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NTSB Conference Center
5/10/2016 9:00 AM

Forum Panelists Biographies (as of 4/26/2016)


Session 1: Understanding Pedestrian Safety



Jessica Cicchino, PhD, is vice president for research with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), an independent, non-profit research and communications organization dedicated to reducing deaths, injuries, and property damage on our nation's roads. She has authored papers on a number of traffic safety issues, including the effectiveness of collision avoidance technologies and the safety of older drivers, pedestrians, child passengers, and motorcyclists. Before joining the IIHS as a research scientist in 2012, Dr. Cicchino was a research psychologist with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. She holds a BA from Vassar College and a PhD in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Richard Retting serves as National Practice Leader for Safety & Research at Sam Schwartz Consulting. He is a widely recognized expert in traffic safety, with more than 34 years of traffic engineering, safety, and research experience. Mr. Retting joined Sam Schwartz in 2008, prior to which he served as Senior Transportation Engineer with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Before that he served as Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the New York City Department of Transportation, in charge of Traffic Safety Programs. Mr. Retting holds a Master of Science in Transportation Planning & Engineering from Polytechnic University of New York.

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Krista Nordback, PhD, PE, is a senior research associate at the Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University (PSU), focusing on bicycle and pedestrian traffic and cyclist safety. She earned her doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, Denver, her master's degree from the University of Minnesota, and her bachelor's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her doctoral dissertation developed a new method for estimating bicycle traffic and provided one of the first safety performance functions for bicyclists at signalized intersections in the United States. She has researched non-motorized traffic-counting technologies and programs for the state departments of transportation of Colorado, Washington, and Oregon, and her PSU team is creating a national bicycle and pedestrian count archive, the Bike-Ped Portal.

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Rob Viola is a Senior Project Manager at the NYC Department of Transportation. He works within the Research, Implementation and Safety (RIS) unit, which identifies, designs and implements safety programs and street improvement projects on NYC’s streets. RIS develops safety policy and manages crash data for NYCDOT and has also taken the lead in managing much of Mayor DeBlasio’s Vision Zero traffic safety agenda at NYCDOT. Rob recently developed the five Vision Zero Borough Pedestrian Safety Action Plans and managed the implementation of Arterial Slow Zones, a program that reduces speed limits and changes signal timing on major roadways to discourage speeding. He was a principle author of the 2010 NYC Pedestrian Safety Study and Action Plan and managed Neighborhood Slow Zones from 2010-2014, a community-driven program that lowers the speed limit to 20MPH in select areas citywide. Rob received his B.A. in North American Studies from McGill University and his Urban Planning masters from Columbia University.

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Session 2: Planning Safer Streets for Pedestrians



Barbara McCann serves as the director of Safety, Energy, and Environment in the Policy Office of the Secretary of the US Department of Transportation (USDOT). Her office initiates and coordinates Secretary level policies on safety, environment, and energy issues affecting all aspects of transportation. At the direction of Secretary Anthony Foxx, Ms. McCann launched and manages the department-wide "Safer People, Safer Streets" initiative to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, including the "Mayors' Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets," which has engaged more than 240 cities and won USDOT awards for its effectiveness. Before coming to the USDOT in 2014, she developed the "Complete Streets" concept and served as the founding executive director of the National Complete Streets Coalition. She co created the Complete Streets Workshop program and conducted extensive research on Complete Streets policy success. In 2011, the New York/New Jersey Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers recognized her with its annual Transportation Advancement Award, given to a non-engineer "for contributions in advancing transportation programs through outstanding leadership." She is the author of the 2013 book Completing Our Streets: The Transition to Safe and Inclusive Transportation Networks, published by Island Press.

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Linda Bailey has been working in the field of sustainable transportation since 2001. As executive director of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), Ms. Bailey promotes equitable and sustainable transportation policies for cities throughout the United States and, increasingly, around the world. Before joining NACTO, she worked for the New York City Department of Transportation, where she experienced firsthand the influence that cities can have on transportation behavior through concerted efforts to build truly complete streets–inviting and safe for everyone–whether they are driving, walking, taking the bus, or cycling. Ms. Bailey has published on the energy savings achievable through public transit, pedestrian safety, senior mobility, and metropolitan transportation spending patterns. She has a master's degree in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.

