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Knowledge@Wharton: January 24, 2019

Host Dan Loney is joined by Samuel Schwartz (President & CEO, Sam Schwartz Engineering), Ariel Schur (CEO & Founder, ABS Staffing Solutions), Eoin O’Dell (Professor, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin), Andrea Fuller (Reporter; Investigative Data Journalist, Wall Street Journal), Rolfe Winkler (Technology Investigative Reporter, Wall Street Journal), and Andrea Matwyshyn (Professor of Law and Professor of Computer Science, Northeastern University) on the Thursday, January 24, 2019 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Samuel Schwartz

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Samuel Schwartz

Rolfe Winkler and Andrea Fuller

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: Andrea Fuller, Rolfe Winkler

Ariel Schur

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: Ariel Schur

Eoin O'Dell and Andrea Matwyshyn

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Eoin O'Dell, Andrea Matwyshyn

Featured Guests

Samuel Schwartz

President & CEO, Sam Schwartz Engineering


Mr. Schwartz is President, and CEO of Sam Schwartz Consulting, LLC, a firm that specializes in transportation planning and engineering. He also writes columns on traffic for The New York Daily News and the NY Downtown Express. Previously Mr. Schwartz was New York City’s Traffic Commissioner and was the Chief Engineer of the NYC Department of Transportation. He started his transportation career in the late 1960’s as a NYC cabbie and joined the Traffic Department, as a junior engineer, in 1971.

Mr. Schwartz is the Inaugural Ted Kheel Fellow at Roosevelt House at Hunter College. He has been an adjunct professor at Cooper Union, Long Island University, and Brooklyn College. He is a prolific writer and his most recent book, Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and The Fall of Cars received critical acclaim.  His next book, Driverless Cars: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly will be released by Public Affairs Press in 2018.

Mr. Schwartz specializes in creative problem-solving for seemingly intractable situations. He is expert at getting people out of their cars and into other forms of transportation. He is also proficient at moving those people who remain in their cars more swiftly and safely. Mr. Schwartz has created many win-win-win situations whereby traffic moves better pedestrians are safer, and the community gains more sidewalk and green space. He’s been called an Urban Alchemist for making grass grow from asphalt. Mr. Schwartz often referred to by his nom de plume “Gridlock Sam,” released the word “Gridlock” into the lexicon during the 1980 NYC Transit strike.

Mr. Schwartz is active in community affairs and helped found two New York City public schools: The School for the Physical City and the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School. He is a board member of the Regional Plan Association and the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation and is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

He has received more than a score of awards for his work, including 2016 NYC Zoning Advisory Council Honor Award, 2014 AAA Traffic Safety Award, 2014 Brooklyn Technical High School Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers’ Sustainable Civil Engineering Award, 2012 Businessman of the Year from the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, 2011 New York State Society of Professional Engineer of the Year award, 2011 Brooklyn College Alumnus of the Year, 2010 NSPE Professional Engineers Merit Award, Public Works Magazine’s 2008 Trendsetter Award and Civil Engineer of the Year from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the American Council of Engineering Companies.

He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics at Brooklyn College and received a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Florida.
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Ariel Schur

CEO & Founder, ABS Staffing Solutions


Ariel Schur, LCSW is the CEO and sole founder of ABS Staffing Solutions. Ariel came to the staffing industry in an unconventional way, and her background has enabled her firm to differentiate its brand in a crowded market.  Ariel graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in psychology and also obtained a masters degree from the University of Chicago. Ariel started her career as an EAP counselor for employees of Fortune 500 companies, which provided her with unique access to the interaction between employees, employers, and the functional requirements of various job assignments.  After 9/11 Ariel worked for a federally funded program helping victims and families impacted by the World Trade Center attack.  Upon completing this mission-driven program, Ariel was offered an opportunity to work for a staffing agency and quickly rose to become a senior member of its operations team.  After nine years Ariel decided she wanted to integrate her unique skill set to form her own company.
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Eoin O'Dell

Professor, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin


Dr Eoin O’Dell is an Associate Professor of Law in Trinity College Dublin. He researches and publishes primarily in the fields of freedom of expression, and private and commercial law – and especially where they overlap in IP, IT and cyberlaw.

He has been Chair of the Fellows in Trinity College Dublin, President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers, a Member of the Council and Executive of the Society of Legal Scholars in the UK and Ireland, and Editor of the Dublin University Law Journal. He was a member of the group which advised the Department of Justice on the Defamation Act, 2009; he was a member of the Advisory Group on a European Civil Code which advised the EU Commission on common principles of European private law; and he was a member of the Statute Law Revision Committee advising the Department of Public Service and Reform on the process of revising the Irish Statute Book. He was Chair of the Copyright Review Group which presented its final report to the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in October 2013. He is a member of the Government Data Forum, established by the Minister of State with responsibility for Data Protection to advise Government on the challenges that arise from the growth in the digital economy.

He is also legal advisor to the Digital Repository of Ireland.


Twitter- @cearta

Blog- http://www.cearta.ie/about/
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Andrea Fuller

Reporter; Investigative Data Journalist, Wall Street Journal


Andrea Fuller is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal in New York City who specializes in data analysis. She uses spreadsheets, databases, and computer code to find stories. Ms. Fuller joined the Journal in April 2014. She previously was a data journalist at Gannett Digital, The Center for Public Integrity, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She is a graduate of Stanford University.


Twitter- @anfuller
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Rolfe Winkler

Technology Investigative Reporter, Wall Street Journal


Based in San Francisco, Rolfe Winkler investigates technology companies for the Wall Street Journal. Prior to the Journal he worked briefly as a columnist for Reuters and before that was a hedge fund analyst.


Twitter- @rolfewinkler
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Andrea Matwyshyn

Professor of Law and Professor of Computer Science, Northeastern University


Dr. Andrea M. Matwyshyn is an academic and author whose work focuses on technology and innovation, particularly information security and consumer privacy law and policy.

Professor Matwyshyn is a US-UK Fulbright Commission Cyber Security Scholar award recipient in 2016-2017, collaborating with the University of Oxford Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre. She is a (tenured full) professor of law / professor of computer science (by courtesy) at Northeastern University, a faculty affiliate of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, and a visiting research collaborator at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University, where she was the Microsoft Visiting Professor during 2014-15.

She has worked in both the public and the private sector. In 2014, she served as the Senior Policy Advisor/ Academic in Residence at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. As public service, she has testified in Congress on issues of information security regulation, and she maintains ongoing policy engagement. Prior to entering the academy, she was a corporate attorney in private practice, focusing her work on technology transactions. She continues to maintain collaborative technology industry relationships.

Professor Matwyshyn has previously held primary appointments in University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Northwestern University School of Law, and the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She has also held visiting appointments or affiliations at the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, Singapore Management University, Indian School of Business and University of Notre Dame.

Twitter – @amatwyshyn | @Northeastern
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