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08/06/2020 - AVR Cities 5 - "Digitalization and Technological Innovation in Urban Mobility"

NUTC AVR Cities 5 - "Digitalization and Technological Innovation in Urban Mobility"

August 6, 2020 - #Cities5 - The fifth in our new 'Reopening Our Cities' -themed series of asynchronous virtual roundtables (AVR) moderated by NUTC director, Professor Hani S. Mahmassani, features transportation industry professionals working toward the safe and strategic reopening of cities and regional economies.

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Featured Speakers:

  • Brenna Berman serves as CEO & Executive Director of City Tech. Prior to joining City Tech, Brenna served in Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration. She served as the Chief Information Officer for the City and Commissioner for the Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) from 2012 to 2017. Prior to joining the Emanuel Administration, Brenna built a career promoting government innovation over 10 years at IBM, where she worked closely with government agencies in cities and countries across the world to leverage technology and analytics to improve the services they provide to their residents. Brenna earned her bachelor's degree and Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
  • Hani Mahmassani, NUTC Director and the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation at Northwestern University, will moderate this asynchronous virtual roundtable. Dr. Mahmassani brings over 35 years of research, academic and professional experience in transportation systems analysis, network modeling and logistics systems. He also currently serves on the International Advisory Board of the Panama Canal Authority. 
  • Monali Shah is a Strategic Business Executive for Public Sector at Google. In this role she drives the creation of ‘smart cities’ and mobility solutions that address the needs of public sector agencies. She previously served as the Director of Intelligent Transportation at HERE Technologies and led the company's work with transportation agencies in the areas of smart cities, connected and automated driving, and traffic management. She started off her career as an environmental engineer and Six Sigma Blackbelt at Avery Dennison. Ms. Shah has a degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Michigan and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.
  • Joshua L. Schank is the first-ever Chief Innovation Officer for the Los Angeles County Metro and former President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation a non-profit foundation with the mission of improving transportation policy and leadership. Dr. Schank was Transportation Policy Advisor to Senator Hillary Clinton, and has worked with PB Consult, ICF International, the Office of the Inspector General’s in the U.S. Department of Transportation, and with the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City. He holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from Columbia University, a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in urban studies from Columbia University.

07/30/2020 - AVR Cities 4 - "Shared-Mobility & Micromobility in Reopening Cities"

NUTC AVR Cities 4 - "Shared-Mobility & Micromobility in Reopening Cities"

July 30, 2020 - #Cities4 - The fourth in our new 'Reopening Our Cities' -themed series of asynchronous virtual roundtables (AVR) moderated by NUTC director, Professor Hani S. Mahmassani, features transportation industry professionals working toward the safe and strategic reopening of cities and regional economies.

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Featured Speakers:

  • Sharon Feigon is the founder and executive director of the Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC), a nonprofit, public interest organization that works to address the environmental impact, accessibility, and cost of transportation by connecting the public and private sectors, building knowledge, and developing solutions that achieve shared mobility for all. Prior to her tenure at SUMC, Sharon was the CEO of IGO Carsharing, the nonprofit organization that started carsharing in the Chicago region. Before taking the helm at IGO, Sharon was the Director of Research and Development at the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT). She holds an MBA from DePaul University and a BA in Economics from Antioch College.
  • Hani Mahmassani, NUTC Director and the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation at Northwestern University, will moderate this asynchronous virtual roundtable. Dr. Mahmassani brings over 35 years of research, academic and professional experience in transportation systems analysis, network modeling and logistics systems. He also currently serves on the International Advisory Board of the Panama Canal Authority. 
  • Susan Shaheen is professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley.  She is a pioneer and thought leader in future mobility strategies. She was among the first to observe, research, and write about changing dynamics in shared mobility and the likely scenarios through which automated vehicles will gain prominence. She is an internationally recognized expert in mobility and the sharing economy and co-directs the Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California (UC), Berkeley. She has a Ph.D. in ecology, focusing on the energy and environmental aspects of transportation, from UC Davis and a M.S. in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester. 
  • Shin-pei Tsay is the Director of Policy, Cities and Transportation at Uber.  In her current role at Uber, she leads a team of issues experts that contribute to creating a sustainable, multi-modal urban future. Previously, she was the executive director of Gehl Institute whose mission was to make public life a driver of policy, design, and governance. Prior to joining Gehl Institute, Shin-pei was the deputy executive director of TransitCenter, a national foundation focused on improving urban transportation, where she led the study Private Mobility, Public Interest. She received a BA in government with distinction from Cornell University and an MSc in City, Space, and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

 

07/23/2020 - AVR Cities 3 - "E-Delivery Challenges in Reopening Our Cities"

NUTC AVR Cities 3 - "E-Delivery Challenges in Reopening Our Cities"

July 23, 2020 - #Cities3 - The third in our new 'Reopening Our Cities' -themed series of asynchronous virtual roundtables (AVR) moderated by NUTC director, Professor Hani S. Mahmassani, features transportation industry professionals working toward the safe and strategic reopening of cities and regional economies.

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Featured Speakers:

  • Mike Brennan is at Farmer's Fridge and an investor/advisor for multiple last mile food companies. Previously, he was COO at Peapod, an online grocer, for 19 years. As COO worked across functional areas evolving the business model as the company grew $800 million sales. Prior to joining Peapod, Mike was a Principal at the management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, where he focused on business and marketing strategy for transportation companies. Prior to A.T. Kearney, Mike was at Procter & Gamble. Mike is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

  • Vignesh Ganapathy is an advocate who believes in intersectional action to drive systems change. He currently serves as Head of Government Relations with Postmates, an on-demand logistics and delivery company, focused on the future of work, privacy, robotics, mobility, and how tech intersects with our communities. Additionally, Vignesh serves on the board of Loud Light, an organization driving youth progressive action in Kansas through voter engagement and outreach, and Count Us IN, a nonprofit dedicated to voter engagement in Indiana. Through 2018, Vignesh headed policy and the racial justice project for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kansas, building a community-focused civil rights agenda in the Midwest.

