Emerging Leaders in Transportation 2017
Principal Investigator: Sarah Kaufman
Research Area 3: Resilient, Secure & Smart Transportation Infrastructure
Led by NYU Rudin Center Assistant Director Sarah Kaufman, the Emerging Leaders in Transportation program develops early-career transportation professionals to develop and promote innovations within their organizations. The three-day program includes professional development with executive leaders, communication work through networking activities, and site visits to major transportation management locations.
In the 2017 program, the Rudin Center for Transportation drew upon leading experts to participate in a four-part workshop series addressing policy issues, leadership skills, and technical innovation.
Participants learned how to evaluate the feasibility of innovation for their workplaces, incorporate it into the workflow, and build long-term technology plans. These discussions help foster an invigorated leadership cadre with a systematic understanding of planning for the future and how to bring new organizational tools to their agencies. By preparing emerging leaders for the future, this programs strengthens the capacity of transportation agencies to adopt livability initiatives, enhances the region’s economic competitiveness and supports implementation of technological improvements for everyday commuters and travelers.
The 2017 Emerging Leaders program ran on December 7 and 8, with 25 participants. The participants reported high satisfaction rates with their new network, knowledge exchange and leadership development gained from the program. They also appreciated face time with executive leadership and their peers, and they reported planning to implement their innovation ideas at their workplaces in the coming months. A full recap of the event is posted on the NYU Rudin Center website, and the program’s final report is available here.
Day 1 of the event started with a Q&A between Jessica Robinson, Director of City Solutions at Ford Smart Mobility, and Sarah Kaufman, NYU Rudin Center Assistant Director.
The group toured the NYC Department of Transportation’s Traffic Management Facility and learned about coordinating traffic data with video observations, rerouting around disruptions, and coordination with other city and regional agencies.
Rounding out the two-day program, NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission Commissioner Meera Joshi delivered an informative keynote about her career and timely issues at the TLC.
|Principal Investigator||Sarah M. Kaufman|
|Total Project Cost||$37,500|
|USDOT Award #||69A3551747124|
|Start and End Dates||06/01/2017 – 05/31/2018|
|Implementation of Research Outcomes||At the conclusion of the Emerging Leaders program, a summary of the events and major themes will be submitted. The participant survey will be conducted and submitted as well.|
|Impacts/Benefits of Implementation||As a result of this program, transportation planners and policymakers in the New York region will be infused with innovative ideas, projects and policies that will propel the region’s transportation network into the future, improving livability and economic competitiveness.|