Todd Shurn

Smart & Healthy Cities Consultant, Howard University

Todd is a University of Michigan Urban Collaboratory consultant for research projects designed to improve Benton Harbor, Michigan livability. Todd is conducting on the ground management of an NSF research grant to explore smart and connected cities solutions for an economically depressed community. Research output from the team including civil engineers, urban planners and community specialists is applying smart city technology to enable the Benton Harbor public transportation authority to provide its passengers consistent on-time arrival at their destination for employment, healthcare, education and job training. In the Benton Harbor community with higher than average unemployment and lower than average automobile ownership,  reliable public transportation within a fixed budget is critical for sustainable economic growth. Todd is also a consultant to the Cook County Department of Public Health investigating methods to eradicate Chicago and Cook County food deserts with efficient local produce transportation and food hubs.

Todd earned  Ph.D., Computer Science & Engineering, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Tx; BS.E. and  MS.E. Industrial & Operations Engineering, University of Michigan. Dr. Shurn is a Howard University Electrical Engineering and Computer Science faculty and serves as an advisor to Full Color Future (, an organization actively engaged celebrating positive narratives about people of color contributing in engineering, media and technology policy.

Tuesday, October 1
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm • Transportation as a Service: How We Get There and Why We Need Itpressure cooker
Tomorrow’s adults might never need a driver’s license or to own a vehicle. Door to door mobility is becoming seamless, simple and affordable with ride sharing, first and last mile transit and micro mobility systems. Learn from transportation planners and providers about what’s working and where the challenges lie in building mobility as a service in communities around the world.