friday, March 24, 2017

Heaven or Hell? Which Way Forward With Self-driving Cars?
Robin Chase
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Transportation Camp Pittsburgh 2016
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Human Mobility Analytics and Services: Insights from a Ride Sharing Service
John Paul Shen
November 17, 2016
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Getting Things Done: A New Way of Governing
Martin O'Malley
November 16, 2016
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Park Smart: Parking Space Availability Monitoring at Pittsburgh International Airport
Alexander Hauptmann
November 9, 2016
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Computer Vision for Safer Biking and Walking
Bernardo Pires
November 2, 2016
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Smart Transportation: Small Changes for Big Impact
Paul Mackie
October 6, 2016
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Connected and Automated Vehicles in Pennsylvania: Demonstrations and Public Policy Challenges
Chris Hendrickson
September 29, 2016
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Architect of mobile fare payment system for London public transit George Kocur to present at T-SET Seminar Series
George Kocur
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Emerging Data Sources and Urban Informatics: Examples, Prospects and Challenges
Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
What’s Next for Surtac: Impacts for Freight, Buses, Bicycles and Pedestrians
Greg Barlow
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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Automated Cars: Safety and Cost Savings
Corey Harper
Wednesday, April 5, 2016
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Urban Transportation Solutions
Kari Watkins
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
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Traffic21/Bike Pgh! Speed Monitoring Hack Night
Matt Bauman
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
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Service Reliability
Yanfeng Ouyang
November 13, 2015
Distracted Driving
Maxine Eskenazi
October 29, 2015
Seminar Series: Mobility Data Analytics Center with Sean Qian Sean Qian
October 8, 2015
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Seminar Series: Pittsburgh’s Connected Vehicle TestBed
Zachary Rubinstein and Stan Caldwell
Thursday, April 9, 2015
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Seminar Series: What Will Our Streets Look Like in 2040?
Al Bieher and Chris Hendrickson
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Seminar Series: What if bikes could talk to cars?
Anthony Rowe
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Seminar Series: Smartphone-enabled Urban Solutions: Mobility On Demand and Mobility On Sale
Shih-Fen Cheng
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
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Seminar Series: Keep Aging Infrastructure Safe
Hae Young Noh
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Seminar Series: The Case for Autonomous Vehicles
James Anderson and Constantine Samaras
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Faculty Seminar Series: Addressing the Pothole Situation in Pittsburgh
Christoph Mertz
March 18, 2014
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Faculty Seminar Series: Smart Headlights
Srinivas Narasimhan
February 18, 2014
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Faculty Seminar Series: Tiramisu
Aaron Steinfeld
December 3, 2013
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Faculty Seminar Series
Ozan Tonguz
October 28, 2013
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Safety Should Be Beautiful
Jonathan Ota and Ethan Frier
October 7, 2013
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Robots Take Over East Liberty Traffic Signals! Real-Time, Adaptive Traffic Signal Control
Stephen F. Smith
April 8, 2013
Autonomous Vehicles: Not If But When!
Raj Rajkumar
February 11, 2013
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What's Happening

Smart Mobility Connection: Dan Klinedinst
May 4, 2018

CMU Vulnerability Researcher Dan Klinedinst spoke as the last Smart Mobility Connection speaker of the semester on addressing cyber-security issues in intelligent transportation systems. The CERT researcher discussed how he gets to think like a bad guy to determine whether transportation systems are safe, and how he learned to text his car.

Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson Speaks at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst
May 2, 2018

Traffic21 Director and CMU Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Chris Hendrickson spoke at the UMass-Amherst as the 2018 History and Heritage Lecturer. His presentation on the past and future of the U.S. Interstate Highway System focused on the planning challenges and engineering and financing standards and issues.

Students in Methods of Policy Analysis Class shared their “Spatial Mismatch” Research
April 30, 2018

Undergraduate students Kenneth Wells, Jamie Slomka, Micah Rabin, Ben Kaplan, Mengjia Ren in Professor Branstetter’s Methods of Policy Analysis Class shared their “Spatial Mismatch” Research (jobs versus disadvantaged employees/job seekers locations). For this project they received technical assistance from Ngani Ndimbie, Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow and Lisa Kay Schweyer, Traffic21 Program Manager.

