IATR Advisory Board 2020
We are proud to announce our 2020 Advisory Board Members! The role and responsibility of IATR Advisory Board members is to provide guidance, insight and suggestions concerning IATR conferences, educational activities and joint projects by and between the collective or individual members of the Advisory Board, the IATR and its members, including the IATR's Board of Directors and its President and Officers. 


Art Guzzetti | Vice President-Policy, APTA

 Art Guzzetti, a 38-year professional in public transportation at the local, state and national levels, serves as Vice President-Policy for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the trade group for the public transportation industry. Among other things, Mr. Guzzetti is responsible for APTA’s extensive policy development and research agenda, and for advancing policies favorable to public transportation with Congress, the Administration, state and local governments, with grass-roots and stakeholder organizations, and with public policy think tanks. A key current focus is to integrated and leverage transit networks with new and emerging public and private mobility services, including microtransit, transportation network companies, automated vehicles and bicycles. The public transit agency of the future will weave these services into a system, with high-capacity transit lines in key corridors as the backbone. Prior to coming to Washington in June 1997, Mr. Guzzetti had 16 years of management experience with two of the nation’s leading public transportation systems: New Jersey Transit, and the Port Authority of Allegheny County.



Babak Beheshti, Ph.D. Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences at New York Institute of Technology


Babak D. Beheshti is professor and dean of the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). The School has approximately 3000 students, including undergraduate and graduate programs in two New York campuses, as well as in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Babak has been a full-time faculty member at NYIT for more than 30 years. Over the last 20+ years, Beheshti has worked in R&D with companies in the embedded systems and wireless technology industry. He has successfully managed joint R&D programs with Asian, European, and U.S. companies, including Siemens Mobile, Nokia, Samsung, KDDI, and LG. An active member of IEEE since 1991, Beheshti is currently a member of the IEEE Board of Directors, having held positions at section, region, and major board levels. He has been a member of the IEEE’s Publication Services & Products Board (PSPB), as well as the Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board. Beheshti is a recipient of the IEEE MGA Leadership Award; the IEEE Millennium Medal; the IEEE Long Island Section Athanasios Papoulis Outstanding Educator Award, given for noteworthy contributions to engineering education; and three IEEE Region 1 Awards, including a 2008 IEEE Northeastern Region Technical Innovation Award "For Providing Technical Leadership in the Development of State-of-the Art Reconfigurable Wireless Technologies." Beheshti received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and master's and bachelor’s degrees at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.






Dr. Camille Kamga | Director for the University Transportation Research Center (UTRC) 


Dr. Kamga is also an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at The City College of New York. As a consortium of 18 major U.S. academic institutions, UTRC asserts a significant role in the Federal Region 2 and nationally, conducting research and projects on surface transportation, carrying out training and educational programs and actively disseminating the results of its work. It is one of the few such Centers in the U.S. federally designated since 1987. Dr. Kamga is leading UTRC in innovative research, education, and technology transfer programs; addressing issues of urban mobility and sustainability; as well as concepts and technologies related to Big Data applications to transportation and traffic engineering. Dr. Kamga is also a member of the TRB's Urban Transportation Data and Information Systems Committee (ABJ30). He serves on the Board of Director of the Intelligent Transportation Society of NY - a professional group providing education and outreach to foster the understanding of ITS applications and technologies. 



Cammie Chaumont Menendez, PhD, MPH, MS | Senior Scientist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) within the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention


For the past 10 years Dr. Menendez's research has focused on taxicab driver safety and disparities in work-related injuries. She has been recognized for her scientific achievements and her efforts to promote diversity in the workplace and a safe work environment for all workers. She is currently serving on her third National Academies of Science panel with the goal of improving transit worker safety and health. When not conducting research activities she is playing a leadership role in developing the National Occupational Research Agenda as it relates to traumatic injury prevention in the workplace. She is very grateful to have a career in public service.




Don Onwiler | Executive Director, National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM)

Don Onwiler began his career as a Grain Warehouse Examiner for the State of Nebraska and later was Program Manager for the Nebraska Weights and Measures Division.  During that time, he was also an authorized evaluator under the National Type Evaluation Program for heavy capacity scales.  Don served as chairman of the Central Weights and Measures Association in 2004 and in 2006 he was Chairman of the National Conference on Weights and Measures. In 2008, Don Onwiler left public service and was hired as Executive Director of the National Conference on Weights and Measures, or NCWM.  There, he oversees all aspects of daily operations of the organization which sets the weights and measures standards for the United States.  In addition to meetings, membership, publications and communications, NCWM administers the National Type Evaluation Program for commercial weighing and measuring devices and a Professional Certification Program for weight and measures officials. 




