For NYSCI’s sixth annual Spring for STEM, we will host a live webinar discussion about a key piece of New York City’s infrastructure: our transportation system. With new challenges in safety and ridership added to the complexity of our existing issues like aging infrastructure, the sector faces many problems to solve to make sure millions of New Yorkers have a system we can rely on. Our panelists are leaders in transit and are creating innovation through data and technology to tackle these complex issues. You can read more about them below.
Spring for STEM provides a distinctive platform for presenting critical issues to people interested in science, education, and the cultural and intellectual life of New York. NYSCI is proud to host this invitation-only live streaming event that highlights various perspectives on important topics in STEM that impact our city, our country and our world.
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Tiffany Chu is the Co-Founder and CEO at Remix, a technology platform that works with over 300 cities around the world (including San Francisco, Melbourne, Auckland, Miami, Reykjavik, Helsinki, etc.) to shape their transportation future — from planning public transit, designing streets for people, and managing mobility.
Tiffany is passionate about designing cities for people. She has mapped over 100 street vendors in Vietnam, was the first UX hire at Zipcar, wrote for Dwell, and worked with the City of New Orleans post-Katrina. In 2014, she moved from Cambridge, Massachusetts to San Francisco for a fellowship at Code for America, to work on technology for the public sector.
Tiffany earned her Bachelors in Architecture, with concentrations in Urban Planning and Comparative Media Studies at MIT.
Ro Gupta is the CEO of CARMERA, a real-time street level intelligence platform for autonomous vehicles and the built environment.
Before CARMERA, he created data products and helped grow web commenting network, Disqus, to 2 billion users. Prior to that, he held digital roles at Disney. Earlier on, Ro was a management consultant for corporations and NGOs in San Francisco, Sao Paulo, New York and Mozambique. He also advises startups such as Autonomous Tractor Corp.
Ro studied Civil Engineering/Operations Research at Princeton and received an MBA from Northwestern. He was born in Calcutta, India and lives in Brooklyn, NY with his family.
Rachel Haot is Executive Director of the Transit Innovation Partnership, a public-private initiative of the Partnership for New York City and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority with the mission to modernize the transit system.
Rachel previously served as the first Chief Digital Officer for New York City and the first Chief Digital Officer for New York State. Earlier in her career she was Founder and CEO of global news platform GroundReport.
Rachel received her bachelor’s degree in history from New York University and is a Board Member of Tech:NYC, the Regional Plan Association and the Jamaica Bay Rockaway Parks Conservancy.
Sarah Kaufman is the Associate Director of the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, where she researches, advocates for and educates about cutting-edge technologies in transportation. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Planning, teaching Intelligent Cities and Advanced Projects in Urban Planning. Ms. Kaufman joined NYU Wagner after nearly five years at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where she led the open data program.
Sarah earned a Master of Urban Planning from NYU’s Wagner School in 2005, specializing in infrastructure, transportation and telecommunications. She earned her BA from Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in science writing and concentrating in computer science.
The President’s Council is a diverse and dynamic group of individuals who are passionate about STEM. Our members provide crucial support for the museum to thrive and serve as a laboratory for learning, a training ground for young scientists, and an anchor for members of our community to engage with creative STEM learning experiences.
Members of the President’s Council are entitled to a host of benefits, including unlimited guest passes to NYSCI, insider access to exhibits, behind-the-scenes tours, invitations to exclusive events and receptions with distinguished STEM leaders, and much more.
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