Ananda “Andy” Palanisamy — Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Andy is a seasoned transportation executive with 16 years of experience leading and managing innovative mobility projects. Andy is the solution deployment lead on Ford Smart Mobility’s Global Operations team. Prior to this position at Ford, he served as a contractor with the United States Department of Transportation for more than a decade, assisting the agency with a variety of research and development initiatives. Initially, he worked as a senior transportation management specialist in this position, where he managed critical independent technical analyses and advised on various elements of the $110 million/year Federal ITS Program. In 2014, Andy transitioned to Leidos where he was appointed as a senior project manager, Transportation & Principal, Communications and Outreach and supported a bevy of technical activities at the Federal Highway Administration’s Saxton Transportation Laboratory. His role in this position includes leading, managing, and supporting technology projects across the Leidos Transportation Portfolio in the areas of transportation safety, environment, policy, operations, intelligent transport systems (ITS), and smart cities. During the early part of his engineering career, Andy served on the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory team in Washington, DC as an intelligent transportation systems engineer, at Parsons Brinkerhoff Farradyne, Inc. as a transportation engineer/planner, and at Gannett Fleming, Inc. as junior transportation engineer/planner.
Andy has been recognized with awards, honors, and recognitions including:
- Charles Edison Fund Fellowship — Harvard Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
- Co-chair and director for mobility — The Future Society at Harvard Kennedy School
- Top 40 Under 40 Transportation Demand Management Professional Award
- Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship finalist
- Next City Vanguard 2014
Andy earned his bachelor of engineering in civil engineering from Bharathiar University. He earned a master of public administration from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government and completed the coursework requirements for a master of science (civil engineering) degree at West Virginia University.
Walter P Kilareski — Thursday, December 7, 2017
Walter P. Kilareski graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in civil engineering. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and entered active duty. He served in Vietnam in 1970/71 in the 69th Engineer Battalion, Mekong Delta. After Vietnam, he attended graduate school earning a master of engineering and a Ph.D. in civil engineering. After his employment as a field research engineer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Dr. Kilareski joined the civil engineering faculty at Penn State. As president of his consulting firm, he reconstructed more than 2000 highway traffic crashes. He is currently a professor emeritus of civil engineering. He has authored numerous technical papers and is the co-author of the textbook “Principles of Highway Engineering and Traffic Analysis.” He is a registered professional engineer, a registered land surveyor (Ret), and an accredited traffic accident reconstructionist. Dr. Kilareski spends his retirement time golfing, biking, traveling, woodworking, and volunteering.