Episode 76 - Traffic21 Modernizes Pittsburgh with Smart Mobility

Once a steel titan, Pittsburgh is now a burgeoning tech hub — and Traffic21 has helped place it at the forefront of the intelligent transportation field, improving the economy and attracting new businesses along the way.

Stan Caldwell, Executive Director of Carnegie Mellon University, Traffic21 Institute, discussed the latest research from Traffic21 and how cities like Pittsburgh are uniquely equipped to develop the smart cities of tomorrow through collaboration between educational leaders, tech giants and policymakers.

Meet Our Guest


Executive Director, Carnegie Mellon University Traffic21 Institute

Stan Caldwell is the Executive Director of Traffic21 Institute, and Mobility21, a USDOT National University Transportation Center for Mobility. He started the highly acclaimed Traffic21 blog. In 2014, Stan was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor of Transportation and Public Policy at CMU, where he teaches ITS courses and advises student projects. Additionally, Stan serves as the Director of State Relations for CMU’s office of Government Affairs. Before joining CMU, Stan served as the Executive Director to U.S. Senator Arlen Specter’s Pittsburgh Office, in addition to serving for many other Pennsylvania elected officials. Stan received his Master of Public Policy and Management degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Our Host


Innovation Strategist & Co-Founder, Brulte & Company

Grayson Brulte is an autonomous mobility advisor and consultant who provides strategic counsel and political insights to help clients navigate what’s next.

As an SAE strategic partner since 2017, Grayson brings his in-depth industry knowledge to host SAE Tomorrow Today. His unique perspective factors in economics, politics and technology into one-of-kind weekly conversations with innovators changing mobility and its impact on society.

Grayson is a thought-leader who regularly provides insights to publications including Bloomberg, Reuters, The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Hollywood Reporter and Forbes. His written opinions and insights have been featured by organizations including the Consumer Technology Association in presentations to the Federal Trade Commission.

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