Our Team

P r i n c i p a l s



Abbas Mohaddes

Principal

Mr. Mohaddes has been the President and COO of Econolite since January 2017.

Abbas has over 30 years of experience in the application of technology in transportation systems, including Traffic Management, Communication, Traveler Information, Systems Integration, Transit, and Connected and Automated Vehicles. He is a recognized expert in ITS, and has over 70 publications and presentations at industry organizations around the world.

After serving the City of Dallas, Texas as a traffic engineer, and several years of consulting practice, he co-founded Meyer, Mohaddes Associates in 1991 in Los Angeles, a firm focused on application of technology in traffic management and systems planning, which later merged with Iteris. He is the former CEO of Iteris, where he led the transformation and substantial growth of the company into a software-based traffic management information technology organization through organic growth and acquisition.

He is a founding member and past chairman of ITS America, past chair of the ITS America Leadership Circle, member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), past member of the TRB Executive Committee, and member of the board of trustees of the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI). He is a fellow at ITE and member of the University of California Irvine, Chancellor’s CEO Roundtable. He is also a member of the board for National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE), and a board member of the V2I Coalition executive committee, which is a committee founded by AASHTO, ITSA, and ITE, focused on connected and automated vehicle activities.



Kirk T. Steudle

Principal

Kirk T. Steudle is Econolite’s Senior Vice President, responsible for leading the Company’s Transportation Systems Group, including its subsidiary CAVita. Steudle reports directly to Econolite President & COO Abbas Mohaddes.

Prior to joining Econolite, Mr. Steudle was director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) since 2006, overseeing MDOT’s over $4.7 billion-dollar budget, and was responsible for the construction, maintenance, and operation of nearly 10,000 miles of Michigan’s highways and more than 4,000 highway bridges at a department with 2,700 employees. He also oversaw administration of a variety of multi-modal transportation programs and projects.

Mr. Steudle is a nationally recognized leader in the development of Connected and Automated Vehicle Technologies (CAV), and is the President and CEO of the American Center for Mobility (ACM), a role he will continue through CAVita. ACM is a purpose-built facility for testing, developing, and validating CAV vehicles at Willow Run Michigan airport. He was also the 2014-2015 Chair for the ITS America Board of Directors. He is a member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee to the USDOT. Mr. Steudle is a Past President of AASHTO and Chairs the Standing Committee on Highways. He was a 2014 member of the National Research Council for the National Academy of Science and the 2014 Chair of the TRB Executive Committee. He also chaired the second Strategic Highway Research Program Oversight Committee (SHRP 2) for TRB.

Mr. Steudle is a graduate of Lawrence Technological University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering. He also serves on the College of Engineering Advisory Board and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2012.



Peter F. Sweatman, Ph.D.

Principal

Dr. Peter Sweatman is Executive Advisor for the Connected and Automated Vehicle Business Unit of CAVita LLC, a trusted CAV ecosystem partner for government, industry and academia.

Dr. Sweatman has over 30 years of experience in transportation research and innovation, and the application of R&D. That experience encompasses vehicles, drivers, and infrastructure and impinges on technology, policy, and strategic planning. He is a trusted national voice on connected and automated vehicles, safety, ITS, transportation research and education, and freight technology and policy. He has worked extensively in Europe and Asia-Pacific as well as the United States.

Dr. Sweatman is the former director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) (2004 – 2015), and the founder and former director of the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) (2013 – 2016). MTC opened the unique test facility Mcity in July 2015 and has set the bar for safe, off-roadway testing of automated vehicles.

Dr. Sweatman is a past chairman of the board of ITS America, and also served as founding chair of the ITS America Leadership Circle. He served on the U.S. Department of Transport’s ITS Advisory Committee, as well as a number of roles with the Society of Automotive Engineers. At the Transportation Research Board, he chaired the recent EU-US Symposium Towards Road Transport Automation, and served on the Committee on National Research Frameworks: Application to Transportation. He is currently co-chairing the National Academies/TRB Forum on Preparing for Automated Vehicles and Shared Mobility, working with the global industrial consortium Together for Safer Roads, and is an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne.

