Twin Cities Startup Week 2021 Twin Cities Startup Week 2021
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Future of Mobility Tech & Research Showcase


Tammy Meehan Russell
The Plum Catalyst, Founder/ Chief Catalyst

Tammy is the Founder and Chief Catalyst of The PLUM Catalyst, a strategy and technical program management boutique DBE/TGB consulting firm; operating at the intersection of the future mobility technology companies, research entities, governments, and nonprofits. The PLUM Catalyst brings Passion, Learning, Understanding and Mobilization of the new mobility solutions for creating equitable vibrant communities and experiences; including strategic planning and Business to Government (B2G) engagement and funding planning support for the latest in tech start-up companies. She is currently leading exciting new Smart Rural Mobility and innovative career pathways projects, and has led the new University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies’ MnCAV ecosystem strategic research plan and infrastructure investments. Tammy contributes to state task force efforts including the Texas CAV Task Force and the Minnesota CAV Innovation Alliance.  Tammy has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master's degree from the University of St. Thomas.

Jeremy Xie
University of Minnesota, Ph.D. student

Jeremy (Zhenming) Xie obtained his B.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Science and Technology of China in 2016. Currently he is a Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His research interests are in state estimation and control, including applications in intelligent transportation.

Raj Rajamani
University of Minnesota, Associate Director

Raj Rajamani obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and his B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology at Madras.   He joined the faculty in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota in 1998 where he is currently the Benjamin Y.H. Liu-TSI Endowed Chair Professor and Associate Director (Research) of the Minnesota Robotics Institute.  His active research interests include estimation, sensing and control for smart mechanical systems.  


Dr. Rajamani has co-authored over 160 journal papers and is a co-inventor on 17 patents/ patent applications.  He is a Fellow of ASME and has been a recipient of the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, the O. Hugo Schuck Award from the American Automatic Control Council, the Ralph Teetor Award from SAE, and a number of best paper awards from journals and conferences.  
Several inventions from his laboratory have been commercialized through start-up ventures co-founded by industry executives.  One of these companies, Innotronics, was recently recognized among the 35 Best University Start-Ups of 2016 by the US National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer.

Brian Davis
University of Minnesota, Research Fellow

Brian Davis is a Research Fellow at University of Minnesota.

Guang Yang
Daynamica, Inc, Chief Operating Officer

Guang is co-founder of Daynamica, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Peking University (China) and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of North Carolina. Prior to joining Daynamica, he worked as Senior Project Engineer at Thermo Fisher Scientific for seven years. He has managed multiple R&D projects across all stages ranging from business proposal to product release and maintenance. These projects include next generation X-ray inspection platforms, high-speed online weighing systems, and high accuracy multi-frequency contaminant detection systems.

Tara Olds
MnDOT, Deputy Director

Tara Olds is the Deputy Director of MnDOT’s Connected and Automated Vehicles Office. Tara leads the office’s engineering, research and deployment programs, implementation of the state’s CAV strategic plan, and development and implementation of the CAV Statewide Strategic Communications and Engagement plan. She also works to create programming to advance the safe deployment of CAV technologies to promote equitable and sustainable transportation while partnering on regional and national research and policy development.

Tyler Milligan
Milligan Partners, Managing Partner

Tyler Milligan, along with his brother Matt Milligan, formed Milligan Partners LLC in 2012 with a goal to deliver mobility solutions with a perspective on leading edge technologies. Tyler has 20 years of experience in tolling and brings a wealth of knowledge to any project. His role includes leading the human resources side of Milligan Partners, and enjoys bringing a collaborative and relationship-driven perspective to his work. He engages his staff in a way that makes them feel like they are part of the future of the firm and its work. At Milligan Partners, everything we do is rooted in the desire to help our transportation clients be successful, and ensure all transportation services become better assets for the traveling public.

In addition to the focus on toll systems consulting, Matt and Tyler created Ruuftop, a sister company, to develop blockchain solutions to streamline the services that drive our communities. Milligan Partners actively invests in new ideas with open innovation to reimagine transportation services and create new possibilities. Tolling.Network and MyCity.ID are two innovative blockchain-based applications that have grown out of the Milligan Partners vision to be “...your partner, helping you reach today’s goals and navigate tomorrow’s challenges.”

Heidi Corcoran
Milligan Partners, Mobility Innovation Strategist

Heidi Corcoran is a Mobility Innovation Strategist at Milligan Partners, and has particular interest and experience in customer and client services, public outreach, and stakeholder engagement, especially around mobility and innovation policy and strategy. She is skilled in bridging the gap between policy, emerging technology, and communities. Heidi’s experience in both the public and private sectors of the transportation industry allows her to apply a clear understanding of a user’s position in the mobility space, and work around their needs to safely, efficiently, and equitably move from place to place. With integrity and a holistic approach to problem solving, Heidi and the Milligan Partners team help clients design solutions that improve their operations and allow them to better navigate the challenges of tomorrow.


Come see and explore the 3 research and technology demo stations including Micro-mobility, Vehicles, and Digital Technologies