Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation Webinar 8: Energy, Resilience - Pivoting in 2020

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Panel Discussion

A Zoom Webinar link and password to join will be provided upon registration.

Transportation is an essential infrastructure in our society—continuously moving people to and from their homes, jobs and activities. However, its framework has contributed to various access, equity, and environmental obstacles for communities of color around the world. With an immediate decline in transportation energy use at the onset of COVID-19, what shifts can we expect to secure equitable mobility? Hear from the following experts on our transportation energy future post COVID-19:

  • Regina Clewlow — Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder – Populus
  • Corey Harper — Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow; incoming Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy – Carnegie Mellon University
  • Katharine Kelleman — Chief Executive Officery – Port Authority of Allegheny County
  • Constantine Samaras — Energy Fellow, cott Institute for Energy Innovation; Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Affiliated Faculty, Energy, Science, Technology & Policy Program, Department of Engineering and Public Policy and the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy – Carnegie Mellon University

This discussion will be moderated by Anna. J. Siefken — Executive Director, Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

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About the Speakers

  • Regina Clewlow, PhD, is the CEO and Co-founder of Populus, a data platform for cities to manage the future of mobility. Trusted by leading cities and the world’s largest mobility operators, the Populus platform securely ingests real-time data from shared electric scooters, bikes, and cars, and delivers cities with the digital tools to design new policies for their curbs and streets.  Regina has over a decade of experience in transportation, having served as a research scientist and lecturer at Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UC Davis. Prior to forming Populus, Regina was the Director of Business Development and Strategy at RideScout, an early mobility-as-a-service aggregator that was acquired by moovel, Daimler and BMW’s mobility services unit.
  • Corey Harper, PhD,  is an incoming Assistant Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) department Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.  His research focuses on climate resilient transportation systems and automation in transportation. Here he uses cost-benefit analysis, modeling and simulation, and machine learning to ask questions such as “how does rain impact congestion on the transportation network” and “how could robocars impact the spread of COVID-19 for essential workers.”
  • Katharine Kelleman has the pleasure to serve as chief executive officer of the Port Authority of Allegheny County, the public transit system serving the Pittsburgh region.  She is responsible for the operations of a 700-vehicle bus fleet and an 80-vehicle light rail system, which provide service to a total of more than 220,000 riders a day. She also oversees the Port Authority's capital and operating budgets; partners and builds relationships with regional stakeholders; and successfully develops and manages locally and federally-funded projects that enhance and expand service across the Pittsburgh region.
  • Constantine (Costa) Samaras, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Affiliated Faculty in the Energy, Science, Technology and Policy Program , the Department of Engineering and Public Policy and the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. He is also a Faculty Fellow for the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University. His research spans energy, climate change, automation, and defense analysis. Samaras analyzes how energy technology and infrastructure system designs affect energy use and national security, resilience to climate change impacts, economic and innovation outcomes, and life cycle environmental externalities.  He directs the Center for Engineering and Resilience for Climate Adaptation and is Co-Director of the Power Sector Carbon Index.

The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at CMU hosts this series to highlight research, industry and innovation related to how COVID-19 is impacting the way we will do business and what it means to the energy systems we rely upon.