Traffic21 Fellow Ngani Ndimbie Assisting with City Bike Plan
April 30, 2018

Since March, Traffic21 Fellow Ngani Ndimbie has been interning with the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure to help complete Pittsburgh’s Bike Plan- a document for the public and other key stakeholders that explains the City’s goals for building out it’s bike network. This is the City’s first update since the 1999 bike plan.

UTC Researchers Sean Qian and Scott Matthews mentioned in the CMU CEE News Magazine
April 26, 2018

Sean Qian and Scott Matthews mentioned in the Spring 2018 issue of the CMU CEE News Magazine. Sean for receiving the Greenshields Prize from the Transportation Research Board and Scott for receiving the Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research. Check out the article on page 17 of the magazine here.

UTC Researcher Pires Featured in TRB Webinar
April 24, 2018

UTC faculty and researcher Bernardo R. Pires spoke on the Transportation Research Board’s bi-monthly webinar series- Conversations with Colleagues, focused on bicycle and pedestrian monitoring and research. On this week’s webinar, titled “Collecting Bicycle and Pedestrian Data with Video: Methods and Issues,” Pires spoke about data collection efforts underway at CMU to 60-70 webinar attendees.

CCAC’s Bob Koch Speaks at UTC Faculty Meeting
April 24, 2018

Bob Koch, who leads Community College of Allegheny County’s Automotive Technology Program, spoke at this months UTC faculty meeting about how to prepare technicians for autonomous technologies. Koch noted that with direction from advisory boards, community colleges will be perfectly positioned to educate entry level intelligent transportation technicians in many different career areas.

Distinguished Speaker Series: Raj Kapoor of Lyft
April 19, 2018

Chief Strategy Officer of Lyft and Head of Business for Lyft’s self-driving division, Raj Kapoor, spoke to CMU students about the “Future of Transportation.” Kapoor discussed Lyft’s expectations and plans for the electric, self-driving, and shared future as well as the impact to cities and the auto industry.

Societal Consequences of Autonomous Vehicles Class Presents Findings to City
April 10, 2018

The Heinz weekend course taught by Metro21 Director Rick Stafford, Societal Consequences of Technological Change: Autonomous Vehicles in the Central Business District, presented a summary of students’ findings to City officials and the Port Authority of Allegheny County. Recommendations to the City included curb mapping, a use tax on transportation network companies, and deploying an autonomous electric shuttle, among others.

Hendrickson and Ndimbie Participate in Sustainability Week Panel Discussion
April 7, 2018

On Saturday morning, T-SET UTC’s Chris Hendrickson & Ngani Ndimbie spoke at the Transit and Equity panel for CMU’s Sustainability Weekend. They were joined by 4 other panelists to discuss the current state of mobility in Pittsburgh, particularly for those with accessibility or socioeconomic challenges.

OSU Researcher Umit Ozguner Speaks at Technology Summit
April 5, 2018

Researcher Umit Ozguner from T-SET partner Ohio State University spoke as an expert at the Technology Summit in Istanbul, held by Trucell and attended by over 2,500 organizations. Ozguner spoke about current 5G technologies and its role in smart transportation systems. Read more Summit.

Researcher Sean Qian Speaks to Chi Epsilon
April 4, 2018

UTC researcher and CMU professor Sean Qian spoke to the CMU Civil Engineering Honor Society Chi Epsilon about data analytics and optimization. The presentation and discussion focused on using tools such as behavioral economics, software development, life cycle assessment, policy, and others to optimize transportation networks..

Smart Mobility Connection: Security of Electric, Hybrid, and AV Battery Systems
March 30, 2018

UTC researcher Venkat Viswanathan talked to students at Heinz College about the safety and security of electric vehicles in his presentation, “Analyzing and Defending Cyberattacks on Electric, Hybrid, and AV Battery Systems.” Venkat’s discussion included the ways hackers could control your self-driving car, cracking Tesla’s wall of silence on the Model 3 battery, and the challenges of electric driving range and battery degradation.

UTC Researcher Presents Work at CMU Seminar
March 28, 2018

UTC Researcher and assistant professor for the Institute for Software Research Fei Fang presented at a student students on his research, "Integrating Machine Learning with Game Theory for Societal Challenges." Fang discussed her application, which uses game theory and machine learning-based models and algorithms to inform, predict, and prescribe solutions to those dealing with security and sustainability challenges.

UTC Executive Director Speaks at SPC Workshop
March 26, 2018

At the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commissions Chairman's Workshop in California, UTC Executive Director Stan Caldwell spoke about the challenges faced by public officials in ensuring that connected and autonomous technologies are being deployed safely. Read more about the presentation.

