The Event

Come and join us for the premiere traffic technology discussion in the country.
May 9th, 2017
8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Center for Transportation Research
National Transportation Research Center
2360 Cherahala Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37932

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Some of the top experts in the traffic industry will share their thoughts on the future of traffic technology and how it could potentially impact the industry. 
Carl Andersen
Connected Vehicle Program Manager for the FHA
Carl K. Andersen is the Connected Vehicle Program Manager for the Federal Highway Administration, providing overall coordination of FHWA efforts to develop Vehicle-to-Infrastructure systems, including enabling technologies, safety, mobility and environmental applications, and policies to stimulate and support deployment of the systems.  Carl also serves as a central point of contact for FHWA on connected and automated vehicle activities, and leads efforts to develop an FHWA Automated Vehicle Vision Statement. 
Carl earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and a Master’s Degree in Physics from                                                             the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey.

Randy Iwasaki
Director, Contra Costa Transportation Authority
Randy serves as the Authority's chief executive and is responsible for the overall management of the Authority, including its projects, programs, policies and procedures, the board-approved budget, and all personnel decisions.
Randy has served the Authority since April 2010. Prior to joining the Authority, he was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in August 2009 as Director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Randy was with Caltrans for more than 26 years serving in various engineering and management positions. He earned his bachelor's degree in Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Master's in Engineering from California State University, Fresno.

Dr. Jeff Price
CTO, Gridsmart

Jeff Price is the CTO of GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc. Founded in 2006, GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc. is a Knoxville, Tennessee based company, with products deployed in thousands of intersections across 46 states and 22 countries. Their products include industry-leading video imaging and detection cameras and incorporation into next-generation Smart City applications. Prior to GRIDSMART, Jeff spent seven years as R&D staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he worked on applied computer vision and machine learning problems. He is a Graduate with Distinction of the United States Naval Academy and holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of      Technology.

Dr. Airton Kohls
University of Tennessee
Dr. Airton Kohls is a Research Associate at the University of Tennessee's Center for Transportation Research. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee and worked for 10 years in Brazil as a Transportation Engineer before returning to Knoxville and getting his Masters and PhD degrees. Dr. Kohls serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the University of Tennessee Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, teaching Traffic Engineering Operations and is the leading instructor for CTR’s Traffic Signal Academy.

Dr. Claus Daniel
Oak Ridge National Lab

CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 75Dr. Claus Daniel has been with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) since 2005 and with the University of Tennessee (UT) since 2007. He is currently the director of ORNL’s Sustainable Transportation Program, founding director of the DOE Battery Manufacturing R&D Facility at ORNL, and holds a joint faculty appointment with UT’s Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education.  He is a material scientist by training working on processing, manufacturing, and characterization development for advanced energy storage systems.

Dr. Daniel has expertise on industrial and biomedical materials, mechanical and functional properties, surface processing, and laser treatment. He has experience in automotive and industrial R&D. He worked at companies such as Robert Bosch and Saint Gobain and collaborated with companies such as Honeywell, Dow, Wieland, Plansee, A123 Systems, and XALT Energy. He holds a PhD from the Saarland University in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research and two M.S., one from the Saarland University and the other from the Lorraine National Polytechnic Institute. He was awarded a number of prizes including the Carl-Eduard-Schulte-Prize 2002 from the German Engineering Society, the Eugene P. Wigner Fellowship Award 2005 from ORNL, the Werner Köster Prize 2006 from the German Materials Society, the 2009 Early Career Award for Engineering Accomplishments from ORNL, and the 2013 Greater Knoxville Area Business Journal’s 40 under 40 award. He presented and chaired in several National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposiums and is a National Academy of Science Kavli Alumni.

Dr. Daniel is the editor of the second edition of Wiley-VCH’s “Handbook of Battery Materials,” has published numerous journal publications, and holds several patents and patents pending.

Jesse Manning
Vice-President of Business Development Rhythm Engineering

Jesse Manning is the Vice President of Business Development for Rhythm Engineering and has been working with government agencies on the local, state and federal levels for his entire career. For nearly a decade, he assisted agencies on the public relations and information technology sides to better communicate both internally and with constituents. In 2014, he joined Rhythm Engineering and has been immersed in the world of traffic ever since. Aside from serving as Rhythm Engineering’s chief evangelist, Jesse works with both corporate partners and federal government representatives to spread awareness of ITS technologies, benefits, and the need for increased adoption of smart-infrastructure solutions.
A graduate of Kansas State University with degrees in history and political science, Jesse wishes that he had taken advantage of the school’s engineering classes when he had a chance. He lives in Kansas City and frequently enjoys the world’s best BBQ, which is likely the reason for his recent prescription for cholesterol medication.