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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.

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March 24, 2022 How to Be Your Own Boss Without Going Broke or Crazy - Part 2  -  Online

This webinar talked about the independent consultants and small business owners and their experience starting their business, with a focus on key administrative steps and considerations (e.g., necessary permits, selecting insurance, setting billing rates). VTA’s Office of Business Diversity Programs also shared more about state and local small business certification programs. 

Panelists included:

  • Diana Dorinson, Founder and Principal, Transportation Analytics
  • Danielle Stanislaus, President, Emergent Transportation Concepts
  • Jennifer Mena, Business Diversity Programs Analyst, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)


Tentative Dates of Upcoming Events in the Series

Part 3: Getting Work - Building Your Client Base & Winning Contracts


Thursday, April 26, 2022

12:00p.m.- 1:00p.m. (PT)

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Presenters: Diana Dorinson, Danielle Stanislaus, and Jennifer Mena
March 9, 2022 Effects of Bike Lending on Commuting to Work: The Google Case Study  -  Online

How are high tech employees returning to work? Maybe by bike. Google employees borrowed high quality electric- assisted and conventional bicycles for free, for up to six months. MTI researchers discussed their recent evaluation of this transportation demand management program in this webinar.

The lending program at Google represents one of the largest employer-sponsored bike and e-bike lending programs in North America with over 1,000 bikes in its inventory. More individuals and agencies have shown interest in e-bike rebates and in the role of public policy in the shift from four wheels to two. This evaluation is a critical first step toward understanding the potential for bike lending as a strategy in North American suburban contexts. 

CM Credit Certificate.

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Presenters: Dillon Fitch, Lucy Noble, and Terry Mac
February 28, 2022 Coming to Terms with the Bay Area's Parking Problem  -  Online

Parking may seem scarce when you’re looking for just the right spot, but it’s actually one of the Bay Area’s most expansive resources. With 15 million parking spaces — enough to wrap around the planet more than twice — the region has an excessive amount of parking. Yet for decades, planners have operated blindly when they attempt to determine parking needs or assess the impacts of new parking policies. Thsi webinar discussed a new effort, the Bay Area Parking Census, produced by the Mineta Transportation Institute in partnership with SPUR, to quantify the region’s parking supply and its negative impacts on health, climate and affordability. The discussion was led by the effort’s principal researcher, Mikhail Chester, PhD, to learn more about the Bay Area Parking Census and the strategies that Bay Area cities can use to reduce, manage and convert parking.

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*MTI was a proud co-sponsor of this event.

February 16, 2022 Riding with Transportation Equity  -  Online

How can the transportation industry approach issues of diversity and accessibility in the workforce, in transit riders, and in the community? How can we overcome historic and current injustices both by taking action now and by laying the groundwork for further transformation down the road? By shifting from broader conversations on equity to timely, focused discussions and hands-on planning, our industry can begin to understand and address the needs of community members of all ages, races, genders, and abilities. This Black History Month, MTI and a panel of experts to discussed transforming racial inequity in the transportation industry. We reflected on some of the most pressing issues of equity in our nation and industry today, and contributed to the discussion about how to address these issues.

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February 10, 2022 MTI Research Snaps Webinar: Artificial Intelligence for Real-Time Traffic Vision, Detection, Tracking, and Counting  -  Online

Traffic fatalities, which are on the rise, leave pedestrians and bicyclists highly vulnerable. Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered systems that monitor and manage traffic flow can significantly improve safety for everyone. Until recently, there was no effective automated system for monitoring the movement of vulnerable road users. MTI funded research contributed to the development and implementation of  an accurate, real-time, and automatic system based on Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision to monitor, detect, track, count, and manage traffic elements like pedestrians, bicyclists, cars, and more. This cost-effective system does NOT require installing new cameras. Instead, the system has been trained on videos captured from existing traffic cameras in Los Angeles. The results demonstrate more than 97% accuracy in pedestrian counting. We have presented the system’s features and capabilities in this webinar.

Presenters: Mohammad Pourhomayoun, PhD
February 10, 2022 How to Be Your Own Boss Without Going Broke or Crazy - Part 1  -  Online

Part 1: The Inspiration - Lessons Learned from Small Business Owners

WTS-SF Bay Area and the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) of San Jose State hosted a virtual event "How to Be Your Own Boss Without Going Broke or Crazy - Part 1." Thinking about starting a consulting business? While the idea is exciting, the actual process can be quite daunting. We created this three-part series about starting your own business to help you get on your way.

This first session was an opportunity to talk with three business owners about how they started off, what they've learned on the way, and their successes and challenges.

