David Sparks

Meet David Sparks

Vice Chairman

Dave Sparks, is a senior research scientist with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, helping lead activities involving connected and automated vehicles and related transportation infrastructure technology. He has extensive leadership experience in the transportation industry, most notably as Executive Vice President and Managing Director of TransCore where he was responsible for the company’s worldwide intelligent transportation systems business. Dave also served as a Board Member, Executive Committee Member and Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), the leading advocate for the $48 billion US market for deployment of technology solutions to improve the nation’s surface transportation network.

Previously he was a co-founder and managing director of a predecessor to TransCore and has worked for private investors involved in energy, real estate, manufacturing, distribution and technology services businesses.

In 2008, Dave and his wife, Liz, founded a 501c3 private operating foundation to assist disadvantaged communities in rural Guatemala. Their foundation partners with government schools, teachers and parent groups, to improve opportunities for local children through education. Currently the Foundation is partnering with 4 school communities in Santiago, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

Dave earned his MBA and BBA degrees at Texas A&M University. He and Liz have two grown children, three grandchildren, and live in Jackson, Wyoming.