Chairman & Outside Advisors

Chairman Alain Kornhauser, PhD

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From the Chairman:

Welcome to the New Jersey Center for Automated Road Transportation Safety, NJCARTS.

To offer reason and purpose as to why such an amazing group of people have spent the better part of four years putting this effort together, I share the following….it’s all about two Fundamental Relationships, summed up in their simplest terms in the following problem statement:

While communications, personal connected devices and virtual reality enhance, to some extent, our quality of life without requiring mobility, our human society is spatially diffuse and depends on mobility to function and deliver personal happiness. Quality of life is fundamentally correlated to mobility.

To enhance our quality-of-life we, as a society, have evolved a surface transportation infrastructure that enables a large segment of the society to enjoy essentially ubiquitous personal mobility, on demand at any time; thus delivering an impressive quality of life and substantial happiness.

However, that evolution at this time is not perfect in that it imposes some significant negative societal implications on personal safety, environmental sustainability, and accessibility to all. The surface transportation system kills 32,000 people per year in the US and 125,000,000 worldwide; it is responsible for 1/3 of the nation’s energy consumption and 1/3 of the pollution of greenhouse gases and other environmental pollutants; and it is available only to those who have been granted the privilege of being a driver by legislative bodies and who are rich enough to obtain access to a vehicle or can afford to pay for a chauffeured ride.

CARTS is dedicated to evolving the surface transportation system through the development of inexpensive smart technologies that will substantially improve safety and save money, and allow those without and those with the privilege to drive and the economically disadvantaged to have equal access to the surface transportation system at substantially reduced out-of-pocket and environmental costs.

With respect to safety, the key is the development of technology that delivers reduced insurance liability exposure. Transportation is and will always be unsafe. The issue is the extent to which it is unsafe. Consequently, insurance must be purchased by each driver to cover (what ends up being only about 50% of) the expected liability exposure of that driver. This requirement provides a fundamental economic incentive to both the insurer and the insuree to acquire goods and services that reduce the driver’s expected liability exposure. Thus, CARTS is focused on the research, development, certification and commercialization (RDC&C) of inexpensive smart technologies that reduce a driver’s expected liability exposure such that:

$Technology < {E{∆Liability}}NPV

The Cost of the Technology < The Net Present Value of the Expected Reduced Liability Exposure that the Technology Delivers

This fundamental inequality provides the basis of a powerful business model that benefits the producer, consumer and society while risking only the initial RDC&C costs, which are infinitesimal in comparison to the broad societal benefits of its proliferation.

Moreover, since these technologies focus on the replacement of the driver with technology, initially, only for the purposes of improved safety, it can be expected that the R&D will evolve such that the driver can be eliminated entirely and inexpensively, and ultimately enabling those without driver privileges to access this mobility. Plus, it allows mobility services to be offered without incurring the cost of driver labor, which for small vehicles is roughly 80% of the cost of the mobility. Thus, ubiquitous, on-demand mobility can be offered to individuals at a substantially lower cost of today’s taxis or “Uber” services. To pairs of individuals, these low costs are halved and reduced even more to slightly larger groups.

What’s more important will be the design and operation of these services such that the mobility marketplace will evolve to on-demand, shared-ride services though the smart use of information and automated surface transportation technology. Since today’s surface transportation mobility is basically operated at an Average Vehicle Occupancy (AVO) of about one (AVO~1.0), the financial incentive of sharing the cost, along with the fact that apps will make it as easy as sharing a ride in an elevator, may have the opportunity to double AVO. Moreover, the alleviation of the need for parking in close proximity to the places people travel to and from may lead to substantially different land-uses that advantage ride-sharing. What is important about ride-sharing is its potential impact on energy and the environment, which are both essentially perfectly inversely correlated with AVO,

Energy, GHG, Pollution, Environmental Implications = Constant / AVO

Environmental consequences of Mobility are inversely proportional to Ride-sharing

Thus, a doubling of AVO halves the energy and environmental consequences of mobility.

CARTS is focused on the technology, planning, urban design and societal implications of ride-sharing for the purpose of substantially improving quality of life for all and improving the environment.  I sincerely hope you will join us in this effort.


Alain Kornhauser, PhD

Outside Advisors

The New Jersey Center for Automated Road Transportation Safety is represented by distinguished leaders from the fields of transportation, technology, finance, academia, entrepreneurship, and public service.

Thomas Gagliano

Mr. Gagliano was first elected to the New Jersey Senate in 1977. He was re-elected three times, serving as Minority Leader and ranking member of the Transportation and Communications Committee. In 1989, Republican Governor Tom Kean appointed him Executive Director of NJTRANSIT, New Jersey’s statewide bus and rail transportation agency.

The former Senator is the founder and former President of the Jersey Shore Partnership, Inc., a nonprofit coastal advocacy organization. He has received many awards for distinguished public service.