Dr. Sweatman holds a degree in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne (Australia) where he is an appointed International Enterprise Professor School of Engineering.



Barry Einsig

Principal

Barry Einsig is a Principal of CAVita, responsible for business development and execution of the strategic advisory programs. Einsig will work closely with Econolite President & COO and CAVita Principal Abbas Mohaddes, and CAVita Principal Peter Sweatman.

Barry joined CAVita following six years with Cisco Systems, Inc., where he was an executive responsible for global automotive and transportation solution development. Barry helped launch Cisco’s leading innovative solutions in several new markets, including connected and automated vehicle, rail, roadways, and mass transit.

Prior to Cisco Systems, Barry was the Director of Transportation/Strategic Development for Harris Corp. (Washington D.C.) where he was one of the founding members of the Broadband team to lead the company into the LTE market. While at Harris, Barry received a patent for the use of video over LTE networks.

He is a member of Singapore CARTS Committee focused on Connected and Highly Automated vehicle systems. He has worked globally with customers in all modes of transportation, including: Network Rail, Deutsche Bahn, Dallas Fort Worth Airport, Port of Hamburg, SFMTA, Transport For London, BNSF, WMATA, AMTRAK, DART, PA Turnpike, TMR Australia, Metrolinx Toronto. Barry is a published authority on ITS, infrastructure systems, and connected vehicle applications. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA).

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David St. Amant

Affiliate Principal

David St. Amant is an affiliate principal of CAVita and has over 30 years of experience in technology, much of it in the transportation industry. He is a former President and Chief Operating Officer at Econolite Group, Inc., headquartered in Anaheim, California. Econolite Group is the umbrella company of Econolite, Econolite Canada, Aegis ITS, Safetran, CAVita, and Arroyo Holdings de Mexico. Econolite has been a recognized leader, innovator, manufacturer, and service provider of transportation management solutions since the company’s inception in 1933.

Prior to joining Econolite Group, David held senior management and executive level sales and marketing positions at Avnet, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of electronic components. In 1990, he was named Vice President of Marketing for Time Electronics, an Avnet company. He would later be named Vice President, Supplier Business Management for Avnet/Silicon, the company’s $1.8 Billion semiconductor division.

In 2004 through 2005, David served as Chair of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Transportation sector. He is the past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA). He is one of the founding members  and co-chair of the Mobility Transformation Center – University of Michigan Leadership Circle (MTC). He is a past member of the Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Deployment Coalition (V2IDC) Executive Committee, and is a past chair of the ITS America Legislation Steering Committee.  He has been an active member on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee for Woodbury University, and is the most immediate past Chairman of the Board for Woodbury University.



Tom Kern

Affiliate Principal

Thomas E. Kern is an affiliate principal of CAVita with a career spanning three decades focused on innovation and change management. He recently completed his tenure as Managing Director for the National Operations Center of Excellence, having successfully led the Center into its second year in service to the transportation operations community.  Tom previously served at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, first as its Executive Vice President for seven years and then as interim President in 2014/2015.  While at ITS America, he oversaw the organizations operations and three successful World Congresses held in New York, Orlando, and Detroit.

In the early 2000s, Tom was the Director for Knowledge Management at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland at which he established its nationally recognized knowledge management and organizational learning initiative. Prior to the Casey Foundation, he served as Deputy Executive Vice President at the American Consulting Engineers Council, and Program Manager at American Management Systems.  He started his career at the US Environmental Protection Agency.  Tom earned a BS in Government at Georgetown University and an MSc in Public Administration at the London School of Economics and also did further graduate study at the University of Oxford.  He has also served as adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University in the field of knowledge management and is actively involved in a number of community service organizations as a volunteer.