Dr. Joseph M. Sussman - (Chair)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Joseph M. Sussman is an internationally recognized transportation operations expert whose research has covered a wide range of transportation issues, including transportation systems and institutions; regional strategic transportation planning; intercity freight and passenger rail; intelligent transportation systems; simulation and risk assessment methods; and complex systems analysis. He is currently the Japan Rail East Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Systems Division at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He previously served as director of MIT's Center for Transportation Studies and head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Sussman received a B.C.E. degree from City College of New York; an M.S.C.E. degree from the University of New Hampshire; and a Ph.D. degree in civil engineering systems from MIT.
Dr. Christopher P.L. Barkan
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Christopher P.L. Barkan is Associate Professor and Director, Railroad Engineering Program, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is responsible for the university's railroad engineering research and academic programs. He also serves as the director of the Association of American Railroads' (AAR) Affiliated Laboratory at the university. His research focuses on railroad safety and risk analyses, with a particular emphasis on derailment prevention, tank car design, and hazardous materials. He directs the AAR project developing a North American standard for a spill-proof fuel delivery system for railroad locomotives. He has been a member of the TRB Committee on Transportation of Hazardous Materials since 1996 and was appointed to membership on the Committee on Railroad Track Structure System Design in 1999. Prior to joining the university in 1999, he was Director of Risk Engineering in the Safety and Operations Division of the AAR. He continues as Deputy Project Director of the Railway Progress Institute-AAR Railroad Tank Car Safety Research and Test Project, a cooperative program of the tank car and railroad industries studying ways to improve tank car safety. He has a Ph.D. in biology from the State University of New York, Albany.
Mrs. Lillian C. Borrone
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey [Retired]
Lillian C. Borrone, is the former Assistant Executive Director and former Director of Port Commerce, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. She was a member of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, which completed its work in 2004. She is a former Chair of the American Association of Port Authorities and Board Member of the International Association of Ports and Harbors, North Atlantic Ports Association, and the Regional Business Partnership in Newark, New Jersey. She is the former Chairman of the DOT Advisory Committee to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. She is a former Chair of TRB’s Executive Committee and a member of the Marine Board Executive Committee. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a member of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Board of Advisors, a member of the Boards of Maher Terminals, Inc, STV Group, Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of NJ Holding Company, and The Eno Transportation Foundation, which she chairs. She received an M.S. degree from Manhattan College and a B.S. degree from American University.
Dr. Leigh B. Boske
The University of Texas at Austin
Leigh B. Boske is Associate Dean and Professor of Economics at the LBJ School, University of Texas at Austin. He has published two books: Maritime Transportation in Latin America and the Caribbean and Transportation in the Americas: Its Role in International Trade, Economic Integration, and Sustainable Development. Most recently, he has completed studies on The Impact of Transpacific Trade on the United States Transportation System and Texas Economy and Innovative Strategies to Raise Efficiencies along Transportation Corridors and at Multimodal Hubs. Boske is a recipient of the University of Texas Excellence in Teaching Award. He was named "Port Person of the Year" in 1997 by the Texas Ports Association. Dr. Boske has served as Chief of Economic and Environmental Analysis at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Senior Economist at the National Transportation Policy Study Commission of the U.S. Congress, and Policy Advisor to the Texas Transportation Commission. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S.-European Transatlantic Policy Consortium; Coordinating Committee of the Organization of American States' Inter-American Training and Research Program for Trade Corridor Development; Intermodal Freight Transportation Committee of the Transportation Research Board, National Research Council; Advisory Committee of the Center for Transportation Research; and Executive Committee of UT Austin's Center for European Studies.
Mr. David G. Burwell
David G. Burwell is a partner in BBG Group, an environmental consulting firm located in Bethesda, Maryland. His areas of specialty are environmental and transportation law and land use. Mr. Burwell is a co-founder of the Surface Transportation Policy Project (STPP), where he served as a member of the Board for more than a decade, including four years of service as chairman. He was STPP’s Executive Director from 2001 to 2003. Mr. Burwell also founded and served as Executive Director of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the nation’s largest trails and greenways organization. Previously, he was the legal counsel at the National Wildlife Federation. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Dartmouth College and a doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of Virginia. His publications include The End of the Road --A Citizens’ Guide to Transportation Problem Solving and A Citizens’ Guide to Clean Air and Transportation. Mr. Burwell has been active in Transportation Research Board committees, including service on the Executive Committee (1992-1998).