  • Hani S. Mahmassani, NUTC Director and the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation at Northwestern University, will moderate this asynchronous virtual roundtable. Dr. Mahmassani brings over 35 years of research, academic and professional experience in transportation systems analysis, network modeling, urban transportation, and logistics systems

  • Susan Sweat is VP, Operations Planning & Engineering at the FedEx Express World Headquarters in Memphis, TN, where she has been responsible for the planning of Domestic PUD and Hub Operations since June 2015. She previously held VP roles in Customer Experience and Compliance, as well as Pickup and Delivery Operations, and is a five-time recipient of the FedEx Five Star Award, the company’s highest employee achievement award. Susan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Louisville and an MBA from Dowling College. She currently serves on the Executive Council of FedExFamilyHouse, a home away from home for out-of-town families receiving treatment at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN, is a member of IAWA (International Aviation Women’s Association) and Co-Chairs the Express Women’s Network and the Asia Network.

07/16/2020 - AVR Cities 2 - "The Vital Role of Public Transportation in Reopening Our Cities - Part 2"

NUTC AVR Cities 2 - "The Vital Role of Public Transportation in Reopening Our Cities - Part 2" 

July 16, 2020 - #Cities2 - The second in a new "Reopening Our Cities" -themed series of asynchronous virtual roundtables (AVR) moderated by NUTC director, Professor Hani S. Mahmassani, features transportation industry professionals working toward the safe and strategic reopening of cities and regional economies.

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Featured Speakers:

  • Kevin Desmond is the Chief Executive Officer of TransLink, Metro Vancouver’s transportation authority that provides 1.4 million trips every day.  He oversees planning, financing, and management of a region-wide multimodal transit network that includes bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, HandyDART and West Coast Express, with nearly 7,800 employees. Prior to joining TransLink, Kevin was General Manager of King County Metro Transit serving the Seattle metropolitan region; Vice-President of Operations and Development at Pierce Transit in Tacoma, Washington; and was Chief of Operations Planning for New York City Transit.  Kevin has a master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University.
  • Hani S. Mahmassani, NUTC Director and the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation at Northwestern University, will moderate this asynchronous virtual roundtable. Dr. Mahmassani brings over 35 years of research, academic and professional experience in transportation systems analysis, network modeling, urban transportation, and logistics systems
  • Jerome Pourbaix is Senior Director for Global Growth at the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), coordinating its network of 15 regional offices worldwide. Previously he led UITP’s international advocacy activities, focusing notably on the economic case for public transport and the future role of public transport in cities. He championed the inclusion of mobility in the new urban agenda adopted at the Habitat III conference. Jerome has also supervised UITP’s strategic projects and urban transport data collection activities. Before UITP he worked at the European Commission and the international city network Polis. He studied Sociology in Belgium and the United Kingdom.
  • Julian Ware is Head of Corporate Finance at Transport for London.  Since he joined in 2007 he has worked on the Crossrail 1 project (£15 billion) seeing new funding streams through close to implementation.  He also helped put together the funding for the Northern Line to Battersea Power Station (£1 billion) and the rail extension at Barking (£200 million).  He has worked on the £30 billion Crossrail 2 and land value capture issues, as well as on two roads PPP projects.  He is currently active on the reviews of future of TfL funding and finance following the Covid emergency. He is a graduate of Oxford University and has an MBA from the Open University.  

07/09/2020 - AVR Cities 1 - "The Vital Role of Public Transportation in Reopening Our Cities"

NUTC AVR Cities 1 - "The Vital Role of Public Transportation in Reopening Our Cities" 

July 9, 2020 - #Cities1 - The first in a new "Reopening Our Cities" -themed series of Asynchronous Virtual Roundtables (AVR) moderated by NUTC director, Professor Hani S. Mahmassani, features transportation industry professionals working toward the safe and strategic reopening of cities and regional economies.

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Featured Speakers:

  • Peter Cafiero is Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Managing Director of Intermodal Planning, where he leads an increasingly integrated group of service planners, data analysts, schedulers and bus stop maintenance staff for Metrorail and Metrobus in the National Capital Region. Prior to joining WMATA in 2019, Peter was for many years Chief of Operations Planning at MTA NYC Transit, where he headed planning for the Second Av Subway and NY’s first BRT routes, led international transit benchmarking groups and worked to improve service by using data to support real-time operating decisions and address capacity challenges. Peter has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from The Cooper Union and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering (in transportation) from Northwestern University.
  • Dorval Carter is President of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), the nation’s second-largest transit agency, providing approximately 1.5 million rides on an average weekday and serving the City of Chicago and 35 surrounding suburbs. Appointed as CTA President in 2015, Mr. Carter has led the way for unprecedented investment in CTA, overseeing more than $8B of projects completed, begun or announced. Carter has spent more than 30 years in transportation and transit, including positions at the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Administration.  A graduate of Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Mr. Carter also holds a Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law.
  • Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. is Chief Executive Officer of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) and past Chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). His distinguished career spans more than three decades, including tenures as CEO of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. Ford is a champion of multimodal transportation, walkable neighborhoods, public-private partnerships and transit-oriented development; and known for industry-leading insights and thought leadership on international transportation issues from trade and study missions around the world. 
  • Hani S. Mahmassani, NUTC Director and the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation at Northwestern University, will moderate this asynchronous virtual roundtable. Dr. Mahmassani brings over 35 years of research, academic and professional experience in transportation systems analysis, network modeling, urban transportation, and logistics systems

 

06/19/2020 - Graduation - A Special Message to NUTC's 2020 Graduates

05/28/2020 - AVR 9 - "E-commerce and E-fulfillment under COVID-19" 

#TCAVR9 - E-commerce and E-fulfillment under COVID-19

May 28, 2020 - The ninth Asynchronous Virtual Roundtable (AVR) in a webinar series moderated by NUTC director, Professor Hani S. Mahmassani, focused on Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Networks under COVID-19.

