Transportation Seminar Series

All meetings will be in Gunness Student Center, Marcus Hall at 1:00pm unless noted otherwise

Fall 2016

Transportation in the 21st Century
William G. Paille, P.E., Director of Transportation Services, BSC Group

September 15 1:00pm Gunness Student Center

New All Electronic Toll Collection on the MassPike
Peter Cavicchi, MassDOT

September 22 1:00pm ELab 305

UMTC Moving Together Conference

September 29
Boston Park Plaza, Boston, MA

FENG Lecture: “Drought and Global Change – Lessons from California”
Dr. Jay R. Lund, Director of the Center for Watershed Studies and a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis

October 6 4:00pm Amherst Room, Campus Center

TANG Lecture: “Generational Advancement in Additive Technology”
Dr. Barry Siadat ’79 PhD, ChE, Cofounder and Managing Director, SK Capital Partners
with John M. Steitz, CEO, Addivant Corporation 

October 13 4:00pm
Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union

The Massachusetts Transportation System and the Challenges that Lie Ahead
Jeffrey B. Mullan,  Partner, Foley Hoag LLP (former Secretary, MA DOT)

October 18 1:00pm Gunness Student Center

Air Traffic Control Systems and Surface Management Challenges

Marcus Smith, Lead Multi-Disciplinary Systems Engineer
The MITRE Corporation 

October 27 1:00pm ELab 305

MassDOT UAS research results

Michael Plotnikov, Research Fellow, UMTC

November 3 1:00pm
Gunness Student Center

How I Planned for my Job at Uber Even though It Never Existed Before
Heather Rothenberg, Lead, Uber’s Trust and Safety Research, Standards, and Risk Teams

November 8 3:45pm
Gunness Student Center

Title TBD
Megan Ryerson, Assistant Professor, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

November 10 1:00pm
Gunness Student Center


November 17 1:00pm
Gunness Student Center

Cyber Security: Connected Vehicle, Autonomous Control, and Vulnerabilities
Michael Dinning, Director of Multi-Modal Partnerships, USDOT Volpe Center

December 1 1:00pm
ELab 305


December 8 1:00pm
ELab 305

Spring 2017

Faculty and Student introduction and your chance to suggest speakers/topics for future transportation seminars


January 26

Gunness Student Center

Transportation from a Public Health Perspective
Krystal Pollitt, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Science’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences

February 2 1:00pm
Gunness Student Center

Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Drinking Water in Crisis: Lead, Lignin, and Legionella
Dr. David Reckhow, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Wednesday, February 8 1:00pm
Gunness Student Center

The Uncertain Geographic Context Problem | Implications for Population and Health Research
Mei-Po Kwan, Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

February 16 1:00pm ELAB 305

Exploring Data at the Intersection of Healthcare and Transportation
Moumita Dasgupta, Principal Investigator of Smart Transit for Healthcare project and Teaching fellow at Amherst College at the Department of Physics and Astronomy

February 23 1:00pm
Gunness Student Center

Addressing Data Challenges for Bicycle Crash Analysis
Dr. Eleni Christofa, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering at UMass Amherst

March 2 1:00pm ELab 305

Development of a Smart City at Union Point: Opportunities for Autonomous Vehicle Research and Applications
Ryan Blackmon, Vice President of Advanced Technologies/Assistant General Tom Ber, Union Point Abstract

March 9 1:00pm
Gunness Student Center

Student Symposium

March 23
Student Symposium in Brooklyn, NY

CityLines: A Hybrid Hub-and-Spoke System for Urban Transit Services
Yanhua Li, Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department and Data Science Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

March 30 1:00pm
Gunness Student Center

Managing Risks to Infrastructure with Real-Time Monitoring of Performance
Ms. Winger has served 19 years in the transportation industry and will share valuable lessons learned from her experiences
Dr. W. Allen Marr, PhD, PE, DGE, NAE of Geocomp

April 6 1:00pm
Gunness Student Center

Women’s Transportation Seminar Speaker Series
WTS host Susan Nichols, Director of Environmental Planning for VHB

April 13 1:00pm
Gunness Student Center


April 20 1:00pm
ELab 305

William Boyer Lecture
Secretary Pollack

Wednesday, April 26
Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Building

Title TBD
Elizabeth (Betty) Deaking

April 27 1:00pm
Gunness Student Center