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Transportation Experts to Imagine the Future

Mobility 2050 will take place Monday, May 23

With the promise of autonomous driving technology and more sustainable vehicles right around the corner, how will our infrastructure need to adjust to meet new demands?

A team of experts will gather at Northwestern University to discuss a study that imagines the future of US transportation infrastructure. “Mobility 2050: A Vision for Transportation Infrastructure and How We Can Get There” will take place from 2 to 5 p.m., Monday, May 23 in Tech’s Cohen Commons.

The symposium will present a comprehensive study produced by Northwestern’s Transportation Center for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). The event will highlight the report’s findings, including future trends and opportunities that predict how US transportation will look in 2050. Participants will then discuss the findings’ implications for the future of transportation infrastructure.

The event will begin with a keynote speech by Victor Mendez, deputy secretary of the US Department of Transportation.

The Mobility 2050 symposium will feature responses from:

  • Randall S. Blankenhorn, secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation
  • Ronald M. De Feo, CEO of Kennametal and chair of AEM’s Infrastructure Vision 2050 task force
  • Austin Ramirez, CEO of Husco International, Inc.
  • Kimberly Gray, professor and chair of Northwestern’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Hani Mahmassani, professor and director of the Transportation Center
  • Julio M. Ottino, dean of Northwestern Engineering
  • Joseph Schofer, associate dean and professor of civil and environmental engineering