Autonomous Transportation Speakers

Greg Rogers
Policy Analyst
Eno Center for Transportation

Greg Rogers is a policy analyst at the Eno Center for Transportation and the Assistant Editor of Eno Transportation Weekly. In these roles he has advised Congress, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and state governments on creating sound policies for autonomous vehicles. Greg has been on the frontlines of reporting on AV policies at the federal, state, and local levels and is the co-host of The Mobility Podcast.

Kevin R. Curtis
Distinguished IoT Architect Connected Cities
Verizon Smart Communities & Venues

Kevin R. Curtis is a Distinguished IoT Architect with Verizon Connected Cities within Verizon’s Global Products Group (GPS). He is responsible for developing outcome based IoT solutions that digitally transform cities, communities and business processes to enhance livability, situational awareness and operational efficiencies.

Kevin is predominantly focused on Verizon’s portfolio of IoT solutions such as Intelligent Lighting, Intelligent Video, Intelligent Traffic Management, Digital Kiosks, Verizon Share, Smart Monitoring and Connected Edge as well as Verizon’s Horizontal IoT solutions such as the ThingSpace IoT PaaS, IoT Analytics, Narrowband IoT, LPWAN, Small Cell, 5G, SD-WAN, IoT Sensor Data Predictive Analytics and Managed IoT Monitoring Services.

Kevin holds a MicroMasters Degree in IOT from MIT, a Master of Science Degree in Management (MSM) with Concentration in Technology Management and Finance from Hult and a Bachelor’s (BS) Degree in Mechanical Engineering with Minor in Electronics from Northeastern University.

Roger Lanctot
Director, Automotive Connected Mobility
Strategy Analytics

Roger Lanctot has 25+ years of experience as a journalist, analyst and consultant advising electronics companies, car companies, wireless carriers, Tier 1s and developers on product and market development and strategy. Currently Director, Automotive Connected Mobility, in the Global Automotive Practice at Strategy Analytics. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a frequent blogger and keynote speaker.

Vince Park
Senior Director of Engineering
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

VINCENT D. PARK is a Senior Director of Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies Inc., as part of the Qualcomm Standards and Industry Organizations (QSIO) team, where he supports standardization of emerging mobile network architectures and protocols. His present focus is on 5G and Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications technologies and he is an active participant/contributor in 5GAA, ETSI TC ITS, and the SAE CV2X Direct Communication Task Force. He is a representative for Qualcomm on the 5GAA board and serves as the Vice Chair of 5GAA WG3 (Evaluation, Test Beds, and Pilots). Prior to his current role in QSIO, he worked in Qualcomm Research for over ten years. He was an early innovator on the topic of proximity-aware internetworking and led the networking design of the FlashLinQ system that preceded the standardization of 3GPP Proximity Services for LTE as well as the specification of Wi-Fi Alliance Neighbor Awareness Networking. Prior to joining Qualcomm, he was a technical lead at Flarion Technologies Inc., where he was a key designer of the Flash-OFDM system, a truly all-IP cellular network. Prior to this, he was part of the Networks and Communications Systems Branch at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, where his research was primarily in the area of mobile ad hoc networking. He is an inventor of over 100 granted U.S. patents and has been a participant and contributor to various standards organizations, including IETF, IRTF, IEEE-SA, ETSI, and SAE. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Harry M. Lightsey, III
Executive Director
Emerging Technologies Policy GMNA Public Policy

Harry Lightsey was appointed Executive Director – Emerging Technologies Policy in the Global Public Policy organization in September 2016. Harry joined GM in March of 2012 as Director, Federal Affairs - OnStar, Infotainment and Strategy Development. Subsequently, Harry also led the Federal Affairs team. He retired from AT&T in 2009 after serving as President of Southeast Region and as its Senior Vice President of Legislative and External Affairs. Harry also served as State President South Carolina of BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc.

Harry’s career in the telecom industry spanned over 26 years, including holding a variety of positions in the external affairs and legal organizations at BellSouth. He began his telecommunications career in 1982 when he joined Southwestern Bell.

He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. He was named co-chair of the Economic Development Transition Task Force by South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges. He was a founding member of the board of City Year- Columbia, a youth service organization, and has participated in numerous other charitable organizations.

In 2002, he received the Order of the Palmetto, the South Carolina’s highest recognition for his achievements in leading the ground breaking effort to establish leading research and development programs in higher education. He has also served on the Princeton National Alumni Executive Board and on the Board of Trustees of the College of Charleston.

He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1978, majoring in Japanese Studies. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1981.

