Debra Bezzina

Senior Project Manager



2905 Baxter Rd. Rm 1020

Ann Arbor, MI 48109


(734) 763-2498

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Other Appointments

Managing Director, Center for Connected and Automated Transportation

Senior Program Manager, Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Test Environment





Senior Program Manager for the Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Environment (AACE), the original to-scale production deployment in the world. I have helped shape the future of transportation by deploying and proving out DSRC-based connected vehicle technology. The data collected from the Ann Arbor deployment (formerly Safety Pilot Model Deployment) led to the NPRM to require connected vehicle technology on all new passenger vehicles (Federal Register NHTSA-2016-0126) as well as laid the foundation for the current set of industry standards. We’re now in the process of converting from DSRC to C-V2X through the Smart Intersections Project and the AACE 2.0 Project.  The Smart Intersections Project will equip 21 intersections with C-V2X RSUs and perception systems and will broadcast the sensor data sharing message (SDSM0 to provide day 1 benefits to equipped vehicles.

Managing Director of the Center for Connected Vehicle Transportation (CCAT). CCAT is the Region 5 UTC. The mission of CCAT is to significantly influence the evolution of the next-generation transportation systems with emerging technologies on safety, mobility and sustainability. CCAT provides national and regional leadership for connected and automated transportation research, science, education, training, and deployment. It is my responsibility to make that happen. CCAT boasts a boutique environment within the foundation of the globally renowned University of Michigan.


Key Projects

Student Engagement

Active with MiTSO, which is a student chapter of ITS Michigan


Livonia, Michigan

Personal Interests/Hobbies

There’s nothing better than football Saturdays!  I also like to travel, my favorite past time by far.

Additional Information

ORCID: 0000-0003-4196-2575