Education: Georgetown University; L.L.B., 1959; Brown University: A.B., 1954
Bar Admission: New Jersey, District of Columbia
Nation’s Service: United States Navy as a LT (jg) in Destroyer Escorts, 1954 – 1956

Jason Dameo

Jason Dameo has been working side by side with his brothers as the President of Dameo Trucking Inc. , a 3rd generation family run business, for over 25 years. He wholeheartedly follows the family tradition of being actively involved within his community by consistently giving his time to several groups & organizations. He has been an active member of the Somerville Bridgewater Rotary Club for 20 years, as well as a Past President. Jason is also an active Board Member for the People Care Center, as well as a Past President. He also serves time on the Executive Board of the Regional Center Business Partnership, and is the Chairman of the Action Committee for the 200 Club of Somerset County. Jason also follows in his Grandfather’s footsteps as the current President of the New Jersey Motor Trucking Association and a newly appointed chairman of the Somerset County Parks Foundation.


Stephen Dilts is HNTB’s New Jersey Office Leader and is responsible for the firm’s operations within the State. He has more than 15 years of local, state and federal experience in the transportation industry as an appointed and elected official and private sector consultant handling a broad and diverse range of executive oversight and management, strategic planning, asset management, program delivery, policy, intergovernmental and operational issues.

Steve has served 10 years in public office, including terms as Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Chairman and Deputy Executive Director of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, Chairman of New Jersey Transit, and Mayor and Council President of Hampton Borough.

Jeffrey Drazan

Jeff is the Managing Partner of Bertram Capital, overseeing all aspects of Bertram’s investment strategy, execution and administration.

Jeff was previously a co-founder and Managing Director of Sierra Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm with $1.5 billion under management. Prior to Sierra, Jeff served in a variety of operations and R&D management positions at both AT&T and Bell Laboratories.

Jeff has served as a Director of Centex Telemanagement (CNTX – acquired by MFS), Stratacom (STRM – acquired by Cisco), On Assignment (ASGN), Micromuse (MUSE – acquired by IBM), ConvergeNet (acquired by Dell), Combinet (acquired by Cisco), Quinta (acquired by Seagate), Vertel (VRTL), ParAcer (acquired by Stratos Lightwave), FrontBridge (acquired by MicroSoft), Sychip (acquired by Murata), Micro Power (acquired by Westin Presidio), American Fiber Systems (acquired by Vayo), Valere Power (acquired by Eltek – ELTK.NO), Theravance (THRX), Digital Generation Systems (DGIT), Power Distribution, Inc. (acquired by Smiths Group LTD), Extrusion Dies, Inc. (acquired by Nordson Corporation), and Author Solutions Inc. (acquired by Pearson plc).

Jeff currently serves as a Director of Spireon (fleet management), One Distribution (apparel), Webex (manufacturing), Paula’s Choice (cosmetics), Clarus Glassboards (architectural glass), Rowmark (plastics), and Content Services Group (ecommerce content management).

Ben Englander

Ben Englander is the Vice President of Engineering at Rosco, Inc., an automotive vision safety, engineering and manufacturing company located in Queens, NY. Ben completed his Bachelors and Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University and has been part of the Rosco organization for over 30 years. As the VP of Engineering, Ben is heavily involved with Rosco’s day-to-day operations, sales and product R&D. In the past Ben has held positions in the New York City Regional Sector Coordinating Council for Critical Manufacturing Sector of Homeland Security, as well as leadership positions within the Supplier Council of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation. Ben has been a speaker at numerous events on the issues of Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety, including most recently at ITSA 2015 in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Camille Kamga

Dr. Camille Kamga is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the City College of New York, the flagship institution of The City University of New York (CUNY). He has been leading the Region 2 – University Transportation Research Center (UTRC) since 2009.

A consortium of 19 major U.S. academic institutions, UTRC asserts a significant role in the region and nationally, conducting research and projects on surface transportation, carrying out training and educational programs and actively disseminating the results of its work. It is one of the few such Centers in the U.S. federally designated since 1987.

Under Dr. Kamga, UTRC has grown to become a major resource on surface transportation issues for the region and the nation. He has expanded the center membership from 12 to its current 19 institutions and has diversified the research topics addressed by the Center. Dr. Kamga has increased participation by international, national and regional organizations, and inter-university research and training efforts with the impact of gaining national and international recognition for the Center and has improved its management and outreach.

In addition to his research and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Kamga continues to actively participate in numerous transportation-related projects at UTRC. His research interests include: intelligent transportation system; modeling and traffic simulation; analysis of very large transportation networks; use of real-time information for travel; transportation modeling using mobile sensors; transportation planning and policy, transportation operations; sustainability and environment; and transportation safety. He is leading UTRC in innovative research, education, and technology transfer programs; addressing issues of urban mobility and sustainability; as well as concepts and technologies related to Big Data applications to transportation and traffic engineering.

