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Founder, Norman Y. Mineta

Secretary, US Department of Transportation (Retired)

Founder, Mineta Transportation Institute

 

(November 12, 1931 - May 3, 2022)

He was well known for his work in the areas of transportation—including aviation, surface transportation and infrastructure—and national security. He has been recognized for his accomplishments in economic development, science and technology policy, foreign and domestic trade, budgetary issues and civil rights. Mineta’s career in public service was both distinguished and unique. For almost 30 years, Mineta represented San Jose, California, first on the City Council, then as mayor and then as a member of the U.S. Congress. Throughout that time, Mineta was an advocate of the burgeoning technology industry. He worked to encourage new industries, spur job growth, and supported the development of the infrastructure needed to accommodate the technology industry and its tremendous growth.

Mineta served as chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Public Works and Transportation from 1992 to 1994 and chaired the Subcommittees on Aviation and Surface Transportation. He was the primary author of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991.

In 2000, President Bill Clinton appointed Mineta Secretary of Commerce. There, Mineta was known for his work on technology issues, achieving international cooperation and intergovernmental coordination on complex fisheries issues and for streamlining the patent and trademark process.

President George W. Bush appointed Mineta Secretary of Transportation, where he served until 2006. Following the horrific terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, Mineta grounded all aviation flights and then guided the creation of the Transportation Security Administration—an agency with more than 65,000 employees— marking the largest mobilization of a new federal agency since World War II. Mineta was also a vice president of Lockheed Martin, where he oversaw the first successful implementation of the EZ-Pass system in New York State.

Recognized for his leadership, Mineta has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the highest civilian honor in the United States—and the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, which is awarded for significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States. In February 2016, he was named a Chubb Fellow at Yale University. While in Congress, he was the co-founder of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and chair of the National Civil Aviation Review Commission in 1997.

He is survived by by wife, Danealia (Deni) Mineta, and has two sons, David K. Mineta and Stuart S. Mineta and two stepsons, Robert M. Brantner and Mark D. Brantner.

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Directors

Karen Philbrick, PhD
Executive Director

Executive Director

Mineta Transportation Institute

Karen Philbrick is the executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) at San José State University, a position she has held since 2014.

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Hilary Nixon, PhD
Deputy Executive Director

Hilary Nixon has served as Deputy Executive Director for MTI since 2018. Previously, she served as MTI’s Director of Research and Technology Transfer. Dr. Nixon is an active researcher and educator specializing in transportation and environmental planning and policy.

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Asha Weinstein Agrawal, PhD
Education Director and National Transportation Finance Center Director

Asha Weinstein Agrawal is Director of Education and Director the MTI National Transportation Finance Center. She is also Professor in the Urban and Regional Planning Department at San José State. 

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Brian Michael Jenkins
Director, National Transportation Security Center

As a leading authority on terrorism and sophisticated crime, Brian Michael Jenkins has directed MTI’s continuing research on protecting surface transportation against terrorist attacks for many years. He advises and collaborates with government agencies, international organizations, and multinational corporations.

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Frances Edwards, PhD
Deputy Director, National Transportation Security Center

Frances L. Edwards, MUP, PhD, CEM, is professor and director of the Master of Public Administration program at San José State University. She is also Deputy Director of the National Transportation Security Center at the Mineta Transportation Institute of the College of Business.

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Hon. Rod Diridon, Sr.
Retired Founding Executive Director

Rod Diridon, Sr. served as founding executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute until 2014 when he moved to Emeritus status. Mr. Diridon has chaired more than 100 international, national, state and local programs, most related to transit and the environment. He provides legislative testimony on sustainable transportation issues and is regarded by many as the “father” of modern transit service in Silicon Valley. 

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Staff

Quinn O’Connor
Administrative Student Assistant

Quinn O’Connor joined MTI as a student assistant in 2021. He is currently studying Business Administration with a concentration in Finance at San Jose State University, where he maintains an excellent GPA earning him a spot on the Dean’s honor roll in 2020. At MTI, Quinn executes contracts, appointment forms, accounting, and organizing MTI’s business processes. Quinn is also a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, a student club in the College of Business at San Jose State University.

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Raji Rajesh
Student Assistant

My name is Raji Rajesh and I am a student assistant at MTI. I am currently pursuing a Master of Science in Environmental Studies at San José State University. Working at MTI has helped me to understand the research publication process and enhance my knowledge on transportation and environmental planning related topics.

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Tam Tran
Student Assistant

Tam Tran is a student assistant at MTI. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Environmental Studies at San José State University. The interdisciplinary curriculum with Environmental Planning and Transportation courses inspires Tam to get involved in the community, where she has translated Vietnamese for the participants, surveys, and assisted on some data collection and research.

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Alverina Weinardy
Public Programs Coordinator

Alverina Weinardy first joined MTI as a graduate student research assistant in 2017. As Public Programs Coordinator, she manages the institute’s online presence through newsletters, social media campaigns, press releases, blogs, and web content creation. She also develops graphic design and video materials for public engagement. Alverina plays a vital role in the execution of MTI’s workforce development programs and other public-facing events.

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Contact Us

SJSU Research Foundation   210 N. 4th Street, 4th Floor, San Jose, CA 95112    Phone: 408-924-7560   Email: mineta-institute@sjsu.edu