IATR Advisory Board 2018
 
We are proud to announce our 2018 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. 
 
 
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.
 
 
PRACHI J. VAKHARIA | Co-Founder of WOMANIUM
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. 
 
Ms. Prachi 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.
 
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.
 
 
Steven H. Bayless | Vice President at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America)
Steven H. Bayless is the Vice President at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), where he responsible for providing guidance to ITS America’s Board of Directors and senior staff on matters involving the wireless and automotive industries. He has a decade and a half of experience addressing technology, transportation, and telecommunications.
Steven previously served as staff advisor and Presidential Management Fellow to the US Secretary of Transportation, and represented the US Department of Transportation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. 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. Mr. Bayless holds degrees from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and the University of Virginia.
 
 
Paul Brubaker | CEO and President, Alliance for Transportation Innovation (ATI21.org)
 
 
Paul Brubaker is the Chief Executive of the Alliance for Transportation Innovation. Paul has more than three decades of policy and management experience focused on deploying innovative technologies in government and industry. He was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the second Administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) at the United States Department of Transportation and was also appointed by Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore to serve as Chairman of the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology. His other roles also included serving as a Senate Subcommittee Staff Director for then Senator William S. Cohen (R-ME); Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and Deputy CIO of the Defense Department under President Clinton; served in senior industry positions at Litton Industries, Commerce One, SI International and Cisco Systems in addition to launching two successful technology services firms. For his service in government, Brubaker was awarded the DoD Distingushed Public Service Medal (with bronze palm) – the department’s highest civilian honor – by Secretary of Defense William Cohen; the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Gold Medal by Secretary Mary Peters; and is a two time winner of Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100. He holds a BA from Youngstown State University and a MPA from the Graduate School of Management at Kent State University. He is active on several non-profit and corporate advisory boards and resides in Washington, DC.
 
 
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.
 
http://www.rhiweb.org/
 
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.
 
https://www.agtaweb.org/
 
Isabelle DucharmeChairman 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. 
 
http://www.keroul.qc.ca
 
 
Terrence E. MercerAssociate Administrator for Motor Carriers at the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers (DPUC)
 
Mr. Mercer has served as the Associate Administrator for Motor Carriers at the RI DPUC for the past 15 years. He coordinates the state’s regulatory oversight of intrastate for-hire transportation for both passengers and property, including taxicabs, jitneys, livery cars, Transportation Network Companies, towing companies, household good movers, ferry companies, and all other manner of for-hire property transportation. Terry began his career at the DPUC in 2000 as the agency’s first-ever media/legislative relations coordinator for the agency, after an award-winning career as a print journalist. Terry worked his way up the New England newspaper ranks soon after his 1988 graduation from the University of Rhode Island, starting as a reporter for a small chain of Rhode Island weekly newspapers, moving to a editing position at a large daily newspaper in Fall River, Mass., and eventually serving for nearly four years as the managing editor of the Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass. Since assuming the Associate Administrator role in 2002, Terry had been heavily involved with the National Conference of State Transportation Specialists (NCSTS) and was made President in 2018. In concert with his NCSTS duties, Terry also serves on subcommittees advising the Board of Directors for Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) system.
 
http://www.ripuc.org
 
 
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. 
 
http://www.utrc2.org
 
 
Jean Shiomoto | Executive Committee Member of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) and Director of the California Department of Motor Vehicles
Jean Shiomoto was appointed the Director of the California Department of Motor Vehicles by Governor Brown on November 5, 2013. Prior to that Jean was the Chief Deputy Director since April 1, 2012 and the Acting Director since January 2013. Jean directs the statewide operations of the department that include driver licensing, vehicle and boat registration, motor carrier licensing, driver safety, occupational licensing and regulation of those programs. Jean serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. Jean has been with the Department of Motor Vehicles for over 27 years and has over 35 years of experience in administrative and fiscal management in State Government. Prior to her appointment as Chief Deputy Director, Jean served as the Department of Motor Vehicle's Deputy Director of the Communication Programs Division from 2008 to 2012 and prior to that as the Chief Financial Officer from 2004 to 2008. Jean was responsible for the financial operations of the department that included budget development, revenue and expenditure tracking, workload forecasts, and activity based costing. 
 
http://www.aamva.org
 
 
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. 
 
tsrc.berkeley.edu
 
 
Kaan Yildizgoz | Director of Training, UITP
 
Kaan Yıldızgöz is based in Brussels at the UITP Headquarters, working as Training Director with the responsibility of building activities of the association. Mr Yildizgoz has lectured in more than 25 different countries and organized training programs in 40 countries with participants from 90 countries under UITP. 
Kaan Yıldızgöz worked as Senior Manager of UITP Middle East and North Africa Centre for Transport Excellence in Dubai, Head of UITP Turkey Office, Head of UITP Taxi Platform, Customer Loyalty & CRM Director of Turkish Airlines, Quality & Corporate Development Director and Advisor to General Manager of Metro Istanbul. Kaan Yıldızgöz has also been involved several consultancy projects with his consulting firms Urbanfra in Turkey and Mosaic International in Dubai. He worked for consultancy projects for organisations like B&H (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Airlines, Iraq Ministry of Transportation, IETT Istanbul, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Kayseri Ulaşım.
 
 
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 https://www.itf-oecd.org/. 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. 
 
Prior to joining the OECD, Ms. Crass worked as a private consultant focusing on transport and environment issues for among others the UN Environment Programme, the European Commission and OECD, as well as private enterprise. She was previously with a U.S.-based environmental consulting firm specialising in environmental technical assistance work in developing countries and economies in transition.
 
Ms. Crass has a Masters Degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with specialisations in international economics and energy and environment policy and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. 
 
 
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.
 
 
King W. Gee | Director of Engineering and Technical Services for the 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 the 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 AASHTOWare software products; the review and accreditation of laboratories; and the development of transportation policy and legislative proposals. Mr. Gee oversees AASHTO’s engagement on connected and autonomous vehicles and transformational technologies from a technical and policy perspective.
 
Previously, Mr. Gee had a 35 year career with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) where he served in senior executive positions related to engineering and program management issues. As FHWA’s Associate Administrator for Infrastructure, Mr. Gee helped to guide implementation of the $40 billion annual Federal-aid highway program. His responsibilities included advancing the national practice and agency priorities for the core design and engineering disciplines concerning roads and bridges, major projects and asset management. Earlier, as FHWA’s Director of International Programs, Mr. Gee advanced the U.S. highway community’s international efforts focused on technological exchange and technical assistance to a number of countries including China and Russia.