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SPPA ALUMNI IN ACTION
  • Alex Greer
    Alex Greer
    M.S. and B.A. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
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  • Andrew Haines
    Andrew Haines
    MPA '03 – An accomplished local governmental leader and elected official.
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  • Chunjing Liu
    Chunjing Liu
    M.S. '14 – On the front lines of marine disaster mitigation through effective policy planning in China.
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  • Cimone Philpotts
    Cimone Philpotts
    MPA '13 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career
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  • Gwen Angalet
    Gwen Angalet
    Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
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  • Hira Rashid
    Hira Rashid
    M.A. '15 – Fulbright scholar now in the Ph.D. program studying global health economics and urbanization.
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  • Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
    Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
    Ph.D. '15 - Utilizing his knowledge of disaster science to educate students on fire and emergency management.
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  • James B. Goetschius
    James B. Goetschius
    Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.
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  • Jenna Ahner
    Jenna Ahner
    B.A. and MPA '14 - Provides support for legislative and external affairs.
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  • John Carney
    John Carney
    MPA '86 – Newly elected Governor of the State of Delaware
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  • Kelsey Edmond
    Kelsey Edmond
    M.S. '14 - OCL program prepared her for success in the MPA program in pursuit of an interdisciplinary career.
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  • Lindsey Interlante
    Lindsey Interlante
    MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
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  • Mark Rucci
    Mark Rucci
    B.A. and MPA '15 – Continuing his public policy education internationally.
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  • Meredith Rubin
    Meredith Rubin
    B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
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  • Paige Gugerty
    Paige Gugerty
    B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections bewteen healthcare providers and resources.
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  • Paul Ruiz
    Paul Ruiz
    B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's depencdence on oil.
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  • Stephanie Ottino
    Stephanie Ottino
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
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  • Tom DeWire
    Tom DeWire
    MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
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  • Yuliya Brel
    Yuliya Brel
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
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  • Megan Wakelee
    Megan Wakelee
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.
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  • Zack Adinoff
    Zack Adinoff
    M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
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  • Jissell Martinez
    Jissell Martinez
    MPA '10 - Manages fiscal affairs and serves as a liaison for the Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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  • Scott Beale
    Scott Beale
    MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
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  • Matthew Garlipp
    Matthew Garlipp
    B.A. '13 - Enabling federal transparency and accountability via open, accessible, and standardized budget data
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  • Merritt Burke IV
    Merritt Burke IV
    MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
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  • Ryan Burke
    Ryan Burke
    Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
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  • Allison Becker
    Allison Becker
    B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.
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  • Serita Porter
    Serita Porter
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
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  • Kirsten Jones
    Kirsten Jones
    M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.
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  • Elizabeth Burland
    Elizabeth Burland
    M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
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  • Elizabeth Lockman
    Elizabeth Lockman
    M.A. '15 - Delaware state senator with roots in advocacy.
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  • Thomas Martin
    Thomas Martin
    Ph.D. '14 - Directing the M.S. in Health Informatics program in the College of Public Health at Temple Univ.
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  • Savannah Edwards
    Savannah Edwards
    MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.
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  • Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    MPA '17 - Legislative aide credits SPPA experience for helping him excel in the world of politics and policy.
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  • Taylor Hawk
    Taylor Hawk
    MPA '17 - Graduate's policy analysis and research aims to improve education funding.
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  • Evan Miller
    Evan Miller
    MPA '17 - Local Government Management Fellowship kickstarts graduate's professional career
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  • Natasha R. Nau
    Natasha R. Nau
    MPA '12 - Advocating for efficient resource allocation and streamlined service delivery in local government.
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  • Jeremy Rothwell
    Jeremy Rothwell
    M.A. '14, HP Cert '15 - Technical review of all city site-plans, subdivision and building permit applications.
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  • Mark D. Stevens
    Mark D. Stevens
    MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
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  • Angela Gladwell
    Angela Gladwell
    M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
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  • Courtney Mogavero
    Courtney Mogavero
    B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
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  • Janet Sheridan
    Janet Sheridan
    M.A. '07 - Providing heritage preservation services, and cultural landscape research in southern New Jersey.
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  • Melanie Ross Levin
    Melanie Ross Levin
    B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.
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  • Dená Brummer
    Dená Brummer
    MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
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  • Eric Johnson
    Eric Johnson
    Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
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  • David Rudder
    David Rudder
    Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
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  • Erin Kennedy
    Erin Kennedy
    MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
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  • Tom Friedman
    Tom Friedman
    MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
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  • Mike Morton
    Mike Morton
    MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
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  • Jonathan Kirch
    Jonathan Kirch
    MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
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  • Albert Shields
    Albert Shields
    MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
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  • Kim Gomes
    Kim Gomes
    MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
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  • Erika Farris
    Erika Farris
    M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
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  • Mike Fortner
    Mike Fortner
    MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
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  • Emily Gonce
    Emily Gonce
    MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.
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  • Bill Clark
    Bill Clark
    MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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  • Anastasia Kuzmina
    Anastasia Kuzmina
    MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
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  • Barrett Edwards
    Barrett Edwards
    MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
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Connected and Automated Vehicles

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This illustration, provided by DelDOT, shows a map detailing how connected and automated vehicles work together.

