Jennifer Cohan Named NOCoE Board Chair
Laurie Matkowski, Gannett Fleming elected Vice Chair and the board adds two new members: Roger Millar, Secretary, Washington Department of Transportation and Mark Lowe, Director, Iowa Department of Transportation
IOT, AV, CV, 4G, 5G, DSRC . . . we are swimming in new ideas and concepts, like one of those infinity pools where you feel like you are on top of the world and the water never ends. But, for TSMO to succeed, we must keep a perspective that allows us to see the broader picture and understand how each of these concepts can assist us to improve the transportation system.
As we hit the half way point of winter, there's a blizzard of resources available around road weather
Our transportation agencies are on the cutting edge of Information Technology with Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, Integrated & Active Corridors, Software Applications, and Multiple Networks. It has never been more critical to properly define and understand the basics of a Cyber Security Program. Every agency should be clear on why is it important? How are they exposed? What are the risks? How IT and Cyber Security work together? What are the available resources? Who needs to be engaged and when? How to develop a program?
On January 31, FHWA, AASHTO, and NOCoE held a Part 2 of the TSMO Program Plan Development Roundtable. Agencies spoke on issues encountered as they developed and used their plans to facilitate the integration and mainstreaming of TSMO within their agency.
Often, I get the sense that the general public doesn’t quite understand the connection transportation has with STEM and future career opportunities. A recent (and familiar) example is a parent who heard about the concept of the transportation workforce and said: “With no disrespect to bus drivers, but I don’t want my child to become a bus driver." We haven’t done a great job of reaching out to our communities to inform them of the plethora of potential careers and jobs to be found in transportation, in general, but TSMO more specifically.
Being a Ph.D.
It is not my first time attending TRB conference. If the previous experiences were good, attending it with National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE) makes it absolutely excellent! As the winner of the NOCoE ePortfolio Award, I am so grateful and honored to be recognized in the conference. Back at home in Alabama for a few days, I have been able to quiet down and reflect on the experience.