Dr. Raymond F. Decker
Raymond F. Decker is Chief Technical Officer, Founder, and Founding Chairman of Thixomat, Inc., which is a technology development company that owns and markets the rights to the unique Thixomolding® process for the injection molding of magnesium and zinc alloys. Dr. Decker holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Materials Science and Engineering of The University of Michigan. He was Vice President for Corporate Technology and Diversification at INCO Ltd; he also served as Vice President for Research and Corporate Relations at Michigan Technological University. Dr. Decker’s technical specialty is alloy design by which he invented Maraging Steels, which are used in such diverse applications as MIR submarines, lunar vehicles, jet engines, Olympic epees, golf clubs, Tow missiles, and nuclear centrifuges. He was President of the American Society of Metals and Chairman of Michigan Research and Resources Association. He has served on the Executive Committee of the SHRP program and is a former chairman of the Research and Technology Coordinating Committee for FHWA. He is a fellow of ASM International. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Dr. Irwin Feller
Pennsylvania State University [Retired]
Irwin Feller is the former Director and Professor of Economics, Institute for Policy Research and Evaluation, Pennsylvania State University. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1966 and spent his career at Penn State. His research interests include science and technology policy, the economics of higher education, and program evaluation. He has published widely on topics such as the influence of the Government Performance and Results Act on research; technology diffusion from university research; research performance measurement; the university role in basic research; and state and federal technology policy. He has been a consultant to the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology, and Government, The Ford Foundation, National Science Foundation, National Institute of Standards and Technology, COSMOS Corporation, SRI International, U.S. General Accounting Office, and the U.S. Departments of Education and Energy, among others. Dr. Feller is a member of the American Economic Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.
Dr. David W. Fowler
The University of Texas at Austin
David W. Fowler holds the Joe J. King Chair in Engineering and the T. U. Taylor Professorship, and directs the university’s International Center for Aggregates Research. Dr. Fowler began his education at The University of Texas at Austin, earning a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in architectural engineering. He joined the College’s engineering faculty in 1964 after completing a civil engineering doctorate at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since then, he has earned an international reputation for developing stronger, more durable materials for bridges. He has received outstanding teacher awards on campus, including selection in 2000 to join the university’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Dr. Fowler’s professional activities include serving on the American Concrete Institute’s board of directors and as chair of institute committees. Among his professional honors are being named the first non-Russian to become an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Engineering, and serving as first president of the International Congress on Polymers in Concrete. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Ms. Angela Gittens
Angela Gittens is Vice President for Airport Business Services, HNTB Companies.
She was formerly the Director of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department. In that position, she was responsible for the operations and management of Miami International Airport and five general aviation airports. Before joining the Miami-Date Aviation Department, Ms. Gittens was vice president of TBI Airport Management, a company that manages airport facilities under contract. Prior to that, she directed Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport. She began her aviation career as Deputy Director for Business and Finance at San Francisco International Airport. She was previously Deputy Administrator at San Francisco General Hospital and Assistant Vice President of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. She currently serves on the Federal Aviation Administration's Management Advisory Committee. Ms. Gittens earned a bachelor's degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Dr. Lester A. Hoel
University of Virginia
Lester A. Hoel is the L.A. Lacy Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Ddirector of the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Virginia. He has also served as the Hamilton Professorship in Civil Engineering and Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering. Previously he was Professor of Civil Engineering and Associate Director, Transportation Research Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He has been a registered professional engineer in California, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. His degrees are: BCE from the City College of New York (CCNY) MCE from the Polytechnic Institute of New York, and the Doctorate in Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, Dr. Hoel co-authored (with N.J. Garber) Traffic and Highway Engineering and is also co-editor (with G.E. Gray) of Public Transportation. Dr. Hoel is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and was elected as a member of the Norwegian Academy of Technical Sciences. He has served as a member and as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board. He was the Transportation Research Board Division Chairman for NRC Oversight from 1995-2004.
