Kirk Steudle, Director, Michigan Department of Transportation
Since 2006, oversees MDOT’s over four billion dollar budget, and is responsible for the construction, maintenance, and operation of nearly 10,000 miles of state highways and more than 4,000 state highway bridges at a department with 2,500 employees. He also oversees administration of a variety of multi-modal transportation programs and projects.
Steudle is a national leader in the development of Connected and Automated Vehicle Technologies, and was the 2014-2015 Chair for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) Board of Directors. He also is a member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Steudle is a Past President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and Chairs the Standing Committee on Highways. He was a 2014 member of the National Research Council for the National Academy of Science and the 2014 Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee. He also chaired the second Strategic Highway Research Program Oversight Committee (SHRP 2) for TRB. As well as a member of numerous NCHRP panels and committees on asset and performance management.
Mr. Steudle is a graduate of Lawrence Technological University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering, serves on the College of Engineering Advisory Board and he was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2012.
Dr. Peter Sweatman, CAVita
Dr. Peter Sweatman is a cofounding principal of CAVita and has over 30 years of experience in transportation research and innovation, and the application of R&D. That experience encompasses vehicles, drivers, and infrastructure and impinges on technology, policy, and strategic planning. He is a trusted national voice on safety, ITS, transportation research and education, connected and automated vehicles, and freight technology and policy. His professional experience covers private industry, academia, and government. He has worked extensively in Europe and Asia-Pacific as well as the United States. Dr. Sweatman is the founder and former director of the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) (2013 – 2016), and former director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) (2004 – 2015). Under his leadership, MTC was created as an unprecedented $100M private-public ITS partnership with more than 50 major companies signed on as financial and R&D partners. Dr. Sweatman was responsible for the launch of the unique test facility Mcity, which was opened on July 20, 2015 and has set the bar for safe, off-roadway testing of automated vehicles. Mcity was called the “world’s coolest test facility” by Bloomberg. Dr. Sweatman is a past chairman of the board of ITS America, and also served as founding chair of the ITS America Leadership Circle. He is currently working with the industrial consortium Together for Safer Roads. CAVita LLC is a new partnership founded by Dr. Sweatman and Mr. Abbas Mohaddes. CAVita recently completed its first major assignment for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and its Executive Committee. Under the project title “The design of new TRB approaches, including industry engagement and sponsorship” CAVita reviewed ten transformational technologies for their impact on transportation and devised new approaches to broad industry engagement, public-private collaboration and accelerated deployment of transformational technologies. The technologies investigated included connected vehicles, automated vehicles, cybersecurity, shared use services, smart cities, big data, internet of things, unmanned aerial systems, NextGen and 3D printing.
Robert Skinner, Transportation Research Board
David St. Amant, Econolite
Lawrence D. Burns, General Motors Company
Abbas Mohaddes, Iteris
Jeffrey F. Paniati, Federal Highway Administration
William F. Powers, Ford Motor Company
Joseph M. Sussman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ann Flemer, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Larry Yermack, Wendover Consult
James Constantino, Ph.D. P.E., U.S.
Mortimer Downey, Parsons Brinckerhof
Michael Doyle, Econolite Group, Inc
Randell Iwasaki, Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA)
S. Edwin Rowe, Iteris
Gerald Conover, PRC Associates
Robert G. MacLennan, Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO)
James L. Oberstar, U.S. Congress
Thomas D. Larson, PhD, FHWA
Thomas B. Deen, Transportation Research Board
William J. Harris, Texas A&M University
William W. Millar, American Public Transportation Association
Richard P Braun, University of Minnesota
Francis B. Francois, AASHTO
Lester P. Lamm, Federal Highway Administration
Robert L. Darbelnet, American Automobile Association
Christine M. Johnson, PhD, Federal Highway Administration
William M. Spreitzer, General Motors
Joseph Giglio, PhD, Northeastern University
Robert Parsons, Parsons Transportation Associates
Lyle Saxton, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. DOT
T. Russell Shields, Ygomi LLC
Harry Voccola, NAVTEQ
C. Michael Walton, PhD, University of Texas at Austin