About the Authors

John L. Renne, PhD, AICP & Billy Fields, Editors & Authors     See: https://transportbeyondoil.wordpress.com/about_editors/

Alphabetically listed

Edward Burgess received his MS in sustainability from Arizona State University, and his BA in chemistry and environmental studies from Princeton University. He specializes in energy and transportation planning and policy, stakeholder negotiation and communication, life-cycle assessment, GIS and spatial analysis, climate science, and urban ecology. Burgess was a NSF IGERT Fellow and conducted research on policy strategies for urban sustainability, with a focus on transportation planning and greenhouse-gas mitigation. He also worked at Regional Plan Association on the America 2050 project to advocate and plan for regional infrastructure around the country, focusing on high-speed rail.

David Burwell is director of the Energy and Climate Program at the Carnegie Endowment. His work at Carnegie focuses on the intersection between energy, transportation, and climate issues, and on policies and practice reforms for reducing global dependence on fossil fuels. Before joining Carnegie he was a principal in the BBG Group, a transportation-consulting firm that addresses climate, energy, and sustainable transportation policy, with a particular focus on how climate and transportation policies can be better coordinated to promote sustainable development and successful communities. During his career he served as cofounder and CEO of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and as founding co-chair and president of the Surface Transportation Policy Project, a national transportation-policy reform coalition. A lawyer by training, he also worked for the National Wildlife Federation as director of its Transportation and Infrastructure Program. He has served on the Executive Committee of the National Research Council’s Transportation Research Board (1992–1998) and is presently on the board of advisers of the Institute for Transportation and the Environment at the University of California at Davis. He served in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa.

Gilbert E. (Gil) Carmichael, a leading international authority on railroad and intermodal transportation policy, is the founding chairman and serves as a member of the board of directors at the University of Denver’s Intermodal Transportation Institute. Carmichael served as the US Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administrator (FRA) in the administration of President George H. W. Bush from 1989 to 1993, and served as vice chairman of the board of WABTEC Corporation, the leading independent manufacturer of after-market locomotive component parts and the leading independent locomotive remanufacturer in North America. A graduate of Texas A&M University and a former fellow in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, he presents and publishes papers on the transportation industry, promoting the need for a North American and global intermodal freight and passenger system that utilizes the world’s rail network.

Jago Dodson is the director of the Urban Research Program at Griffith University. Following a PhD at Melbourne University, where he investigated public housing policy, he has published extensively on a wide range of urban problems ranging across planning, housing, governance, transport, infrastructure, energy use, climate change, and social disadvantage. He has also been a regular media commentator on urban issues in Australia and an advocate for improved policy making in Australian cities. His work with co-author Neil Sipe was widely reported in print and broadcast media during 2007–2010. Dodson has provided research-based advice to local, state, and federal governments.

Alan S. Drake is a consulting engineer who became concerned about both climate change (which he prefers to call climate chaos) and the advent of extreme oil—oil that is ever-more-expensive and difficult to extract in limited quantities. Working pro bono publico, he has researched possible mitigation strategies, and their economic consequences, for both issues for over a decade.

Projjal K. Dutta is the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s first-ever Director of Sustainability. He has two primary responsibilities: to reduce the environmental footprint of the MTA, and to verifiably measure the carbon benefits that accrue to the region, due to the MTA. In a carbon-constrained future, this could generate badly needed additional resources. Dutta was instrumental in the measurement and verification of MTA’s carbon footprint and its registration with the Climate Registry. He has played a leadership role in the transit industry’s effort to quantify its carbon benefits. He has lectured and written extensively on the subject of “carbon avoidance” at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia Universities as well as others. Dutta has more than 20 years’ experience in projects ranging in scale from urban to residential, with a particular emphasis on sustainable design. Before joining the MTA, he worked as a sustainable architecture consultant. His graduate thesis, which explored the construction of low-cost housing from waste packaging, was adjudged “Best Thesis” at MIT. His built projects have been featured in publications in the United States and abroad. Deborah Gordon is a nonresident senior associate in Carnegie’s Energy and Climate Program, where her research focuses on climate, energy, and transportation issues, with a special focus on unconventional oil and fossil fuels in the United States and abroad. Since 1996 she has been an author and policy consultant specializing in transportation, energy, and environmental policy for nonprofit, foundation, academic, public, and private sector clients. From 1996 to 2000 she codirected the Transportation and Environment Program at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and from 1989 to 1996 she founded and then directed the Transportation Policy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Additionally, Gordon has worked at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (1988–89), where she developed clean-car “feebate” policies under a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency, and she was a chemical engineer with Chevron (1982–87). Gordon has served on National Academy of Sciences committees and the Transportation Research Board Energy Committee. Her recent book Two Billion Cars (co-authored with Daniel Sperling) provides a fact-based case and a roadmap for navigating the biggest global environmental challenge of this century—cars and oil (Oxford University Press, January 2009).

