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Electric and Autonomous Mobility: Designing the Future of Transportation


Paul Snyder
College for Creative Studies, Chairperson, Transportation Design Department

Internationally recognized automotive designer and CCS alumnus Paul Snyder’s experience spans four continents and encompasses both exterior and interior development for a number of automotive brands, including Ford, Lincoln, Renault, Honda and Acura. For Ford Motor Company, he designed exterior and interior solutions for the Taurus/Sable and Explorer production vehicles and later oversaw projects for the Taurus X, Ford Five Hundred, and Flex production vehicles.

Prior to joining CCS in 2015 as the Paul and Helen Farago Chair of Transportation Design, Snyder worked at Honda Research and Development in California where he was Assistant Chief Designer, overseeing production and concept projects for the 2012 European Civic, 2015 Accord, and the 2018 Odyssey.

Snyder previously taught transportation design and visual communications at Pratt Institute as well as a range of undergraduate and graduate courses at Wayne State University and CCS. In addition to his work as car designer, Snyder is an accomplished figure painter, sculptor, and collagist, having earned a Master of Fine Arts degree cum laude in fine art and cultural studies from the New York Academy of Art in New York City, where he has also shown his work.

Drew Higgins
CPS Energy, Senior Director Products & Services

Andrew Higgins is responsible for enhancing and introducing products & services to continue to meet our customers’ expectations.  He joined CPS Energy in June of 2019.  Prior to joining CPS Energy, he most recently worked at General Motors in Detroit, where he was a senior executive in their Chief Data and Analytics Office that was responsible for product development. Drew also spent more than 10 years at USAA, where he was the Director of Integrated Products.

Drew is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran with a B.S. in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA from the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business.

Aniela Kuzon
Ford Mobility, Co-Founder and Global Lead, City Innovations
David Dollihite
Bridgewater Consulting, Managing Director

David has over 30 years of experience in corporate and customer strategy matters, with expertise in growth and innovation, strategic planning, IT strategy, retail energy supply, risk management and administration and implementation of energy efficiency & renewable energy programs. David’s former roles include position with Deloitte Consulting, LP, CLEAResult, Inc. Direct Energy, LP and NRG/Reliant, Inc. David is currently focused on assisting clients in the development of strategy and execution plans for the sustainability, utility, smart city and retail energy markets in addition to developing applications that take advantage of coming Smartgrid and electrification deployments especially in the area of advanced data analytics. David also works closely with the Autonomous Vehicle Association to speed the development of mobility equity with a safe, secure and reliable model.

David was former Chair of the Connected Home Research Council. The CHRC was a cross industry collaborative research group that focused on identifying integration lifestyle solutions for the emerging SmartHome market. Participating companies included Microsoft, HP, Procter & Gamble, Direct Energy, Trane, Cisco and NRG/Reliant Energy. During his tenure as chair CHRC produced several groundbreaking research studies on the integration of energy efficiency and demand response into traditional consumer lifestyle choices.

David holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University and is a graduate of The Management Program at Rice University. David has completed additional studies in Strategic Marketing Management at the Harvard Business School. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, two dogs and a cat. He enjoys tennis, golf, cycling, SEC football and spending time with his three children.

Sam Sargent
Capital Metro, Deputy Chief of Staff

Sam Sargent serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Prior to becoming a member of the authority’s senior management team, Sam served as project manager in the agency’s Community Engagement office. In his current role, Sam focuses on Project Connect, the region’s long-range high capacity transit plan, microtransit and first-mile/last-mile solutions, and small city pilot projects. He coordinates the agency’s External Relations Group as well.

A lawyer by training, he spent time in the Austin and Washington offices of U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett, focusing on transportation, housing, and public safety. Sam also worked for the Travis County District Attorney’s office after law school.

Sam holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Boston University and a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law. He serves on the Downtown Commission in Austin and is a board member of Movability, the region’s travel demand management non-profit. Sam was an Austin Under 40 finalist and a 2019 Mass Transit 40 Under 40 award winner. He is an active runner and rower, living in Central Austin with his wife, Orsi, and dog Gracie.

Cities are becoming more crowded, and itʼs clear citizens are yearning for convenient alternative modes of transportation. How can we build a sustainable multimodal transportation system that works for everyone?