While most students exit school with an engineering or planning degree, the field of smart mobility is greater than the sum of our parts. A career path can take many turns and touch on different competencies, technologies, and needs for skill sets. This presentation will provide an overview of some of the exciting projects that Michael Baker is part of in the smart mobility space and showcase how different skills and experience were needed to successfully deliver the project for the client. Most classroom studies don’t cover connected, autonomous, electric, and shared mobility, but the skills and knowledge gained through education allow for adapting your career as you see fit.
Jeff Kupko is a vice president for Michael Baker with 18 years of experience. He is the National Advanced Mobility and Vehicle Electrification director in Michael Baker’s Mobility Technology Solutions specialty practice and supports smart communities, vehicle automation initiatives, and vehicle electrification efforts. He served as embedded staff in the Smart Columbus Program Management Office as a City project manager and was responsible for leading the AV shuttle and Smart Mobility Hubs projects. He led the deployment of the first two self-driving shuttles in Ohio, and he is currently working on three Automated Driving Systems (ADS) grants. He is also supporting vehicle electrification efforts nationally, including having worked on three National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) plans.