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Professional Development

12th Annual Professional Development Seminar – New Mobility in Austin and Beyond

The chapter is pleased to be hosting its 12th Annual Professional Development Seminar on Friday, September 27th at Maggiano’s Little Italy in the Domain.  The theme will focus on innovative and smart transportation solutions.  We thank our speakers for providing their tremendously valuable insights to those in attendance. 


Master of Ceremonies: Jason JonMichael, City of Austin

8:00 a.m.          Registration and Refreshments

9:00 a.m.          Call to Order and Seminar Kickoff

  • WTS Chapter Leadership

9:15 a.m.          Smart for Us: Incorporating Community Values into New Solutions

  • Jacob Calhoun, AICP, CapMetro
  • Amanda Jasso, City of Austin
  • Sherry Pifer, TxDOT

10:15 a.m.           Break

10:30 a.m.          Making Innovation Possible: Policy and Funding

  • Kristie Chin, Ph.D., Center for Transportation Research
  • Andrea Gold, Ph.D., Center for Transportation Research
  • April L. Mims, Lyft
  • Nirav Ved, CAMPO

11:45 a.m.          Lunch

12:15 p.m.          Keynote Address: How Better Mobility Leads to Better Upward Mobility

  • Joseph Kopser, Grayline

1:15 p.m.          On the Ground: Lessons from Early Implementers

  • Tracie Brown – Director of Operations with CTRMA
  • Ann Foss - Principal Planner with City of Arlington Office of Strategic Initiatives
  • Mason Gemar – Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Scientist Manager with General Motors
  • James Kuhr - Research Project Manager with TxDOT

2:45 p.m.           Break

3:00 p.m.          FHWA Perspectives on Autonomous Vehicles

  • Ed Burgos, FHWA Texas Division

3:20 p.m.          Concluding Remarks

  • WTS Chapter Leadership

3:30 p.m.           Open House with TxDOT

  • Transportation Planning and Programming

4:00 p.m.          Networking Hour


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