CMU Poster Session on Commuting and Public Transit Solutions
March 26, 2018

Six teams in the User-Centered Research and Evaluation (UCRE) class presented their concept posters on solutions to the commuting and public transportation challenges for CMU students. Taught at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, the UCRE class introduces students to the field of human-computer interaction; this year's topic was on transportation, and what solutions might be needed if Pittsburgh's Port Authority cut bus services. Team posters included ideas to subsidize UberPOOL rides, and create enclosed waiting stations with wifi and USB ports.

Chris Hendrickson
March 19, 2018

Traffic21 Executive Director Chris Hendrickson spoke to a Heinz class on Public Expenditure Analysis about transportation infrastructure planning and forecasting.

Future of Work Feature by UTC Executive Director
March 16, 2018

In Heinz College’s March Future of Work issue, UTC Executive Director Stan Caldwell shares five ways that autonomous vehicles will disrupt policy and current industry practices. Five Automated Vehicle Policy Disruptions was part of a series of articles on cutting-edge work done by Heinz faculty and students surrounding the intersection of society and technology.

UTC's Stan Caldwell Speaking at PA Chamber's Policy Roundtable
March 13, 2018

Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell spoke at the PA Chamber of Business and Industry’s Policy Roundtable and led a discussion about workforce, economic development and policy implications of disruptive transportation technologies. Caldwell’s presentation followed a policy discussion with Pennsylvania Governor Wolf where transportation was also a topic.

Women in Intelligent Transportation Fellow Speaking at National Bike Summit
March 6, 2018

One of T-SET’s Women in Intelligent Transportation’s Fellows, Ngani Ndimbie, spoke on a panel called “Complete Streets in the Age of Automated Vehicles” at the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. Ndimbie was joined by representatives from BikePGH and Local Motors.

Metro21 Kickoff
March 2, 2018

The Metro21: Smart Cities Institute celebrated it's launch with speakers from Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh, and panels on smart city research and education featuring CMU faculty, and public and private sector representatives. To end the day, T-SET Director Raj Rajkumar spoke about next steps for the Institute, and CMU researchers spoke about their work at the closing reception and poster session.

Transportation Club meeting
February 26, 2018

At CMU’s Transportation Club, Margaret Edwards and Gaurav Gupte, two Ethics, History, and Public Policy students shared their capstone presentation: a report on autonomous vehicle and transportation equity in Pittsburgh. The larger team of eight students presented their work before the Pittsburgh City Council at the end of 2017.

Researcher Costa Samaras Drone Delivery Emissions Paper Covered by National Media
February 13, 2018

News outlets including The Guardian, Forbes, and Wired wrote about UTC researcher Constantine Samaras’ paper, “Energy use and life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of drones for commercial package delivery.” Says Samaras in Wired, “It’s pretty clear that companies are interested in doing this… What’s important is understanding the ways that policy makers could guide the beneficial outcomes now before there are a bunch of drones in the sky delivering packages.” Two of the research paper’s authors also wrote an op-ed for The Conversation that you can read here.

Smart Mobility Connection: Safety in Transportation
February 16, 2018

Mobility21’s Smart Mobility Connection featured Traffic21’s Chris Hendrickson and UTC researcher Sean Qian, who discussed safety in transportation. Hendrickson discussed the impacts and accomplishments at CMU, and Qian showed the Mobility Data Analytics Center’s Bikeability Score Platform.

USDOT Webinar Features Research by Dr. Steve Smith
February 8, 2018

The USDOT and ITS America hosted a webinar discussing T-SET UTC researcher Dr. Steven Smith’s safe intersection crossing project. This project was one of six awarded contracts by the USDOT to develop technology prototypes to improve mobility options, particularly for those with disabilities.

Smart Mobility Connection: Video Analytics in Transportation
February 2, 2018

UTC researchers Bernardo Pires and Christoph Mertz (shown above) spoke about detecting road objects as part of the Smart Mobility Connection seminar series. Both researchers highlighted the rapidity with which computer vision and machine learning is changing, and the vital role that data plays.