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Featured Speakers:

  • Sean Barbour joined Macy’s in January of 2020 as the Vice President of Supply Chain where he is helping lead a major transformation in Macy's supply chain.  In his current role based out of NYC he has responsibility for supplier collaboration, reverse logistics, merge center operations, customer delivery, international and domestic transportation and logistics.  Previously Sean worked for Walgreens for approximately 17 years where most recently he led US supply chain development.
  • Suresh Krishna joined Northern Tool & Equipment as CEO and President in April.  Suresh had previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operations, Supply Chain and Lean Officer of Sleep Number, and before that as Vice President of Global Operations and Integration at Polaris.  Suresh also held various executive roles including supply chain for UTC Fire & Security and Diageo.  He started his career at Booz Allen & Hamilton and is a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management. 
  • Hani Mahmassani, NUTC Director and the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation at Northwestern University, will moderate this asynchronous virtual roundtable. Dr. Mahmassani brings over 35 years of research, academic and professional experience in transportation systems analysis, network modeling and logistics systems. He also currently serves on the International Advisory Board of the Panama Canal Authority. 
  • Saman Saiy, VP Operations – eCommerce, DHL Supply Chain, is an Industrial Engineer by training and joined DHL’s Solutions team upon graduating from University of Toronto in 2004. Over the past 16 years, Saman has delivered solutions across Retail, Consumer, Technology, Automotive and Life Sciences sectors. He has led the Facility Design team in North America and implemented transformational and eCommerce projects for many Fortune 500 companies resulting in reduced supply chain cost and improved service level. Saman currently leads the eCommerce operations for a number of accounts in North America.

05/21/2020 - AVR 8 - "Rail Freight and Supply Chain Operations under COVID-19"

#TCAVR8 - Rail Freight and Supply Chain Operations under COVID-19

May 21, 2020 - The eighth Asynchronous Virtual Roundtable (AVR) in a webinar series moderated by NUTC director, Professor Hani S. Mahmassani, focused on Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Networks under COVID-19.

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Featured Speakers:

  • David Arganbright is VP, Government Affairs for OmniTRAX and a career railroad professional with 30 years of multi-disciplinary experience. He is currently responsible for the creation of public-private partnerships and represents OmniTRAX on political and legislative matters, and has served RailAmerica in a similar capacity. Dave has also held key roles in operations, strategic planning and business development at Amtrak and spent nine years with Conrail in marketing and corporate strategy. He has a degree in Business from Indiana University, an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School, and professional certification (CTL) from the American Society of Transportation & Logistics.
  • John Friedmann is VP, Network Planning & Optimization for Norfolk Southern where he is responsible for the operating plan. He oversaw the first PSR operating plan in 2019 and headed the consolidation of all dispatching functions into a single Network Operations Center. At Norfolk Southern, John has served in a variety of operating, administrative and commercial roles, including Assistant to the Chairman, Division Superintendent, AVP Short Line Marketing and VP of Strategic Planning.  He is a board member for several short line railroads and previously served as Chairman of Norfolk Southern’s telecommunications subsidiary T-Cubed.
  • Hani Mahmassani, NUTC Director and the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation at Northwestern University, will moderate this asynchronous virtual roundtable. Dr. Mahmassani brings over 35 years of research, academic and professional experience in transportation systems analysis, network modeling and logistics systems. He also currently serves on the International Advisory Board of the Panama Canal Authority. 
  • Eric Marchetto is Senior VP and CFO at Trinity Industries, Inc. with over two decades of leadership experience within their rail business. He was previously TrinityRail’s Company Group President, as well as CCO with responsibility for all of TrinityRail’s commercial activities, secondary market activities, and customer and industry relationships. Eric is spearheading the use of analytics in business decisions and service to TrinityRail customers and has been a key contributor towards the development, growth, and evolution of the railcar manufacturing, leasing, and services businesses into the TrinityRail Integrated Business Model. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University.

05/14/2020 - AVR 7 - "Trucking and Intermodal Freight Operations under COVID-19"

#TCAVR7 - Trucking and Intermodal Freight Operations under COVID-19

May 14, 2020 - The seventh Asynchronous Virtual Roundtable (AVR) in a webinar series moderated by NUTC director, Professor Hani S. Mahmassani, focused on Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Networks under COVID-19.

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Featured Speakers:

  • Andrew T. Boyle is co-president of Boyle Transportation, a specialized trucking firm that provides exceptional quality, safety, and security to select clients in defense and life sciences. Prior to returning to the company in 2003, Andrew was an investment banker with J.P. Morgan. He earned an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and an AB from Bowdoin College. Andrew is also vice chair of the American Trucking Associations and a board member of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). He is past chair of the Trucking Association of Massachusetts and a current member of NUTC’s Business Advisory Council. He is a trustee of Eastern Bank and serves on boards and committees of several non-profit organizations including House of Hope and The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.
  • Hani Mahmassani, NUTC Director and the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation at Northwestern University, will moderate this asynchronous virtual roundtable. Dr. Mahmassani brings over 35 years of research, academic and professional experience in transportation systems analysis, network modeling and logistics systems. He also currently serves on the International Advisory Board of the Panama Canal Authority. 
  • Bill Matheson is Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Schneider, a premier provider of transportation, logistics and intermodal services and a member company of NUTC’s Business Advisory Council. In this role he is responsible for collaborating with the business and commercial leadership teams to advance Schneider’s market position. He also leads the enterprise’s sales acceleration, revenue management and commercial marketing initiatives and oversees global accounts and management for Schneider’s operation in Mexico. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business, with a concentration in transportation and logistics, from Indiana University-Bloomington. 
  • Ben McLean joined Ruan Transportation Management Systems in 2007 and assumed his current role as Chief Executive Officer in January 2015. His prior roles within Ruan have included COO, CIO and oversight of the company's legal and assets departments. Prior to joining Ruan McLean assisted companies with mergers, acquisitions and equity offerings at William Blair & Company in Chicago, IL. His previous experience includes roles at Deloitte where he was a systems consultant and Cravath, Swaine & Moore where he assisted with corporate transactions. McLean holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a law degree from Northwestern’s School of Law. He earned his undergraduate degree in computer engineering from Northwestern and is currently a member of the NUTC Business Advisory Council.