Isabelle Ducharme | Chairman of the Board of Kéroul


Ms. Isabelle Ducharme has been working on social integration of people with disabilities for more than 20 years. During these years, Miss Ducharme has presented at various conferences and facilitated multiple workshops on creating awareness for integrating people with disabilities. Her personal experience of living with a spinal cord injury since her car accident in 1988 gives her unique insight in the barriers many persons with disabilities face. She truly understands the different needs and accommodation needed to attain full integration. Ms. Ducharme is Chairman of the Board at  Kéroul, a Quebec-based organization with the mission to make tourism and culture more accessible for persons with limited physical abilities. She is also active on the Board of Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), the leading international organization dedicated to the promotion of accessibility of the built and virtual environments. 



Jaspal Singh | Senior Expert at the International Association of Public Transport (UITP)


Jaspal Singh is currently working as Senior Expert – IT and Development and is based in Toronto, Canada. Prior to this he was working as Head of UITP India Office since 2013. He has more than 13 years of experience in urban transport and management consultancy. He has setup a consultancy firm – Valoriser Consultants, Inc. which is engaged with companies in the areas of Bus operation, new mobility, Transport Planning, clean fuel technologies and ITS. Previously, he was working as Deputy Manager with Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Limited, a joint venture of Government of Delhi. He is also subject matter expert on taxi and information transport, and has been widely quoted in national and international publications. He has received several awards for his contribution in the field of public transport and social work. Mr. Singh has received his Master’s in Business Administration specialized in International Business from University School of Management Studies, GGS Indraprastha University, Delhi.





Jim Peters | Founder and President of the Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI) 


Mr. Peters oversees the development of programs, publications and events. As a consultant for dozens of cities and speaker at conferences worldwide, Peters offers comprehensive insights on trends and effective strategies on managing hospitality zones and nighttime economies. Peters has overseen the evolution of RHI from its founding in 1983, spearheading an international movement to raise awareness of the responsibility of bartenders and servers in preventing drunk driving, to RHI's current role as a leading resource to cities worldwide on development of a safe and vibrant nightlife and social economy.



Kamran Saddique Executive Director and Founder City Innovate

Kamran Saddique is Co-CEO of City Innovate. Kamran founded City Innovate in 2015 with a mission to help governments solve problems through collaboration with the private sector. Kamran has been a serial entrepreneur for more than 12 years, on three continents. Previously, he worked in the financial engineering sector with a focus on new technology ventures including smart city initiatives. He served as head of investments to a company owned by one of the royal family members in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Prior to that he was the VP of Private Equity for Convergence Capital in the Dubai International Financial Centre, responsible for closing transactions in real estate, aviation, mining, water desalination, carbon credits, health, education and media. He started his career with Sun Microsystems and holds a Computer Science B.Sc. (Hons) and a Masters of Science inInternational Finance at Aston Business School.





King W. Gee Director of Engineering and Technical Services at American Association of State Highway And Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

Mr. King W. Gee is the Director of Engineering and Technical Services for the American Association of State Highway And Transportation Officials (AASHTO), a non-profit, non-partisan association which advocates transportation-related policies and provides technical services to support states in their efforts to efficiently and safely move people and goods. He oversees the development of technical publications and standards for roads and bridges; the development and licensing of AASHTOW are software products; the review and accreditation of laboratories through the AASHTO Materials Reference Lab (AMRL); the support to numerous AASHTO committees and task forces; the implementation of products from the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2); and the development of transportation policy and legislative proposals. Previously, Mr. Gee had a 35 year career with the Federal Highway Administration where he served in progressively responsible positions related to engineering and program management issues. Born and raised in New York City, he holds B.S. and M.E. degrees in Civil Engineering both from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.




