The Future of Mobility and Transportation (and wine tasting)

Wednesday, October 21st, 5:00 PM EST

Join us as we discuss the Future of Mobility with a talented panel of experts in mobility and transportation (and enjoy a wine tasting from Proud Pour).

Where is my jetpack? Well, we don’t have our jetpacks yet, but we do have self-driving cars, fleets of scooters and e-bikes, electric planes, and myriad rideshare companies. What are the issues facing us as our mobility and transportation choices change in the future? Car ownership patterns and use of public transportation are changing–dramatically influenced by COVID. Looking into the future, how will we manage traffic and pollution? Fund and support mass transit given decreased ridership? Encourage multiple modes of transport? What role will mobility and transportation play in advancing economic growth and promoting equity, public health, and a clean environment for all? Come to hear what our panel has to say and ask them what they think the future will bring.

After the panel discussion and audience Q&A, we will have a virtual reception with two special offers for attendees. We’re hosting a wine tasting featuring a Princeton alumnus-led sustainable wine company and the wine the company produces. Proud Pour co-founder Brian Thurber (Princeton ’01) will join to tell us about his wine company that, for every bottle of wine sold, gives back to 22 environmental nonprofits protecting bees, wild oysters, sea turtles, and coral reefs.

Visit the Proud Pour shop and use code PROUDTIGER at checkout to get free shipping on 3+ bottles (a $20-30 value) for the first 25 buyers. This offer is open to all attendees and Proud Pour encourages you to place your order 10 days in advance of the event to assure on-time delivery of the wines. You will receive three wonderful wines that will be discussed during the tasting and know that you are contributing to the health of the environment.

Additionally, and particularly of interest to Princeton alumni, event sponsor Princeton Entrepreneurship Council (PEC) is pleased to offer a free stemless wine glass (with a Princeton decal) from the University Store for the first 35 requests (UPDATE: Sold Out)! Visit the U-Store website, add the wine glass to your cart, and use code PROUDTIGER to receive your glass for free. Limit one glass per household, please. Like many local businesses, the U-Store has been hit hard by the economic downturn, so your support is greatly appreciated. Please also consider adding a few more items to your U-Store shopping cart – the wine glass and those Princeton items will go great with your Proud Pour wine! Order both by October 10th to ensure you receive the wine and the wine glass in time for the panel discussion and wine tasting events on the 21st.

Wait – there’s more! The Yale School of Management is pleased to offer a free insulated tumbler for the first 35 requests from SOM alumni! Send your request to or yalesomalumni@yale.edu and include your name, physical mailing address (no PO Box), and phone number for delivery. Limit one per household. Yale SOM will accept requests through Friday, October 16th or until supplies last.

If you would like to attend, please fill out the registration form.

Sponsored by Nassau Street Ventures, the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council, Yale School of Management Alumni Association Boston, and the Babson College FutureLab on Mobility.



About Your Presenters

Moderated by: Craig Bida Y’88, SOM’99, Director, FutureLab on Mobility Panelists

Moderated by: Craig Bida Y’88, SOM’99, Director, FutureLab on Mobility Panelists

Craig is the Director of The FutureLab on Mobility, a collaboration between the Toyota Mobility Foundation and Babson College that develops entrepreneurial solutions for moving our rapidly changing world. Craig is also the CEO and founder of THINK DESIGN DISRUPT, a consultancy that leverages the power of branding to create lasting, positive, social and environmental change. In addition to other professional pursuits, Craig is an Executive in Residence, Senior Fellow in Social Innovation, and Adjunct Lecturer at Babson College. Craig received a BA in English and an MBA from Yale University, as well as an MA from the University of Vermont, where he was a graduate teaching fellow.

Alain Kornhauser, Princeton Professor (Director of the Transportation Program at Princeton)

Alain Kornhauser, Princeton Professor (Director of the Transportation Program at Princeton)

Alain Kornhauser is a Professor of Operations Research & Financial Engineering at Princeton University. He serves as Director of the Transportation Program where he continues his research in transportation focused on the real-time operation of large fleets of driverless vehicles and on the development of Deep-Learning Neural Networks that safely drive road vehicles. He is Faculty Chair of Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering, an extracurricular undergraduate Smart Driving Car research effort at Princeton, Editor of the Smart Driving Cars Newsletter, and Board Chair of the Advanced Transit Association. He is also the founder of ALK which pioneered the development of turn-by-turn navigation systems and was sold to Trimble Navigation. Alain holds a BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State University, and an MA and PhD in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University.

Angela Johnson-Rodriguez, Statewide Organizing Director at Transportation for Massachusetts; Board President, Boston Cyclists Union

Angela Johnson-Rodriguez, Statewide Organizing Director at Transportation for Massachusetts; Board President, Boston Cyclists Union

Angela Johnson-Rodriguez is the Statewide Organizing Director at Transportation for Massachusetts. She works with the coalition members and community-based organizations to promote equitable access to transportation all across the Commonwealth, and to help ensure fairness and opportunity in the rapid pace of technology and climate change. She is also Board President of the Boston Cyclists Union, where she works with her fellow board members and BCU staff to promote bicycling as a viable and accessible mode of transportation for all ages and abilities. Angela has a Masters in Urban and Regional Policy from Northeastern University, and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Urban and Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Arlington. In Spring 2021, she will be returning to academia to pursue a PhD in Planning & Policy at Rutgers University – New Brunswick.

Mark Norman, Partner - Fraser McCombs Capital (top automobility venture firm)

Mark Norman, Partner - Fraser McCombs Capital (top automobility venture firm)

Mark is a Managing Partner at Fraser McCombs Capital, an investment firm leveraging technology to transform automobility. Previously he was president of Zipcar, where he helped them become the world’s largest carsharing network, ultimately managing the company’s IPO on the NASDAQ and subsequent sale to Avis Budget Group. Mark has additional experience leading both early stage and global businesses, including roles as CEO of Flexcar, CEO and Chairman of Chrysler Canada, and Managing Director of Summit Systems, a European technology startup. Mark holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Rice University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Sam Tolkoff, CEO - NextDroid

Sam Tolkoff, CEO - NextDroid

Sam is the Founder and CEO of NextDroid, an intelligent machine company focusing on driverless ‘stealth-mode’ vehicles. Sam has built advanced robotics platforms for a range of markets, including subsea, military, nuclear and industrial applications. He is the former CEO of NGxBIO, a translational genomics company spun out from Stanford University. Prior to launching NGxBIO, Sam was an executive with QinetiQ, leading teams to deliver robots, instruments and contract research. Sam holds a BS in Engineering from Union College, and an MS in both Mechanical Engineering and Ocean Engineering from MIT.

Nidhi Gulati, Senior Director of Programs & Projects - Project for Public Spaces

Nidhi Gulati, Senior Director of Programs & Projects -  Project for Public Spaces

Nidhi Gulati is the Senior Director of Programs & Projects, and a member of the Executive Leadership, at Project for Public Spaces, where she manages multiple programs with a variety of services designed for impact and a team of seasoned Placemakers. Nidhi is a trained architect, urban researcher, and social impact professional who first joined Project for Public Spaces in 2013 as an Associate and quickly escalated to her current position. In that role, she managed more than 10 projects throughout the United States and abroad, while also making significant contributions to many others. Ingrained in all her work is a commitment to better serve the most vulnerable populations in our cities and towns, including women and children.

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