 

05/07/2020 - AVR 6 - "Leveraging Technology for Supply Chain Resilience under COVID-19"

#TCAVR6 - Leveraging Technology for Supply Chain Resilience under COVID-19

May 7, 2020 - The sixth Asynchronous Virtual Roundtable (AVR) in a webinar series moderated by NUTC director, Professor Hani S. Mahmassani, focused on Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Networks under COVID-19.

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Featured Speakers:

  • Stephen Brobst is Chief Technology Officer for Teradata Corporation and Managing Partner at Sampo Technologies & Systems. He specializes in the design and construction of analytic solutions for Fortune 500 companies, and has authored numerous books and articles related to advanced data management techniques. Stephen performed his graduate work in Computer Science at MIT where his Master’s and PhD research focused on high-performance parallel processing. He also completed an MBA with joint course and thesis work at Harvard Business School and the MIT Sloan School of Management.

  • Stephanie Kolaczynski is the Chief Operating Officer at FourKites. She joined FourKites in 2015 as an early stage employee and leader of the customer delivery and service organization. Stephanie previously worked in HR and benefits management for Zenefits, an SaaS startup, where she led the Client Support team. Stephanie has also held management positions in Customer Support and Supply Chain at McMaster-Carr. Stephanie holds a BS in Organizational Communications from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.

  • Hani Mahmassani, NUTC Director and the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation at Northwestern University, will moderate this asynchronous virtual roundtable. Dr. Mahmassani brings over 35 years of research, academic and professional experience in transportation systems analysis, network modeling and logistics systems. He also currently serves on the International Advisory Board of the Panama Canal Authority.  

  • Yossi Sheffi is the Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he serves as Director of the Center for Transportation and Logistics (MIT CTL), teaches and researches systems optimization, risk analysis, and supply chain management. Dr. Sheffi founded the MITx MicroMasters in Supply Chain Management and MIT's Master of Supply Chain Management degree, in addition to launching the Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) global network. He has founded five successful companies, and authored several books on supply chain resilience and logistics. 

04/30/2020 - AVR 5 - "Third-Party Logistics Services and Supply Chain Resilience under COVID-19"

#TCAVR5 - Third-Party Logistics Services and Supply Chain Resilience under COVID-19

April 30, 2020 - The fifth Asynchronous Virtual Roundtable (AVR) in a webinar series moderated by NUTC director, Professor Hani S. Mahmassani, focused on Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Networks under COVID-19.

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Featured Speakers:

  • Bill Driegert is Head of Operations for Uber Freight. Prior to joining Uber, he served as Chief Operations Officer at Pillow Homes. He also spent time at Amazon as Director of Planning and Innovation with oversight over new initiatives in final mile delivery and truckload. Bill was a founding team member of Coyote Logistics (acquired by UPS) and the company’s Chief Innovation Officer. Bill lives in Tiburon, CA with his wife and 2 children and in his limited free-time still enjoys mountain biking and tinkering on old cars and motorcycles.
  • Ken Heller is Chief Transportation Officer for DSC Logistics. As a member of the Executive Team, he is responsible for DSC’s transportation business and plays a key role in establishing and implementing the vision for integrated global supply chain transportation solutions. Ken is also responsible for the daily execution and performance of transportation operations, ensuring the achievement of customers’ business goals. Ken received a BS in Finance from Indiana University and an MS in Business Logistics from Penn State.
  • Hani Mahmassani, NUTC Director, and the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation at Northwestern University, will moderate the roundtable. He brings over 35 years of research, academic and professional experience in transportation systems analysis, network modeling and logistics systems, and currently serves on the International Advisory Board of the Panama Canal Authority. 
  • Chris Pickett is Chief Strategy Officer at Coyote Logistics, a leading provider of non-asset based 3PL solutions across North America and Europe. He is responsible for all activities related to North American Sales, Marketing, Operations, Supply Chain Engineering, and Pricing Strategy – ensuring that all are aligned to identify, implement, and innovate capacity, process, and technology solutions for Shippers across the global Coyote network. He earned a B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, an M.Eng. in Logistics from MIT, and an MBA from Georgia Tech.

04/23/2020 - AVR 4 - "Air Cargo and Supply Chains under COVID-19"

#TCAVR4 - Air Cargo and Supply Chains under COVID-19

April 23, 2020 - The fourth Asynchronous Virtual Roundtable (AVR) in a webinar series moderated by NUTC director Professor Hani S. Mahmassani focused on Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Networks under COVID-19.

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Featured Speakers:

  • Mark Albrecht is Director, Cargo Logistics for United Airlines. His responsibilities include oversight of United Cargo's costs and capital expenditures as well as management of United's ULD assets, road feeder service and transport of company material. Albrecht joined United Airlines in 1985 and has held management positions in Vendor Planning, Aircraft Scheduling, Onboard Schedule Planning and the Credit Union. Prior to his current position, Albrecht was United's Director of Cargo Operations Excellence. Albrecht received his BS from Elmhurst College in Illinois and his MBA from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University.

  • Jared Azcuy serves as the COO of Alliance Ground International, LLC. He has 19 years of experience in the transportation handling industry. As VP of Administration for Miami Aircraft Support, Azcuy oversaw all administrative, accounting and finance functions handled at its Miami headquarters. Following the MAS sale to WFS in 1999, Azcuy was retained by WFS to oversee the integration of both corporate offices. Since 2002, he served as VP of Phoenix Fuel Corporation and he helped found Cargo Force where he continues to manage all the leasing, purchasing, payables, receivables, payroll, benefits and contract administration for Cargo Force’s operations and locations.

