New NUTC AVR – “Digitalization and Technological Innovation in Urban Mobility”

NUTC Asynchronous Virtual Roundtable | Reopening Our Cities

“Digitalization and Technological Innovation in Urban Mobility”

Cities are resilient. They adjust and adapt, but remain the center of economic, social and cultural activity. The virtual cloud is no substitute. As life resumes cautiously in most parts of the country, individual mobility levels are returning to pre-COVID levels. From wireless sensors to IoT, parking apps to integrated payment systems, and digital portals to e-government, digital technologies have been envisioned to make our cities smarter and more resilient. Can these technologies contribute to the return of work, school and economic activity as cities reopen with COVID-19 still a major consideration?

Please join NUTC Thursday, August 6th at 3pm CDT for the fifth ‘Reopening Our Cities’ asynchronous virtual roundtable (AVR), “Digitalization and Technological Innovation in Urban Mobility,” co-hosted by Northwestern’s Buffett Institute for Global Affairs and moderated by NUTC director, Professor Hani S. Mahmassani.

Reopening Our Cities AVRs feature transportation industry professionals working toward the safe and strategic reopening of cities and regional economies. The fifth Cities AVR will feature Brenna Berman, CEO & Executive Director of City Tech, Joshua L. Schank, Chief Innovation Officer for the Los Angeles County Metro, and Monali Shah, Strategic Business Executive for Public Sector at Google. Please click the Zoom link below on Thursday to watch their interviews and ask them your questions live.

NUTC AVR Cities 5 | “Digitalization and Technological Innovation in Urban Mobility”

THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2020 @ 3:00 PM CDT

Click to join the Zoom:  https://northwestern.zoom.us/j/97873768232

Tweet w/ NUTC live:  @infoNUTC  #Cities5

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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