Mark Rosekind, PhD, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will deliver the annual government keynote address at the 2016 Washington Auto Show’s Public Policy Day  on Jan 21 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The 2016 Washington Auto Show: The Power of Mobility preview opens Jan 20 with the first of two Public Policy Days. Geared toward officials in industry, government, and media, these events kick off with a Capitol Hill forum on Jan 20 and continue Jan 21 at the show site, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, for a full day of press conferences and special events highlighted by Rosekind’s government keynote.

“As the Washington Auto Show puts it, ‘the power of mobility’ is a force that, literally, transports our lives to new vistas and possibilities,” says Rosekind in a release. “With new technologies from automated driving to improved blind-spot monitoring, we also have the opportunity and responsibility to put safety first.”

The 15th Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Rosekind is pursuing NHTSA’s core safety mission of saving lives, preventing injuries, and reducing crashes through all of the tools at NHTSA’s disposal —including enforcement authority, public awareness campaigns, support of technical innovation, and research into human behavior.

Administrator Rosekind is an internationally recognized expert on human fatigue, credited with leading the field in innovative research and implementing programs in all modes of transportation. His work has been widely published, and his awards include NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal, the Mark O. Hatfield Award for Public Policy from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and two Flight Safety Foundation honors: the President’s Citation for Outstanding Safety Leadership and the Business Aviation Meritorious Service Award.

The public policy show on the auto show circuit, The Washington Auto Show connects industry leaders with public policy makers, a nexus underscored at the show’s Public Policy Preview Days. Held in advance of the 10-day public show, the preview days convene thought leaders at the intersection of industry and policy to tackle some of the most pressing issues in the automotive sector.