  • Helen Kristensen is Managing Director, United Cargo Sales - Strategic Accounts for United Airlines. She is responsible for planning and directing the activities of the team of United Cargo's most experienced sales professionals who manage the organization's largest global accounts. Kristensen joined United Airlines in 1995 and held management positions in Passenger Sales, Airport Operations, Customer Service, Customer Satisfaction and United's Mileage Plus organization. She also served as a United Cargo Sales Strategic Partner Manager prior to her current role. Kristensen received a BA from University of Western Ontario, Canada and an MBA from York University Schulich School of Business, Toronto.

  • Hani Mahmassani, NUTC Director, and the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation at Northwestern University, will moderate the roundtable. He brings over 35 years of research, academic and professional experience in transportation systems analysis, network modeling and logistics systems, and currently serves on the International Advisory Board of the Panama Canal Authority. 

  • Shawn McWhorter joined Nippon Cargo Airlines in 2007 and is president of the Americas Region, working out of the Regional Headquarters office at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. He is responsible for all business activities including Sales, Marketing, Operations, Accounting, and Administration for North and South America. Prior to NCA, he worked in Minneapolis for Northwest Airlines as VP – Cargo Network Management and was responsible for managing $1B in cargo revenue. Originally from Atlanta, he holds an engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology.

04/16/2020 - AVR 3 - "Ocean Shipping and Supply Chains under COVID-19"

#TCAVR3 - Ocean Shipping and Supply Chains under COVID-19

April 16, 2020 - The third Asynchronous Virtual Roundtable (AVR) in a webinar series moderated by NUTC director Professor Hani S. Mahmassani focused on Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Networks under COVID-19.

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Featured Speakers:

  • Brandy D. Christian is President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans, as well as CEO of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Corp., a shortline connecting railroad and subsidiary of the Port. Christian also serves on the Green Marine Board of Directors, Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council, Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank Trade and Transportation Advisory Council, Louisiana Board of International Commerce, the World Trade Center of New Orleans Board of Directors, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors and on the Cruise Committee for the American Association of Port Authorities.
  • Hani Mahmassani, NUTC Director, and the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation at Northwestern University, will moderate the roundtable. He brings over 35 years of research, academic and professional experience in transportation systems analysis, network modeling and logistics systems, and currently serves on the International Advisory Board of the Panama Canal Authority. 
  • Steven Rothberg is Founding Partner of Mercator International and has 42 years of diversified experience in international freight transportation. He began his career in operations planning with Southern Pacific Railroad, then directed transpacific marketing for U.S. Steamship Lines, and was director of corporate plans for United Airlines. He held executive positions for Sea-Land Service, and helped launch and manage the Global Ports Group of Macquarie Capital Limited. He has been providing strategic and operational consulting services to clients for more than seven years. He received a bachelor’s from Cornell and master’s in transportation systems from MIT.
  • Ricaurte Vásquez is Panama Canal Administrator with more than 30 years of experience in financial and international capital market management and in the public sector. He served as Minister for Canal Affairs and Chairman of Panama Canal Board of Directors (2004-2006), deputy administrator (2000-2004) and finance director (1996-2000) for the waterway, playing a role in laying the groundwork for the Panama Canal Expansion Program. Vasquez has a PhD in Managerial Economics and master’s in Operations Research & Statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as well as his master’s in Economics from North Carolina State University.

04/09/2020 - AVR 2 - "Multimodal Perspectives on Supply Chain Disruptions & Industry Challenges"

#TCAVR2 - Multimodal Perspectives on Supply Chain Disruptions and Industry Challenges

April 9, 2020 - The second Asynchronous Virtual Roundtable (AVR) in a webinar series moderated by NUTC director Professor Hani S. Mahmassani focused on Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Networks under COVID-19. 

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Featured Speakers:

  • John Bowe is Principal for the American Maritime Group LLC. Bowe’s experience in freight transportation began in 1976 with Prudential Lines. He spent 23 years with American President Lines (APL). From 2004 through 2010 he was President of Americas for APL, responsible for APL’s ocean transportation, container terminal, and logistics businesses throughout the Americas, and APL’s service partnerships with North American railroads and trucking companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Hamilton College.
  • Mike Burton is President and CEO for C&K Holdings Acquisition LLC. In 2003, Burton led the leveraged buyout of C&K Holdings, becoming its president and CEO. Prior to his career at C&K, he was senior vice president and division head of commercial lending at LaSalle Bank N.A. In this position, he provided financial and capital structure guidance to middle market companies. He is an active member in multiple industry associations including the Intermodal Association of North America, the Intermodal Association of Chicago, the Traffic Club of Chicago, and the Northwestern University Transportation Center’s Sandhouse Rail Group. He holds an MBA from Northwestern University and a business degree from the University of Illinois.
  • Hani Mahmassani, NUTC Director, and the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation at Northwestern University, will moderate the roundtable. He brings over 35 years of research, academic and professional experience in transportation systems analysis, network modeling and logistics systems, and currently serves on the International Advisory Board of the Panama Canal Authority.
  • Roger Nober is Executive Vice President, Law and Corporate Affairs, and Chief Legal Officer for BNSF Railway. Nober joined BNSF Railway Co. in January 2007 and oversees legal and regulatory matters, environmental, claims, compliance, communications as well as state government and community affairs. Prior to that, Nober was a partner in the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP. From 2002 to 2006, Nober chaired the U.S. Surface Transportation Board. From 1993 to 2002, he served in various roles at the Department of Transportation and in the U.S. House of Representatives, including serving as chief counsel for the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He has a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College and a Juris Doctor from Harvard University School of Law.

