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Faster, Smarter, Cleaner, Greener: Developing the Transportation Workforce of the Future

Thought leaders in transportation technology and workforce development come together for this full-day workforce development summit on emerging career pathways in transportation and how to prepare the next generation of workers. How can schools work with industry leaders to ensure relevant education and training programs? What specialized skills will be needed to plan and construct a world-class transit system? Which technologies will be critical in developing clean, efficient freight transportation systems that can compete at the regional, state and national levels? Focus will be on innovative technologies, including intelligent transportation systems, high-speed rail, wireless technologies, big data systems, smart freight networks, environmentally sustainable technologies, and others.

9 a.m. Welcome
Karen Philbrick, Ph.D., Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute

Topic Overview
Thomas O’Brien, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for International Trade and Transportation, METRANS Transportation Center

9:10-10:10 a.m. Morning Keynote
Moderator:
Tim Rainey, Executive Director, California Workforce Investment Board

Dan Richard, Chair, California High-Speed Rail Authority

10:15-11:45 a.m. Panel Discussion: Skills to Build and Operate a Sustainable Transportation System
Moderator:
Rod Diridon, Sr., Emeritus Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute

Panelists:
Oliver Baines President, Fresno City Council
Afshin Pishevar, Chief Legal Officer, Hyperloop Technologies
Tim Rainey, Executive Director, California Workforce Investment Board
Ed Reiskin, Director of Transportation, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

11:45 a.m. Boxed Lunch and Networking

12:45-1:45 p.m. Afternoon Keynote 
Moderator:
Karen Philbrick

Carolyn Flowers, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration

1:50-3:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: Creating the 21 st Century Transportation Workforce
Moderator and panelist:
Thomas O’Brien, Executive Director, Center for International Trade and Transportation

Panelists:
Kristin Decas, CEO and Port Director, Port of Hueneme, California
Carol Kuester, Director, Electronic Payments, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Jim Misener, Director of Technical Standards, Qualcomm Technologies Inc.
Mark Novak, Dean, Extended University Division, CSU Bakersfield

3:50-4 p.m. Closing Remarks
Rod Diridon, Sr., Emeritus Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute