Advance praise for Empowering the New Mobility Workforce, edited by Tyler Reeb, Director of Research and Workforce Development at the Center for International Trade & Transportation (CITT), includes an endorsement from transportation legend Norman Mineta.
Mineta, who was recently featured on the PBS documentary series An American Story, went from being imprisoned by the U.S. during World War II for his Japanese ancestry to becoming the first Asian American to serve in a presidential cabinet--he served as the Secretary of Transportation for George W. Bush and the Secretary of Commerce for Bill Clinton. Mineta was also Chair of the House Transportation Committee, a Congressman for many years, and the 59th Mayor of San Jose, California.
Empowering the New Mobility Workforce: Educating, Training, and Inspiring Future Transportation Professionals enlists a multidisciplinary roster of subject matter specialists who identify the priorities and strategies for cultivating a skilled workforce for the rapidly changing transportation landscape. The book empowers readers to establish ongoing communities of practice that cultivate sustainable career pathways that respond to ever-evolving socioeconomic trends and transformational technologies.
"This text offers a roadmap to implement training and education strategies necessary to motivate and prepare the incoming and incumbent workforce," said Mineta.
Other endorsements for Empowering the New Mobility Workforce thus far include Beverly Scott, Senior Fellow at the Transportation Learning Center, and Karen Philbrick, Executive Director of the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University.
"I have had the pleasure of directing transit agencies coast-to-coast, and I can tell you firsthand that Empowering the New Mobility Workforce is an essential text for transportation leaders nationwide," said Beverly Scott. "It offers a detailed compendium of workforce projects and scenarios, while addressing an abiding question: How do we improve the lives of all involved during this period of rapid mobility innovation?"
"This critically important text convenes a transdisciplinary team of subject matter experts addressing industrial psychology, engineering, political science, business management, information systems, and other critical disciplines that impact the future of transportation," said Karen Philbrick.
"This book is a network of communities of practice writ large," said Editor Tyler Reeb. "The architects and champions of the new mobility workforce featured in this text understand the importance of developing innovation networks that connect communities of practice around the nation and the globe to share resources, best practices, and expertise. This open-source approach makes it possible for global leaders in workforce development to move beyond political and financial barriers that have traditionally hindered knowledge transfer to share innovative research, curriculum, business models, and policy innovations."
Tyler Reeb is the Director of Research and Workforce Development at Long Beach State University's Center for International Trade & Transportation. Reeb leads research teams who address challenges and opportunities related to the new mobility workforce, transformational technology, institutional change, organizational management, and transportation systems management operations (TSM&O).