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The future of infrastructure policy under the Trump administration: Remarks from Department of Transportation Under Secretary Derek Kan
March 22, 2018  |  2:00 pm - 3:30 PM  |  AEI, Auditorium, Washington, DC

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Join AEI as Under Secretary for Policy at the Department of Transportation Derek Kan outlines the details of the Trump administration’s infrastructure plan. Following his remarks, AEI’s R. Richard Geddes will lead a discussion among infrastructure policy experts to review the main elements of the proposal and the future of US infrastructure policy.

The Wall Street Journal  - Why Some Stops Are a Cut Above the Rest Trump infrastructure plan would improve highway amenities.
By R. Richard Geddes
Feb. 19, 2018 2:55 p.m. ET

PBS News Hour - What would it take to fix America’s crumbling infrastructure?
By Daniel Bush  |  Featuring R. Richard Geddes
Jan 8, 2018 5:30 PM EST 

Timesunion - America's infrastructure dreams need raw materials
By Tom Madison
Commentary Published 6:00 pm, December 26, 2017

Radio WBUR 90.9 - Crumbling America: Disasters Strike Roads, Bridges And Airports
Guest host Tom Gjelten  | Guest Speaker R. Richard Geddes, Lauren Gardner, & Robert Puentes

NBC News - Atlanta power outage highlights a larger problem with aging U.S. airports
by Kalhan Rosenblastt  | Featuring R. Richard Geddes
DEC 21 2017, 11:23 AM ET

IEEE Spectrum - The Hyperloop Advanced Research Partnership is open for business
By Philip E. Ross  | Featuring R. Richard Geddes
7 Dec 2017 | 14:00 GMT


Please note the upcoming CPIP co-sponsored event on emerging tube transportation technology called the hyperloop. The event will be on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at 16 East 34th Street in New York City. It will begin with a reception at 5PM. The panel discussion will begin at 6PM.

General Victor (Gene) Renuart, former commander of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command, will serve as our keynote speaker. We have also assembled a distinguished group of panelists.

A growing number of companies are reinventing transportation with a bold concept called hyperloop. Rapidly emerging interest and technology progress—domestically and internationally—in high-speed tube transportation has captured the imagination of developers, researchers, and investors. This event will answer the toughest technology and policy questions. We will assemble distinguished experts to address the economic impact, the complexity of integrating capabilities with existing transportation infrastructure, as well as the current state of public support and political will for this disruptive technology. While much research remains, there is a compelling business case highlighted by strong government, academic, and commercial interest. Our panelists bring deep experience from a range of disciplines and will present the case for this transportation innovation in the 21st century.


The Advisory Board has been steadily adding distinguished private sector industry leaders from the global infrastructure space to its ranks. The new Board Members join CPIP at an important time as the program looks to expand the reach of its core research and teaching mission. CPIP is also working to forge new strategic alliances with other leading academic centers to conduct focused study and research on infrastructure matters.

The remarkable experience, relationships, and global reach of our board members across the infrastructure sector, including transportation, water, power and social infrastructure, positions CPIP to be one of the leading academic centers of infrastructure, not only in the US, but on the world stage.

Anthony Ferrari
CPIP Advisory Board Chair

CIPA MPA Infrastructure Concentration

The issues of population growth, rising living standards, urbanization, resource shortages, and an increasing focus on sustainability have made building and maintaining our physical infrastructure more challenging. The Cornell Institute of Public Affairs (CIPA), has established a concentration

to allow Master of Public Administration students to develop the skills and understanding to work in the areas of planning, implementation (i.e. financing and building) and operations. Building on CIPA’s tradition of a multi-disciplinary and flexible curriculum design, students can approach the broad area field of infrastructure from a number of number of perspectives, drawing on Cornell’s strengths in engineering, finance, planning, resource, policy analysis and sustainability studies. Students with this concentration will also have access to practitioners in the field and study internship opportunities. MPA graduates with an infrastructure concentration will be well equipped to work in the public and/or private sector.

CPIP has made tremendous gains in research and teaching since its founding. Looking forward, CPIP has never been in a stronger position to achieve its goal of educating the next generation of infrastructure leaders.

Rick Geddes
CPIP Director and Founder

The Second Hyperloop Advanced Research Partnership (HARP) Symposium

June 14, 2017 | University of Houston, Texas

The Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP) participated in an important non-profit effort focused on the emerging transportation technology called the Hyperloop. CPIP Director Rick Geddes is a co-founder of HARP. The mission of HARP is "to enable and promote the collaboration, research, funding, communication, and knowledge sharing that is essential for development of Hyperloop networks around the world."

This meeting, focused on networking, organization, and council Work, to bring together all stakeholders in the creation of the Hyperloop transportation system. We reviewed Hyperloop community activities and their status, discussed HARP goals and continued the work of existing councils, as well as initiating new ones. A rewarding meeting!

Rick Geddes traveled to Montenegro

This summer Rick Geddes attended the Conference “New technologies in the Service of Sustainable Urban Development” in Podgorica, Montenegro. He presented on the role of public-private partnerships in infrastructure delivery. The visit was organized by a former student, Milica Petrovic.