Past Events

The Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility organizes or participates in several transportation-related events each year. These include national summits, regional forums, industry conferences, or special events and broadcasts. You can find leading transportation experts at all of these events, making them an excellent resource not only for professional and research insights, but also for networking.

Dates Events
November 7, 2018 MTI Visiting Scholar Presents: Dr. Richard Willson  -  San José, CA

Check out Dr. Willson's career workshop presentation

November 7, 2018 MTI's Sips with Scholars  -  San José, CA

Check out the presentation slides.

October 24, 2018 MTI Visiting Scholar Presents: Dr. Martin Wachs  -  San José, CA

Missed it? We've got the video here for you!

Need a closer look?Check out Dr. Wach's PPT presentation here

October 18, 2018 to October 19, 2018 PedsCount! 2018  -  San José, CA

This year at PedsCount!, we foregrounded the complex relationships between walk-friendly environments, housing, and equity in our collective efforts to advance healthy, sustainable, and just communities. We considered the past, present and future of housing and transportation in California. How did we get here? How can we build better interdisciplinary coalitions? And what role do technology and social justice have in the future of planning communities?  

Theme 1 – History of California Cities: planners and advocates make many assumptions in their understanding of the clockwork rules of creating inclusive, sustainable cities from scratch—however, we never start from scratch. Every generation inherits the conflicts, vulnerabilities, and resiliencies of the last. Without understanding that history—from colonialism to redlining, to suburbanization and urban renewal, what chance do we have to create processes and solutions that include the needs and voices of everyone?

Theme 2 – Here and Now: a scarcity model of advocacy that pits housing, mobility, and equity against one another is doomed to fail. With limited and often restricted resources, how can we prioritize building holistic movements that seek collective, aligned impact to advance a more just built environment? Is “NIMBY vs YIMBY” a useful lens for advancing equity in the built environment? How can advocates for walking & rolling, social justice, and sustainable development align our goals and strategies more effectively? Are there inherent conflicts to planning for short term stability and long term sustainability, and how should that conflict inform our approach?

Theme 3 – Future Proof: new and emerging technologies—from autonomous vehicles (AVs) to on-demand ride-hail services and electric-assist bikes and scooters—are changing the way we move and plan for movement at a breakneck pace and transforming neighborhoods in the process. Instead of asking whether technology is good or bad, let’s ask: what mobility challenges are we prioritizing and how can communities, cities, and innovators work towards a tech culture that puts health, safety, and inclusion first?

October 15, 2018 Second Autonomous Vehicles and the City  -  San Francisco, CA

How will smart mobility impact our cities? What kind of policy do we need to ensure sustainability and resilience? 

On October 15, 2018 the University of San Francisco hosted its' second annual symposium focusing on the many ways that technology and innovation is reshaping how we move through our cities.


McLaren Conference Center
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, California, 94117

The event brought together national leaders in business, policy and academia, to dialogue how we can innovate cities in the new mobility future focusing on economic growth, energy and the environment, land use and design, social justice, and management and participatory governance.


  • energy transitions
  • participatory governance
  • finance
  • social justice
  • virtual / augmented reality


  • Giovanni Circella, 3 Revolutions
  • Ellie Casson, Waymo
  • Myra Madriz, Gehl Architects
  • Matt Mahan, Brigade
  • Ralph McLaughlin, VeritasUrbis
  • Becky Steckler, Urbanism Next
  • Jill North, City of San Jose
  • Ryan Popple, Proterra
  • Debs Schrimmer, Lyft
  • Tony Seba, Stanford Univ.


  • William Riggs (Chair), School of Management, University of San Francisco
  • Giovanni Circella, 3 Revolutions
  • Michael Boswell, Cal Poly SLO
  • Asha Weinstein Agrawal, San Jose State
  • Andrea Broaddus, Bosch
  • Nico Larco, University of Oregon
  • Hilary Nixon, San Jose State University
  • Joshua Karlin-Resnick, Nelson Nygaard
  • Melissa Ruhl, Arup
  • Gerry Tierney, Perkins+Will 



Sponsorships support the event along with the University of San Francisco mission to promote academically rigorous, socially responsible learning with a global perspective that educates leaders who fashion a more humane and just world.

