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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
February 19, 2020 Understanding How Women Travel  -  Martin Luther King Jr. Library

Initiated by Metro’s Women and Girls Governing Council and endorsed by Metro CEO Phil Washington, the “Understanding How Women Travel” study was launched.  Over the course of nine months, a comprehensive and creative approach was taken to better understand women’s mobility in LA county; framed by core social justice principles and methods, both traditional and non – traditional data collection methods were used to effectively capture “hard – to – reach” populations and embody the project’s intersectional approach to gender.  This innovative study and its findings, have laid the foundation for bridging the gender equity gap for our current and future female riders. 

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Presenters: Phil Washington
February 14, 2020 “Housing Recovery after Disasters” Research Workshop  -  San José, CA

When a disaster devastates a community, housing is one of the assets that are damaged or destroyed. Dr. Frannie Edwards and her colleagues have researched the impact of the loss of housing and the challenges of restoring housing for the long-term recovery of a community. Using examples from Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, and Maria and earthquakes in Haiti, Turkey and India, their research demonstrates how communities struggle to recover, and what best practices lead to community long-term recovery. They addressed the issue of living with risk, and the financial options for dealing with it, including insurance, which may be a license to dare.

Presented by the SJSU Lucas College of Business

February 13, 2020 Leland Tech Talks  -  San José, CA

Put together by one of our Mineta Summer Transprotation Institute alumna and her Robotics class/ team, Leland High School puts on a career talk about careers in STEM, featuring Dr. Buford Furman MTI Research Associate and SJSU professor.

Presenters: Buford Furman, PhD
February 6, 2020 Seniors' Agenda Networking Summit  -  Sunnyvale, CA

Transportation is key for older adults to thrive and mobility access is limited without a car. How can we retrofit our communities for better options for the non-driver? Professor Sandra Rosenbloom, Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin shared her research as the keynote speaker.

Twice a year, the Seniors’ Agenda Network Summit brings together nearly 200 professional, aging advocates, and elected officials to actively engage in meaningful learning to strengthen our community for older adults. Age-friendly efforts are highlighted, and new resources are shared.

In addition to the keynote speaker – there was a panel on “Transportation Trends and Options for Older Adults” moderated by Nuria Fernandez, VTA General Manager.

Panelist Included:

  • Tylor Taylor, Exec. Dir. of Saratoga Area Senior Coordinating Council (SASSC) and the R.Y.D.E volunteer driver program
  • Nikita Sinha, CAWalks
  • Jesse Minz-Roth, San Jose Vision Zero
  • Asha Weinstein Agrawal, Mineta Institute of Transportation SJSU
January 30, 2020 MTI Research Snaps Webinar: "Texting While Driving, Is Hands-free Really Safer"

Hands-free texting is a popular way around a hefty fine in 48 states and often viewed as safe behind the wheel. However, MTI research found that while participants perceived an increased level of safety while using hands-free interfaces, response times and drift did not significantly differ from those manually texting. In conversation with Dr. Francesca Favaro, the webinar discussed how this seemingly convenient solution to texting and driving bans might do little to limit distracted driving.

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Presenters: Francesca M. Faravò, PhD
January 12, 2020 to January 16, 2020 Transportation Research Board's 99th Annual Meeting  -  Washington, D.C.

MTI Research Associates and affiliated researchers presented at the 99th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board. This event attracted more than 13,000 transportation professionals from around the world. The meeting program covered all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops, addressing topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. A number of sessions and workshops focused on the spotlight theme for the 2020 meeting: A Century of Progress: Foundation for the Future.

January 11, 2020 MTI Board of Trustees Meeting  -  Washington, DC

Led by Chair Abbas Mohaddes, President & COO Econolite Group Inc., the board held its Winter meeting to discuss the success of the previous year and desired growth for the next. 

January 11, 2020 to January 12, 2020 2020 CUTC Award Banquet & Winter Meeting

MTI was proud to co-sponsor the CUTC 2020 Awards Banquet, which celebrates one of the most important benefits of federal investment in university transportation research-- the outstanding students and faculty who contribute to transportation research and education through this important program! Approximately 300 distinguished transportation leaders, representing academia, the transportation industry, and government were in attendance. 

January 9, 2020 to January 10, 2020 Transportation Supply Chain Workshop

Mineta Transportation Institute researchers convened a workshop on "Surface Transportation Supply Chain Security," bringing together subject matter experts from international, federal and state governments and the private sector, and academic researchers. The goal of the conference was to understand the current state of the practice in surface transportation supply chain security, and to consider areas of needed research to address new and developing challenges. Areas of focus included risk estimation, geopolitical aspects, and modal relations. The keynote speaker was Professor Joseph Szyliowicz of the University of Denver, with presentations on geopolitical challenges by Capt. Manual Raras, USCG (Ret.), security planning by Cdr. Romulus Matthews, USCG, and maritime management cybersecurity by LCdr. Robert Cole, USCG. Power outage and the supply chain was presented by Col. Mitch Medigovich, USNG (Ret.), deputy director of the California Office of Emergency Services. Challenges of cargo security and port management was presented by Kevin Krick of Matson Lines. Cybersecurity and future challenges for supply chain security was presented by Ash Padwal of Allied Telesis. Jan Benini, retired from the US Department of Transportation, provided the dinner speech on the work of the Asia Pacific International Cooperation Group in supply chain security. Gzim Ocakoglu, European Union representative to the United States, discussed the strategies employed by European nations to achieve supply chain security. Discussants for the workshop included Daniel Goodrich, Senior Transportation Security Scientist at MTI; Herby Lissade, Deputy Director, Caltrans; Cdr. Greg Callaghan, USCG; and Professor Len Lira, USA (Ret.). Professor Frannie Edwards, deputy director of the National Transportation Security Center, was the facilitator for the event. The outcome of the workshop was the creation of a blueprint for future research in surface transportation supply chain security.

December 3, 2019 Bochrodt Elementary Transit Career Exploration

MTI headed to Bochrodt Elementary to discuss careers in transportation, train and rail safety, and an introduction to bridge building with second graders! 



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