As a strong contributor to our community and regional economy, UC San Diego plays a key role in working with our partners to improve border innovation and crossing efficiency. To celebrate the creation of the SENTRI program 20 years ago – which was a true collaborative effort that has been essential to the economic growth and viability of our bi-national region – a Roundtable event was held last week at the Institute of Americas on the UC San Diego campus. Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom served as the keynote speaker, while Chancellor Khosla introduced the two panel discussions – one delving into the history and challenges of creating the program and another looking ahead at innovative solutions to address future border challenges.
Panelists included former member of Congress Lynn Schenk, who championed legislation to create the dedicated commuter lane, and UC San Diego Dean of Engineering Albert Pisano, who serves on the Envision the Border Study Team that developed the white paper – Envision 2020: The Border of the Future Starts Here – which was discussed in the second panel. The white paper was commissioned by Chancellor Khosla through his role as a board member of the Smart Border Coalition. The overriding theme of the paper is that technology will play a key role in improving efficiencies at the border and increasing innovation.