Ashley Nylen is the Connected and Autonomous Technologies Program Manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation. Ms. Nylen is responsible for the programmatic research, development, and initiatives related to the development of Colorado’s world-leading network for connected and autonomous technologies. Currently, her work focuses on understanding and enabling a digital infrastructure that can improve safety and mobility. Prior to joining CDOT, Ms. Nylen served as the Director Automated Driving Systems at the National Advanced Driving Simulator at the University of Iowa, overseeing the center’s research projects related to advanced driver assistance systems and higher levels of vehicle technology.