Morton Collins Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Morton Collins, Managing Partner of Battelle Ventures, L.P, who was a Series A investor in GRIDSMART, was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Collins was cited for accomplishments as a builder and manager of technology-based companies and as an adviser to government and universities. The 80 new U.S. members will be formally inducted during a ceremony at the NAE’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 9.

“The entire GRIDSMART team would like to congratulate Mort on this impressive accomplishment,” said Bill Malkes, Founder and CEO of GRIDSMART. “Election to the National Academy of Engineering showcases the contributions Mort has made to the field of engineering. We are proud to have such a distinguished engineer as part of the GRIDSMART family.”

After completing his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of Delaware in 1958, Collins earned master’s and doctoral degrees at Princeton University. He is currently managing partner at Battelle Ventures LLC, in Ewing, New Jersey. Collins has demonstrated major successes in the fields of life sciences, electronic materials, communications and software.

In 1968, Collins founded Data Science Ventures (DSV), a pioneering venture-capital firm, and for 30 years he was a managing partner in four DSV partnerships that specialized in early-stage financing of high-technology companies. In 1997, he became a special limited partner of Cardinal Partners, the successor to the DSV series of partnerships.

Collins chaired President Ronald Reagan’s Task Force on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and he served as technology policy adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He has served on the New Jersey Governor’s Commission on Science and Technology and the New Jersey Governor’s Superconductivity Roundtable, and he is a member of the Research Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences.

Collins has generously given both his time and money to his alma mater over the years. For nearly 30 years, he has been a member of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Advisory Council, serving as chair from 1984-2010. He also serves as a member of the President’s Leadership Council.

Collins supports first-year graduate student fellowships in the College of Engineering and endeavors like the Class of 1958 Scholarship and the renovations to Colburn Lab. In recognition of his many achievements, Collins was awarded the 1989 University of Delaware Medal of Distinction.


USDOT Requests Applications for $800 Million New FASTLANE Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced that it is now soliciting applications for the Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) grant program.  The FASTLANE program is a new program in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act to fund critical freight and highway projects across the country.  The FAST Act authorizes $800 million in funding for the FASTLANE program for fiscal year 2016, with 25 percent reserved for rural projects, and 10 percent for smaller projects.

“Our nation needs a strong multimodal freight system to both compete in the global economy and meet the needs of consumers and industry,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “We now have an opportunity to fund high-impact projects that address key challenges affecting the movement of people and freight.”

The FASTLANE grant program provides funding for projects of national or regional significance.  FASTLANE grants provide dedicated funding for projects that address major issues facing our nation’s highways and bridges.  For the first time in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 50-year history, the program establishes broad, multiyear eligibilities for freight infrastructure, including intermodal projects.

FASTLANE grants, authorized by the FAST Act’s Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects (NSFHP) program, will fund small and large projects, based on project size, that meet statutory requirements.  Large projects (equal to the lesser of $100 million or a certain specified statutory percentage of the project state’s FY 2015 apportionment) are eligible for a minimum award of $25 million.  Small projects, which consist of projects below the minimum large project size threshold, are eligible for a minimum award of $5 million.

The NSFHP program is authorized at $4.5 billion through 2020.  Applications for FY 2016 are due on April 14, 2016. The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is available HERE.

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GRIDSMART Is Hiring An Outside Sales Representative

GRIDSMART is hiring an Outside Sales (Business Development) Representative to cover the Rocky Mountain Region, including Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, and Iowa.

The Outside Sales Representative is responsible for selling GRIDSMART through the achievement of sales quotas. The Outside Sales Representative will reach his or her business targets through effective management of designated territories and physical visits to customer sites. This individual will also develop ongoing, profitable relationships with customers and continually maintain a professional image of the company. Integrity, passion, and in-person presentational skills are essential for this role.

For a complete job description, please contact Michelle Grossholz at


Traffic Professionals Gather at INTERSECT

On October 27-29, our team hosted more than 75 traffic professionals from around the world at our headquarters in Knoxville for INTERSECT15. We are thrilled to share that we hosted attendees from across the United States and also welcomed international guests from Turkey, Western Europe, Brazil, Thailand, Canada, and Oman.

Our goal with INTERSECT was to bring professionals together for an exchange of ideas, case studies, and successes regarding transportation technology. Our speaker lineup included 11 different users demonstrating how they apply their own creativity in leveraging the most simple and flexible traffic control system in the world. It was a great way to showcase that the GRIDSMART System is truly designed for cities of all sizes.

We also took the opportunity to focus on technical training from our sales team, technical support staff, and engineers on the latest versions of GRIDSMART hardware and software. GRIDSMART has invested more than six figures in perfecting the most advanced hardware in a traffic cabinet.


ATLAS was also a big focus at INTERSECT as it was the first opportunity many attendees had to learn exactly how ATLAS is able to empower traffic departments to securely share imagery. Nelson Melendez, C.E.T., Traffic Signals, City of Hamilton, Ontario, gave an overview of how Hamilton used ATLAS during the PanAm Games to monitor and control the fans’ travel experiences.

We also had fun showcasing the great city of Knoxville! Mayor Tim Burchett welcomed attendees personally to Knoxville and fit in perfectly when he arrived wearing a Carhartt jacket.


October is beautiful in the Smoky Mountains, so we kicked off the week with a hike to Chimney Tops Trail. It ended up being a rainy day, but it didn’t stop our group from making the four mile loop.




You can’t come to Knoxville without a visit to Neyland Stadium, so Tuesday ended with a dinner at the home of the University of Tennessee Volunteers. Go Vols!





We also went to another famous Knoxville landmark, Club LeConte, and welcomed John Ellis, Global Technologies and Head of Ford Developer Program, for a keynote speech.

It was incredible to have so many partners at our headquarters and we are already looking forward to next year’s event. Thank you to each of you that made the journey to Knoxville!