Automated Vehicle Mobility Discussion
This session will include a moderated panel discussion with several mobility providers and automated vehicle experts on the current and future benefits, challenges and major issues facing mobility.
Emerging Technologies National Practice Leader
Marwan Madi, is a leader in CDM Smith’s Transportation practice with more than 18 years of program management, staff management and mentoring, business development, and technical experience. His areas of expertise include knowledge management of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) focusing on evaluation, technology maturity, and deployment. He is engaged in various Concept of Operations (ConOps) development, as well as communications and outreach activities to help promote and deploy new highway initiatives and technologies for Federal, State, and municipal level transportation agencies. He is well versed in developing and publishing technical reports and guidebooks.
Marwan’s work focuses on the planning, design, testing, and deployment of emerging and smart technologies to promote urban mobility, multimodal accessibility, economic development, and to support a more sustainable relationship between transportation and the environment through fuel use and emissions reductions. Marwan’s work also includes developing relationships with private industry and the public sector to facilitate the deployment of automated and connected vehicle technologies.
Prior to joining CDM Smith, Marwan led Booz Allen Hamilton’s Federal/national surface transportation safety, freight, and technology transfer practices. He is a recipient of Booz Allen Hamilton’s highest performance achievement award for business development and program management. Marwan holds a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from the American University of Beirut.
Customer Success Manager
Tara Lanigan is a Customer Success Manager at May Mobility. May Mobility brings communities closer together, with fleets of self-driving vehicles that make short-distance travel safe, personal, and effortless. Tara manages May Mobility’s public partnerships, including Providence, Rhode Island; Columbus, Ohio; and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Through her work at May, she is thrilled to combine her background in startups with her passion for local policy and accessible transit.
Prior to May Mobility, Tara worked at Castle, a real estate technology startup, and Yelp, a review website for local businesses. She ran social media strategy for 2018 Michigan State House candidate, Rep. Padma Kuppa. In parallel, she launched [semi]political, a weekly e-newsletter about southeastern Michigan elections and policy. Tara is an enthusiastic member of mobility groups that promote collaboration, diversity, and accessibility in the industry, including Transportation Riders United and Women in Mobility.
Born and raised in California, Tara graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Political Science. She lives in Detroit.
Head of Pennsylvania Public Policy
Kevin Kerr is Uber’s Public Policy Lead for the state of Pennsylvania working at the Advanced Technologies Group in Pittsburgh. Kevin manages all of Uber’s public affairs across the state, including government and community engagement on Uber’s products and platform ranging from self-driving vehicles to e-bikes and scooters. He’s spent the last 3 years at Uber working in operations and policy across PA & New York.
Prior to Uber, Kevin worked for several years in local government in Pittsburgh as Chief of Staff to City Council President Bruce A. Kraus, where he focused on mobility, community engagement, and inclusive and equitable policy. He holds a degree in public policy & urban planning from the University of Pittsburgh.
Richard W. Andreski
Bureau Chief, Public Transportation
Rich Andreski is Bureau Chief, Public Transportation for the State of Connecticut. He is a 20-year veteran of public transportation, having served in a variety of roles with the NJ Transit Corporation and Connecticut Department of Transportation.
In his role as bureau chief, Mr. Andreski is responsible for the statewide public transportation system including CTfastrak bus rapid transit and Connecticut’s newest rail line – Hartford Line. This statewide public transportation system carries more than 84 million people annually.
Mr. Andreski is motivated by a mission of public service, working to ensure public transit remains relevant in a rapidly evolving transportation sector. He keeps the customer experience at the heart of every decision.
Director of Business Initiatives
Lauren Isaac is the Director of Business Initiatives for the North American operation of EasyMile. Easymile is a pioneer in autonomous vehicle technology and smart mobility solutions. Its best known product is the EZ10: electric and driverless, the shuttles are designed to cover short distances in multi-use environments.
Prior to working at EasyMile, Lauren worked at WSP where she was involved in various projects involving advanced technologies that can improve mobility in cities. Lauren wrote a guide titled “Driving Towards Driverless: A Guide for Government Agencies” regarding how local and regional governments should respond to autonomous vehicles in the short, medium, and long term.
In addition, Lauren maintains the blog, Driving Towards Driverless, and has presented on this topic at many industry conferences. She recently did a TEDx talk, and has been published in Forbes and the Chicago Tribune among other publications.
Aptiv Autonomous Mobility
Ryan Jacobs serves as the Technical Advisor to the President of Aptiv Autonomous Mobility. In this role, Ryan works on strategic business initiatives that will enable Aptiv to deliver safe, accessible autonomous vehicles in markets around the world. Aptiv currently operates AVs in Boston, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, and Singapore and has completed over 40,000 autonomous passenger rides via their partnership with Lyft.
Prior to his current role, Ryan established and led the on-road AV testing program for Aptiv in Boston. Ryan has also spent time building automated robotic systems at Amazon and urban parcel-shipping networks at Shyp. Ryan holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from MIT and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.