04/02/2020 - AVR 1 - "Supply Chain Disruptions & Industry Challenges"

#TCAVR1 - Supply Chain Disruptions and Industry Challenges

April 2, 2020 - NUTC debuts a new Asynchronous Virtual Roundtable (AVR) webinar series moderated by NUTC director Professor Hani S. Mahmassani that focuses on Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Networks under COVID-19. 

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Featured Speakers

  • Sunil Chopra is the IBM Distinguished Professor of Operations Management. He was also Interim Dean of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University from 2009-2010. From 2006 – 2009, he served as Senior Associate Dean: Curriculum and Teaching. He became a faculty member of the school in 1989. Previously he was an Assistant Professor at the Stern School of Business Administration at New York University. He has a PhD in Operations Research from SUNY Stony Brook.

  • Hani Mahmassani, NUTC Director, and the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation at Northwestern University, will moderate the roundtable. He brings over 35 years of research, academic and professional experience in transportation systems analysis, network modeling and logistics systems, and currently serves on the International Advisory Board of the Panama Canal Authority.

  • Eugene (Gene) Seroka was confirmed as Executive Director for the Port of Los Angeles by the Los Angeles City Council on June 11, 2014. An industry-known leader, he brings more than 28 years of experience in shipping, global logistics and executive management to the Port. As Executive Director of the busiest container port in North America, Gene Seroka is responsible for managing a $1 billion budget, leading a team of more than 900 employees, advancing major capital projects, growing cargo volumes, and promoting innovative, sustainable practices that improve Southern California’s economy and quality of life.

  • Doug Waggoner has served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Echo Global Logistics since 2006 and has contributed to making Echo a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation management. Prior to Echo, he founded SelecTrans, LLC, a freight management software provider. From 2004 to 2005, he served as the CEO of USF Bestway. Prior to this, he was the senior vice president of strategic marketing for USF Corporation. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Supply-Chain Innovation Network of Chicago, a new organization emerging out of World Business Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs. Waggoner holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from San Diego State University.

 

01/12/2020 - TRB Reception & NUTC Alumni Reunion (Washington, DC)

TRB Annual Meeting

TC Reception & Reunion

  • Sunday, January 12 @ 8pm  [ Marriott Marquis, Washington, DC ]

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2019

01/13/2019 - TRB Reception & NUTC Alumni Reunion (Washington, DC)

TRB Annual Meeting:

01/13/2019 - 01/17/2019 -  Washington, DC

TRB Reception & NUTC Alumni Reunion:

01/13/2019 - Marriott Marquis Washington, DC

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2018

11/07/2018 - Featured Speaker: Brad Keywell, CEO & Founder, Uptake

The Future is Here: A Conversation with Brad Keywell

11/07/2018  -  Harris Hall, Evanston

01/07/2018 - TRB Reception & NUTC Alumni Reunion (Washington, DC)

TRB Annual Meeting:

01/07/2018 - 01/11/2018 -  Washington, DC


TRB Reception & NUTC Alumni Reunion:

01/07/2018 - Marriott Marquis Washington, DC

 

2017

07/24/2017 - The 22nd International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory (ISTTT22)

The 22nd International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory (ISTTT22)

07/24/2017 - 07/26/2017
Norris University Center, Evanston

ISTTT22 covered all scientific aspects of transportation and traffic, spanning all modes of transport—public and private—including freight, air, and maritime modes.

Event Co-Chairs

About ISTTT

The ISTTT is an annual event series that provides the world’s leading transportation and traffic theorists a premier gathering platform to network and collaborate with others interested in contributing to, or improving their understanding of, transportation and traffic-related fields and research.

The field of transportation and traffic theory is continually undergoing change and renewal, driven by new technologies, novel problems thrown up by new technologies or shifts in global circumstances, and advances in associated disciplines. While well-established themes invariably elicit interesting contributions, high quality papers on new topics often stimulate fruitful research in novel directions, frequently reported in subsequent Symposia. Careful refereeing and selection of papers ensure that the Symposia provide a fertile and erudite forum for seminal contributions, occasionally from researchers previously unknown to the field. To ensure maximum impact, all sessions are plenary, which necessarily limits the number of papers that can be accepted.

The ISTTT proceedings are published directly before each Symposium and provided to each registered participant upon arrival. As the interval between each Symposium has been reduced to two years from 2005, the gap between abstract submission and paper publication is now less than two years, which compares favourably with many international journals.

The Symposium proceedings carry the status of a peer-reviewed international journal, an important consideration for junior academics. For aspiring academics and researchers at all levels, the Symposium may prove to be a career-defining moment.

 

ISTTT International Advisory Members

  • William HK Lam (Convenor) (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
  • Michael Bell (University of Sydney)
  • Michel Bierlaire (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
  • Avishai Ceder (University of Auckland)
  • Mike Cassidy (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Nathan Gartner (University of Massachusetts, Lowell)
  • Benjamin Heydecker (UCL (University College London))
  • Serge Hoogendoorn (Delft University of Technology)
  • Hai-jun Huang (Beihang University)
  • Hideyuki Kita (Kobe University)
  • Masao Kuwahara (Tohoku University)
  • Ludovic Leqlercq (École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l’État)
  • Hani Mahmassani (Northwestern University)
  • Juan Carlos Muñoz (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)
  • Marian Tracz (Cracow University of Technology)
  • Chan Wirasinghe (University of Calgary)
  • Ning Wu (Ruhr-University Bochum)
  • Hai Yang (Hong Kong University of Science & Technology)
  • Michael Zhang (University of California, Davis)

 

ISTTT Honorary Members

Richard Allsop
Piet Bovy
Werner Brilon
Carlos Daganzo
Ezra Hauer
Hartmut Keller
Reinhart Kühne
Jean-Baptiste Lesort
Yasuji Makigami
Dennis Robertson
Valentin Silyanov
Michael Taylor
Sam Yagar

01/08/2017 - TRB Reception & NUTC Alumni Reunion (Washington, DC)

TRB Annual Meeting:

01/08/2017 - 01/12/2017
Marriott Marquis, Washington, D.C.

