College of Business and Economics

Invited Speakers from the Transportation Industry


Closing Bell Speakers Series

 The Willie A. Deese College of Business and Economics, in which the Transportation Institute is included, sponsors the Closing Bell Speaker Series (CBSS). The program brings successful, scholarly professionals from all areas of commerce to campus to engage face-to-face with students in topical discussions about current industry issues and the changing global business environments. You can find out more about the CBSS here.

Specifically pertaining to the transportation industry:

  • In November of 2019, Eulois Cleckly, Executive Director of Public Works for the City and County of Denver, Colorado made a presentation.
  • In February of 2019, Sterling Leaven Executive Site Leader GE Aviation spoke.
  • In October of 2018, the CBSS welcomed Rhonda S. Ferguson Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Union Pacific Railroad.
  • In March 2018, Mr. Bob Murphy, Vice President of Supply Chain IBM Transformation and Operations, addressed the audience.
  • In February of 2018, David L. Howard, chief deputy secretary for the N.C. Department of Transportation, was the honored guest speaker.


2019 NCDOT Research & Innovation Summit

On May 7, 2019. the North Carolina Department of Transportation and N.C. A&T State University hosted this event to facilitate the dissemination of applied transportation research and innovations. The Summit featured many speakers from the transportation industry from around the state including:

  • Neil Mastin, NCDOT Research and Development Manager
  • David L. Howard, NCDOT Chief Deputy Secretary
  • Tom Harman, USDOT FHA Center for Accelerating Innovation Director
  • James H. Trogdon III, Secretary North Carolina Department of Transportation

Read more details and view pictures here. 

CATM Symposium

The First Annual CATM Symposium was held at N.C. A&T in October of 2017. The keynote speaker was the former United States Secretary of Transportation and former mayor of Charlotte, Anthony Foxx. During his address, Secretary Foxx discussed the expanding mobility crisis, the role freight movement is playing in the growth of road congestion, how technology can be leveraged to decrease the number of trips required, and the importance of integrating the various modes of transportation. You can find information and view pictures from all CATM Symposiums here.


Summer Transportation Institute

The Summer High School Transportation Institute (STI) is a five-and-half week program on the A&T campus targeting high performing high school juniors and seniors.  The objective is to introduce students to the Transportation/Logistics/Supply Chain profession and encourage them to continue their studies at the college level.  Students are introduced to all aspects of transportation; take the freshman writing course, and visit transportation sites including a major port and other transportation facilities in Washington DC. 

Due to the COVID-19 virus and for the safety of the students, employees, and community, we are hosting a virtual STI in 2020. This year, the program will consist of three weeks beginning Monday, July 13, and ending Friday, July 31 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. All activities will be on-line.

STI 2019 STI Transportation Speakers
  • Robin Barfield, Director, Safety and Risk Management N.C. Department of Transportation
  • Mr. Alvin Austin, Director Historically Black Colleges and Universities Outreach
  • Kimberly Sowell, Greensboro Assitant City Manager
  • Curtis Bradley, Research Implementation Manager NCDOT
  • Dr. Karen Pentz, N.C. A&T Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management
  • Kevin Elwood, Greensboro Transit Authority Director of Marketing
  • Tanya Boone, Security Manager Transportation Security Administration
  • Dr. Ali Karimoddini, Director Autonomous Cooperative Control of Emergent Systems of Systems Lab,  Ph.D. Candidates Sai Dekkata and Kareem Hogan
  • Dr. Joseph Huscroft Chair, N.C. A&T Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management
  • Mr. Andy Alden, VTTI Executive Director - Interstate 81 Corridor Coalition
  • Masha Shelton, Office of Corporate Research, Technology & Innovation Research, Turner Fairbanks Highway Research Center
  •  Lynise DeVance, Federal Highway Administration - N.C. Division
  • James Gaither and Mark Bailey, Project Engineers NCDOT
  • Bethany Welch NC Ports Communications Manager
  • Meredith Hayes, P.E. Senior Assistant Resident Engineer - Greensboro Western Urban Loop


2018 STI Transportation Speakers

  • Mr. Alvin Austin, Director Historically Black Colleges and Universities Outreach
  • Kevin Elwood - Director of Marketing Greensboro Transit Authority
  • Dr. Ahren Johnston - Associate Professor, Marketing & Transportation Supply Chain
  • Tayna Boone – Security Manager, Transportation Security Administration
  • Charles Edwards – Acting Director of NCDOT Rail Division
  • Marie Darby – Charlotte Area Transit System Rail Transportation Manager
  • Thomas Downey – Norfolk Southern Division Manager Intermodal Operations
  • Dr. Joseph Huscroft – Chair, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain
  • Modupe Congelton – Supply Chain Inclusion & Collaboration Senior Manager, Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Anna Leonard – Piedmont Triad Regional Council Planning Division
  • Marsha Shelton – Office of Corporate Research, Innovation, and Technology, Turner Fairbanks Highway Research Center
  • Caroline Mozingo – UNC-CH Highway Safety Research Center
  • Scott Dunn – Fire Life Safety Officer, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Emergency Response Training Center
  • James Gaither, Mark Bailey – NCDOT Project Engineers
  • Lynise DeVance – Federal Highway Administration, N.C. Division
  •  Bethany Welch – N.C. Ports Communications Manager
  • Dr. Godfrey Uzochukwu – Director, N.C. A&T Waste Management Institute
  • Anthony Laborde – Accounts Operations Manager, C. H. Robinson