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Quincy Allen

Quincy Allen

Quincy Allen is district engineer for the Houston district of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). He oversees operations in Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery and Waller counties and is responsible for meeting transportation needs, including construction, maintenance and traffic control.

Allen also consults with other staff members on administration, programming, planning, construction, design, maintenance, traffic and right-of-way to coordinate operations. He serves on several district and agency committees.

Allen has 31 years of experience in transportation engineering. As director of maintenance for the Houston TXDOT district, he oversaw completion of the John W. Johnson ferry and developed the district’s first performance based routine maintenance contract, while guiding district maintenance sections through several challenging budget years. 

He received a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas and a degree in civil engineering from the University of Houston. 

Emil H. Frankel 

Emil Frankel

Emil H. Frankel is an independent consultant on transportation policy and public management issues, a senior fellow at the Washington, D.C. based Eno Center for Transportation and a senior advisor for Crosswater Realty Advisors. As director of Transportation Policy of the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) from 2007-2011, he led the preparation of BPC’s report, Performance Driven: A New Vision for U.S. Transportation Policy. Appointed by President George W. Bush, Frankel played a key role in the coordination and development of the Bush administration’s proposal to reauthorize the federal highway, transit and highway safety programs.

Frankel served as a founding vice chair of the Interstate 95 Corridor Coalition.  He serves on the boards of the Regional Plan Association of New York, Cambridge Systematics, Inc. and the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.  He chaired the Transportation Research Board’s Committee for a Study of Potential Energy Savings and Greenhouse Gas Reductions from Transportation and is an associate of the National Research Council.

Frankel received his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and is a graduate of Harvard Law School. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Manchester in England. 

Ken Laberteaux

Ken Laberteaux

Ken Laberteaux, senior principal scientist for the Toyota Research Institute-North America, has worked in the automotive and telecommunication industries for 23 years. His current research focus is on sustainable mobility systems, including U.S. urbanization and transportation patterns, ride-sharing, demographics, grid-vehicle interactions and the feasibility and optimization of electric vehicles.

Laberteaux previously worked on advanced safety systems, enhancing communication, sensing and computation. Credited with coining the term VANET, he was a founder general co-chair of the VehiculAr Inter-NETworking (VANET) workshop.  Before joining Toyota in 2002, he spent 10 years at the Tellabs Research Center, working on echo cancellation, data networking protocols, call admission control and congestion control.

Laberteaux has produced 25 scholarly publications and 16 patents. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his master’s and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. 

Joshua L. Schank

Joshua Schank

Joshua L. Schank is the chief innovation officer at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), where he leads the Office of Extraordinary Innovation. The office champions new ideas to improve mobility in LA County, piloting and implementing new and experimental programs and policy, and serving as the primary liaison between LA Metro and entrepreneurs, established private sector entities, academia and individuals. The office is also responsible for LA Metro’s public- private partnerships and strategic planning functions. 

Prior to joining LA Metro, Schank was president and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, a national non-profit think-tank focused on transportation policy and leadership. His work on transportation policy includes “All Roads Lead to Congress: The $300 Billion Fight Over Highway Funding,” co-authored with Costas Panagopoulos.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Columbia University, a master’s in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in urban planning from Columbia.