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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
May 5, 2018 Women in Leadership League (WILL) Conference 2018  -  San José, CA

On Saturday, May 5, 2018, the Lucas College of Business hosted the 2nd Annual Women in Leadership League Conference. This conference brought together top women leaders, alumni, and students from all disciplines. The day provided a mix of keynote addresses and small group discussions, which provided participants with inspirational experiences as well as practical advice and strategies from successful women leaders. The conferences itinerary included: 

  • 9:00am - Check-in and Refreshments
  • 10:00am to 11:15am  - Keynote Panel – Melting the Glass Ceiling 
    Ehrika C. Gladden, VP, Market Strategy, Enterprise Networking for Cisco Systems
    Kara Long, VP/GM Service Providers and Cloudline Server Group for HP Enterprise
    Suja Viswesan, Director of Engineering, LinkedIn
    Moderated by Clare Markovits, Chief of Staff in Cisco’s Chief Digital Office
  • 11:15am to 12:00pm  - Speed Mentoring Session with leaders from top Silicon Valley companies who will share their professional advice.
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm  - Networking Lunch and Resource Fair
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm  - Birds of a Feather - Small group discussions with leaders from many of the top companies in Silicon Valley, including Apple, Cisco, Google, and LinkedIn
April 30, 2018 Optimizing Our Highways: Moving more people with fewer cars  -  Burlingame, CA

About this Event

An express lane is now being considered on 101 from San Francisco to San Jose, but projections show that it alone will do little to solve Bay Area traffic woes. It is increasingly clear that the only way to get to the root of congestion — and to reduce climate emissions — is by catalyzing a dramatic shift from solo driving to carpools, shuttles, transit and incentivizing a shift to clean vehicles. Can we make Silicon Valley the place to break out with truly disruptive ideas that work?


  • Stuart Cohen and Chris Lepe, Executive Director and Senior Community Planner at TransForm, outlined how a 101 Mobility Action Plan (MAP) can achieve stronger equity and environmental outcomes while improving mobility.
  • Jeff Tumlin, Principal and Director of Strategy at Nelson\Nygaard, discussed how to best implement managed/express lanes.
  • We'll also create ways for the audience to get your ideas into the mix.

Proudly co-sponsored by the Mineta Transportation Institute.

April 27, 2018 Careers in Transportation  -  Duncan, B.C.

MTI's Director of Research and Technology Transfer presented on careers in transportation to Grade 2 students at Bench Elementary School.

April 19, 2018 Three Revolutions: Planning for an electric, autonomous, shared transportation future  -  San Carlos, CA

Three revolutions will fundamentally change transportation. But whether these changes will be for better or worse for social equity, traffic congestion, pollution, and energy use, will depend on the policy choices people make now.

Topics/ Speakers

  • Dan Sperling, UC Davis - 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program

  • Debs Schrimmer, Lyft - Technology/service provider perspective

  • Clarrissa Cabansagan, TransForm - Policy and Equity considerations

  • Moderator: Billy Riggs, MTI Research Associate

Co-sponsors: SAMCEDA, Menlo Spark, TransForm, Friends of Caltrain, Mineta Transportation Institute

April 2, 2018 Beyond Commuter Rail: International models of rail excellence  -  Mountain View


Alon Levy, writer and analyst about transit systems around the world, visited the United States to present international examples of effective rail and transit systems, and a critique of the practices that hold the U.S. back from excellent service.

As Caltrain prepares a business plan for the era of electric service, the event addressed what the U.S. could learn about the transformation of commuter rail around the world. As well as, what the Bay Area could learn about pulling together seamlessly integrated transit systems in complex regions?

Co-sponsors: Menlo Spark, San Francisco Transit Riders, Seamless Bay Area, Silicon Valley Climate Action Alliance, TransForm, Mineta Transportation Institute 

March 26, 2018 Car-Light Housing: More affordability, less traffic  -  San Mateo, CA

We need to address the housing affordability crisis, but we don’t want to make it harder to get around town or harm the climate. This event discussed the following:

  • Learned about the connections between housing affordability, traffic reduction, and climate change; 
  • Heard what neighboring communities are doing to reduce the need to drive; and 
  • Saw how people can help make their community more walkable, affordable, and transit-friendly.


