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Advanced Mobility

The City of Boulder is planning for Advanced Mobility: the Future of Transportation

The Future Is Here: Advanced Mobility Forum

Leading experts in transportation are predicting a massive shift in how Americans travel—and what types of vehicles are used—within the next several decades. From ride sharing services to cars that “talk” to one another (“connected vehicles”) to autonomous vehicles, we know the future is changing.

On Oct. 18, 2017, the City of Boulder and the Boulder Chamber sponsored an open house and panel discussion featuring discussions with national practitioners and researchers on the cutting edge of these technologies. This is just the start of the conversation about how Advanced Mobility will continue to impact how we move around—and how we plan for the future—in Boulder and the region.

Missed this event? Check out the video!

Meet the Speakers

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Dave Britton
General Manager, Uber
Broomfield, CO

Dave Britton is the General Manager for Uber Colorado, Utah and Kansas. After growing up in Longmont and Boulder, Dave left Colorado to attend Cornell where he received his BS in Chemical Engineering. After graduating, he joined Amgen as a process engineer. He then received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a Masters of Engineering Management from McCormick School of Engineering, both at Northwestern University. Dave worked as a marketing and strategy consultant at Sterling-Rice and Prophet, before joining Trimble Navigation as Global Marketing Director. There he was responsible for product management, marketing communications and market intelligence for the Geospatial Division.

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Alejandro Henao
Postdoctoral Researcher
National Renewable Energy Lab
Golden, CO

Alejandro is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) working in SMART Mobility projects. He graduated on May 2017 with a PhD in civil engineering at the University of Colorado Denver. As part of his dissertation and realizing the difficulty in obtaining data directly from Lyft and Uber, Alejandro become a driver for both companies to research the impacts of ride-sourcing on transportation including vehicle miles traveled (VMT), mode replacement, earnings, parking, and travel behavior. Alejandro is a recipient of the Dwight Eisenhower Fellowship and fellowship programs such as the Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) and the Bridge to the Doctorate Program from the National Science Foundation. He has experience in teaching, mentoring, and research collaboration; and has published and presented multiple research studies in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Alejandro is interested and motivated to continue doing research and work that leads to the creation of better communities including mode choice, transit, energy reduction, transportation equity, and vision zero.

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Lauren Isaac
Director of Business Initiatives
Denver, CO

Lauren Isaac is the Director of Business Initiatives for the North American operation of EasyMile, which provides electric, driverless shuttles that are designed to cover short distances in multi-use environments.  Prior to working at EasyMile, Lauren worked at WSP USA where she was involved in various projects involving advanced technologies that can improve mobility in cities. Lauren wrote a guide titled “Driving Towards Driverless: A Guide for Government Agencies” regarding how local and regional governments should respond to autonomous vehicles in the short, medium, and long term. In addition, Lauren maintains the blog, “Driving Towards Driverless”, and has presented on this topic at more than 100 industry conferences. She recently did a TEDx Talk, and has been published in Forbes and the Chicago Tribune among other publications.

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Suzanne Jones
City of Boulder
Boulder, CO

Suzanne “Zan” Jones has over 24 years of public policy experience at the local, state and federal level.  Suzanne was elected to the Boulder City Council in November 2011, and currently serves as Boulder’s mayor. She is Boulder’s representative on the Denver Regional Council of Governments, Colorado Municipal League’s Policy Committee, and Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, among other assignments.
Suzanne’s day job is serving as executive director of Eco-Cycle, a 40-year old community nonprofit dedicated to promoting and implementing recycling, composting and other zero waste efforts across Boulder County, and promoting Zero Waste solutions as a means to address climate change. Prior to that, for 16 years Suzanne worked for The Wilderness Society, where she served as the Central Rockies Regional Director running the Society’s Denver office and leading coalition efforts to collaboratively protect our nation’s public lands and improve their management. Before moving back to Colorado where she spent much of her youth, Suzanne worked in Washington, D.C. as the National Wildlife Federation’s legislative representative on endangered species issues, and as congressional staff for the Fisheries & Wildlife Subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Suzanne has a Master of Science in Resource Policy and Management from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from Cornell University. When not championing recycling or sitting in council meetings, Zan enjoys Colorado’s treasured outdoors with family and friends—hiking, running, telemark skiing and mountain biking—and is a longtime ultimate Frisbee player with a mean forehand huck.

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Jon Walker
Manager, Lyft Transportation Policy Team
Boulder, CO

Jon Walker manages Lyft’s transportation policy team. In this role, Jon works closely with city and state transportation stakeholders to find mutually beneficial solutions to transportation and environmental issues.  These collaborations often take the form of transit partnerships like first/last mile services or electric vehicle programs like electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) for Express Drive EVs in California. Jon also works with Lyft’s internal operations and product teams to help design and deploy new mobility services that meet the needs of cities and their residents.  Most recently, Jon was a manager at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) in Colorado where he ran RMI’s autonomous and electric vehicles program.  In this role, RMI partnered with several cities, including Denver and Austin, to position shared electric vehicles and to pave the way for autonomous vehicles and automated mobility services. Prior to RMI, Jon worked as a design engineer and engineering manager in the aerospace and IT industries.
Jon co-authored Peak Car Ownership – The Market Opportunity of Electric Automated Mobility Services which projects that mobility services like Lyft, performed by electric, autonomous vehicles, will overtake personally owned vehicles in market share in the next decade. His educational credentials include a Master of Engineering in Energy Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University.

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Stanley Young, P.E., PhD
Advanced Transportation and Urban Science
National Renewable Energy Lab 
Golden, CO

Dr. Young is the lead for Advanced Transportation and Urban Science at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Transportation & Hydrogen System Center in Golden, Colorado.  He currently serves as the Department of Energy (DOE) technologist in city for the Columbus Smart City program, as well as the Urban Science pillar lead for the SMART Mobility initiative.  From 2006 through 2015 while on staff at the University of Maryland’s Center for Advanced Transportation Technology, he architected the multi-state traffic monitoring system based on outsourced probe data, enabling a multi-state traffic data system based wholly on vehicles self-reported their position and speed.  He co-developed and patented a Bluetooth re-identification sensor, and co-founded Traffax Inc. to accelerate the commercialization of the technology.  Previous appointments include the Kansas Department of Transportation from 1994-06, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab 1994-96, and volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in Cameroon, West Africa.

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