March 8

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America’s transportation systems are long overdue for increased investment. As the new presidential administration proposes massive funding initiatives for transportation infrastructure, it’s important to look at how technology will play a critical role in enabling a modernized, next-generation transportation infrastructure and how state and local governments should prepare.

What will next-generation transportation look like? Autonomous, electric vehicles, adaptive traffic signals, electronic tolling, advanced machine learning, artificial intelligence, and asset conditions tools using the Internet of Things, will all be foundational building blocks of a modern system. A modernized system will combat climate change and meet constituents’ changing needs. These systems will require a fresh approach to how information is acquired, managed and analyzed as they require the processing of petabytes of data in real time.

Join Government Technology and Amazon Web Services (AWS) for a 30-minute conversation on March 8 at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern as our panel of experts discusses how the cloud will be a critical component to building a next-generation transportation infrastructure.

You’ll hear:
• The latest on potential new funding streams for transportation
• What a next-generation transportation infrastructure looks like
• Why the cloud is a critical component to modern transportation


Thomas J. Topolski, AICP, CCEP-I

Thomas J. Topolski, AICP, CCEP-I

Executive Vice President, Connected Communities Market Leader, Parsons Corporation

Thomas (Tom) Topolski is Executive Vice President responsible for Parsons’ Connected Communities Market, which includes Aviation, Rail and Transit, Smart Vehicle Solutions, Smart Mobility, including Intelligent Transportation Systems and Smart Cities. Tom is also responsible for Parsons Integrated Delivery business, which includes the coordination, integration, and development of alternative project delivery systems across Parsons Critical Infrastructure Markets. Tom prioritizes technology and innovation by leveraging the digital transformation of infrastructure and providing disruptive, seamless, integrated, and secure advanced technology solutions.

Parsons is a digitally enabled solution provider in the Infrastructure, Defense & Security Markets with over 16,000 employees and top line revenues exceeding $4 billion. Parsons delivers cyber/converged security, technology-based intellectual property, and other innovative services to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers globally.

Tom has 38 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry, including 21 years of international experience.

Tom obtained his Bachelor of Science in Urban Regional Analysis and Planning at the State University College of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Urban Planning at New York University. He has also completed advanced management programs at the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School and the Pennsylvania State University, Smeal College of Business. Tom is Vice Chairman on the International Road Federation Board of Directors as well as a Board member of the New England Plan Group. He is also a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional and a Certified Planner by the American Planning Association.

Phil Silver

Phil Silver

Leader, Transportation - State & Local Government, Amazon Web Services

Phil leads Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) state and local government transportation vertical, supporting the successful transformation, modernization, and migration of airports, seaports, transit agencies, tolling authorities, traffic departments, parking, DOTs, MPOs, and COGs to the AWS cloud.

He held sales and strategy leadership roles in global systems integration firms who are specialists in payments, traffic management, tolling, parking, IoT, and advanced analytics, and served in the U.S. Navy, capping a 25-year active duty and reserve career, retiring as a Captain.

Phil earned a Masters in Executive Leadership from University of San Diego, an MBA from Fordham University, and Bachelor degrees in Chemistry and History from the University of Florida.

Otto Doll

Otto Doll — Moderator

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government

As the Minneapolis CIO for seven-plus years, Mr. Doll was responsible for all city IT services. He also served as South Dakota's CIO for 15 years with responsibility for all state government computing, telecommunications, radio, and public broadcasting. While with IT research firms, Mr. Doll has advised Fortune 1000, federal, state, and local government CIOs on information technology assessment and alignment to business needs. He has served as a director with the United States General Services Administration, developing information technology strategic plans and oversight policy. Mr. Doll received his computer science degree from Virginia Tech and is a senior executive fellow of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is a past president of NASCIO — a national organization of state CIOs. He also is a past president of the Metropolitan Information Exchange (MIX) — a national organization of city and county CIOs. Mr. Doll was named to Government Technology's 2004 Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers.