Andy Palanisamy is a seasoned mobility professional with 18 years of public/private experience in transportation, infrastructure, mobility technologies, energy, and environment. He is a recognized industry thought leader and nuanced problem solver who relishes tackling complex mobility challenges and is particularly passionate about solving urban mobility issues. He brings to bear a deep understanding of technical and public policy issues associated with cutting-edge transportation/mobility tech initiatives such as autonomous/connected vehicles. Andy currently serves as the Senior Regional Engagement Manager (Midwest) at Ford Mobility’s City Solutions group. He is responsible for engaging mobility stakeholders/decision-makers in cities across the mid-western United States to understand their priorities/pain points and translate these insights to establish partnerships that accelerate the deployment of Ford’s R&D, pilots, and commercialized solutions to provide greater access for all. At Ford, Andy also held the role of a Business Owner, built and delivered City Insights, an innovative analytics and data platform that is deployed in seven cities across the United States.
Prior to joining Ford, he spent nearly a decade and half supporting various Federal government initiatives at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT; contractor). As an industry thought leader, Andy is recognized for his contributions to the USDOT’s Intelligent Transportation Systems program and various projects at the Federal Highway Administration’s Connected Automated Vehicle research program at the Turner Fairbank Highway Research Center. Andy holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree from Bharathiar University (India).