Shau-wai Lam

Shau-wai Lam is chairman at DCH Auto Group. Mr. Lam joined the company in 1967. In 1979, he was sent to Los Angeles to launch DCH Auto Group’s Western Region. In 1988, he was appointed president, and by 1992 he had become chairman.

Mr. Lam has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the eminent Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Ernst & Young New Jersey Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Retail/Distribution Services, the Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award for New Jersey, the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers’ Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Dealer of the Year Award from Ward’s Dealer Business Magazine.

In September 2010, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) presented a Peter K. O’Rourke Special Achievement Awards for notable achievements in highway safety to DCH Auto Group, recognizing its commitment to educating teens about safe driving and for its innovative partnership with SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). DCH Auto Group formed the DCH Teen Safe Driving Foundation, sponsors over 30 SADD chapters at local high schools and in 2004, made the largest donation by a car dealer to the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation (NADCF).

Mr. Lam and his wife, Marie, are active in supporting organizations that provide health, educational, cultural and community services. These include the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Chinese American Planning Council, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Museum of Princeton, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Shanghai Museum, and Purdue University.

Mr. Lam serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation and as a Director of National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers, Toyota-Lexus Minority Dealers Association, New Jersey Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce, and American Friends of the Shanghai Museum.

Mr. Lam is a graduate of Purdue University with B.S. and M.S. in mathematics.He also has a MBA from New York University.


Yonah Lloyd is the Chief Communications Officer and Senior Vice President, Business Development for Mobileye (NYSE: MBLY), the world leader in the development of vision analysis and data processing for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and autonomous driving. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Lloyd served as Chief Corporate Development and Communications Officer for SodaStream (NASDAQ: SODA), the world’s leading home carbonation system. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Lloyd was Executive Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Cupron, a leader in the use of copper-based technology for medical and cosmetic purposes. From 1996 to 2007, Mr. Lloyd served as Senior Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at IDT/Net2Phone (NYSE: IDT), pioneer and leader in VOIP technology and telecom innovation. From 1990 to 1996, Mr. Lloyd was an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, New York. Mr. Lloyd holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and a B.A. from Queens College.

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Jerome M. Lutin is retired from positions as Distinguished Research Professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology and as Senior Director of Statewide and Regional Planning at New Jersey Transit. Dr. Lutin has 49 years of professional experience in transportation. At NJ TRANSIT, he also served as Senior Director of Planning Research and Development. In that position he was responsible for the agency’s pilot projects of new technologies. Dr. Lutin is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He has been actively involved in the development of ITS standards for the transit industry and teaches a course on standards for the National Transit Institute. He has written and lectured extensively on the subject of autonomous vehicles and implications for the transit industry. Dr. Lutin holds a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College, a Master of Architecture and Urban Planning and PhD in Urban Planning both from Princeton University where he was awarded the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal for Academic Excellence. He is a licensed professional engineer and a certified planner.



Drew Peloso is a social media pioneer and serial entrepreneur with twenty years experience creating innovative companies and partnering with some of the world’s most powerful brands. In 2014 Drew founded Indio Energy to develop Princeton-born research into green energy solutions, and over the past nine months has been intimately involved in the development of CARTS.  His previous companies include Shycast, the first video contesting platform; and Onclave, among the pioneers of the blogging and syndicated content movement, and developer of one of the first hosted, enterprise-class blog platforms.  Drew was a member of the founding team of NBC Interactive, helping create the first company Internet presence, and managing NBC’s nascent relationship with Microsoft that would become MSNBC. He was Vice President of MarketSource Corporation and head of its MSI division, a Top-50 web agency that was among the first to create social campaigns for numerous Fortune 500 brands like Chevy, Microsoft, and 7Up. Drew developed partnerships with many of the emerging Internet leaders including Yahoo!, Excite, Ebay, and Cnet, and operated MarketSource’s venerable t@p Network, the leading web destination for college students.

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Mike Scrudato is a Senior Vice President and the Strategic Innovation Leader at Munich Re America in Princeton, NJ. In this role, he works with the different companies and business units across Munich Re’s U.S. P&C Operations on the identification, analysis and development of new reinsurance and insurance opportunities, solutions and services. A main focus area in this role is the impact to automotive technology on the insurance industry. Prior to this role, he has held various positions at the company in business development, planning, finance, information technology, and internal audit.

Before coming to Munich Re America, Mike worked at Ernst & Young’s Information Systems Advisory Services practice. Mike has Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame; Masters of Business Administration from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He also holds certifications as Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) an Associate in Reinsurance (ARe) and as a Six Sigma Green Belt.

