Meeting of the Minds Conference: The Innovations We Need for More Sustainable Cities
Innovative Mobility Strategies: Providing Flexibility, Convenience and Choice through Advanced Technologies with discussants Dr. Susan Shaheen, Director, Innovative Mobility Research, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Berkeley and Robin Chase, C.E.O., GoLoco.org. The discussion is followed by a joint Q&A session with Shaheen and Chase.
Meeting of the Minds is a two-day leadership conference convened by the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design, with the support of Toyota. The conference focus is on the new technologies, emerging urban designs and cleaner fuels.
Robin Chase is founder and CEO of GoLoco, an online ridesharing community. GoLoco helps people quickly arrange to share car trips of all lengths between trusted friends, neighbors, and colleagues, and handles online payments from passengers to drivers for their share of the trip costs.
Robin is also founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world. Zipcar's use of the Internet and wireless technology enables rental cars to emulate personal cars. Zipcar's disruptive technology gives its members on-demand access to cars by-the-hour, revolutionizing people's relationship to their cars and improving the quality of urban life for all.
Robin is frequently consulted by transportation and planning departments, city and state government agencies, and NGOs about wireless and mesh networking applications in the transportation sector, innovation and economic development. She served on the Boston Mayor's Wireless Task Force, and the Governor-elect's Transportation Transition Working Committee.
Robin lectures widely and has been frequently featured in the major media including the Today Show, The New York Times, National Public Radio, Fast Company, Wired, and Time magazines, as well as several books on entrepreneurship.
She has received many awards, including the Massachusetts Governor's Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit, Start-up Woman of the Year, Fast Company's Fast 50 Champions of Innovation, technology and innovation awards from Fortune, CIO, and Info World Magazines, and numerous environmental awards from national, state, and local governments and organizations.
Robin graduated from Wellesley College and MIT's Sloan School of Management, and was a Harvard University Loeb Fellow
Susan Shaheen, Ph.D., holds a joint research faculty appointment at California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH), headquartered at the University of California (UC) Berkeley, and at UC Davis' Institute of Transportation Studies. In August 2003, Susan became the Policy & Behavioral Research Program Leader at California PATH. In September 2002, Susan launched and now directs the Innovative Mobility Research Group - housed at California PATH. As of April 2006, she became the co-leader of the transportation track of the Energy Efficiency Center at UC Davis. She has also served as a Special Assistant to the Director's Office of the California Department of Transportation (2001 to 2004). In November 2000, she was honored as the first Honda Distinguished Scholar in Transportation at UC Davis.
Susan's interest in environmentally- and socially-beneficial technology applications led her to focus her doctoral dissertation on "smart" carsharing, linked to transit in the mid-1990s. She designed and tested the CarLink I and II pilot programs, using advanced technologies to support a commuter carsharing service from 1997 to 2002. An internationally recognized leader in innovative mobility research, she continues to focus on carsharing, as well as several additional areas, including: smart parking management for trucks and transit, smart growth/development, fuel cell vehicles and infrastructure, and older mobility.
She has a Ph.D. in ecology, focusing on technology management and the environmental aspects of transportation, from UC Davis; an MS in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester; and a BA in political science and English (writing concentration) from Nazareth College. She also has graduate certificates from the University of Paris, Sorbonne and the University of Oxford (sponsored by an Eisenhower scholarship from the English Speaking Union). She completed her post-doctoral studies on advanced public transportation systems at UC Berkeley in 2001. She has sixteen years of professional experience in transportation and environmental policy, 28 journal articles, over 40 reports and publications, and is co-editor of one book.
While a doctoral candidate, she received a variety of awards, such as the University of California's Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year, the Dwight David Eisenhower Fellowship, and a National Science Foundation Award. In May 2007, she received the Berkeley Staff Assemblyâ€™s â€œExcellence in Managementâ€ award. She is the chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on New Public Transportation Systems and Technologies (2004 to Present) and was the founding chair of the Carsharing/Station Car Subcommittee of TRB from 1999 to 2004. She is a member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) World Congress Program Committee (2002 to Present). She also served on the Governor's Environmental Action Plan Working Group in California.