CUTC - Council of University Transportation Centers

Challenges and Opportunities for
Recruiting Native Americans
to Transportation Careers

A webinar series on the Indigenous People of
America’s experience in transportation 
hosted by the Council of University
Transportation Centers

SAVE THE DATE: Friday, October 22, 2021 | 1:00 – 2:00pm CT

Fri., Oct. 22

1-2pm CT

Webinar 1

Indigenous People in Transportation. In the inaugural session of the 2021-2022 CUTC webinar series, a panel composed of Native American thought leaders from industry, government and academia, will discuss the challenges and opportunities of increasing the number of Native Americans pursuing careers in transportation.  The panel members will discuss their experiences and thoughts with attendees. This session will also aid in identifying topics for discussion in later webinars.

Join us, Friday, October 22, to add your thoughts to this very important conversation.

Register for the Webinar

Moderator & Speakers

Dr. Laurence R. Rilett

MODERATOR
Dr. Laurence R. Rilett
CUTC President
Ginn Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at Auburn University and Director of the Auburn University Transportation Research Institute

Dr. Laurence R. Rilett was elected President of the Council of University Transportation Centers for 2021-2022. He is the Ginn Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at Auburn University and Director of the Auburn University Transportation Research Institute. The American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) awarded Rilett the Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Award in 2021 for “contributions to innovative research on transportation systems and collaborative leadership to develop a diverse workforce in transportation engineering”.

Dr. Gabriel Bruguier

SPEAKER
Dr. Gabriel Bruguier
Education and Outreach Coordinator
Mid-America Transportation Center (MATC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Gabriel Bruguier is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Mid-America Transportation Center (MATC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  His career interests are to serve Native American students within a university system, by providing comprehensive support for them as they navigate their way through college. Dr. Bruguier is an enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Nation.

Sydney Allen

SPEAKER
Sydney Allen
Partner and Technical Advisor
Nebraska Accident Reconstruction, LLC

Sydney Allen is a Partner and Technical advisor for Nebraska Accident Reconstruction, LLC.  She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Nebraska in 2019 and 2021, respectively.  Ms. Allen is originally from South Dakota and is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Nation.

Mr. Chris Howell

SPEAKER
Mr. Chris Howell
Executive Director
Kansas Native American Affairs (KNAA) Office
Tribal Liaison for Governor Laura Kelly

Mr. Chris Howell is the Executive Director of the Kansas Native American Affairs (KNAA) Office and serves as Tribal Liaison for Governor Laura Kelly.  Prior to returning to the KNAA Office, Chris most recently served as the Director of Tribal Relations for BNSF Railway located in Fort Worth, TX, and was involved in tribal outreach activities and communications with more than 86 tribal nations located along the BNSF railway system. Mr. Howell is a citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma.

Dr. Michael Oltrogge

SPEAKER
Dr. Michael Oltrogge
President
Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC)

Dr. Michael Oltrogge is President of the Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC) which is located in Macy, Nebraska. As President of his alma mater, Dr. Oltrogge ensures funding and fiscal stability and sustainability for the college’s operations, collaborates with the governing body to ensure proper administration and development of the college, ensures accreditation functions and goals are met, and manages daily aspects of the college. Dr. Oltrogge serves as a board member on the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and the American Indian College Fund.