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Thank you for your interest in this speaker panel event! We are very excited to have these women come and speak about their experiences in the transportation industry. Each speaker represents a different sector in the transportation industry: government, policy, academia, and industry (You can read more about their bios below). Each speaker will speak about their experiences for about 15 minutes and there will be time set aside for questions. At the end each speaker will form a break out room for more specific questions and conversation. Please tell your friends, family, roommates, and anyone interested in hearing from these wonderful women!
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See Speaker Bios below.
Dee Williams (Government)
Dee Williams is currently the Deputy Associate Administrator for NHTSA’s Office of Vehicle Safety Research. In this role, she leads the development and implementation of vehicle safety research initiatives, including policy, strategic and program planning, and program assessments, to advance national highway traffic safety programs and motor vehicle safety standards related to the integration of innovative technologies and emerging roadway safety issues, including the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) and NHTSA’s vehicle automation initiatives. Prior to rejoining NHTSA in October 2016, from January 2014 to October 2016, she served as the Chief of the Compliance Division for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a sister agency to NHTSA, where she was responsible for a portfolio of programs including Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA), New Entrant Safety Assurance, and Drugs and Alcohol. Also, while at FMCSA, from August 2010 to January 2014, she held the position of Division Chief for Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation. Preceding her time at FMCSA, she held a variety of positions back at NHTSA, serving nearly a decade, including as their Acting Director for the Office of Government Affairs, Policy, and Strategic Planning, a direct arm to the NHTSA Administrator. Before joining USDOT, Dee served as the program manager and spokesperson for the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association’s (CTIA), distracted driving educational campaign, “Safety – Your Most Important Call.” She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (cum laude) from Susquehanna University, located in Central Pennsylvania, with minor emphasis areas in legal studies and sociology.
Janet Brooking (Policy)
Janet Brooking has served as the Executive Director of DRIVE SMART Virginia since May 2005. Prior to this, she spent ten years as State Campaign Director for the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. Under her watch, more than $28,000,000 was raised for charity. Janet received her Bachelor of Science degree from Mary Baldwin College and her Certificate in Philanthropy from the University of Richmond. She is also a graduate of the Virginia Collaborative Leaders Program through the Institute for Educational Leadership, The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, and the Center for Creative Leadership. Janet’s non-profit work has included volunteering as a docent at the Maymont Nature Center and serving on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Read Center. She is currently on the Advisory Board of Visitors at Mary Baldwin College and is past President of the American Society of Safety Engineers, Colonial Chapter.
Dr. Missy Cummings (Academia)
Professor Mary (Missy) Cummings received her B.S. in Mathematics from the US Naval Academy in 1988, her M.S. in Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994, and her Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2004. A naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999, she was one of the U.S. Navy's first female fighter pilots. She is currently a Professor in the Duke University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and the Director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory. She is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow and her research interests include explainable artificial intelligence, human-autonomous system collaboration, human-robot interaction, human-systems engineering, and the ethical and social impact of technology.
Jade Hill (Industry)
Jade Hill is a Program Manager at Toyota in their safety regulatory affairs department. There she is responsible for federal and state regulatory policy and issues related to crash avoidance and advanced technologies including autonomous vehicles, mobility, cybersecurity, and more. Jade received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.
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