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Luisa Paiewonsky, director of the Volpe Center for Infrastructure Systems and Technology, has over 25 years of experience in transportation. Before assuming her current position, she served as the program manager for the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP), overseeing the Volpe's support to the Federal Highway Administration in deploying SHRP2. Before joining Volpe in 2012, Ms. Paiewonsky served as the highway administrator of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, where she directed the daily operations of a state highway system that spans 10,000 lane miles and 5,000 bridges, and oversaw a workforce of 3,300. She also served as commissioner of the Massachusetts Highway Department, where she led a multi agency initiative in highway safety and directed the development of the Massachusetts Project Development and Design Guide. She launched the $3.3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program, which pioneered design, procurement, and construction techniques to rapidly improve the structural condition of bridges statewide. She is a past president of the Boston Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) and a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Massachusetts-Lowell's Center for Women and Work. She has received the WTS International Woman of the Year Award and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Government Achievement. In 2015, she received the Leadership in Infrastructure Revitalization Award from The Engineering Center Education Trust. Ms. Paiewonsky holds a master's degree in City Planning from Boston University and a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Spanish from Mount Holyoke College.

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Ann M. Dellinger, PhD, MPH, serves as chief of the Home, Recreation, and Transportation Safety Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. She oversees the Center's work involving older adult falls, traumatic brain injury, and road safety. Dr. Dellinger conducts studies in transportation safety focusing on older drivers, child occupant and pedestrian injury, injury risk behavior, and international road safety. She consults with domestic and international organizations, including the US Transportation Research Board, the World Health Organization, and the Pan American Health Organization. She serves on the editorial boards for Traffic Injury Prevention and Clinical Medicine Insights: Geriatrics. Dr. Dellinger is a recipient of the Secretary's Awards for Distinguished Service from the US Department of Health and Human Services for her work on the Oklahoma City bombing (1997) and the World Trade Center/Anthrax Investigation Emergency Response Team (2002).

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Session 3: Enhancing Pedestrian Safety Through Design and Countermeasures



Carl Sundstrom, PE is a senior research associate at the Highway Safety Research Center, where he contributes to engineering and research projects concerning general highway safety and pedestrian- and biking-related issues. Mr. Sundstrom led the development of and serves as the program manager for "Walk Friendly Communities," a national program to evaluate and promote walkability to cities through recognition, assistance, and education. He also serves as a program manager for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC), which is a clearinghouse for pedestrian- and bicycle related training materials and resources sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration. Mr. Sundstrom is an instructor for Road Safety 101, an online certificate program coordinated through the Highway Safety Research Center to teach the fundamentals of road safety; he has also been involved in developing and teaching a graduate-level pedestrian and bicycle planning course. He is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina and a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in Civil Engineering.

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Fionnuala Quinn, PE has a background as a civil engineer; local advocate; and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educator. In 2015, she launched The Bureau of Good Roads, which is dedicated to creating civic education about good street design for all users. Through The Bureau, she focuses on bringing these ideas to youth and community members through hands-on activities and challenges by creating STEM camps, workshops, and classes on these topics. In her past professional work as an engineer for Alta Planning + Design, Ms. Quinn focused on creating innovative designs for safer and more comfortable places to walk and bike, whether by reconfiguring existing streets or developing new trails. Alta Planning + Design is a national firm that designs active, healthy communities in which people may live, work, and play throughout the United States. She has helped to lead a local volunteer organization focused on transforming the suburbs into more livable places where residents have a safe and comfortable alternative to driving. As part of that work, she received national award recognition for a guide she authored to educate community members on the road design process.

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Scott Kubly was appointed director of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) in July 2014 by Mayor Edward Murray. Before joining SDOT, he served as the deputy director of the Chicago Department of Transportation and, before that, as the associate director for the District of Columbia Department of Transportation. Mr. Kubly led the development of a new streetcar system and major expansion of the bike share program in Washington, DC. In Chicago, he led the development of a new bus rapid transit system, the construction of 65 miles of protected bike lanes, and the launch of a new bike share system. In these roles, he managed agency operations, resources, finances, and major capital projects, as well as being responsible for traffic management and signal operations. Mr. Kubly grew up in Chicago and holds graduate degrees in Business Administration and Community/Regional Planning.