Panelists included:

  1. Eileen Goodwin, President, Apex Strategies
  2. Ronny Kraft, Planner, Ronny Kraft Consulting
  3. Dominic Tafoya, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, VST Engineering

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Tentative Dates of Upcoming Events in the Series

Part 2: The Paperwork - Understanding Forms & Certifications
Thursday, March 24, 2022
12:00p.m.- 1:00p.m. (PT)
Part 3: Getting Work - Building Your Client Base & Winning Contracts
Thursday, April 21, 2022
12:00p.m.- 1:00p.m. (PT)
January 28, 2022 to January 30, 2022 Student Leadership Summit 2022

MTI was a proud to co-sponsor of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) SJSU Student Leadership Summit (SLS), an event organized by students to promote guidance and professional development through fun events such as presentations, socials, and technical events. Previously hosted by California Polytechnic State University, it was a great honor to continue the tradition of providing opportunities on behalf of San Jose State University for students to network with professionals in the transportation sector and streamline their interpersonal and leadership skills.

January 27, 2022 MTI Research Snaps Webinar: Transportation to Combat Human Trafficking  -  Online

Human trafficking—a form of modern slavery—is the recruitment, transport, or transfer of persons using force, fraud, or coercion to exploit them for acts of labor or sex. According to the International Labor Organization, human trafficking is the fastest growing organized crime with approximately $150B in annual profits and 40.3M individuals trapped in slave-like conditions. 

The transportation industry plays a critical role in combating human trafficking as traffickers often rely on the transportation system to recruit, move, or transfer victims of human trafficking for either sex or forced labor. Additionally, transportation is used to move goods produced by forced and trafficked labor. 

This webinar shared the state-of-the-art efforts being used to combat this issue in the United States, including the role of transportation in facilitating effective prevention programs and increasing victim identification. It informed ongoing efforts on legislation, key initiatives, collaboration, data collection, and research on transportation.

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Presenters: Dr. Kezban Yagci Sokat
January 20, 2022 Aviation and Climate Change Forum  -  Online

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Aviation’s impact to climate change is significant; without mitigation, this impact is expected to grow as the industry recovers from the global pandemic. Climate change has a correspondingly large impact on aviation; changing weather patterns can affect aircraft performance, infrastructure, and operations. Over the coming decades, the decarbonization of the aviation sector will present numerous technological, policy, and environmental challenges, while extreme weather will create challenges and new requirements for aviation safety and growth.

On January 20, 2022, SJSU and its Mineta Transportation Institute hosted a virtual forum on Aviation and Climate Change to discuss these issues. The forum brought together Silicon Valley leaders in academia, government, and industry to showcase the regional capabilities available to address climate change and aviation challenges, and to encourage the public-private partnerships and collaborations needed to do so.

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Welcome and Forum Overview, Dr. Karen Philbrick, Executive Director, SJSU Mineta Transportation Institute and Dr. Tina Panontin, Director of Program Content, Professor of Practice, SJSU College of Engineering

Welcome and SJSU Perspective, Dr. Vincent Del Casino, Provost and Senior Vice President, SJSU

Silicon Valley Policy-Maker PerspectivesCongresswoman Zoe Lofgren, 19th District of California and Senator Dave Cortese, State Senate District 15

1. Aviation and Climate Change: Phenomenology


  • Dr. Minghui Diao, Associate Professor, SJSU College of Science, Department of Meteorology and Climate Science

  • Raj Pai, Senior Technologist, NASA Ames Research Center

2. Aviation and Climate Change: Strategic Frameworks


3. Aviation and Climate Change: Technology Advances


  • Dr. David Wagner, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, SJSU College of Engineering

  • Dr. Alison Bridger, Department Chair, SJSU College of Science, Department of Meteorology and Climate Science 

  • Shawn Engelland, Aerospace Engineer, NASA Ames Research Center

  • Dr. Mark Hansen, Professor of Transportation Engineering, UC Berkeley

  • Kevin James, Senior Aerospace Engineer, NASA Ames Research Center

  • Dr. Serena Alexander, Associate Professor at SJSU, Research Associate at MTI

4. Public Private Partnerships


  • Shivanjli Sharma, National Campaign Deputy Lead, NASA Ames Research Center

5. Industry Roundtable


  • Andrea Pesce, Director, Industry Alliances & Licensing, UC Santa Cruz


  • Amy Gross, Sustainability Lead, Joby Aviation

  • Chris Bley, Co-Founder & Director, Monterey Bay DART

  • David Merrill, CEO & Co-Founder, Elroy Air

  • Michael Read, Founder, Skybase

December 9, 2021 MTI Research Snaps Webinar: Accessibility Policy For Autonomous Public Transit   -  Online

One of the greatest advantages of autonomous vehicle technology is its potential to empower people to achieve mobility. This technology has significant potential to empower Americans with disabilities to move from A to B in ways previously unheard of. However, the realization of this potential depends on many stakeholders and potential obstacles. Vehicle manufactures, policy- makers, and state agencies all collaborate to accommodate the needs of disabled individuals at different stages of travel, through information system design, vehicle design, and infrastructure design. Integrating accessibility at this stage of the AV revolution would allow an opportunity to develop a transportation system that treats accessibility as a guiding principle, not as an afterthought. ADA regulations, along with universal design principles and assistive technologies, can maximize accessibility for all. We explored how through improved collaboration and adoption of best practices, the industry can learn to address the needs of individuals with disabilities.

PDH Credit Certificate. 

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Presenters: Drs. William "Billy" Riggs and Anurag Pande



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