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Four panelists share their perspectives and engage in a facilitated dialogue about post COVID-19 society through a transportation lens. They will highlight transportation and traffic trends and forecasts, considering the future of transit in a work-from-home world, discuss what can be done to reverse the alarming rise in traffic fatalities, and examine issues of transportation equity and respond to audience questions. The session will be moderated by ITE Vice President Beverly Kuhn and will include the following four panelists:

Moderator: Beverly Kuhn, Division Head and Regents Fellow at Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) in College Station, Texas, USA | ITE Vice President 2021

Speakers:

  • Steven E. Polzin, Transportation Consultant
  • Freddie Fuller, Vice President, Jacobs
  • Dr. Jeff Michael, Distinguished Scholar, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Noreen McDonald, Department Chair, City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina

Contributors

  • Moderator: Beverly Kuhn, Division Head and Regents Fellow at Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) in College Station, Texas, USA | ITE Vice President 2021

  • Steven E. Polzin, Transportation Consultant

    Dr. Steven Polzin is a Research Professor at the, TOMNET University Transportation Center, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University, and conducts independent transportation policy analyses. His current research focuses on the changes in travel behavior and consequences of COVID-19 on travel and transportation planning. He served as the Senior Advisor for Research and Technology in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology at the US Department of Transportation and prior positions include Director of Mobility Policy Research at the Center for Urban Transportation Research, USF, and working for transit agencies in Chicago, Cleveland, and Dallas.

    Dr. Polzin is a Civil Engineering with a BSCE from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering with a focus on transportation from Northwestern University.

  • Freddie Fuller, Vice President, Jacobs

    A proven leader and a true public servant, Freddie Fuller has spent his entire professional career in the public transportation industry. For more than 24 years Freddie has utilized his education, expertise and relationships to engage and connect organizations and individuals within the transit industry. As Jacobs Vice President and Geographic Sales Manager for the Mid-Atlantic, Freddie is responsible for ensuring the sales team achieves their financial goals for sales (bookings, backlog growth, and sales investment) within transportation, water and the built environment. He is also tasked with providing overall sales management by driving organic growth for both near and long-term perspectives. Freddie partners closely with the geographic operations leader and the entire Mid-Atlantic team to lead the Jacobs brand in the marketplace.

    A private sector consultant and public servant, Freddie currently serves on boards as the National Chair of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and as Secretary/Treasurer of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
    Freddie earned an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, two Masters degrees from Georgia Tech in City Planning and Civil Engineering. He also completed coursework towards a doctorate degree at Virginia Tech in Planning, Governance and Globalization. He and his wife, Tasha reside in Woodbridge, Virginia and are the proud parents of four children. Freddie loves to work out regularly and is an avid runner.

  • Dr. Jeff Michael, Distinguished Scholar, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    Dr. Jeffrey Michael is a Distinguished Policy Scholar and the Leon S. Robertson Faculty Development Chair in Injury Prevention at the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. Dr. Michael’s current research focuses on the development of strategies for utilizing emerging mobility technologies and methods to improve safety and reduce health disparities. As Coordinator of the New Mobility initiative at JHU, Dr. Michael is leading an effort to develop evidence-based policy models to steer the deployment of New Mobility products and services for public health benefit.

  • Noreen McDonald, Department Chair, City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina

    Dr. Noreen McDonald is chair of the department of city and regional planning at UNC Chapel Hill where she also holds the Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy. Dr. McDonald’s work focuses on how infrastructure investments and technology changes influence travel and the downstream impacts on road safety, public health, energy demand, and city form. She is an internationally-recognized expert on the travel behavior of youth and young adults.

July 22, 2021
Thu 1:30 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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