2016 Business Advisory Council Fall Meeting

October 26-27, 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016: Industry Technical Workshop & Patterson Lecture



2:00 – 4:30 pm

Industry Technical Workshop - "Machine Learning in Transportation"

Cocktails & Dinner

Location: Norris University Center | 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston

5:00 PM

Reception and Cocktails – Louis Room – 2nd fl (Rm 205)

6:15 PM

Dinner –  Louis Room – 2nd fl (Rm 205)

After Dinner Speaker

Location: Norris University Center | McCormick Auditorium | 1999 Campus Road, Evanston

7:30 PM

Speaker: Gene Seroka, Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles

Supply Chain Dynamics Impacting North America’s Containerized Trade

Thursday, October 27, 2016: BAC Meeting

Location: Northwestern University Transportation Center Ruan Conference Center, Chambers Hall | 600 Foster St., Evanston



7:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM

Call to Order & Opening Comments  BAC Chair Jeff Silver presiding

8:05 AM

Welcome from the University

8:15 AM

Director's ReportHani Mahmassani - followed by discussion (presentation)

8:40 AM

BAC Membership: New Member introductions

8:45 AM

Panel Discussion - Autonomous Trucking 2: Are Robot Trucks on the Way or Not?

  • Moderator: Andrew Boyle, Co-Owner, Boyle Transportation
  • Tony Cook, Chief Engineer, Navistar (presentation)
  • Dan Murray, VP, Research, American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) (presentation)
  • Steven Sheffey, Corporate Counsel, Public Policy Development, Allstate

9:45 AM

PresentationCenter for Optimization and Statistical Learning

  • Jorge Nocedal, David A. and Karen Richards Sachs Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences; Chair, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Science (presentation)

10:00 AM


10:30 AM

Presentation and Discussion – The Amazon Effect

  • Moderator: Justin Zubrod, Managing Director, Zubrod and Company
  • David Vernon, Vice President and Senior Analyst, Sanford C. Bernstein
  • Matt Mullarkey, Senior VP, Strategic Projects & Planning, Centerpoint Properties

11:30 PM

Presentations and Panel Discussion – Airline Alliances: Are the Winds Shifting?

  • Moderator: Ian Savage, Associate Chair, Department of Economics, Northwestern University (presentation)
  • Kenji Hashimoto, SVP, American Eagle, American Airlines
  • Amos Kazzaz, SVP, Financial Planning and Analysis, Air Canada

12:30 PM

Closing Comments and Meeting Adjournments

12:45 PM

Introduction of the Transportation Students

12:50 PM

Buffet Luncheon with Transportation Students