Lauren Isaac

Driverless Cars Planning
 
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Title
Manager of Sustainable Transportation

Industry
Transportation (Driverless Cars)

Field of Study
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR)

Industrial engineers or operations researchers are concerned with making systems more efficient. Often this goal is achieved through the use of mathematical models. Optimization mathematical models are routinely applied to find the “best available” value given production costs.

Education
Cornell University
Bachelors of Science (BS)
Masters of Engineering (M.Eng)
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What inspired you to enter your profession?

My father used to celebrate every opportunity we had to use public transit. I think I realized early on how incredible it was for anyone to be able to get around a city. Now – I’m lucky enough to be in a position where I can inform and influence a city’s transportation services.

Tell us about the greatest challenge you had while you were in school.

My biggest hurdle in school was probably just wanting to do too much. I always wanted to excel in my classes, but I also wanted to participate in lots of extra-curricular activities and spend time with my friends. There’s only so much I can do in one day! I realized I needed to prioritize what was most important to me and also try to get some sleep!

What innovations should we watch for in your field of sustainable transportation?

Currently, companies like Uber and Lyft combined with the development of driverless cars are completely disrupting transportation. It’s a fun time to be a part of this industry because every aspect of the existing business model is being called into question.

How do you give back to your community?

I volunteer with WTS (Women in Transportation) and lead the Bay Area’s Glass Ceiling Committee. I also love to mentor/support anyone who is interested in joining or growing in the transportation industry (especially women!). blog_iconDriving Towards Driverless

 

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