Women on Mobility Futures

SEES Fall 2019 – FLYER

University of Illinois at Chicago 
UIC Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL
Third Floor, Fort Dearborn Room (MapLink & JPG)

Register here (Registration is required.)

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

5:30-6:00 pm    Reception
6:00-6:45 pm    Expert Panel of Speakers
6:45-7:00 pm    Networking Break
7:00-8:15 pm    Student Presentations
8:15-8:45 pm    Reception
8:45 pm             Program Ends


Monali Shah, Google

Smart City expertMonali Shah is currently the Head of Industry Solutions for Smart Cities and Urban Mobility at Google. She previously served as the Director of Intelligent Transportation at HERE Technologies where she spearheaded product innovation and management in digital maps, real-time data, and other location based products, and led the company’s work with transportation agencies in the areas of connected and automated driving, smart cities, traffic operations, planning and performance management. Ms. Shah is a sought-after expert on transportation and mobility. She serves as an advisor to transportation commissioners, has been quoted extensively in the media, and has served as a plenary speaker at industry events across the world. Ms. Shah has a degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Michigan and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

April Sanders, HERE Technologies

April Sanders

April Sanders is an Ironman finisher who understands what it takes to realize challenging goals. She is skilled at establishing a strategy and the plan to achieve it. A master of execution with 15 years of experience in program and project management, April delivers with agility and speed while balancing change communications to ensure the focus is on learning from and enjoying the journey.

In her role as Director of the HERE Program Management Office April leads a team of program and project managers chartered to lead delivery of products, solutions and services that benefit both internal and external customers. She manages a diverse program portfolio that aligns to HERE’s strategic objectives in domains such as autonomous driving and mobility.

She is an ardent anarchist focused on upending the status quo to deliver on the next big thing whether that is transformative change, new product innovation or making an impact for not-for-profits such as The Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Vanessa Perkins, Community Charging

VanessaVanessa is starting a non-profit organization called Community Charging as a result of her research fellowship with Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). As an E2 Fellow, Vanessa spent the last year researching and designing a low-cost peer-to-peer EV charging network to help accelerate EV adoption in urban residential Chicago neighborhoods and make it easier to drive electric. Having identified 10 excited charge station hosts on the north, west, and south sides of Chicago, she plans to launch a pilot network next year with Community Charging – and to inspire a community charging revolution!  Vanessa is a dedicated environmental scientist interested in the climate change solutions offered by renewable energy, electric transportation, and the sharing economy. She moved to Chicago in 2017 after studying energy, climate, and economics in her master’s program at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Franny Ritchie, UIC (moderator)

fritch2Franny C Ritchie joined UIC in 2018. Her chief focus at UIC has been developing a transportation demand management program for the university with a focus on West Campus, though she is also working on projects related to bathroom access as well as working with individual colleges to develop strategic facilities plans. Franny received her Masters in City Planning from MIT; before starting at UIC, she was based in Cambridge, England, where she worked for a local architecture practice and was active in the Cambridge Cycling Campaign, a nonprofit to improve cycling access across the city


Elizabeth A. Kócs, PhD – UIC Energy Initiative

Kennedy Hayes – UIC MPA Candidate 2020


New mobility futures are emerging as a result of converging technological and social trends, specifically, growth in mobility sharing systems and services, electric, connected and autonomous vehicles, and innovations in technology for transportation. The SEES Fall 2019 Women on Mobility Futures program brings together experts from public, private and non-profit sectors to discuss the social and technological trends, challenges and opportunities that are reshaping the way society lives, works and moves.

About SEES

UIC Energy Initiative is proud to announce the fourth Symposium on Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (SEES) to highlight the global challenges our generation faces for achieving a sustainable future. This symposium is part of a bi-annual symposium series to foster a network of student researchers at UIC and across the Chicago area.

The Fall 2019 Symposium on Sustainability, Environment and Energy (SEES) is an excellent opportunity for students to present their research, network, and engage in a dialogue about the need for action and integration of scientific, technological, environmental, social, economic and policy perspectives.

SEES is a student-led and student-organized event focusing on student research and brings subject matter experts on energy, environment and sustainability topics to the program to enhance learning and networking opportunities. 

Funding for SEES 2019 has been provided by the UIC Sustainability Fee.

Registration is required to attend the symposium. The symposium is free. 

Please complete the registration form to attend the symposium. Register here.