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Thursday, March 26, 2020

WTS-Boston 2020 March Luncheon Seminar

11:30 AM - 01:15 PM Eastern Standard Time

The Revere Hotel (NOTE NEW VENUE FOR 2020)
200 Stuart St
Boston, MA , 02116


This event has been postponed until our series resumes in September 2020.  For more information on WTS-Boston Events please read the WTS-Boston President's message here.



On Thursday, March 26th, WTS-Boston will host a panel in celebration of Women's History Month.

Panel members include:

Luisa Paiewonsky, Director, Center for Infrastructure Systems and Technology - USDOT/VOLPE Center;
Michele Muhlanger, FTA Region 1 Deputy Associate Administrator; and
Colleen D’Alessandro, FAA New England Regional Administrator
Panel discussions will be moderated by Rachael Barolsky Sack, chief of the U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s Innovative Research Program Office and a past WTS-Boston President.
Luisa Paiewonsky is the Director of the Center for Infrastructure Systems and Technology at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center in Cambridge.  Luisa directs the work of engineering and technology professionals, focusing on automated transportation technologies, rail and aviation modernization, maritime monitoring and security, military logistics, and innovative research programs.  Luisa oversees seven divisions working in the areas in the areas of Situational Awareness and Logistics, Structures and Dynamics, Systems Safety and Engineering, Infrastructure Engineering and Deployment, Technology Innovation and Policy, Advanced Vehicle Technology, and Innovation Research.
Michelle Muhlanger started this past February as Deputy Regional Administrator for Federal Transit Administration Region 1.  Michelle leads and manages a team responsible for overseeing $7 billion in federal investments across New England, including over $1.1 billion awarded in Fiscal Year 2019.  Prior to FTA, Michelle worked for nearly eight years as Deputy Regional Administrator for the Federal Railroad Administration Region 1 Office.  During her time at FRA, she directly led and managed Region 1’s safety employees.  In this role she was responsible for regulatory and safety oversight of commuter and passenger rail systems in the New England, New York, and New Jersey region.  Prior to FRA, Michelle worked as a mechanical engineer for eight years in the Structures and Dynamics Division of the Volpe Center.  Her work was primarily in the areas of Passenger Train Car Crash-worthiness and Vehicle/Track Interaction.  Michelle earned two degrees from Tufts University, a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Colleen D'Alessandro is the Federal Aviation Administration’s New England Regional Administrator.  In this role, Colleen serves as the senior agency official in the New England Region, providing cross-functional oversight and leadership for the FAA Administrator across the six New England states.  Colleen joined the FAA in 2006 and prior to that, spent 18 years with the General Electric Company gaining extensive experience in engineering design, administration, and leadership.
Rachael Barolsky Sack's work focuses on innovative approaches to program design and communication strategies for sharing information on emerging technologies, best practices, and related policies.  Since joining the Volpe Center in 2002, Rachael's work has supported a variety of transportation areas including environmental streamlining for highway projects, technology transfer initiatives, highway safety countermeasures, and most recently the Inclusive Design Challenge, a prize competition seeking inclusive design solutions to both create and enable accessible automated vehicles (AVs) for people with disabilities.  Ms. Sack also facilitates inter-agency working groups and issue-specific meetings with the goals of sharing information across agencies, reaching consensus on key issues, and agreeing to action-oriented solutions.



Registration/Networking:  11:30 AM  - 12:00 PM
Lunch:  12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Program: 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
Note: A $10 late charge will be applied to registrations received after the deadline. Registrations are binding.  No-shows will be billed.
For questions on this event, or to purchase a Public Sector table ($500/table), please contact Amanda Alzaim at wtsbostonevents@gmail.com.
If you require reasonable accommodations please email wtsbostonevents@gmail.com.


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