Top DOT Leaders Name Innovation Challenge Winner

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U.S. Department of Transportation
Office of Research and Technology

February 29, 2016


Top DOT Leaders Name Winner of Innovation Challenge


Seven senior U.S. DOT leaders recently chose the winner of Volpe’s fourth Innovation Challenge, an annual staff competition to develop creative ideas to improve the transportation enterprise.

Innovation Challenge 2016 Judging Panel
Find out who won
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Volpe Staff at U.S. and International Events

Volpe staff were featured at the following events in February: 

  • Gregg Fleming attended the 10th meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) from February 1 to 13 in Montreal, Canada. As co-rapporteur of the Modelling and Databases Group (MDG) within ICAO/CAEP, Fleming briefed participants on results of MDG's 3-year work program.  

  • Alan Chachich attended an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers meeting on security challenges related to the Internet of Things at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., on February 4. Connected vehicles are the most prominent transportation technology in the Internet of Things, and Chachich’s attendance supported work by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office on connected vehicle security. 

  • Kevin Harnett and Brendan Harris attended a vehicle telematics program initiation meeting on February 2 with U.S. Department of State vehicle fleet managers. The meeting was part of a project that the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Cybersecurity Division is sponsoring to define government vehicle cybersecurity requirements.

  • Wassim Najm, Larry Yount, and Chris Becker gave two technical project briefings on February 4 at National Highway Traffic Safety Administration headquarters in Washington, D.C. These briefings provided interim results from Volpe’s research effort to assess the functional safety of foundational steering and propulsion systems in light vehicles.

  • Andrew Hansen participated in the International Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Workshop and GNSS Monitoring Task Force meetings from February 8 to 16 in Sydney, Australia. Hansen’s participation as a subject matter expert in GNSS systems helps maintain key U.S. positions on GNSS monitoring.  

  • Janeen Kochan participated in an accident and incident coding demonstration project on February 3 in Washington, D.C. Kochan demonstrated the newly modified Integrated Safety Assessment Model, which now includes human factors failure nodes that help identify and validate accident DNA models.  


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