TRB Reception / NUTC Alumni Reunion:

01/08/2017
Marriott Marquis, Washington, D.C.

The TRB Reception/NUTC Alumni Reunion is held in conjunction with the TRB Annual Meeting every year.

2016

10/26/2016 - Featured Speaker: Gene Seroka, Port of Los Angeles

Supply Chain Dynamics Impacting North America’s Containerized Trade

10/26/2016

Gene Seroka, Port of Los Angeles

 

 

09/22/2016 - CMAP - ONTO2050 Big Ideas Forum: "Have We Reached Peak Driving?"

CMAP - ONTO2050 Big Ideas Forum: "Have We Reached Peak Driving?"

09/22/2016

After a half-century of increases in car ownership, solo auto commuting, and roadway congestion across the Chicago region, the last decade has seen auto use stall or decline according to most measures. Have we truly passed “peak driving,” or did recent economic conditions merely hit the pause button? CMAP and the Northwestern University Transportation Center invite you to a panel in which transportation experts will discuss this question and its implications for planning, policy, and infrastructure decisions through 2050.

05/23/2016 - Mobility 2050: A Vision for Transportation Infrastructure

Mobility 2050: A Vision for Transportation Infrastructure

05/23/2016

Supported by a grant from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the Transportation Center undertook an exploration of the factors, needs, and opportunities facing U.S. transportation infrastructure in the next 35 years. The objective of the study was not to forecast the future, but to frame the possibilities and thus to inform the public and policy makers about future needs for transportation infrastructure. The outcome of this study is Mobility 2050: A Vision for Transportation Infrastructure.

2015

10/22/2015 - Book Release: Forecasting Urban Travel: Past, Present and Future by David E. Boyce and Huw C.W.L. Williams

Forecasting Urban Travel: Past, Present & Future by David E. Boyce and Huw C.W.L. Williams 

10/22/2015

Forecasting Urban Travel: Past, Present and Future presents in a non-mathematical way the evolution of methods, models and theories underpinning travel forecasts and policy analysis, from the early urban transportation studies of the 1950s to current applications throughout the urbanized world. From original documents, correspondence and interviews, especially from the United States and the United Kingdom, the authors seek to capture the spirit and problems faced in different eras, as changing information requirements, computing technology and planning objectives conditioned the nature of forecasts. Learn more >>

To celebrate the publication of this important book, the Transportation Center, in conjunction with the Transportation Library hosted a special symposium and book launch event at the Northwestern University Library on October 22, 2015. Remarks were given by the authors, David Boyce and Huw Williams, as well as several special guests.

Learn more about Forecasting Urban Travel: Past, Present and Future and order a copy of the book

2014

11/13/2014 - NUTC 60th Anniversary Celebration

NUTC 60th Anniversary Celebration

11/13/2014 

The Northwestern University Transportation Center held its 60th Anniversary Celebration on Nov. 13th 2014. The NUTC was established in 1954 to address the need for a multidisciplinary academic institute to study the complex challenges faced by the transportation sector. It has since provided a forum that brings together industry leaders, researchers, students, and all those interested in traffic, transportation, logistics, supply chain, and distribution systems.

The Transportation Center was founded 60 years ago by Northwestern University president J. Roscoe Miller to fill the growing need for a broad and imaginative program of transportation education and research at the university level. A joint undertaking of the Northwestern School of Commerce, the Technological Institute, and the Traffic Institute, the Transportation Center at Northwestern University—the first of its kind in the nation—was expected to offer an expanded program of research to help solve major problems in the highway, rail, air, pipeline, and water divisions of the national transportation industry. From the outset, the NUTC's goal was clear: to make substantive and enduring contributions to the movement of materials, people, energy, and information. In so doing, the Center aims to influence national and international transportation policy, management, operations, and technological developments.

In pursuit of this mission, the NUTC relies on an interdisciplinary approach to transportation and logistics education and research. The Center’s strength lies in the quality and productivity of its faculty, its focus on both scholarly and applied research, and an awareness of and responsiveness to the continual changes impacting the transportation and logistics industry. Through its comprehensive research agenda, short courses in executive education, and an array of outreach activities, the NUTC stands at the forefront of transportation and logistics research and education. In order to develop and share improved understanding of the economics and science of transportation and logistics systems, the NUTC brings together academic researchers, students, business affiliates, and others in open exploration of the ways to make transportation and supply chain operations more productive, efficient, safe, secure, environmentally friendly, and socially beneficial.

2012

05/03/2012 - Seminar: Transportation Deregulation Retrospective

Transportation Deregulation and Safety: A Retrospective and Reflection after 25 Years

05/03/2012

NUTC held a landmark conference in 1987 on the topic of public concern surrounding the economic deregulation of transportation in the late 1970s and whether it had led to a degradation of safety. In 2012, NUTC held a follow-up symposium in collaboration with the TC Seminar Series, Sandhouse Rail Group, Icarus Aviation Society, and Transportation Research Forum's Chicago Chapter, in order to reflect and discuss the impacts and outcomes of those 1980s policies and public concern.

