Director's Message

SPRING, 2014 -- On June 30, I will step down from the directorship of the Institute of Transportation Studies, after nine years at the helm of this unique organization. During that period, I have had the privilege to work with a large and outstanding group of faculty, researchers and staff, who collectively represent the premier transportation research center in the nation, if not the world.

I've also had the opportunity to help grow it, by working with faculty in three academic departments and with ITS researchers to create two new research centers: a Volvo Research Foundation’s Center of Excellence in Future Urban Transport and the Transportation Sustainability Research Center

Through collaboration with my counterparts at the Institutes of Transportation Studies on the UC Davis, UC Irvine and UCLA campuses, we were successful in funding a multi-campus research program in the area of transportation sustainability. All the while, with strong leadership from their respective directors, long-standing ITS Berkeley centers (NEXTORPATHPRC, and SafeTREC) continued to thrive. The Federal Region 9 University Transportation Center was successfully re-competed for and is still headquartered at ITS Berkeley: UCTC changed its name and director to become UC CONNECT. I was fortunate to be surrounded by such excellence.

The future of the Institute promises to be even brighter. Professor Alexandre Bayen, of the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley, has accepted the position of director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, effective July 1, 2014. Alexandre is uniquely qualified to lead the Institute, by virtue of his distinguished research and scholarship in the field of Transportation and his demonstrated ability to lead and manage complex research projects, involving large teams of faculty, staff and students. I am confident that, under his leadership, ITS will rise to new heights of excellence.

Onward and upward,
Samer Madanat