Mr. Thomas Imrich
Boeing Commercial Airplane Group
Thomas Imrich currently serves as Chief Pilot, Research for the Boeing Company.
Before coming to Boeing, Captain Imrich held a variety of management and technical positions in the USAF and FAA, including serving as FAA’s NRS for Air Carrier Operations. At FAA, he was directly involved in operational certification efforts for most recent large transport aircraft dating from the MD-80, through the B777. He also helped formulate and implement a wide variety of FAA or international rules or policies related to flight safety or flight operations. Capt. Imrich holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and is qualified as an Airline Transport Pilot, flight engineer, and flight instructor. He is actively flying as a test pilot in all current Boeing Puget Sound production models from the B737 through the B777 and is also rated in a wide variety of other aircraft. He is a member of AIAA, SAE, Sigma Xi, and the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. He was recently recognized by Aviation Week & Space Technology’s “Year 2000 and 2002 Laurels Awards”, The Air Transport Association’s “Presidents Award”, and the "Flight Safety Foundation's Admiral deFlorez award”, each for having made significant contributions to flight safety.
Dr. Carl L. Monismith
University of California, Berkeley
Carl L. Monismith is the Robert Horonjeff Professor of Civil Engineering, Emeritus, at the University of California, Berkeley. He is internationally recognized for his work in the fields of pavement design and rehabilitation and asphalt paving technology. Professor Monismith has served as Chairman of the Pavement Design Section as well as a member of a number of committees and task forces of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). He was the first Distinguished Lecturer (1992) and the recipient of the K. B. Woods Award (1972) and the Roy W. Crum Award (1995) from the TRB. He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, an Honorary Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists, and is a Registered Civil Engineer in California.
Dr. Peter F. Sweatman
University of Michigan
Peter F. Sweatman is Director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), a position he has held since September 2004. His expertise and research interests are in the areas of heavy vehicle interaction with infrastructure and highway infrastructure policy development. His work is widely recognized in the fields of vehicle design and engineering, vehicle and road safety, driver performance, and heavy vehicle standards and regulation. Before joining UMTRI, he was Founder and Managing Director of Road User Systems Pty Ltd of Australia. He was chief scientist at the Australian Road Research Board and Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He was elected to the Australia Driver Education Centre and served as President of the International Forum of Road Transport Technology. He earned a B.E. degree and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Melbourne.
Mr. Michael S. Townes
Hampton Roads Transit
Michael S. Townes is President and CEO of Hampton Roads Transit in Hampton, Virginia. He joined the Peninsula Transportation District Commission, the predecessor of Hampton Roads Transit, in 1986 and has served in his current capacity since 1989. His organization won awards in 1990, 1991, and 1992 as the Virginia Outstanding Public Transportation System. Mr. Townes chaired the TRB Executive Committee in 2004. He has chaired and served on panels overseeing research in TRB's Cooperative Research Programs and also chaired the NRC Committee to Review the National Transit Database. In 1996, Mr. Townes received the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials' Executive of the Year Award and the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Conference of Minority Public Administrators. He earned a B.A. degree in political science and a master's degree in urban regional planning, both from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dr. Richard N. Wright
National Institute of Standards and Technology [Retired]
Richard N. Wright retired in 1999 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology as Director of its Building and Fire Research Laboratory, and also was Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from Syracuse and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, honorary member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and member of its Committee on Sustainability, fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science; and member of the Earth¬quake Engineering Research Institute. He has been founding co-chairman of the Subcommittee on Construction and Building of the National Science and Technology Council; chairman of the Interagency Committee on Seismic Safety in Construction; U.S. chairman of the U.S. Japan Panel on Wind and Seismic Effects; president of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction; and president of the Liaison Committee of International Civil Engineering Organizations.