Dr. Mark Franz
Lead Transportation Analyst, CATT Laboratory
University of Maryland

Mark Franz earned his BA in Physics and BS in Astronomy from the University of Florida, his MSCE from West Virginia University, and his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Maryland (UMD) with emphasis on transportation engineering. Currently, Mark is the Lead Transportation Analyst at the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory (CATT Lab) at the University of Maryland where he is developing and improving online transportation analysis tools and visualizations for data-driven decision support.

David E. Pickeral, JD
Strategic Advisor
Venture Capital/Private Equity/Startups

David Pickeral is committed to facilitating the deployment of information and communications technology (ICT) to make transportation more effective, efficient, sustainable and safe within and between all modes from the local to the global level. He has 29 years’ operational, policy and management experience involving both government and commercial enterprises as well as public-private partnerships (PPP).

David is currently an entrepreneur and strategic advisor related to Connected & Autonomous Vehicles and Smart Cities working with multiple startups, VC / PE investment clients and government agencies worldwide. Advisory engagements include but are not limited to big data, analytics, cloud, internet of things (IoT), technology selection, strategy, governance, alliances, PPP / JV formation. David also sustains longstanding industry roles including the US National Academies of Science Engineering & Medicine—Transportation Research Board and multiple academic affiliations including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He publishes regularly in Thinking Highways, Move Forward, TU Automotive and through LinkedIn blog posts and articles.

From April 2010 until June 2015 David had been IBM’s Smarter Transportation Leader working with clients and partners around the world in developing and deploying next generation transportation Systems Before joining IBM, David was an executive at Booz Allen Hamilton where he co-founded the firm’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) practice in September 2000. Prior to that he was a practicing attorney, and before that started his professional career as a US Naval Officer. He holds a Doctor of Law (JD) degree from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the University of Virginia. He is married to Dr. Oxana Karpenko Pickeral of St. Petersburg, Russia and lives in Reston, Virginia, USA.

Christopher J. Bluemle
Corporate Development & Strategy
Crown Castle

Chris Bluemle is currently Manager of Corporate Development & Strategy at Crown Castle. Chris is responsible for corporate initiatives, assessing emerging technologies and ensuring Crown Castle’s infrastructure is well positioned for network and technological advancements. Since joining Crown Castle in December 2014, he has also been involved in the evaluation of merger & acquisition opportunities.

Prior to joining Crown Castle, he served as Vice President for TriStar Investors, Inc. TriStar Investors was formed in 2005 and specialized in real estate and telecommunications working with both individual property owners as well as nationwide wireless carriers. Chris’s primary roles centered around corporate development, analyzing mergers & acquisitions, as well as the creation of forecast models to assist in executive level decision making, corporate finance and company valuation. Before TriStar Investors, he was an auditor with Schneider Downs, the largest regional accounting firm in Pittsburgh, PA.

Chris holds a BA in Accounting from Washington & Jefferson College.

Paul Mackie
Communications Director
Mobility Lab

Paul has been Communications Director at Mobility Lab since 2012. He specializes in reporting, writing, editing, helping journalists, and speaking about how places can become vibrant through public-transportation initiatives.

For the eight years prior to joining Mobility Lab, he was Climate Change Communications Director at The Nature Conservancy and Director of Media Relations at the World Resources Institute.

He has also been a daily newspaper journalist at various outlets in the St. Louis area; a freelancer for the Chicago Tribune, National Geographic, and other media organizations; and a writer at the National Association of Counties. Paul has been quoted on transportation issues by USA Today, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, NPR, and many others; has spoken at many conferences, including MIT’s Disrupting Mobility, Innovate Raleigh, and various state and national transportation events; and received the 2015 Excellence in Advocacy Award and 2013 Presidents Award from the Association of Commuter Transportation.

Paul is currently serving on the “Safe Routes to Healthy Foods Taskforce” of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and on a panel that provides direction and guidance for disseminating research produced by the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP), a collaboration of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA); the Academies and its Transportation Research Board (TRB); and the Transit Development Corporation, an educational and research arm of the American Public Transit Association (APTA). He is also a member of the Surface Transportation Communicators of DC.

Paul obtained his master’s degree in media studies and political science from Georgetown University and his bachelor’s in English literature and journalism from Southern Illinois University. On a personal level, he enjoys writing at his blog Pop Culture Lunch Box, tennis and other sports, playing and listening to music, and traveling with his wife Rachel, son Jackson, and daughter Zoey.

His first car was a Chevy Chevette. Now he bikes through three states to get to work. And his bike is a lot nicer than the Chevette.