Traffic21's Chris Hendrickson Mentioned in "Transportation Solutions"
February 1, 2018

Traffic21 director and UTC researcher Chris Hendrickson was recently featured in Pittsburgh Metroguide’s “Transportation Solutions: Making Pittsburgh More Mobile.” Said Hendrickson, regarding advanced infrastructure deployed by Traffic21 spinoff Surtrac, “having a city and county be receptive to new technology has really made a difference around Pittsburgh and will make a difference in the future.

Researcher Erick Guerra featured on WHYY Podcast
January 30, 2018

UTC researcher Erick Guerra of the University of Pennsylvania was featured on a Radio Times podcast titled, “Hands off: our self-driving future.” You can also listen to Erick in a Facebook Live interview by Milenio here

National Safety Council Board Receives Rides in CMU's Autonomous Cadillac
January 30, 2018

National Safety Council Board Receives Rides in CMU's Autonomous Cadillac" On January 30th, UTC’s Raj Rajkumar provided rides in CMU’s autonomous Cadillac to board members of the National Safety Council. The board members, pictured above, also received a tour of CMU’s College of Engineering to learn about how automation and AI can improve road safety.

Research Assistant Represents UTC at TRB War Games
January 7, 2018

At the 2018 Transportation Research Board Conference, the first ever 'War Games' was held to bring together all types of transportation professionals and develop and understanding on potential trends and scenarios arising as new technologies come to market. CMU's UTC was represented by Mobility21 research assistant Amanda Johnson who participated on the Department of Transportation team, along with nine others from across the country.

Two UTC students Win Student of the Year Awards
January 6, 2018

T-SET UTC students, Max Li of the University of Pennsylvania and Amanda Johnson of Carnegie Mellon University, won the U.S. DOT's Outstanding Student of the Year Awards. They were recognized for their achievements and accomplishments in the field of transportation during the Council of University Transportation Centers Banquet during the annual winter meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB).

UTC Researcher Wins TRB Greenshields Prize
January 2018

T-SET researcher Dr. Sean Qian, Assistant Professor in CMU's CEE program Yiming Gu, and Ph.D. student Guohui Zhang won the 2017 Greenshields Prize at the TRB Annual Conference for their paper, "Traffic State Estimation for Urban Road Networks Using a Link Queue Model." The Greenshields prize, honoring Dr. Bruce D. Greenshields, is awarded to the best paper submitted through the TRB Annual Meeting paper submission process that bases sound theory on rigorous empirical analysis and has practical applications or implications.

Western Pennsylvania Mobility Showcase
January 4, 2018

University of Pittsburgh, Traffic21 Institute featured a display in the Western Pennsylvania Mobility Showcase. The Mobility Showcase is a new event created by the City of Pittsburgh’s Mobility and Infrastructure Department, and featured over 20 exhibits.

Olivia Mobayed, SEPTA's Long Range Planning Department
December 2017

Olivia Mobayed – second year master’s student in City and Regional Planning at UPenn, WTS Sylvia Alston Scholarship recipient, and Mobility21 professor Erick Guerra’s advisee – has spent the semester with SEPTA's Long Range Planning Department analyzing bicycle access to subway and regional rail stations. By tracking changes in bike ridership and facility improvements, she has identified the next round of stations to receive upgrades on their bicycle parking facilities. Tasker-Morris Station, pictured here in December, saw a 90% increase in bike ridership to the station in just two years with the installation of mezzanine-level bike parking.

Field Demonstration of Surtrac Adaptive Traffic Signal
December 18, 2017

Mobility21 Researchers provide a field demonstration of Surtrac adaptive traffic signal research to the Pittsburgh Complete Streets Committee and discuss urban applications of connected and adaptive signals for all modes of transportation. Included in the picture are Dr. Greg Barlow and Dr. Steve Smith of Rapid Flow Technologies.

Smart Mobility Connection
December 1, 2017

T-SET UTC hosted it’s second Smart Mobility Connection on “Enhancing Mobility for People with Disabilities,” featuring UTC researchers Dr. Aaron Steinfeld and Dr. Stephen Smith. Researchers discussed their work in making transit more universal for all users, including handicapped individuals, and demonstrated the powerful impacts of CMU transportation technologies.

Three Penn Transportation Students Win Women's Transportation Seminar Awards
November 30, 2017

A record of three standout PennPlanning students won Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) Awards at this year's Awards Banquet. The three Penn Transportation Planning students who won awards from WTS this year - Olivia Moyabed, Carrie Sauer, Rachel Finfer - were honored for their dedication to accessible transportation, Vision Zero, and Safe mobility, and helping students at the collegiate and high school level connect with transportation. Also pictured is T-SET UTC researcher Dr. Megan Ryerson.

