Unmanned Insight: Mass Mobility Accelerator

Thursday, 5 March 2020 at 15:30 - 19:00

Prince Lobel Tye LLP, 1 International Place, Suite 3700, Boston MA

Something big is happening. Massachusetts is revving up and renewing its focus on transportation.

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To realize recommendations made in a report by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Commission on the Future of Transportation, the Governor announced, in January, that he is funding a "mobility innovation hub", in collaboration with the Cambridge Innovation Center and with help from the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership.

Come and learn about the opportunities to engage on this major initiative.

This event will focus on next generation air transportation, in collaboration with MassAutonomy.

Agenda

3:30-4:25 Registration and networking 

4:25-4:30 Host Welcome

  • Dr. Waseem Naqvi, President, AUVSI New England and CTO Raytheon

4:30-6:00 Implementing the Commissions Recommendations

  • Moderator
    • Paige Scott Reed, Partner, Prince Lobel Tye LLP
  • Future of Transportation Study
    • Steve Kadish,  Chairman of the Future of Transportation Commission
  • Massachusetts Mobility Innovation Hub 
    • Kristin Brief, Entrepreneur in Residence, Cambridge Innovation Center
  • Massachusetts Perspective on Shaping our Air Mobility Future
    • Dr. Jeffrey DeCarlo, Administrator, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) - Aeronautics Division
  • Industry Perspective
    • Dr. Waseem Naqvi, President, AUVSI New England and CTO Raytheon

6:00-7:00 Reception

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Speaker Biographies

 

Dr. Jeffrey DeCarlo
Administrator
MassDOT Aeronautics Division

Dr. Jeffrey DeCarlo is the MassDOT Aeronautics Division Administrator tasked with providing statutory and regulatory oversight for all aviation matters in the Commonwealth, including safety, security, airport development, and UAS programs.
Jeff has more than 30 years of aviation operations and consulting experience with the military, industry, academia and government. An experienced principal investigator, he led NASA sponsored air traffic control and airport operations R & D; and has supported aviation systems acquisition activities for the DoD.
A former U.S. Air Force and airline pilot with over 10,000 hours in fighter and commercial aircraft, he is a graduate of Fighter Weapons School. Jeff retired from the military as a Lt. Colonel following nearly 25 years of USAF active duty, Air National Guard and Reserve service.
He sits on the Board of Directors of the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR), the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) New England, and the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), and also serves as Chair for the NASAO Center for Aviation Research and Education.

 

Kristin Brief
Entrepreneur in Residence
Cambridge Innovation Center

Kristin Brief is currently Head of CIC+ at the Cambridge Innovation Center and leading CIC’s effort to design and launch a Mobility Innovation Hub. Kristin has 16 years of experience in the energy industry, including 13 years at early stage cleantech startup companies. Prior to CIC, Kristin was SVP of Corporate Development at XL, a provider of electrification solutions for commercial vehicle fleets. Before XL, Kristin was EVP of Corporate Development and Business Operations at Ambri, an MIT-spinout company commercializing an innovative grid scale storage solution, known as the Liquid Metal Battery. Kristin began her startup journey at EnerNOC (now EnelX), a leading provider of demand response and energy efficiency solutions for utilities and commercial and industrial customers. Kristin started her career at NERA Economic Consulting in the energy and antitrust practices. Kristin has a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College. 

 

Paige Scott-Reed
Partner, Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Practice
Prince Lobel

Paige Scott Reed is an experienced transportation and employment attorney whose transactional, litigation, regulatory, administrative, and procurement work has served her clients well for over 20 years. She has worked as general counsel for the Mass. Department of Transportation and the MBTA and also served as Corporate Secretary and General Counsel to the Boston 2024 Partnership for the city’s Olympic bid. Paige has assisted government and private organizations, CEOs, and Boards of Directors with commercial contracts, development transactions, and public projects. She was instrumental in procuring a new operator for the MBTA’s commuter rail, forming a public-private partnership to redevelop Back Bay Station, implementing the MBTA’s Construction Manager/General Contractor project delivery approach, and in securing $1 billion in federal funding for the Green Line Extension project. Paige has also defended government organizations against class actions charging racial discrimination in hiring practices. Paige leads the firm’s unmanned and autonomous systems practice. She is a strategic advisor to the Commonwealth UAS Integration Program and guides MassDOT’s efforts to utilize drones to advance its transportation mission. Paige is active in the community, serving as the President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and Vice-President for the Harvard Law School Association of Massachusetts. Paige also serves on Executive Council of the Boston Bar Association, the Board of the Boston Bar Foundation, and the Board of Boston Harbor Now. Paige recently chaired the finance committee for Rachael Rollins historic campaign, helping to elect the first black woman to serve as District Attorney for Suffolk County. She received her A.B. from Harvard College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was an Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review.

 

Steve Kadish
Chairman
Future of Transportation Commission

Steven Kadish is Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government and Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Co. with extensive private- and public-sector experience. In 2018, Steve was appointed Chairman of the Governor’s Commission on the Future of Transportation. As Chief of Staff to Governor Baker, Steve helped shape and implement policy and operational improvements in key state agencies, and guided relations in the governor’s cabinet, with the state legislature, and external stakeholders. Prior to his appointment on Beacon Hill, Steve served in a number of senior administrative roles in the public and private sectors, including as Chief Operating Officer at Northeastern University, as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer at Dartmouth College, as Vice President for Administration and Project Management at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, as Massachusetts Undersecretary for Health and Human Services, and as Massachusetts Assistant Secretary for Administration and Finance. Steve has a BA from Tufts University and a Masters in City Planning from MIT. 

 

Dr. Waseem Naqvi
Chief Technology Officer
Raytheon Unmanned Vehicle Systems

Dr. Waseem Naqvi is the CTO (Technology Director) for Raytheon’s (NYSE: RTN) Unmanned Vehicle Systems business. He is responsible for defining business strategy, capability, technology and investment priorities addressing future unmanned and autonomous systems.
Raytheon is a leader in unmanned vehicle control systems and has provided the Ground Control Systems, and Mission Planning Systems for Global Hawk, BAMS, Fire Scout and other UxS. Raytheon develops sensors, surveillance, communications, command and control and vehicle control systems and cyber solutions into the Unmanned Systems industry.
Dr. Naqvi is an active contributor to the Autonomous Vehicle and Robotics Industry. He is President of the Board of Directors for the Association for Unmanned Systems International (AUVSI) New England Chapter. Waseem is Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors for the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR), a FAA UAS Test Site. He is a past Board member for AUVSI Headquarters, and also represented all 36 chapter Presidents. He previously served on the advisory board for the Massachusetts Robotics Sector. He is an International Executive Resource Group (IERG) Global Business Leader Fellow and serves as the Chairman of its Board.

 

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