Member Event Series

Join us June 10 at 11:30 a.m. ET for the second installment of our member event series focused on breaking down federal funding opportunities. The event will cover new funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) with experts reviewing federal grants and guidance related to the hydrogen economy—a Biden administration priority—and other transportation related projects.

We are thrilled that Torend Collins, Regional Intergovernmental and External Affairs Specialist for Appalachia, U.S. Department of Energy, will address our members during this session.

You will also hear an update from the team planning for the deployment of the EV fast-charging network across the state and the outlook of the project’s future.

Here’s a snapshot of the agenda:

  • Member Meet & Greet
  • Biden Administration Energy Priorities
    • Torend Collins, Regional Intergovernmental and External Affairs Specialist for Appalachia, DOE
  • DOE Funding Opportunities
    • Rich Davies, Director for the Sustainable Transportation Program, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Update on EV Fast Charging Network
    • Matt Meservy, Director, Long Range Planning Division, TDOT

Register today!


Earlier this year, TennSMART began a virtual event series meant to educate and inform members of relevant federal funding opportunities.

The first event in February outlined opportunities related to the Department of Transportation and featured speakers from Oak Ridge National LaboratoryTennessee Valley Authority, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation. These experts covered topics ranging from EV charging infrastructure and electrified transit to connected and automated research and technology to broadband expansion and fiber infrastructure to the hydrogen economy.

In addition to helping TennSMART members identify and gain from these funding opportunities, we also set aside time for networking to allow members to make connections and discuss potential partnerships and teams for pursuing grants.


Not Another Zoom Meeting

We are working with Lunchpool again to develop a custom platform that allows attendees to video chat at virtual tables and move freely from table to table just like in real life. Click here to preview the platform and review attendee tips and tricks, like which web browser to use.

View select presentations from previous TennSMART meetings:

TennSMART Technical Advisory Committee Update – Brad Freeze, Director of Traffic Operations Division at TDOT

The Impacts and Adoption of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in Tennessee – Dr. Sabya Mishra, Associate Professor and Faudree Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Memphis

Autonomous Truck Mounted Attenuator (ATMA) Pilot – Airton Kohls, Research Associate, The University of Tennessee Center for Transportation Research

CTwin: The Chattanooga Digital Twin – Jibo Sanyal, Group Leader and Senior Scientist Computational Urban Sciences Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

CAV and Smart Mobility: A Minnesota Case Study – Kristin White, Executive Director, Minnesota Office of Connected and Automated Vehicles and Destination CAV

U.S. DOT Truck Platooning Research Program – Tom Kearney, Freight Operations Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration

Innovations in Long Haul – Carson Spencer, Bridgestone Americas; Dr. Eric Thorn, Southwest Research Institute; and Dr. Stephanie Ivey, University of Memphis (moderator)

TennSMART Member Presentations – Bill Copeland, EPB; and Al Pramuk, Andy Lucyshyn, & Matt D’Angelo, Gresham Smith

Last Mile Innovation – Rebecca Yeung, Staff Vice President of Service Experience Leadership, FedEx

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