  • Nina Rizzo manages GreenTRIP Certifications at TransForm. The GreenTRIP program supports multi-family residential developments that implement strategies to reduce traffic, parking and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Nevada Merriman of MidPen Housing is designing and developing affordable housing where residents can reduce their reliance on cars
  • Elaine Breeze of SummerHill Apartments works on “smart growth” multi-family rental housing and mixed use developments

MTI was a proud co-sponsor of this event.

March 17, 2018 Innovative Technologies in Urban Planning  -  San José, CA

UPC Symposium Flyer Innovative Technologies in Urban PlanningOn Saturday, March 17, San Jose State University’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Urban Planning Coalition hosted the Annual Symposium at the Martin Luther King Library. This event was proudly co-sponsored by MTI.

Special guest appearance Julia Lave Johnston President Elect at California Chapter, American Planning Association helped to kickoff the spring symposium.

The symposium focused on “Innovative Technologies in Urban Planning.” Keynote speaker was Dr. Paul Waddell, who has led the development of the UrbanSim model of urban simulation now used by Metropolitan Planning Organizations and other local and regional agencies. He was introduced by Dr. Shishir Mathur from San Jose State University.

Panel discussions addressed the following:

  1. Using Urban Simulation and Data Science to Evaluate Land Uses
    Moderated by Richard Kos, AICP
    Sam Blanchard (UrbanSim)
    Adam Garcia (Greenbelt Alliance)
    Yanwen Luo (Guanxi University)
    Di Meng (Gensler)

  2. Providing Services Using Emerging Technologies 
    Moderated by Dr. Serena Alexander
    Ryan Wold (Civic Studio)
    Jerry Zeyu Gao (San Jose State University)
    Allen Tai, AICP (City of Alameda)

  3. Transportation and Technology in the Urban Environment 
    Moderated by Dr. Joseph Kott
    Dr. Serena Alexander (San Jose State University) & Dr. Anurag Pande (Cal Poly)
    Dr. Kevin Fang (San Jose State University)
    Melissa Ruhl (Arup)
    Sam Sadle (LimeBike)

4 AICP CM credits available

March 14, 2018 to March 16, 2018 CALCOG Regional Leadership Forum: Takin’ It To The Streets!  -  Monterey, CA

Every year, leaders from regions across California gather in Monterey for the Regional Leadership Forum. This event combined a focus on current issues with deeper level discussions about the role of regional governance in California. For 2018, the Forum explored the ways that Senate Bill 1 is making California a better place to live, work, and thrive. MTI was a proud co-sponsor of this event. 

March 6, 2018 to March 8, 2018 West Coast Rail Conference  -  Los Angeles, CA

The world's leading rail experts joined with business and political leaders to discuss bringing fast rail to America at this conference. Construction is underway on the first phase of the 800-mile, state-of-the-art transportation system set to revolutionize mobility in America, starting with California. Once the system is built out, it will carry more than 100 million people each year, saving time, money, energy, and lives. MTI was a proud co-sponsor of this event.

February 21, 2018 Secretary Norman Y. Mineta Rotary Event: Retrospective on the Career of an Icon  -  San José, CA

Secretary Norman Y. Mineta is a hometown boy hardened in the crucible of the Japanese American internment camps of WWII; who succeeded against all odds as San Jose High School student body president, a UC Berkeley and ROTC graduate, Army intelligence officer during Korea, the first Japanese American mayor of a major US city, 21 years in congress in progressively more powerful positions retiring as chair of the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, president of a Lockheed Martin subsidiary, and the Secretary of Commerce for Democratic President Clinton then Secretary of Transportation for Republican President Bush where he served for seven years, the longest in history.  Though now retired, that quiet but profound super-achiever continues to maintain his hometown contacts through SJSU's Mineta Transportation Institute, the San Jose Norman Y. Mineta International Airport, and by serving on numerous nonprofit and commercial Silicon Valley boards. The Rotary Club of San Jose is immensely proud to host this most distinguished of the Valley's public benefactors, an honorary member of the Rotary Club of San Jose, and the dear friend to all who know him simply as, "Norm".



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