By LYNN SHIGEKAWA
The Brazoria County Council of Chambers & Economic Development Alliance will present its 7th annual Transportation & Infrastructure Summit on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 11:30 to 3 p.m. at the Dow Academic Center located at 500 College Dr. in Lake Jackson.
Dr. Christopher Poe, P.E. and senior research engineer from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) will present the keynote address on Autonomous Vehicles. Representative Dennis Bonnen will serve as the Master of Ceremonies; Terry Malone, vice president of sales, Gulf Coast for G2 Integrated Solutions will give a report on transportation of products in the local pipeline infrastructure; Phyllis Saathoff, executive director and CEO for the Port of Freeport will present a State of Port Freeport report; Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta will give an update on major Brazoria County highway projects; and Varuna Singh, from TxDOT will present on the State Hwy 288 toll road project.
Keynote speaker Poe also serves as assistant agency director for TTI’s Connected and Automated (CV/AV) Transportation Strategy Lead. Poe came to his position with more than 30 years of experience in transportation system operations and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) research and in leading and executing large, high-visibility research initiatives.
A recognized leader in developing innovative ITS solutions for decades, TTI has created some of the most advanced information management applications currently deployed on the U.S. highway system. In the CV/AV arena, some of TTI’s recent project awards include a U.S. Department of Transportation-sponsored I-35 Connected Work Zone project; a multi-partner truck platooning project sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT); and development of a CV/AV Transit, Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Test Bed and a wrong-way driving CV testbed, both also sponsored by TxDOT. Through its Transportation Policy Research Center, the Institute is leading the nation in researching policy implications in implementing connected transportation technologies, including through a National Cooperative Highway Research Program project studying CV/AV policy and planning actions for state and local governments.
“The deployment of connected and automated vehicle technologies is the most important innovation in transportation since the development of the Interstate Highway System,” said Poe. “I’m honored that TTI’s leadership has chosen me to coordinate the Institute’s many initiatives in this evolving area.”
Tickets for the Transportation & Infrastructure Summit are $50 for an individual and $600 for table sponsorship. To register, visit https://edabc.memberzone.com/eventregistration/register/48 or contact your local chamber of commerce.