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Gabriel Rousseau, PhD, is the team leader for Safety Operations at the Federal Highway Administration. He and his team oversee bicyclist and pedestrian safety, speed management, road safety, human factors, safety on locally owned roads, and a number of other safety issues. From 2007 to 2013, he served as the team leader for Livability and the program manager for the US Department of Transportation's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. He oversaw federal bicycle and pedestrian guidance and policy, managed pedestrian and bicycle research, and served as the program manager for the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program. He serves on the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Bicyclist Committee and recently completed a term on the TRB Pedestrian Committee. He has worked on pedestrian and bicycle safety issues for almost 15 years. He has a PhD in Experimental Psychology (Human Factors) and is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

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Session 4: Improving Pedestrian Safety Through Vehicle Technology



David Zuby is executive vice president and chief research officer for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Working out of the Vehicle Research Center (VRC), he oversees and coordinates the research conducted by the VRC; the IIHS research department in Arlington, Virginia; and the Highway Loss Data Institute. Mr. Zuby is the author of numerous IIHS research papers on topics such as the biomechanics of injury, pedestrian protection, crashworthiness, and crash investigation. Before joining the IIHS as a research engineer in 1993, Mr. Zuby worked on research projects for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at the Transportation Research Center in Ohio. He holds a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in Illinois.

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Bob Kreeb is currently the Chief for the Intelligent Vehicle Technologies Research Division at NHTSA. Mr. Kreeb’s division at NHTSA leads all work-related connected vehicle technology for both light and heavy vehicles, as well as research related to new crash avoidance technologies, such as: forward collision, lane departure and blind spot warnings, as well as automatic braking and lane centering systems. Mr. Kreeb was also involved in the research supporting NHTSA’s recent Electronic Stability Control rule-making activity. Bob Kreeb started his career for General Motors as a design engineer with responsibility for developing electronic emission controls for a variety of engines. He moved to the consulting firm of Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked for over 20 years in a variety of capacities within the heavy vehicle and automotive industries. Mr. Kreeb is a graduate of General Motors Institute, and has an MBA from Duke University.

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James R. Sayer, PhD, is the director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and a research scientist in its Human Factors Group. Since 1993, he has conducted basic and translational research in the areas of driver assistance and advanced safety systems development, naturalistic driving behavior, driver distraction, driver vision, and pedestrian conspicuity. Dr. Sayer currently serves as the project manager for the Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Model Deployment, a US Department of Transportation-sponsored program to demonstrate connected vehicle technologies in a real-world, multimodal environment. In the area of driver assistance systems, Dr. Sayer has contributed to the development, evaluation, and deployment of adaptive cruise control, collision warning, and collision avoidance systems in both passenger cars and commercial trucks (including simulator, test-track, on-road, and field-operational testing). On the topic of pedestrian conspicuity, Dr. Sayer has performed multiple research studies concerning the effects of retro-reflective markings and safety garment design on the detection of pedestrians, emergency responders, and road construction workers. He earned a PhD and an MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Human Factors Option, and a BS in Psychology from the University of Michigan.

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Sven Zimmermann

Sven Zimmermann is engineering manager for radar based driver assistance systems at Robert Bosch LLC in Plymouth, Michigan. After his graduation in 2005 as electrical engineer from the University of Applied Sciences in Koblenz (Germany), he started his career at Robert Bosch GmbH in Leonberg (Germany) as an application engineer for DA systems. In 2010, after working in several customer projects as well as in the platform development, he took over the technical project management for the pilot project of Bosch's 77Ghz Mid Range Radar. At the start of production in 2013 this was the first front looking MRR on the market realizing radar-only forward collision warning & automatic emergency braking functions. After the MRR launch, he was sent on an international assignment to the US to lead the local application and technical project management team at the driver assistance division CC-DA.

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