ITE 2018 Annual Meeting and Exhibt

Plenary Sessions

Tuesday, August 21

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker, Opening Business and Plenary Session
Minneapolis Ballroom A-D
3MSponsored by 3M

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Ken Smith, Corporate Scientist, 3M. Ken will share his perspectives on the 3M Way and delve into the culture of innovation that 3M is globally recognized for pioneering. Since 1987, Ken has worked in the development and commercialization of microreplicated Diamond Ken SmithGrade retroreflective products. Although this broad product family has been a constant focus over the years, the specific technologies and the resulting products have changed greatly, spanning the entire reflective products pyramid. More recently Ken, as part of the 3M Connected Roads effort, has worked to develop infrastructure materials which simultaneously serve both humans as well as connected and automated vehicles. Ken joined 3M in September 1982 after receiving BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT. He is a named inventor on more than 100 patents.

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

ITE and MWITE/GLITE Excellence in Transportation Awards Lunch with LeadershipITE Graduation Tuesday
Minneapolis Ballroom A-D
Bolton & MenkSponsored by Bolton & Menk

Celebrate the best of the transportation profession and recognize tomorrow’s transportation leaders! This event is highly anticipated within the transportation industry as an opportunity to hear about the achievements of our colleagues and friends. We will also be recognizing ITE’s newest honorary members, Marsha Anderson Bomar, John J. Kennedy, and W. Hibbett Neel.

Wednesday, August 22

10:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

Power Plenary
TransoftMinneapolis Ballroom A-D
Sponsored by Transoft

This session includes a panel of experts who will explore the issues surrounding how private sector services are already fundamentally changing how transportation is provided in our cities, as well as discuss what new developments the future might hold.

Robert Spillar, Director of Transportation, City of Austin, TX


  • Thais Blumenthal de Moraes, Connected Citizens Program, Waze
  • Andrew Salzberg, Head of Transportation Policy and Research, Uber
  • Bill Dossett, Executive Director, Nice Ride, Minnesota

Thursday, August 23

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Closing Plenary
Minneapolis Ballroom A-D

Chris HartOur closing plenary session speaker, Christopher A. Hart, offers thought-provoking remarks relating to transportation’s role in creating a safe and livable communities. Chris is the founder of Hart Solutions LLP, which specializes in improving safety in a variety of contexts, including the safety of automation in motor vehicles, workplace safety, and process safety in potentially hazardous industries. Prior to founding Hart Solutions, Chris served as Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board from 2015 to February 2018. Chris has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a master’s Degree and a bachelor’s Degree (magna cum laude) in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Lawyer- Pilots Bar Association, and he is a pilot with commercial, multi-engine, and instrument ratings.