2019 Forum: Saturday, Aug. 17 at 4:30 pm | The Outlook for the Future of Urban Transportation: Battery-Electric Cars, Autonomous Vehicles, and Advanced Rapid Transit

2019 Forum: Saturday, Aug. 17 at 4:30 pm | The Outlook for the Future of Urban Transportation: Battery-Electric Cars, Autonomous Vehicles, and Advanced Rapid Transit

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Thomas Stone, PhD, has a 40+ year career in transit technologies. As BYD's Senior Strategic Advisor he brings his unique experience from leading the implementation of major projects from three perspectives:  private design and project/construction management firms; public agencies; and turn-key contracting teams. Dr. Stone serves as Senior Strategic Advisor to BYD North America, focusing on global electrified transportation development projects that use innovative funding, alternative technologies, and multiple contracting strategies. For the private sector, he has formed and led special purpose companies for high speed rail and rapid transit projects as private initiatives.  Dr. Stone co-founded and served as Managing Director of DesertXpress Enterprises, where he led the development of the DesertXpress (now XpressWest) interstate high speed passenger rail project that is poised to link Southern Nevada and Southern California, as the country’s first private interstate high speed passenger rail line.  He served as Chief Project Officer for the Los Angeles to Pasadena Metro Gold Line Construction Authority, a joint powers public agency, where he led the design and construction of the Gold Line light rail transit project. For seven years, Dr. Stone served as President of the Total Transit Systems Division of Bombardier Inc. where he headed projects such as the fully-automated Light Rapid Transit System 2 project in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Ankara Metro project in Turkey, the Senate Subway automated people mover system in Washington, D.C., and the Las Vegas Monorail.

In 2017 Wolfgang Egger joined BYD following 30 years of experience with the world’s best-known automobile manufacturers as head of automotive design. Egger’s automotive design career started at Alfa Romeo S.p.A in 1989 immediately after his graduation from the International College of Arts and Sciences in Milan, Italy. In 1998, Egger joined Seat S.A. as Chief Exterior Designer and then returned to Alfa Romeo as Chief Designer in 2001. During his second stay at Alfa Romeo, Egger led the 80-person design team that developed a series of vehicle models including the Alfa Romeo GT, Alfa Romeo 8C Competizone Concept, Alfa Romeo Diva Concept, Alfa Romeo 159, Alfa Romeo MiTo, and Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Spider. In 2007, Egger joined Audi AG as Chief Designer. Five years later, Egger’s responsibility expanded to Audi Brand Group, a 220-person team responsible for Audi, Lamborghini and Seat. In 2015, after spending one year as the Chief Designer and management board member of Italdesign S.p.A, Egger was appointed as the Chief Advanced Designer of Volkswagen Group. During Egger’s tenure at Audi, he introduced new designs for the A4, A6, A8, R8, Q7 and TT, as well as the Audi Quattro concept and the E-Tron Spider concept. 

For over 35 years, J.F.Finn III has been instrumental in the success of a wide range of planning and architectural projects, from large-scale community master plans to transit facilities, civic buildings and mixed-use developments. J.F. was Managing Director of the Gensler Las Vegas office and firmwide leader of Gensler’s Aviation and Transportation Practice Area, Currently he is a Studio Director in Gensler’s Boston office.

 A featured speaker for numerous hospitality and transportation conferences on a wide range of subjects, including the Future of Mobility, High-speed Rail, and P3 Principles. JF is also leading an internal Gensler research team, focused on the impact of Autonomous Vehicles on Cities. JF is a current member of the American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute (ULI), American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and NAIOP.

Hernán Kraviez studied architecture at the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina graduating with honours in 1996. In 1998 he took Professional Development courses at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and in 2003 received an MSc from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London. He joined Foster + Partners in 2004 where he worked for 14 years. As a Partner in the practice he was involved in a diverse range of projects and buildings types, from small scale interventions to large infrastructure projects. Since 2018 he is the Head of Architecture, Design and Technology Units at the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid, leading a team of young architects and designers in the development of innovative and experimental projects and prototypes that actively engage in interdisciplinary thinking in the built environment.