Podcast by The Drive Forward Podcast
Episode 7: Teamwork key to addressing challenges
Behind each defining moment is a team that works to pull off the impossible.
That’s exactly what Kristie Chin, our latest The Drive Forward Podcast guest, believes.
The University of Texas at Austin director of civic innovation for the Center for Transportation Research unveils the university’s efforts with the Texas Innovation Alliance, which partners with a robust network of cities, research institutions and transportation agencies to look at common challenges and develop shared solutions.
Chin also shares how university-led initiatives are championing the future of transportation and providing students with optimal opportunities for next-generation problem solving.
Episode 6: A city afloat
Imagine floating in the ocean. No, you’re not atop a raft or cruising in a boat. Instead, you’re actually living there.
That’s the future Guna, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2020 president envisions. Join Guna on episode No. 6 of The Drive Forward Podcast, where he shares ASCE’s efforts of depicting five futuristic cities, including floating, frozen, mega, off-planet and rural communities, to challenge the next generation of civil engineers.
He delves into their first creation, the floating city, which entails structures based in the water with reimagined energy concepts.
Guna challenges civil engineers to become masters of systems integration in order to take on not only these creative living concepts, but also upcoming infrastructure and mobility needs for integrating connected and autonomous vehicles.
Episode 5: Reimagining in the midst of COVID-19
COVID-19 is changing our way of life, impeding transportation from highway traffic, aviation, barges — you name it. Join Neil Pedersen, the Transportation Research Board’s executive director, on episode No. 5 of The Drive Forward Podcast as he discusses how COVID-19 affects transit ideas like ride-hailing services, e-scooters, docked bikeshare systems and autonomous vehicles. Hear how Pedersen foresees civil engineers having to put on their thinking caps not just to deal with a new sense of normal, but also to re-envision and reimagine transportation.
Episode 4: Asphalt leading ‘roadrunner’ of Illinois
Chances are if you’re cruising down an Illinois highway, you’re riding on hot-mix asphalt. That pavement not only provides a smooth, quiet ride, but it’s also a huge taxpayer dollar saver. Join guest Kevin Burke, Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association’s executive vice president, as he peers into the future of asphalt, sharing possible use of recycled materials, like plastic, to enhance pavement and drive costs down. He shares IAPA’s commitment to its highway contractors as well as investing in university students who will become the next generation of industry leaders.
Episode 3: Connectivity changing the game of transportation
Just as the U.S. Interstate Highway System paved the way for modern transportation, connectivity promises real change to our current way of life.
Just ask John Zhang, the chief engineer of electrical and innovation technology at the City of Chicago, who joins us on this episode of the podcast, sharing how 5G technology is pivotal for furthering autonomous and connected vehicle technology. Currently, 5,000 locations for 5G placement have been identified on nearby light poles and buildings to hold antennas, radio and supply equipment in order to improve 5G coverage in the Windy City.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alumna also shares how the city’s converting all 1,800 of its Chicago Transit Authority buses to electric vehicles by 2040 and using smart-powered lanes to power its fleet. While still in the conceptual stage, smart-powered lanes aim to embed chargers underneath pavement to dynamically charge buses as they pass through the city.
Zhang also weighs in on autonomous and connected vehicles, sharing safety takes top priority. For Zhang, research facilities, like Illinois Center for Transportation’s proposed Illinois Autonomous and Connected Track — an autonomous and connected vehicle test track at the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois, are a ‘crown jewel’ for this technology, enabling much-needed testing before real-world implementation.
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Episode 2: Shuttling to the future
Late for class? Take the autonomous shuttle! At least that’s what the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s dreaming up in its Campus Master Plan. Hear how Stacey DeLorenzo, who serves in transportation demand management at UIUC’s Facilities and Services, is considering those concepts becoming a reality. Learn more about her role in other exciting ventures like the Illinois-Autonomous and Connected Track, a high-speed connected and autonomous vehicle track proposed to be constructed at the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois.