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Autonomous Vehicle Path to Deployment - Luncheon Discussion

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Join this panel discussion to get the topic of autonomous vehicles moving in Illinois.


DATE: Thursday, June 27, 2019 | Add to Calendar
TIME: 11:30 am - Networking 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch & Discussion
Carnivale Chicago
702 W Fulton Street
Chicago, IL
(valet parking is available on-site)
ITS Midwest/ITE/WTS members and public sector guests: $45
Private sector non-members: $55
RSVP: Autonomous Vehicle Path to Deployment - ITE/ITS/WTS Luncheon Panel
DEADLINE: Registration for this event closes on June 23 at 4 pm

ITS Midwest, in partnership with the Illinois Section of ITE and WTS Chicago, will be co-hosting a luncheon about “the path to autonomous vehicles in Illinois.” The event will have a panel lineup featuring the following esteemed guests:

  • Rep. Michael Zalewski: Illinois State Representative from the 23rd District
  • Jerry Quandt: Illinois Autonomous Vehicles Association Executive Director
  • Aimee Lee: Senior Manager of Strategic Planning from the Illinois Tollway
  • Terry Heffron: ITS Unit Manager from IDOT’s ITS Program Office

Our moderator for the event will be Ann Schlenker from the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory. The panel will weigh in on curated topics surrounding the current state of autonomous vehicles in Illinois. The audience will also have an opportunity to ask questions of the panel at the end of the event.

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Meet our guests and moderator


Rep. Michael Zalewski

Rep. Michael Zalewski
Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Rep. Michael Zalewski, Illinois State Representative from the 23rd District. Representative Mike Zalewski has served in the General Assembly since 2008. During his ten years in the legislature, Mike has authored and led passage of a number of important laws, including Illinois’ first Racketeering statute, comprehensive ride-share law, the creation of an Independent Tax Tribunal, and a rewritten EDGE tax credit to lure more businesses to the State of Illinois. He has also lead Elections & Campaign Finance Reform, Health Care Licenses, and Revenue & Finance Committees as Chairperson.
[Source: M. Zalewski's website]

erry Quandt

Jerry Quandt,
Illinois Autonomous Vehicles Association
Photo Credit: ILAVA

Jerry Quandt is the Executive Director of the Illinois Autonomous Vehicles Association (ILAVA). The Association is a privately funded, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of autonomous vehicle technologies within the State of Illinois. The organization's focus is to establish Illinois as the leader in the development, design, and application of the system-of-systems that will transform mobility as we know it. Jerry has worked most of his career in marketing and business transformation in a variety of verticles. Jerry's passion is to continue to create consumer-centric solutions leveraging bleeding-edge technologies to increase people's quality of life. [Source: J. Quandt's LinkedIn profile]

Aimee Lee

Aimee Lee,
Illinois Tollway
Photo Credit: Illinois Tollway

Aimee Lee Sr. Mgr Strategic Planning & Programming at Illinois Tollway. Aimee is successfully leading a diverse team of planning professionals in launching the master plan for the I-294 Project under an aggressive schedule of about one year. The Tollway had never previously produced an extensive Master Plan in such a shortened time frame. Lee was empowered by senior management to make timely decisions that allowed the project to continuously move forward.. [Source: Illinois Tollway]
Terry Heffron, ITS Unit Manager from IDOT’s ITS Program Office. 


Ann Schlenker

Ann Schlenker, Argonne National Lab
Photo Credit: Argonne

Ann Schlenker, Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory. Ann Schlenker is the Director of Argonne’s Center for Transportation Research. In this role she leads a team of scientists and engineers conducting research and developing technologies with the goal of reducing the transportation sector’s reliance on petroleum and imported oil. Schlenker oversees a research portfolio that ranges from components to vehicles to transportation as a holistic system, including efforts to improve engine fuel efficiency and combustion kinetics, reduce friction losses, evaluate powertrain and vehicle architectures in virtual and experimental contexts, study low carbon fuel potentials, and improve and validate interoperability with the Smart Grid. The Center also manages the North American, university-level Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions for the US Department of Energy. Prior to joining Argonne in 2009, Schlenker worked for Chrysler, LLC, for more than 30 years, most recently as Director of Advanced Vehicle Engineering and Alliances. She previously held a variety of engineering positions in research, regulatory development, and front-line product development.



For further information about this event contact:
Matt Letourneau
Email: president@itsmidwest.com

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