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As President and COO, Dr. Sabbir Rangwala is responsible for executing on PLI’s business strategies. This includes management of product development, engineering, quality and manufacturing, as well as developing opportunities for PLI’s technologies for vehicle autonomy applications. He joined PLI in 2003 as VP of Product development and Operations, with a primary focus on growing multiple product lines leveraging PLI’s core technologies in laser and detector devices. From 1999-2003, he served as VP of Active Component Product Development at Epitaxx (later acquired by JDSU), managing product development for telecom applications. Prior experiences include management consulting at Deloitte Consulting, Network Engineering at AT&T Network Systems, and development of highly reliable undersea and terrestrial laser packaging technologies at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He has multiple patents and publications in areas of opto-electronic packaging, manufacturing process monitoring, machine learning and autonomous systems. Dr. Rangwala received a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.S. from the University of Texas, and a B.E. from Mumbai University, all in Mechanical Engineering.

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Dr. Reagor is currently an Adjunct Professor for the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Monmouth University (MU). For the previous ten years she was the Director of the Rapid Response Institute (RRI) at MU. The Institute was established to enable early identification of Biological, Chemical and Radiological attacks, to coordinate responses to such attacks across various local, state, and federal organizations, and to create a national model for a rapid response capability to a bio-terrorist attack as well as other Natural or Man-made disasters. It is set up to leverage Monmouth University’s (ABET Certified) modeling simulation and software engineering research to provide rapid response capabilities for any Homeland Defense/Security, Natural or Man-made event in support of the Warfighter, National Guard and the First Responder Community. The RRI provided MU with its first ever patent.

Prior to joining Monmouth University in 2004, Dr. Reagor, a Bellcore Fellow, worked for 34 years in the fields of Disaster Prevention & Recovery, Crisis Management, Chemical Contamination, Network Reliability, Network Risk Assessment, National Security Emergency Preparedness and Community Notification (Reverse 911) associated with telecommunications and information technology systems. For more than 26 years, Dr. Reagor worked in and led the Applied Research Chemical and Materials Research activities in Bell Labs-Bellcore-Telcordia Technologies. She and her disaster team worked on such events as 9-11 World Trade Center and the Pentagon Terrorism attacks, Mount Saint Helens, Hurricane Andrew, the Hinsdale Fire, the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, the Northridge Earthquake, the Oklahoma City Federal Building Bombing, and many more disasters associated with fires, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and dust storms. She developed and conducted multi-day workshops in Disaster Management, Business Continuity, Y2K, Contamination, National Security-Emergency Preparedness and First Responder – Response and Recovery Planning. She was an Expert Panel Member for the CSIS Critical Infrastructure Series in 2002 on Telecommunications. In 2002-2004, she was Chapter Chair for the Response and Recovery Chapter for the MIPT Report “Project Responder – National Technology Plan for Emergency Response to Catastrophic Terrorism.” She was the Vice President for Homeland Security for Telcordia until her retirement in 2004.

Educational Background:

Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry – June 1970 – Monmouth University (Monmouth College), West Long Branch, N.J.

MS Degree Organic Chemistry – May 1976 – Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J. (Bell Labs Tuition Reimbursement Program)


Jerry Spears is the Deputy Director of the Washington State Transit Insurance Pool (WSTIP). WSTIP is a 25 member self-insurance program for most public transit systems within Washington State. Jerry is responsible for the claims, the finances and the information technology infrastructure at WSTIP. WSTIP is considered one of the most innovative public entity self-insurance programs in the Country.

A native New Yorker, Jerry obtained his undergraduate and Master degrees from the University of Washington. Jerry is championing the effort to introduce collision avoidance technology and autonomous vehicle safety within public transits and the public entity insurance pooling community throughout the Country. Jerry strongly believes introducing this technology will reduce and potentially eliminate some of the most vexing types of auto claims public entities face.

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Dr. Young leads the efforts at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop new capabilities around connected and intelligent vehicle and transportation systems.

The focus of his work is to develop data sources, tools to analyze large amounts of travel and traffic system data, and also to develop approaches to understanding and improving transportation system efficiencies.

Before coming to NREL, Stan was on the faculty staff for the University of Maryland’s Center for Advanced Transportation Technology leading research efforts. As part of his work, he was the lead architect for the I-95 Vehicle Probe Project (VPP) which was a project that developed an east coast traffic monitoring system and ushered in the use of outsourced probe data for operations, performance assessment, and management of road networks. This approach is now widely used in the eastern United States.

In 2008, Stan also developed a Bluetooth traffic re-identification technology for use in traffic monitoring, and in 2012 was awarded a patent for this innovation. Bluetooth monitoring has since been commercialized by various companies and is being used extensively for travel time surveys, arterial performance assessments and origin-destination studies.

From 1994 to 2006 Stan worked with the Kansas Department of Transportation in various capacities including transportation planning, pavement management, IT management, and advanced technology research.

Stan earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from LeTourneau University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Kansas.