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Thursday, April 27, 2017

WTS-Boston April Luncheon Seminar - Panel Discussion

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

Join WTS-Boston for our luncheon seminar on April 27, 2017. Featuring representation from City, State, and Federal Agencies, the panel will discuss what automation means for how we plan, build, and drive.

The panel includes Katherine Fichter, MassDOT Assistant Secretary for Policy Coordination; Elizabeth Machek, Community Planner at the USDOT's Technology Innovation and Policy Division and Kris Carter, with the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics.  Jane Lappin, Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy at the Toyota Research Institute, will moderate the discussion.
Kate Fichter is the Assistant Secretary for Policy Coordination at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, where she has served in various capacities since 2004.  Kate is a graduate of the University of Chicago and MIT, and has professional expertise in transportation planning and policy.  Prior to her current role, Kate served as the Project Manager for the extension of the MBTA Green Line to Somerville and Medford (2007-2010) and the expansion of Boston South Station (2012-2014).   She has also worked for the US Department of Transportation at the Volpe Center, and for the Massachusetts Legislature, where she worked on transportation-related issues.  Kate is now responsible for overseeing multiple policy initiatives, and insuring that MassDOT policy priorities are implemented through investments and projects.
Elizabeth (Eli) Machek is a Community Planner in the Technology Innovation and Policy Division of the USDOT Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology. Eli joined the Volpe Center in 2003 and has experience in transportation planning and policy analysis, with applications in areas including automation, alternative transportation, parking management, accessibility, and intelligent transportation systems. Currently she is developing an automation research plan for the Federal Transit Administration and conducting foundational research on low-speed automated shuttles for the ITS JPO’s Automation Program.  Eli holds a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Kristopher Carter is the Co-Chair of the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics. He is a non-practicing engineer, an optimistic urban planner, and a self-taught filmmaker. He has a not so secret love for Boston and working through challenging human-centered urban problems, particularly in the transportation space. Kris has served as a Mayoral advisor, Director of Boston Bikes, and is proud to be an AmeriCorps alum. His work has been nationally recognized by the APA for blending storytelling and urban planning and the Federal Labs Consortium for his innovation in transportation work.  
Jane Lappin is Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs for Toyota Research Institute (TRI).  TRI is an independent subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, charged with using artificial intelligence to develop automated vehicles, assistive indoor robotics, and materials discovery. Ms. Lappin's is working with elected and appointed officials, state and local transportation authorities, and the transportation community to address shared policy issues related to the future of highly automated vehicles.  Prior to joining TRI, Ms. Lappin worked for the USDOT at the Volpe Center, on consumer response to advanced vehicle technologies, and evaluating the impact of advanced technologies on traveler behavior. She is co-founder of the Automated Vehicles Symposium. Ms. Lappin graduated in sociology from Boston University and an MBA from the Simmons College Graduate School of Management.
Omni Parker House - Wheatley Rooftop Ballroom
60 School Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Registration/Networking:  11:30 AM  - 12:00 PM
Lunch:  12:00 PM – 12:30 PM 
Program: 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
Kindly RSVP for the luncheon by Friday, April 21, 2017
Note: A $10 late charge will be applied to registrations received after the deadline.
Registrations are binding. No-shows will be billed.

To purchase a Private Sector Table, the first person will register at the table price, then please add 9 colleagues under the Private Sector table using the colleague price.  If you are unsure who will be sitting at the table please put "TBD" for their name and pick a meal choice.  The names of attendees can be submitted closer to event date.

For questions on this event, or to purchase a Public Sector table, please contact Lindsey Barbee, Co-Chair of the Programs Committee, at wtsbostonevents@gmail.com.

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