Technology Advisory Board (TAB)
The Center for Connected and Automated Transportation (CCAT) Technology Advisory Board (TAB) consists of experts from industry, government, and academia. The member organizations include the AAA Foundation, the American Center for Mobility, Drive Ohio, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Honda, Indiana Department of Transportation, Michigan Department of Transportation, Minnesota Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan, the Road Commission for Oakland County, Qualcomm, Toyota, Verizon, and Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The TAB is instrumental in selecting and enhancing CCAT projects to ensure the highest quality research for connected and automated transportation and is critical to ensuring results-driven research and maximizing technology transfer.
Jason Bodell is the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and Signals Program Manager for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). Jason received his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan. Jason has worked for MDOT since 2012 in several different areas including design, traffic safety and operations, traffic incident management, TOC operations, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), and maintenance. In his current role, Jason oversees MDOT’s ITS and Signals programs. In 2018 Jason was named the recipient of the MDOT Directors Award which is the Departments highest honor for outstanding public service.
John leads a team that advances the safe and effective integration of emerging technologies such as connected and automated vehicles into the US roadway system. John has expertise covering all aspects of connected and automated travel that includes connectivity, infrastructure, operations, institutional, policy, cybersecurity, testing and evaluation, and regulations. John has worked on both the roadway and vehicle aspects of connected vehicle and automated vehicle issues. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Public Administration from George Mason University.
Jim Misener is Senior Director, Product Management and the Global V2X Ecosystem Lead for Qualcomm and develops and executes Qualcomm’s C-V2X deployment strategy across all global regions. Previously at Qualcomm, Jim led the automotive standards team. Jim was a pioneer in vehicle-highway automation and vehicle safety communication at the California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH) at UC Berkeley. He has served as the PATH Executive Director, Executive Advisor to Booz Allen Hamilton, and as an independent consultant. In these roles Jim has experience and reputation of delivering dozens of technology projects with large scale safety impact. In addition to his roles at Qualcomm, Jim serves as a 5GAA board member, ITS America Board member, ITS California board member, serves on the IEEE ITS Society Board of Governors and is active member of TRB ITS and Vehicle-Highway Automation Committees, where he has led the initial definition for on what could constitute a digital infrastructure. He established and is the immediate past chair of the SAE C-V2X Technical Committee. Jim also serves as an Advisory Council member to Mobility 21-Traffic 21 led by Carnegie Melon University and on the Technical Advisory Board to the Center for Connected and Automated Transportation and the University of Michigan. Jim is also a member SAE WCX Technical Advisory Committee. Jim holds BS and MS degrees from UCLA and USC.
Tara Olds is the Director of Minnesota’s Connected and Automated Vehicles Program where she leads the state’s policy, planning, research, and testing of emerging transportation technologies. Tara works to advance safe deployment of CAV technologies and to promote equitable and sustainable transportation systems and solutions. Her background spans across engineering design, planning, traffic safety, construction, project management, and community engagement. She is passionate about creating meaningful and inclusive engagement to ensure our current and future transportation systems meet the diverse needs of our communities. Tara has a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Iowa and Master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Policy.
Reuben Sarkar serves as the President and CEO for the American Center for Mobility (ACM) where he oversees ACM’s 500-acre Global Development Center focused on advancing safe, sustainable, and secure mobility technologies. He has more than two decades of experience in sustainable mobility & energy in corporate, government, and entrepreneurial roles.
Formerly, he was with the U.S. Department of Energy, where he oversaw the Sustainable Transportation Sector in EERE which included the Vehicle, Fuel Cell, and Bioenergy Technologies Offices. He has held leadership and advisory roles in a number of startups and is an Operator Advisor to Assembly Ventures. Prior to that, Reuben spent more than a decade at General Motors. He holds both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering, as well as an MBA with high distinction, all from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Dr. C. Y. David Yang is the President and the Executive Director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Dr. Yang has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, and research reports on subjects related to vehicle technologies and automation, traffic safety, operations, and planning. An ITE Journal article he co-authored won Institute of Transportation Engineers’ 2015 Traffic Engineering Council Best Paper Award. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems: Technology, Planning, and Operations and a member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Transportation Science and Technology. In addition, Dr. Yang serves on the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Transitioning Evidence-Based Research into Practice and Research and Technology Coordinating Committee. Additionally, he is an advisory board member for a number of university transportation research centers. Dr. Yang attended Purdue University and received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the field of civil engineering. In 2018, he was honored with the Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Award from Purdue University.