Mary Crass | Head of Insitutional Relations, ITF-OECD

Mary Crass is Head of Institutional Relations and Summit for the Paris-based International Transport Forum, an intergovernmental organisation linked to the OECD. She is responsible for the ITF’s relations with Member countries, international organisations and associations, and the annual International Transport Forum Summit in Leipzig each May. She has also been in charge of the organisation’s work on sustainable urban travel, accessible transport and social inclusion, and crime and terrorism issues in transport. She most recently served as sherpa to the ITF Secretary General on the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Urban Transport, and was on the drafting committee for the final report of that group delivered to UN Secretary General in October 2016. She chairs the International Road Transport Association’s (IRU) Future of the Taxi Reflection Group and is co-chair of the Transportation Research Board Accessible Transportation Committee - subcommittee on Policy and Practice. 





Prachi Vakharia | Co-Founder of WOMANIUM

Ms. Prachi Vakharia lives and works in Washington DC, where she works with Steer's Planning Division (previously Steer Davies Gleave) and works on Autonomous Vehicles, V2X technologies and shared mobility projects in DC, NY and LA. Previously, she worked with the World Bank and pursued her curiosity of technology, entrepreneurship, business and transportation by working with startup companies -- myTaxi, Car2go, RideScout and RideAmigos -- 3 of which were acquired by Daimler AG (German auto maker of Mercedes Benz) for $100 million in a single deal on a single day. WOMANIUM is modelled after DARPA and ARPA-E. It is one of the most unique Science+Entrepreneurship organizations in USA that has worked with NASA, ARPA-E, NIH, Industries, etc. for women's advancement in STEM+Entrepreneurship in domains ranging from Energy, Space, Astronomy, Computational Neuroscience, Industrial Additive Manufacturing (3-D Printing), Automation, Transportation to Nuclear Weapons Safety. Ms. Vakharia serves as the first Global Chairperson for the development of new worldwide Digital & Shared Mobility Standards with SAE and she also chairs 3 committees for the National Academies of Sciences Transport Research Board.  She grew up between Bombay, Hong-Kong and London, and has lived in Boston and Washington DC in USA -- cities and cultures that have helped to create her views on people, trade and transportation, which she uses to advance cities to aid people and trade through transportation. 





Ray A. Mundy, Ph.D., M.B.A. | Director, Center for Transportation Studies of the University of Missouri-St. Louis


Dr. Mundy has performed over 30 research and consultation studies concerning North American taxi operations and their regulation.  His latest taxi studies include cities such as St. Louis, Seattle Washington, Houston, Texas, Miami, Florida, Denver, Colorado, Salt Lake City, Utah, San Antonio and Austin Texas, Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon Canada. His latest taxi book, Taxi! Urban Economies and the Social and Transport Impacts of the Taxicab with James Cooper, Napier University, UK, and John Nelson, University of Aberdeen, UK, was released in January, 2010.  He is an active speaker at national transportation conferences regarding taxi and other ground transportation rules and regulations. Currently Dr. Mundy sits on the editorial review boards of the International Journal of Transportation Planning and Technology, Business Logistics, and the Transportation Management Journal.



Robert Puentes | President and CEO of The Eno Center for Transportation

Robert Puentes is President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation a non-profit think tank with the mission of improving transportation policy and leadership. Prior to joining Eno, he was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program where he directed the program’s Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative. He is currently a non-resident senior fellow with Brookings. Before Brookings, Robert was the director of infrastructure programs at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. Robert has worked extensively on a variety of transportation issues, including infrastructure funding and finance, and city and urban planning. He is a frequent speaker to a variety of groups, a regular contributor in newspapers and other media, and has testified before Congressional committees. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Virginia where he served on the Alumni Advisory Board, and was an affiliated professor with Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute. Robert serves on a variety of boards including the Shared-Use Mobility Center, UCLA’s Institute of Transportation Studies, and Young Professionals in Transportation. Recent appointments include the Federal Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity, New York State’s 2100 Infrastructure Commission; the Advisory Council of the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Transportation Reinvention Commission; the District of Columbia’s Streetcar Financing and Governance Task Force; the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’s Technical Advisory Committee; and the Falls Church, Virginia Planning Commission where he lives with his wife and three sons.