​This illustration, featured within the Institute for Public Administration (IPA) report Autonomous Vehicles in Delaware: Analyzing the Impact and Readiness for the First State, shows vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity. Image courtesy of the Delaware Department of Transportation.

A Transportation Revolution Full of Promise and Challenge

Connected and automated vehicles (CAVs), also known as self-driving cars, will revolutionize the way people and goods are transported across Delaware. Automated vehicles exchange information with each other and the surrounding transportation infrastructure, such as traffic signals, to navigate roadways with limited or no operator input. The technology can deliver many positive outcomes such as enhanced mobility for those currently unable to drive, but it could also generate policy challenges like continued downward pressure on state gas-tax revenue due to fuel economy savings.

Expert Analysis

IPA's professional staff and students work with Delaware's Department of Transportation (DelDOT), municipalities, and University of Delaware colleagues to evaluate the impact that CAVs will have on our State’s future. IPA conducts applied and scholarly research, convenes stakeholders, and develops policy recommendations.

Connected and Automated Vehicles Policy Brief Series

The following six briefs provide an overview of key issues facing the state of Delaware as CAVs grow in popularity and use. The Work Cited provides a detailed list of reference.

For a more in-depth analysis of CAVs in Delaware check out the full report: Autonomous Vehicles in Delaware: Analyzing the Impact and Readiness for the First Stateor watch the
A greyscale advertisement from the 1950s shows four vehicles on the road. The closest vehicle shows a family playing a boardgame while the car drives itself.

Primer

CAVs will fundamentally transform Delaware. The full impact of CAVs is unknowable due to the complex variables that will influence the technology’s development and deployment, but what is certain is that the Delaware of the future will not look or function like the Delaware of today. Read this brief to learn more.

A five-sided chart displays a variety of autonomous driving applications including parcel, delivery, cargo/frieght, warehouse, farming, construction, military, tourism/travel, care, medical, racing, mass transit, ride/hail, shuttle, retail, owned, shared, tasks, and commute.

Economic Impact

CAVs will generate significant economic impacts for Delaware. Uncertainty over the development and governance of technology makes it difficult to accurately predict economic outcomes, but general trends are anticipated. Read this brief to learn more.

The inside dashboard of a car is shown with an overlay of connectivity from the cloud to your smartphone and music.

Privacy

Today’s vehicles are packed with technologies that control, monitor, and record a variety of information. When CAVs arrive in the coming years, the volume of data generated by automotive technology will increase further. As with smartphones, CAVs will create privacy and consumer protection concerns. Read this brief to learn more.

A man reclines in the front seat of a vehicle that is artistically sketched around him.

Urban Planning

CAVs will require Delaware municipalities to rethink urban planning. As CAVs become common, action is needed on parking, land use and design practices, and suburban sprawl. Read this brief to learn more.

A pink piggy bank wearing glasses sits next to a calculator on a desk.

Fiscal Impacts

CAVs will alter the state and municipal fiscal landscape. As CAVs become more widely adopted, state and municipal revenue from metered parking and tickets, traffic violations, vehicle registration and licensing fees, and the gas tax are expected to be impacted. Read this brief to learn more.

A DART First State employee assists a resident with boarding a paratransit bus using the wheelchair lift.

Enhanced Mobility

CAVs can enhance independent mobility options for the elderly and people with disabilities. To ensure these Delawareans are not left behind, both figuratively and literally, elected officials, auto manufacturers, and tech companies should consider accessibility at all stages of CAV development, production, implementation, and regulation. Read this brief to learn more.

Governor’s Advisory Council on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Through Executive Order 14, Governor John Carney established the Advisory Council on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. The Council is tasked with evaluating the technology's impact on public safety, economic opportunity, security and privacy, and the design of Delaware’s transportation infrastructure. The Advisory Council is comprised of state government officials, industry representatives, labor leaders, state lawmakers, and regional planners. IPA Director Jerome Lewis was appointed to the council to represent the University of Delaware. Staff member Philip Barnes sits on the Technology, Security, and Privacy Subcommittee.

Contact Us

For more information about CAV research at the Institute for Public Administration and the University of Delaware, contact Philip Barnes.

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