Scott Conroy is the area vice president for First Transit’s East Region Campus Transit and Shuttle operations. Scott oversees 25 university and airport systems across a broad spectrum of service needs. Scott joined First Transit following the acquisition of Cognisa Transportation in January of 2007. With over 25 years of experience in contract management for public and private institutions, he has developed a team which brings together talented mobility specialists to meet unique customer needs.
Len Engel joined solutionLAB, Inc. in June 2018 as president/CEO. solutionLAB is a non-profit association advancing zero emissions public transportation solutions with breakthrough levels of environmental and economic performance. Previously, Len served as executive director/CEO of the Antelope Valley Transit Authority. He joined AVTA in 2012 as the director of operations and maintenance, and in 2015 was named executive director. Under his leadership the AVTA adopted a goal to be a 100% battery electric fleet by the end of 2018. By May of 2018 the agency had acquired the funds needs to make the transition. Prior to his role at AVTA, Len served as vice-president and COO at Southland Transit, vice-president and chief technical officer at Horizon Internet Solutions and vice-president, marketing at Laidlaw Transit Services.
Frances Grinstead has been working in bio-decontamination for over a decade and has been at the forefront of innovation in high-level disinfection in high traffic facilities nationally and internationally. As the first to develop a truly portable decontamination device and the first to establish a bio-decontamination service for the purpose of outbreak control, she has created a market that others now emulate, all in an effort to improve innovation and understanding of infection prevention and control. Specializing in organizations with high traffic areas, she has personally worked with multiple facilities to develop and implement fact-based programs to minimize risks, helping prevent the spread of infectious disease.
Carl Harr retired from the U.S. Navy as a master chief petty officer after 23 years working in the aviation community. His aviation training encompassed hydraulic and pneumatic control systems, structural repairs, and received his certification in aircraft welding. He spent the next seven years designing and developing suspension systems which included the introduction of electronic air controls for the EMS community. This innovation led the company to become a major supplier of ambulance air suspensions. Once introduced to the LiquidSpring technology, Carl joined the company in 2012 as the director of sales and marketing, bringing the LiquidSpring technology to the commercial market.
Halsey King is a bus fleet maintenance consultant with decades of fleet experience all over the world. U.S. clients include public and private transit and paratransit bus fleets, state DOTs and bus manufacturers. Halsey and his associates are members of several professional organizations, including SAE, ASTM, IEEE, State Bars and the American Public Transportation Association.
Victoria Learn has been in the transit/heavy duty market for over 30 years. Since November 2009, Vicki has served as director of maintenance for Indiana’s largest transit agency, IndyGo. During that time, she developed a comprehensive Super Bowl XLVI transit maintenance readiness plan, created the first-ever IndyGo Predictive Maintenance Program, and managed a $2.9 million coach restoration project. She is charged with directing, overseeing, and monitoring 100 employees and all vehicle operations and activities for more than 160 buses at an 8.5 acre facility with a multi-million dollar budget. One of Vicki's recent accomplishments was designing, implementing, and servicing IndyGo’s $12.5 million electric bus program.
Dr. Mary Patterson is the Director of Cell Engineering and R&D at EnerDel, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has also served as program manager or principal investigator for several Department of Energy and Department of Defense programs and has performed research in the areas of lithium-ion cell anode and cathode materials, redox shuttles, electrolytes, and cell design and manufacture. Dr. Patterson has published fifteen technical papers, has delivered many technical presentations at electrochemistry and chemistry conferences, and holds several patents.
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