Sharon Feigon | Founder-in-Residence at the Shared-Use Mobility Center


Sharon is the founder and executive director of the Shared-Use Mobility Center, a nonprofit, public interest organization that works to address the environmental impact, accessibility, and cost of transportation by connecting the public and private sectors, building knowledge, and developing solutions that achieve shared mobility for all. As executive director, Sharon heads SUMC’s work as Co-Administrator of the California Air Resources Board’s Clean Mobility Options program, which directs $17 million to shared and electric pilot projects in low-income communities around the state. She leads the Mobility on Demand (MOD) Sandbox Innovation and Knowledge Accelerator and On-Ramp Programs in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration, programs that assist cities and transit agencies in planning and implementing MOD projects, as well as oversees the Twin Cities Shared Mobility Collaborative. Sharon was Principal Investigator for a series of groundbreaking reports for the Transit Cooperative Research Program including Report 188, Shared Mobility and the Transformation of Public Transit and its companion Report 195, Broadening Understanding of the Interplay Among Public Transit, Shared Mobility and Personal Automobiles, and Report 196, Private Transit: Existing Services and Emerging Directions. She currently serves on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Working Group on Autonomous Vehicles and was previously appointed to both Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Transportation and Infrastructure Transition Committee and Mayor Emanuel’s New Transportation and Mobility Task Force. Prior to her tenure at SUMC, Sharon was the CEO of IGO Carsharing, the nonprofit organization that started carsharing in the Chicago region. Under Sharon’s leadership, IGO grew from a small pilot project into a successful operating company with 15,000 members in 45 neighborhoods. Sharon worked with the Chicago Transit Authority to create the first combined carshare/transit fare card in North America, which continues to serve as a model for the partnership possibilities between shared-use companies and public transit. She led IGO’s expansion into underserved communities and also developed solar canopies and charging stations that helped introduce renewable charging and mobility hubs to the region. Before taking the helm at IGO, Sharon was the Director of Research and Development at the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) for more than a decade, where she was lead author for TCRP Report 93, Travel Matters: Mitigating Climate Change with Sustainable Surface Transportation. Sharon also coordinated CNT’s Transit-Oriented Development Program and was one of the authors of The New Transit Town. Sharon was a founder of the national Carsharing Association and has served as Co-Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Shared-Use Vehicle Public Transport Systems Subcommittee and as a member of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED-ND Committee, which created LEED standards for neighborhood developments. She holds an MBA from DePaul University and a BA in Economics from Antioch College. https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/



Steven Bayless | VP, Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy at Intelligent Transportation Systems of America


Steven H. Bayless is the Vice President, Technology and Markets, and Senior Director of Telecommunications and Telematics at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America). He is responsible for providing guidance to ITS America's Board of Directors and senior staff on matters involving new technologies, wireless services and evolving automotive platforms, intelligent transportation infrastructure, operations and customer services. Steven previously served as staff advisor and Presidential Management Fellow in the Secretary of Transportation's policy office at US DOT headquarters. Steven had cabinet-level lead in policy related to research and development, spectrum management and telecommunications policy. As a detailee to the White House, he assisted in formulation of several presidential directives on aerospace policy, focusing in particular on satellite navigation. He also advised the State Department and the Federal Aviation Administration in negotiations on space and aviation cooperation with the European Union, the Russian Federation and Japan. In the surface transportation domain, Bayless supported secretarial policy initiatives regarding the reorientation of federal research and development, highway safety, and transportation infrastructure finance reform. Steven's career also includes tenure as a management consultant with American Management Systems (now CGI) in Washington DC, and as a Project Coordinator for DuPont Europe in Budapest, Hungary. Steven holds a specialized masters degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in International Security Studies and Business. His bachelor degree is in Economics and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. He has also completed graduate work at Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge Massachusetts, and at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary.






Susan A. Shaheen, Ph.D. | Co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California (UC), Berkeley


Dr. Shaheen is also an adjunct professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. She was the first Honda Distinguished Scholar in Transportation at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis from 2000 to 2012. She served as the Policy and Behavioral Research Program Leader at California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways from 2003 to 2007, and as a special assistant to the Director's Office of the California Department of Transportation from 2001 to 2004. 

She has a Ph.D. in ecology, focusing on the energy and environmental aspects of transportation, from UC Davis and a M.S. in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester. After completing her master's degree, she worked as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. From 2000 to 2001, she was a post-doctoral researcher at UC Berkeley. She has authored 60 journal articles, over 100 reports and proceedings articles, seven book chapters, and co-edited two books. She has also served as a guest editor for Transport Policy, Energies, and the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation (IJST). Her research projects on carsharing, smart parking, and older mobility have received national awards. In May 2016, she was named one of the top 10 academic thought leaders in transportation by the Eno Transportation Foundation.