Karen E. Philbrick, Ph.D.Karen E. Philbrick, PhD

Executive Director
San Jose State University
Mineta Transportation Institute

Karen Philbrick currently serves as executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) at San José State University. Dr. Philbrick has received many prestigious awards for her leadership excellence and outstanding contributions to her field, including awards from the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) and American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, the City of San Jose, and the SJSU Urban and Regional Planning Department. Most recently, Dr. Philbrick was named 1 of the 100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and was recognized by the YWCA Silicon Valley with a 2018 Tribute to Women Award. Dr. Philbrick has also served as President of both the Executive Committee of CUTC and the Research and Education Division (RED) of ARTBA. Dr. Philbrick holds a PhD from the University of Denver and an MA and EdM from Columbia University.

Stephen Arhin, Ph.D.

Director, Howard University Transportation Research Center
Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Howard University

Dr. Arhin is an Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Howard University. He has 19 years of experience in all facets of traffic and transportation engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the District of Columbia, MD, and VA, and a registered Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE).

Srinivas Pulugurtha, Ph.D.

Director, Infrastructure, Design, Environment and Sustainability (IDEAS) Center
Associate Director, Transportation Safety & Policy (TSAP)

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNCC
University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Dr. Srinivas S. Pulugurtha, P.E., F.ASCE is currently working as Professor & Research Director of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte). He is also currently directing the Infrastructure, Design, Environment and Sustainability (IDEAS) Center on UNC Charlotte campus. Additionally, he is the Associate Director of Transportation Safety & Policy (TSAP), a North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT funded Transportation Center of Excellence led by the Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Pulugurtha has experience and worked in diverse fields of transportation, like traffic safety, alternative modes of transportation, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), transportation system planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications, data analytics and visualization, Internet applications, traffic operations, artificial intelligence (AI) techniques, and operations research applications.

Peter Romine, Ph.D.

Coordinator, Electrical Engineering
Navajo Technical University


Dr. Romine has a long, distinguished record of leadership, teaching, curriculum development, and research. Most recently Dr. Romine was awarded a multimillion-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation to increase the number of Native Americans completing high school, selecting STEM college majors and careers.