Kevin Dopart Joins the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) Team
Kevin Dopart has joined the ITS JPO as the program manager for Connected Vehicle Safety and Automation.
Mr. Dopart comes to the ITS JPO with more than 30 years of operations, engineering, and policy experience in vehicle systems, automation, and public safety for government programs. His extensive transportation career experience includes program management, federal policy, and system operations, as well as collaborating with diverse stakeholders to develop and implement innovative ITS technology program strategies.
In his most recent experience, Mr. Dopart served as Transportation Systems Manager at Noblis. In that position, he led connected vehicle concept development, systems engineering, stakeholder engagement and consensus building, technical reviews and assessment, and program management support for projects under the ITS JPO’s Dynamic Mobility Applications (DMA) Program.
As a recognized expert in ITS programs and corresponding research and development topics, Mr. Dopart has previously worked directly with the ITS JPO to provide strategic planning, independent evaluations, and acquisition and technical support to the ITS collision avoidance, highway safety, and public safety programs. He collaborated frequently with senior Federal Highway Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Federal Transit Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the Office of the Secretary of Transportation officials to strategize, plan, and implement these initiatives.
While at Noblis, he led technical and policy analyses of vehicle safety system research, testing, and deployment for automobiles, motor carriers, transit buses, and specialty vehicles such as highway maintenance trucks. He provided strategy, acquisition, stakeholder engagement, and program management assistance to the USDOT’s ITS initiatives including Integrated Vehicle-Based Safety Systems, Cooperative Intersection Collision Avoidance Systems, Next Generation 9-1-1, public safety, and rural safety, as well as NHTSA’s Advanced Crash Avoidance Technology, Vehicle Safety Communications Applications, and other crash avoidance programs.
Mr. Dopart has also worked for the U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment as a transportation project director and for the U.S. Naval Academy as an instructor in the Math and Aeronautical Engineering Departments.
Connected vehicle research at the USDOT is a multimodal program that involves using wireless communication between vehicles, infrastructure, and personal communications devices to improve safety, mobility, and environmental sustainability. The program is working with the automotive industry to develop vehicle crash warning applications using dedicated short range communications technology. In addition, the ITS JPO is working to develop a myriad of applications that will use data collected from connected vehicles to improve safety, mobility and sustainability. There is also connected vehicle-related research in the areas of standards, data collection, certification, policy, road weather and public transportation.