Program

**We are currently working on the 2017 Forum program agenda. Please check back for official updates.

**All events are scheduled to take place at the JW Marriott downtown Austin, Texas unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Time Event
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Registration
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Welcome Reception
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM Super Bowl LI (51) Watch Party
 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Time Event
7:00 AM – 5:30 PM Registration
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Coffee and Networking
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM Welcome Session and Breakfast

“The State of Texas Transportation”
Presenter: Chairman Tryon D. Lewis, Chair, Texas Transportation Commission

“Legislative Perspective: Texas Senate”
Presenter: Senator Robert Nichols, Texas State Senate

"State Demographer Perspective"
Presenter: Dr. Lloyd Potter, Ph.D., Demographer, State of Texas
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM Transitional Break

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Revolutionary Technology Poster
General Session A

“Revolutionary Technology: Handling Tomorrows Mega Transportation Trends Means Re-Thinking Today’s Infrastructure”
Presenter: Thomas Frey, Senior Futurist, DaVinci Institute

Panelist:
Thomas Frey, Senior Futurist, DaVinci Institute
Anthony Levandowski, Otto / Uber (Invited)
Josh Reycom, Hyperloop One
Dr. Stephen Roop, Ph.D., Assistant Agency Director, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Moderator: Darran Anderson, Director of Strategy and Innovation, TxDOT
10:30 PM – 10:45 PM Transitional Break
10:45 PM – 12:00 PM Break-Out Sessions and Workshops A

Workshop 1: “Transportation Solutions Challenge”

Workshop 2: “From Maps to Apps: Transforming Mobility Challenge”

Break-Out Session A: “Texas Clear Lanes Update”
Presenter: Commissioner J. Bruce Bugg, Jr., Texas Transportation Commission

Break-Out Session B: “What Does It Take To Deliver The Texas Transportation System?”

Panelist:
Brian Barth, P.E., Ft. Worth District Engineer, TxDOT
Ashby Johnson, Executive Director, CAMPO
Commissioner Laura Ryan, Texas Transportation Commission
Al Alonzi, Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration
Moderator: Commissioner Victor Vandergriff, Texas Transportation Commission

Break-Out Session C: “Ports, Planes, Trains, and Trucks: Moving Freight in Texas”

Panelist:
John Esparza, Executive Director, Texas Trucking Association
Air / Rail Cargo Panelist, TBA
Port Panelist, TBA

Moderator: Commissioner Jeff Austin, III, Texas Transportation Commission
12:00 PM – 12:15 PM Transitional Break

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Imagineering a Legacy Poster
Lunch and Keynote Address

“Imagineering a Legacy: How Disney’s Designs Influence Todays Transportation”

Panelist:
Marty Sklar, Former Director of Imagineering, The Walt Disney Company
Bob Gurr, P.E., Former Imagineer, The Walt Disney Company

Moderator: Marc Williams, P.E., Deputy Executive Director, TxDOT
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Transitional Break
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Break-Out Sessions and Workshops B

Workshop 1: “Transportation Solutions Challenge”

Workshop 2: “From Maps to Apps: Transforming Mobility Challenge”

Break-Out Session A: “International Trade: Steering Texas Toward Prosperity”

Panelist:
Glenn Hegar, State Comptroller, Texas
Rolando Pablos, Secretary of State, Texas (Invited)
Gerry Schwebel, Executive Vice President, IBC Bank
TBA, Trade Representative, Mexico

Moderator: Commissioner Jeff Austin, III, Texas Transportation Commission

Break-Out Session B: “What Does It Take To Deliver The Texas Transportation System?”

Panelist:
Brian Barth, P.E., Ft. Worth District Engineer, TxDOT
Ashby Johnson, Executive Director, CAMPO
Commissioner Laura Ryan, Texas Transportation Commission
Al Alonzi, Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration

Moderator: Commissioner Victor Vandergriff, Texas Transportation Commission

Break-Out Session C: “Connecting Texans Outside the Triangle”

Panelist:
TBA
TBA
TBA

Moderator: Randy Hopmann, P.E., Director of District Operations, TxDOT
3:15 PM – 3:45 PM Transitional Break

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Game of Drones Poster
General Session B

“Game of Drones: How UAS’s Aid Safety In Transportation”
Presenter: TBA

Panelist:
Alvin Brunner, III, Aviation Safety Inspector, UAS, Federal Aviation Administration
Todd Graetz, Director, Technology Services and Unmanned Aerial Systems, BNSF Rail
Mark Marek, P.E., Director of Engineering & Safety Operations, TxDOT TBA

Moderator: Keith Graf, Director of Texas Military Preparedness Commission, Office of the Governor
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM TxDOT Centennial Celebration Reception

Presenter: Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, State of Texas
 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Time Event
7:00 AM – 11:00 AM Registration
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Coffee and Networking

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Executive Director Roundtable Poster
Breakfast Session

“Legislative Perspective: Texas House of Representatives”
Presenter: Representative Joe Pickett, Texas House of Representatives

“Executive Director Roundtable: Managing Todays Demands, Preparing for Tomorrows Challenges”

Panelist:
James Bass, Executive Director, TxDOT
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM Transitional Break

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Protecting Driver's Data Poster
General Session C

“Protecting Drivers and Their Data: To Regulate or Not to Regulate? That is the Question”

Presenter: Dr. Todd Humphreys, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Aerospace
Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, University of Texas at Austin

Panelist:
Representative Larry Gonzales, Texas House of Representatives(Invited)
Ginger Goodin, P.E., Director, Transportation Policy Research Center,
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Rob Spillar, Director of Transportation, City of Austin
Ted Trepanier, Senior Designer, Public Sector Services, INRIX Traffic

Moderator: Dr. Todd Humphreys, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, University of Texas at Austin