Geraldine Knatz (NAE) is Professor of the Practice of Policy and Engineering, a joint appointment between the USC Price School of Public Policy and the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. At the Price School, Dr. Knatz will teach as well as conduct research in affiliation with the METRANS Transportation Center. Dr. Knatz served as the executive director of the Port of Los Angeles from 2006 to January 2014. She was the first woman to serve in this role and made a significant impact through the creation and implementation of the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, an aggressive plan that reduced air emissions by combined port operations of over 70 percent over five years. The Clean Air Action Plan is recognized around the world for its innovation and success. Prior to directing the Port of Los Angeles, Dr. Knatz was the managing director of the Port of Long Beach where she also led a number of environmental initiatives, including the Green Port Policy and Truck Trip Reduction Program.
Elise Miller-Hook holds the Bill and Eleanor Hazel Endowed Chair in Infrastructure Engineering in the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering at George Mason University. She has expertise in: disaster planning and response, e.g. urban search and rescue, building and regional evacuation and sheltering, and crowd modeling; multi-hazard civil infrastructure resilience quantification; stochastic and dynamic network algorithms; mathematical modeling and optimization; transportation systems engineering; intermodal passenger and freight transport; real-time routing and fleet management; paratransit, ridesharing and bikeways; and collaborative and multi-objective decision-making. Prior to her current appoint, Dr. Miller-Hooks served as Program Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Civil Infrastructure Systems Program in the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Division of the Engineering (ENG) Directorate, lead Program Officer for the Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP) solicitation shared by the Computer and Information Science & Engineering (CISE), ENG, and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) Directorates, and a cognizant program officer on CMMI’s Smart and Connected Communities (i.e. Smart Cities) initiative.
Ann C. Phillips
Rear Admiral Ann C. Phillips, USN (Ret) is the Special Assistant to the Governor of Virginia for Coastal Adaptation and Protection. Since her appointment in October 2018, she has worked to implement the Governor’s intent to protect and adapt Virginia’s coastal region and to prepare Virginia for the current and future impact of sea level rise and climate change, including the establishment of a sea level rise planning standard for the Commonwealth, the creation of Virginia’s first Coastal Master Plan, and improving collaboration, cooperation and communication between federal, state, and local stakeholders. In this role, RADM Phillips has also testified to Congress. Recent testimonies include those to the Full House Budget Committee on the resilience impact to coastal communities, the House T&I Maritime and USCG Subcommittee on impacts on ports and maritime industry, the House T&I Subcommittee on Water Resources Development Act challenges and environmental considerations and benefic/cost analysis in USACE work, and to the Senate Special Committee on the Climate Crisis on climate impact on national security, using Virginia infrastructure as examples. Prior to joining the Governor’s administration, she worked to address sea level rise and climate impact on national security at the regional, national and international level. From 2014 to 2016 she chaired the Infrastructure Working Group for the Old Dominion University-convened Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Preparedness and Resilience Intergovernmental Pilot Planning Project, focused on building a collaborative, whole of government and community approach to address the impact of sea level rise across Hampton Roads. Preceding her work on climate impact and sea level rise, RADM Phillips served nearly 31 years on active duty. She had the honor to commission and command USS MUSTIN (DDG 89) and to command Destroyer Squadron 28. She served on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff as Deputy Director and then Director of Surface Warfare Division, and her final Flag command was as Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group TWO, including all the Amphibious Expeditionary Forces on the East Coast of the United States.
Jose E. Ramirez-Marquez
Jose E. Ramirez-Marquez is an Associate Professor of the School of Systems & Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology. A former Fulbright Scholar, he holds degrees from Rutgers University in Industrial Engineering (Ph.D. and M.Sc.) and Statistics (M.Sc.) and from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Actuarial Science. His research efforts are currently focused on the reliability analysis and optimization of complex systems, the development of mathematical models for sensor networks operational effectiveness, the computational analysis of resilience and, the development of evolutionary optimization algorithms. He is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Performability Engineering. Nationally, he is currently serving a two year term as President Elect of the Quality Control and Reliability division board of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. Internationally, he is a member of the Technical Committee on System Reliability for the European Safety and Reliability Association.
Victor Rivas is an experienced program manager and researcher with 18+ years researching transportation-related problems and implementing transportation solutions with emphasis on transportation systems operations and capital programming. His collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to problem solving has been applied to both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining Jacobs Mr. Rivas led the team in charge of planning, programming, implementing, and managing the capital investment program for the fifth largest transit agency in the U.S. As the Deputy Director of Capital Programs Reporting, Metrics and Strategic Initiatives for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), Mr. Rivas dsigned, implemented and managed highly customized programs aimed at providing comprehensive capital investment solutions with risk management protocols for critical asset categories. He also led Authority-wide efforts to meet federally mandated Transit Asset Management Requirements which included the setting of performance targets, updating the MBTA Asset Management Plan and the completion of an agency-wide asset inventory and condition assessment for the National Transit Database (NTD) and coordinated the efforts to develop standards for the streamlining and harmonization of reporting documentation for the Design & Construction Directorate.
John V. Wells
John V. (“Jack”) Wells is a retired transportation economist who continues to be active in the professional transportation and economics community. He has experience in academic economic analysis and in transportation policymaking in both the congressional and executive branches. His previous work has involved a wide range of issues involving the application of economic analysis to transportation policymaking, particularly involving the economic analysis of transportation congestion, infrastructure investment, and safety regulation, including the use of benefit-cost analysis to assess regulatory initiatives and infrastructure investments. During his successful career, Dr. Wells served as Chief Economist at the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, Democratic Staff Director of the House Railroads Subcommittee and Staff Director for the House Transportation Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, Senior Economist at the U.S. General Accounting Office, and Assistant Professor of Economics at George Mason University.
Shawn Wilson is the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD). He was appointed to this position in 2016 after more than 10 years of executive service at DOTD. As Secretary of DOTD, he oversees a multimodal transportation agency that administers programs for highways, aviation, transit, passenger rail, and ports and waterways. During his tenure as Secretary, Dr. Wilson has overseen many large investments in the state’s transportation infrastructure, including securing and obligating nearly $150 million additional federal dollars for Interstate highway widening projects and other large investments to assist communities with alternative fueled transit assets, improve passenger rail service, and launch a bike-share program in Baton Rouge. He is a member of the TRB Executive Committee. Dr. Wilson earned a B.A. in urban and regional planning from the University of Louisiana and a master’s degree in public administration and a Ph.D. in public policy from the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Southern University.