FEATURED SPEAKERS (also attended 1987 conference):

  • Thomas M. Corsi (University of Maryland)
  • Paul Jovanis (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Clinton V. Oster. Jr. (Indiana University)
  • Ian Savage (Northwestern University)

08/13/2012 - 2nd International Conference on Evacuation Modeling and Management

2nd International Conference on Evacuation Modeling and Management

08/13/2012

10/02/2012 - Featured Speaker: Michael Roeth, NACFE - "Technology Adoption for Tractor Trailer Fuel Efficiency"

CCITT Technology Commercialization Speaker Series

10/02/2012
Kellogg School of Management, Evanston

"Technology Adoption for Tractor Trailer Fuel Efficiency"

Michael Roeth - Executive Director, North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE)


ABOUT NACFE
The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (www.nacfe.org) is a non-profit dedicated to doubling the efficiency of North American goods movement. The council recently conducted a study with eight of NA’s largest trucking fleets, representing 75,000 tractors and 130,000 trailers, arguably the largest-ever, fleet fuel efficiency benchmarking study. The report found that the fleets were saving on average $4,400 per year, or $22,000 over five years, in fuel expense by employing new products and practices. It analyzed the adoption of 60 known technologies and practices available to fleets over the past eight years. Those technologies include such things as aerodynamic tractors, wide base tires, automatic transmissions and anti-idling devices. Mike will share the adoption experiences of individual technologies, compare speed and size of adoption amongst the fleets and offer ideas for the industry to improve freight efficiency. Fleets working with NACFE have increased mpg of large rigs from around 5 to as much as 9 mpg.

2011

04/09/2011 - Symposium: "The Future State of High Speed Rail in Illinois"

The Future State of High Speed Rail in Illinois

04/09/2011
Transportation Center, Evanston

The vision of modern high-speed rail (HSR) passenger travel in the US is taking shape in selected travel markets, including Illinois. Upgrading the nation’s rail network for high speed passenger travel faces several strategic, technical and operational challenges. The Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) hosted a half-day symposium focused on overcoming these challenges as high speed passenger rail travel moves towards implementation.

At the symposium, representatives from the Federal Rail Administration and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) discussed their goals and shared vision, provide updates on current infrastructure projects and outline future priorities for HSR. Invited experts from industry and academia highlighted several critical aspects relevant to the implementation and successful operation of HSR. Topics include rolling stock technologies and associated trade-offs, scheduling challenges involving freight and passenger trains sharing the same tracks, the art and science of demand forecasting for proposed HSR services, and the role of independent review in the conduct of HSR studies intended to inform policy and investment decisions.

 

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Karen Hedlund - Chief Counsel, Federal Railroad Administration
Hedlund discussed the goals of the federal high-speed rail program and provided an update on how the program is progressing nationwide. She also reviewed the key corridors that are being emphasized in the program. 

Joseph Shacter - Director, Public & Intermodal Transportation, Illinois DOT
Shacter discussed specifics on Chicago-St.Louis high-speed rail construction, as well as Illinois' other priorities in establishing rail service to Rockford/Galena/Dubuque, the Quad Cities/Iowa City, and perhaps other communities in the future. He also discussed the CREATE project, particularly how it relates to passenger rail improvement.

Krishna Jha - Vice President of Research & Development, Innovative Scheduling
Topic: Scheduling Freight Trains on Roads with Higher and High-Speed Passenger Trains

Jim Lindsay - Vice President & Customer Director, US and Canadian Railroads, Alstom
Topic: Innovations required for deployment of Higher-Speed Passenger Rail Rolling Stock in the U.S. Environment

Kimon Proussaloglou - Principal, Cambridge Systematics
Topic: A Technical Approach to Forecasting Demand for High-Speed Rail

Frank S. Koppelman - Professor Emeritus of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Northwestern
Topic: The Role of Peer Review Panel in High Speed Rail Studies

2010

06/22/2010 - Symposium: "Pedestrian Rail Safety Symposium"

Pedestrian Rail Safety Symposium

06/22/2010

The Transportation Center at Northwestern University, in collaboration with the City of Lake Forest, Illinois, organized a symposium to deal with pedestrian safety around railroads. The symposium dealt specifically with two contemporary issues: pedestrian distraction due to portable electronic devices, and the implications of the introduction of high speed trains.

The goal of the symposium was to generate recommendations that will encurage change in pedestrian behavior and reduce the number of accidents and fatalities. The interdisciplinary symposium brought together university researchers with practitioners from railroads, police departments and local municipalities. The meeting was designed as a working session. Participants broke into three groups to discuss ideas and recommendations concerning:

  • education and communication about the risk
  • engineering and design solutions
  • enforcement issues.
The format of the symposium allowed participants to share experiences on what has worked and what has not and to brainstorm innovative ideas. The results of the Symposium deliberations are being shared widely to encourage public debate. Most of the Symposium participants are active in rail safety issues in the region, and can take the lessons learned to inform new initiatives in the years ahead.

01/29/2010 - Symposium: Transportation Network Design and Economics (Honoring Martin Beckmann)

Symposium on Transportation Network Design and Economics (Honoring Martin Beckmann)

01/29/2010
Transportation Center, Evanston

The Symposium on Transportation Network Design and Economics took place at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois on January 29th, 2010. The event was organized by Professors David E. Boyce and Hani S. Mahmassani to honor and celebrate visiting Professor Martin Beckmann.

Professor Beckmann is the only living author of the classic book, Studies in the Economics of Transportation, published in 1956 by Yale University Press, and co-authored with Bart McGuire and Chris Winsten. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of this classic book, in 2005, we organized several sessions at the San Francisco INFORMS meeting and both Beckmann, and McGuire (who died two months after), came to the sessions and took part in the festivities. Please click here for those talks and many photos as well as for a link to the classic book, which is now available online.

01/15/2010 - Governor's Summit: "Beyond Transportation - The Economic Impact of Rail in Illinois"

Governor's Summit: Beyond Transportation - The Economic Impact of Rail in Illinois

01/15/2010
Mid America Club, Chicago

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn hosted Beyond Transportation: The Economic Impact of Rail in Illinois at the Mid America Club in Chicago in partnership with the Northwestern University Transportation Center and the Environmental Law Policy Center. Approximately 150 people attended the summit, including members of Congress, State representatives and senators, heads of planning agencies and non-governmental advocacy organizations, business owners, transportation and economic development experts, university faculty and students. The summit put forward a shared strategic vision for rail investment in the state of Illinois, and the ensuing economic development and job creation impact that such investment in the state’s mobility of people and goods would provide.

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