Thomas Kern serves as a management consultant in the field of transportation technology. Among his clients are the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE), and CAVita, internationally known for its work in the field of transformational transportation technologies. He served as Managing Director for NOCoE and previously worked at ITS America, first as its Executive Vice President for seven years and then as interim President in 2014/2015. Prior to ITS America, he was Director for Knowledge Management at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland and Deputy Executive Vice President at the American Consulting Engineers Council. He began his career at the US Environmental Protection Agency. He earned a BS in Government at Georgetown University and an MSc in Public Administration at the London School of Economics and did further graduate study at the University of Oxford. Mr. Kern has also served as adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University for knowledge management.
What does the forum theme “ITS Innovation Creating Liveable Communities” mean to you?
Liveable communities are about bringing it all together to make everyone’s world safer and more fulfilling. Coupled with 21st century improvements in housing, the environment, education, and the workplace, ITS is well placed to help make a difference in people’s lives. Transformational transportation technologies are not only about getting people and goods around faster; they can enhance the quality of living equitably and in ways that contribute to an economically viable setting for all.
Please provide a short quote about why you are excited about participating at the ITS Asia Pacific Forum on Intelligent Transport Systems 2020?
The Asia Pacific region is an amazing place to test and bring to scale the creative thinking that has emerged within the transportation technology community. To be a part of this is a learning experience for me and one that can impact all of us as we do our work. I look forward to being with my colleagues in May to listen to and share the success stories emerging across Asia-Pacific and beyond.
Where do you see the Intelligent Transport industry in the next 5 to 10 years?
The next five to ten years call on each of us to reach out and communicate more effectively to the communities and people we serve and to the decision makers whose consensus is essential if we are to make a difference. It’s not about the technology, it is about the global ecosystem we live in and hope to improve. With that in mind, we as an industry must engage the diverse range of knowledge, skills, and abilities beyond our traditional