The sponsorships – which are flexible and can be structured to meet the needs of your company’s giving guidelines – are available at the $5000, $3500, $2500, $1500 or $500 levels, and includes opportunities to host lunch / receptions and videography.

Please email for more information

October 10, 2018 to December 7, 2018 Norman Y. Mineta: The Life & Legacy of a National Leader and Son of San Jose  -  Special Collections Room (5th Floor)- Martin Luther King Jr. Library

This summer, the California Room on the 5th floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Library presented a special exhibit highlighting San Jose Mayor and Secretary of Transportation, Norman Y. Mineta along with other political leaders. In honor of Mr. Mineta, and through the sponsorship of the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI), an entire display dedicated to the man who ordered the grounding of all planes on 9/11. The display was in place throughout the Fall 2018 semester in the MLK Special Collections Room (MLK 560).

October 10, 2018 San Jose Film Premier of "An American Story: Norman Mineta & His Legacy"  -  San José, CA

San Jose Film Premiere An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy

Presented by Mineta Legacy Project & San José State University's Mineta Transportation Institute

This was a private invitation-only event. 

Immigration. Detention. Executive Order. Secretary Norman Mineta’s American story rings true 75 years after he felt the shame and humiliation as a child in a U.S. concentration camp and went on to seek justice for all Americans while serving 20 years in Congress and in two presidential cabinets.

His story hit the big screen in the documentary film, An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy, which was followed by a post-screening discussion featuring Secretary Norman Mineta and filmmakers Dianne Fukami and Debra Nakatomi.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Hammer Theatre, San Jose State University
101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113

6:30pm - 8:30pm
Film Screening & Discussion

Concluding with a Community Reception immediately following the program.


October 9, 2018 Opening of the Mineta Archives at MLK Library  -  Special Collections Room (5th Floor)- Martin Luther King Jr. Library

On October 9th, 2018 the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in partnership with San Jose State and the Mineta Transportation Institute opened the Mineta Archives, which contain over 50 years worth of artifacts and documents from Norman Mineta's life as internment camp survivor, mayor, congressman, and son of San José.


October 6, 2018 to October 7, 2018 Friday Night Live Youth Summit

Friday Night Live builds partnerships for positive and healthy youth development, which engage youth as active leaders and resources in their communities. 

The Youth Traffic Safety Summit is a place for young people from across the state of California to come together for two days to share, connect, create and empower one another to make their local communities safer. This event is made possible by the Allstate Foundation, the California Office of Traffic Safety and the California Department of Health Care Services. The Youth Summit is hosted by the California Friday Night Live.

MTI conducted a Friday Night Live workshop that introduced students to an MTI in progress research project that hits close-to-home and remains atransportation safety issue: the debate over e-scooters or the #escooterstruggle. In a mock community forum that debated the pros and cons of e-scooters, students participated in a role-playing model that required them to use such learning skills as: 

  • ​Team Building
  • Problem Solving
  • Public Speaking & Diplomacy
  • Research Skills
  • Leadership
  • Active Listening
  • Time Management
  • Critical Thinking
  • and more!

Students took away an understanding of the type of research that MTI does and its relevance to the real world, thereby demonstrating the significance that a commitment to their studies can have in the future. Additionally, participants were exposed to examples of both the benefits and dangers of broader mobility innovation. Participants gained a respect for safe options regarding all modes of transportation.


September 23, 2018 VivaCalleSJ: SoFA to The Street  -  San José, CA

Walk, Skate, Bike And Play! Open Streets In San Jose!

Viva CalleSJ is a free program that temporarily closes miles of San Jose streets to bring communities together to walk, bike, skate, play, and explore the city like never before. 

Each year's event opens upwards of six miles of streets, through some of San Jose's most iconic neighborhoods for people to come out and play for the day!

  • It’s free!
  • Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 10am – 3pm.
  • It’s not a race, and you don’t need a bike to participate. You can walk or skate.
  • There’s no beginning or end. You can start anywhere and go as far as you would like.
  • The flow of participants goes both ways, just like regular traffic.

Check out the route and Activity Hubs!