Berkeley Tops Transportation Thought Leaders in Academia List

September 14, 2017

ITS academic Susan Shaheen and ITS alumni Megan Smirti Ryerson, Brian Taylor and Seth Young have been named on the Eno Center for Transportation’s Top 10 Transportation Thought Leaders in Academia.

Eno partnered with the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) to identify 10 of the most forward-looking transportation academics in the field today. The list, in part, honors the late Professor Aaron Gellman, who was presented with the Wilbur S. Smith Award for Service in 2015, which honors individuals who have given years of extraordinary support and service to Eno.
Featured academics work in multi-modal disciplines that vary greatly from computer science, information systems, and engineering to public policy, planning, business and design.  In addition to grooming the next transportation workforce, this esteemed group leverages their resources and expertise to help solve real world transportation challenges through ongoing research and thought-leadership.
Transportation Sustainability Research Center Co-Director Susan Shaheen serves as an adjunct professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California at Berkeley. She is a leader in innovative mobility research, focusing on carsharing, ecodriving for private vehicles and freight, and smart parking management for transit and trucks. She served as the first Honda Distinguished Scholar in Transportation at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis.
ITS alumna Megan Smirti Ryerson is an Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning and Electrical and Systems Engineering in the area of Transportation at the University of Pennsylvania. She researches the tradeoff between economic development and environmental impacts presented by the air transportation system, and the design of resilient multimodal transportation system networks. She was appointed in 2015 by the US Secretary of Transportation to serve on the Airport Cooperative Research Program Oversight Committee.
ITS alumnus Brian Taylor directs both the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and the Institute of Transportation Studies, and is a professor of Urban Planning, all at the University of California at Los Angeles. He researches travel behavior, transportation finance, and politics and planning. He is currently chair of a Transportation Research Board special report committee examining the public policy implications of new shared mobility systems.
ITS alumnus Seth Young directs the Ohio State University’s Center for Aviation Studies, where he teaches and researches issues on airport and aviation system planning, operations, and management. He is also on the faculty of the OSU College of Engineering as the John McConnell Chair of Aviation, and is Associate Director of Aviation and Aerospace Policy at OSU’s Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy Research.
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