Conference Agenda Day One

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April 4, 2023

7:00 – 8:30
Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:00 – 6:30
Technologies and Solutions Exhibits
8:30 – 8:40
Welcome Remarks and Administrative Announcements

Kevin Clement
Conference Director
College of Technology
University of Houston

8:40 – 9:00
Welcome Remarks:  Port Houston

Ric Campo
Chairman of the Port Commission
Port of Houston Authority

Latin American And The Caribbean: Port Development Challenges

Jorge Duran
Chief of the Secretariat

Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP), Organization of American States (OAS)

Keynote Address:  U.S. Maritime Administration – Beyond The Horizon  

Rear Admiral, Ann C. Phillips, US Navy (Ret.)
Maritime Administration/MARAD
U.S. Department of Transportation 

10:00 – 10:30
Networking Break
A Vision of the Future – South Carolina Ports

Barbara Melvin
President & CEO
South Carolina Ports

Port Congestion

General Stephen R. Lyons (U.S. Army, Retired)
Port and Supply Chain Envoy
White House Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force

11:30 – 1:00
Networking Lunch
Track 1: Intermodal Connectivity
The Vision: A National Strategy for Port Expansion & Operations

John D. McCown
Non-Resident Senior Fellow
Center for Maritime Strategy

Barbara Melvin
President & CEO
South Carolina Ports

Roger Guenther
Executive Director
Port Houston

The Port System of The Future

Timothy Brown
Managing Director, Supply Chain & Logistics Institute (SCL)
Georgia Institute of Technology

Chelsea C. White III
Schneider National Chair of Transportation & Logistics
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Benoit Montreuil
Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Shashank Panchangam
Chief Product Officer
Crowley Solutions

3:00 – 3:30
Networking Break
Case Study:  Expanding Capabilities of Inland Ports

Moderator –  Margaret A. Kidd
Program Director/Instructional
Associate Professor, Supply Chain & Logistics
University of Houston

Pablo Bowen-Bobenrieth
Associate Partner & Business Development Manager Americas
HPC Hamburg Port Consulting GmbH

Christoph Schoppmann
Head of Terminal Planning and Logistics – Intermodal
Deputy Business Development Manager Americas
HPC Hamburg Port Consulting GmbH

Mike Hoffman
Port of Greer, SC and Port of Dillon, SC

Dorothe Görtz
Terminal Planning Expert
HPC Hamburg Port Consulting GmbH

Panel:  America’s Maritime Highways

Moderator – Aimee Andres
Executive Director
Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals, Inc.

Timothy Pickering
Office of Ports & Waterways Planning
Maritime Administration
U.S. Department of Transportation

Lucy Fletcher
Business Development Manager
AGRIServices of Brunswick

Panelists TBA

Track 2 – Artificial Intelligence and the Automated Port of the Future
The Vision: AI and the Automated Port of the Future

Jeffrey DeCoux

Autonomy Institute

Panel: Autonomous Vessels

Moderator – Captain Anuj Chopra
Co-founder & CEO

Brett A. Phaneuf
Submergence Group LLC

Geoff Douglas
CEO and Co-Founder
Mythos AI

Additional Panelists TBA

3:00 – 3:30
Networking Break
Case Study: Port Montreal Automated Systems

Panelists TBA

Panel:   Automated Sensors And Systems

Moderator – Captain Keith M. Donohue
Deputy Commander, Sector Houston-Galveston
U.S. Coast Guard


Carles Civit
Director of Engineering
Pliant Energy Systems

Additional Panelists TBA

Closing of Day One
Networking reception in Exhibit Hall
Student Research Poster Contest Awards Ceremony


Presented by the International Propeller Club