Day 1

June 1

8:30-10 a.m. | Welcome and Morning Plenary Session
City Beautiful D

  • Michael Christopher, Division Administrator, FMCSA
  • Darrell Ruban, Associate Administrator, Office of Safety, FMCSA
  • Eric Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., P.E., Program Director, Kansas State University
  • Matthew J. O’Keefe, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Engineering and Leroy C. and Aileen H. Paslay Chair, Kansas State University
  • Julie L. Lorenz, Secretary of Transportation and Director of the Kansas Turnpike Authority, KDOT


10-10:15 a.m. | Break


10:15-11:30 a.m. | Morning Plenary Session cont.
City Beautiful D

  • The Honorable Michael E. Graham, Board Member, NTSB
  • Craig Harper, EVP – Chief Sustainability Officer, J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.


11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. | Lunch
City Beautiful E


1-2:15 p.m. | Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

1A Session: "Connected and Autonomous CMV Technology"
City Beautiful E
Presider: Missy Cummings, Ph.D., Safety Advisor, NHTSA

  • Melissa Froelich, Vice President of Government Relations, Aurora Innovation
  • Finch Fulton, Vice President of Policy and Strategy, Locomation

1B Session: "CMV Safety in Work Zones"
City Beautiful D
Presider: Rick Backlund, Division Administrator – FHWA Kansas

  • Praveen Edara, Ph.D., P.E., University of Missouri – Columbia
  • Martha C. Kapitanov, Safety Specialist, FHWA

2-3 p.m. | Ice Cream Social Featuring K-State Call Hall Ice Cream


3-5 p.m. | Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

2A Session: "CMV University Research"
City Beautiful E
Presider: Eric Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor and Center Director, K-State

  • Skylar Knickerbocker, P.E., and Zach Hans, P.E., Iowa State University
  • Tony Fields and Reginald Souleyrette, Ph.D., P.E., University of Kentucky
  • Zhu Qing, Ph.D., University of Missouri – Columbia

2B Session: "Agency Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Law Update"
City Beautiful D
Presider: Tom Keane, Associate Administrator Registration and Research, FMCSA

  • Anne Collins, Associate Administrator for Enforcement, NHTSA
  • Darrell Ruban, Associate Administrator, Office of Safety, FMCSA
  • Caitlin HughesDirector of the Office of Freight Management and Operations, FHWA


2C Session (Workshop): "Just Drive: Deliver Distraction Free"
City Beautiful C

  • Linda Hill, M.D., MPH; Jill Rybar, MPH; and Darrin Grondel, Ed.D., MPA, University of California – San Diego School of Public Health and School of Medicine


5-7 p.m. | Social Hour – Loews Kansas City Hotel
Event Lawn


Day 2

June 2

8-10 a.m. | Morning Concurrent Sessions

3A Session: "CMV Crash Prevention Technology"
City Beautiful B,C,E
Presider: Susan DeCourcy, Regional VII Administrator, NHTSA

  • Jeff Loftus, Chief of Technology Division, FMCSA
  • Michael Lasko, Director of EHS and Quality, Boyle Transportation
  • Drew McCurdy, PACCAR + Kenworth

3B Session: "Multi-Model Panel on Supply Chain Constraints"
City Beautiful B,C,D
Presider: Amy Graydon, Director of Policy, Strategic Planning, and Regulation, FMCSA

  • Jason Craig, Director of Government Affairs, C.H. Robinson
  • Andy Williams, Director of Public Affairs, BNSF
  • Chris Lutick, Director of Public Affairs, UPS


10:15-11:30 a.m. | Morning Concurrent Sessions

4A Session: "CMV Statistics and On-Going Programs"
City Beautiful B,C,E
Presider: Davina Farmer, Director – Midwest Service Center, FMCSA

  • Jenny Guarino, Project Manager, FMCSA
  • Brenda Lantz, North Dakota State University

4B Session: "Owner-Operators and Safety Opportunities"
City Beautiful B,C,D
Presider: Shannon Watson, Senior Policy Advisor, FMCSA

  • Janine McFadden, Project Manager, Bureau of Transpiration Statistics, USDOT
  • Tom Weakley and Andrew King, OOIDA


11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. | Closing Remarks and Next Steps for the Midwest
City Beautiful B,C,D

  • Eric Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., P.E., Program Director, Kansas State University
  • Max Strathman, FMCSA Midwest Service Center


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