Sustainability experts gather to address Florida’s deteriorating transportation infrastructure

Florida International University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have joined forces to present the Transportation Infrastructure Sustainability Forum, a conference to discuss Florida’s deteriorating transportation infrastructure and ways to address its sustainability.


Prominent policymakers, transportation officials, engineers, scientists, and environmentalists will engage in panel discussions throughout the day focusing on transportation infrastructure investment, performance and environmental impact:

  • Ananth Prasad, secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation(FDOT), will present the summit’s opening keynote speech on what we are doing now to progress our infrastructure system with environment, performance and economy in mind.
  • Adam Putnam, Florida’s commissioner of agriculture and consumer services, will speak on improving trade transportation systems
  • Robert Poole Jr., director of transportation policy for the Reason Foundation, will discuss new views on financing transportation infrastructure.
  • Other participants include Cesar Constantino, senior director of Titan America; Gus Pego, district secretary for FDOT District 6; Alfred Lurigados, deputy executive director and director of engineering with the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority; Irtishad Ahmad, director of FIU’s OHL School of Construction; and Franz-Josef Ulm, George Macomber Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering who established the Concrete Sustainability Hub at MIT.

The event will be held from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 in the Kovens Conference Center on FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 NE 151 Street, North Miami, FL.

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