Tepper Tech Innovation Challenge
November 17 - 18, 2017

Mobility21 and T-SET UTC's Stan Caldwell helped judge the Tepper Tech Innovation Challenge. This year's challenge was on "The Future of Transportation Technology." Winners of the challenge are students from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and are shown above.

Mifflin Academy Tours NavLab
November 16, 2017

Members from the Mifflin Academy of Science and Technology and the Mifflin County School District toured CMU's NavLab.

Annual Sustainability Conference
November 16, 2017

Traffic21’s Chris Hendrickson spoke at for the American Society of Engineers’ (ASCE) Annual Sustainability Conference. Chris was joined for a panel on ‘Sustainability and Innovation in the Pittsburgh Region’ by the City of Pittsburgh’s Director of Mobility and Infrastructure Karina Ricks, PennDOT Deputy Secretary of Planning Jim Ritzman, and Michael Baker Senior Vice President Dan Cessna.

Open Pittsburgh wirEless Research Accelerator
November 15, 2017

CMU and T-SET UTC hosted the Open Pittsburgh wirEless Research Accelerator (OPERA). OPERA is a proposed advanced wireless testbed, bringing together the public and private sector with academia to deploy advanced at-scale wireless infrastructure to create opportunity for innovation and growth. In the city of bridges, tunnels, valleys and hillsides, "if you can get wireless technologies to work in Pittsburgh, you're done," said OPERA Principal Investigator and T-SET UTC Director Raj Rajkumar.

Anthony Foxx spoke at CMU
November 10, 2017

Former Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx spoke at CMU in celebration of CMU’s 50 year anniversary weekend. Secretary Foxx discussed trends in transportation, the Smart City Challenge- noting that the best solutions were context-dependent, and ways in which communities can optimize their use of land, transit, and ports. To see more about the event, click here.

UTC Collaboration at C2M2 Conference
November 3, 2017

Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson spoke at the USDOT Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility’s (C2M2) Fall Conference in Clemson, South Carolina to share knowledge between both UTCs. C2M2 is a consortium of higher education and research institutions in South Carolina working toward the vision to create a globally recognized multimodal mobility innovation center for moving people and goods, specializing in connected and autonomous vehicle research.

Smart Mobility Connection
November 3, 2017

Awardees of the Smart Mobility Challenge, Alexandre Jacquillat, Bernardo R. Pires, and Sean Qian, spoke to CMU students about how innovative technology can improve mobility. This was the first events of the new Smart Mobility Connection forum, a bi-weekly series to connect faculty and students interested in transportation.

Intelligent Transportation Society World Congress 2017
November 3, 2017

The Intelligent Transportation Society hosted its World Congress 2017 in Montréal from October 29th to November 2nd. Stan Caldwell, Executive Director at Traffic21 Institute, participated in a panel discussion on the SMART Belt Coalition, a multi-state collaboration, and infrastructure challenges and opportunities. Several CMU students and faculty also participated: Adam Mistick (pictured above), MS candidate for Information Security Policy and management, presented his research on Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in Autonomous Vehicle Development, CMU-Silicon Valley Professor Dr. Bob Iannucci, presented three papers related to Smart Cities and was joined by CMU students Samarth Mathur and Ashotosh Tadkase, both MS candidates for Environmental and Civil Engineering. Dr. Iannucci and his students' papers grew from a UTC T-SET funded project.

Heinz College and PennDOT Coordinated Facebook Live Interview
October 23, 2017

Traffic21 research assistant Amanda Johnson, and Women in Intelligent Transportation fellow Ngani Ndimbie were joined by Secretary Leslie S. Richards for a Heinz College and PennDOT coordinated Facebook Live interview. Both Heinz students discussed with the Secretary their internships at PennDOT over the summer, and the importance of increasing diversity in government. Amanda and Ngani are both in their second year at Heinz studying Public Policy and Management.

Women in Transportation & Government
October 23, 2017

Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Leslie S. Richards, and Traffic21 and Mobility21’s Courtney Ehrlichman joined Heinz students for the Women in Transportation & Government panel discussion. Both women shared personal stories on how they found themselves in leadership roles in transportation, and the barriers they overcame. The discussion was moderated by Melanie Harrington, President and CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh.
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