Christopher S. Hanson joined the Voorhees Transportation Center in 2009 as a postdoctoral research associate to work on the Center’s Carbon Footprint Project. Through his efforts, this project has developed a methodology for estimating the global warming potential of transportation capital projects for the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Hanson received his PhD in planning and public policy from the Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University in 2007. He has also received a MA in geography from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 2001. His research interests include emissions modeling, evaluation and outcomes analysis, and transportation and health policy. He is a past recipient of a cancer-policy graduate fellowship from the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research, and is a current member of the American Planning Association and the Association of American Geographers.

Tony Hull currently works for Transit for Livable Communities (TLC) in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His responsibilities include planning and evaluation of the Federal Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (SAFETEA-LU 1807), known locally as the Bike Walk Twin Cities program. Prior to coming to TLC, Hull worked as a principal planner at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) in Columbus, Ohio, and before that he worked with the Central Ohio Transit Authority and the city of Hilliard, Ohio. His background includes over a decade of working as a multimodal transportation planner, with a focus on pedestrian needs, ADA accessibility, Complete Streets, and traffic calming. A graduate of the Ohio State University, Hull has been a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) since 2004, and currently he serves appointments to the TRB Committee on Pedestrians, ANF10, and the Minneapolis Pedestrian Advisory Committee, representing the Ward 6 neighborhood of Whittier, where he currently resides.

Jeffrey Kenworthy is professor of Sustainable Cities at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP) at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. He has spent 33 years in the transport and urban planning field and currently teaches courses and supervises postgraduate students in the city policy and urban sustainability fields. Further, he is author and co-author of over 200 books, book chapters, and journal publications in the area of city policy. He has extensive experience in the fields of compact-housing developments, public-transport systems, and sustainable transport policy, and he has worked as a consultant for local, state, and federal governments in Australia, as well as private organizations and the World Bank. For three and a half years he was project director for the Millennium Cities Database for Sustainable Transport for the International Union (Association) of Public Transport in Brussels (UITP). This study includes 100 developed and developing cities in every part of the world and includes comparative data on urban land use, transport, economics, and the environment of cities. Kenworthy received the Australian Centenary Medal from the Australian Prime Minister’s Office for service to planning and sustainability in relation to public transport and urban form.

Bradley W. Lane is an assistant professor in the Master of Public Administration Program at the University of Texas at El Paso. His research focuses on travel behavior, policy, and planning issues in urban transportation, and he has taught classes in research methods, urban and regional planning, policy analysis, human geography, and environmental impact. He has conducted and published extensive research on the impact of gasoline prices on public transportation, and on policies, perception, knowledge, and travel behavior related to the electric vehicle. Previously published works also include studies on the renaissance of rail transit in the United States, the spatial variability of changes in travel behavior related to light-rail infrastructure, and on high-speed intercity rail transportation. Lane is a board member of the Transportation Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers, and also serves as a reviewer for numerous major journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. Prior to joining the faculty at UTEP in August 2010, Lane earned a PhD in geography from Indiana University in 2010, an MA in geography from Indiana University in 2006, and a BA in political science and public policy from Rice University in 2003.

Jie (Jane) Lin is an associate professor in the department of civil and materials engineering and a research associate professor in the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also an affiliated faculty member at the Urban Transport Center (UTC) at UIC, and is a current member of the Transportation and Air Quality Committee (ADC20) of the Transportation Research Board, National Academies. Lin’s research interests are in the areas of intelligent transportation systems, sustainable transportation systems, public transit planning and operations, and goods-movement analysis. Lin received her PhD from the University of California at Davis.

Todd Litman is founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems. His work helps to expand the range of impacts and options considered in transportation decision making, to improve evaluation methods, and to make specialized technical concepts accessible to a larger audience. His research is used worldwide in transport planning and policy analysis. Litman has worked on numerous studies that evaluate transportation costs, benefits, and innovation, and he is active in several professional organizations including the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Transportation Research Board (TRB, a section of US National Academy of Sciences). He currently chairs the TRB Sustainable Transportation Indicators Subcommittee.

Deron Lovaas is the Natural Resource Defense Council’s director of federal transportation policy. His main focus is on policies about transportation and energy, and their effects on public health, the environment, and the economy. He is an expert on a variety of issues, having testified multiple times before Congress on topics including dependence on oil, energy efficiency, fuel economy, transportation infrastructure, roads and bridges, public works, and gasoline taxes, as well as aviation, bus, railroad, bicycle, and pedestrian projects. Prior to his decade at NRDC, Lovaas spent ten years working at several conservation groups including the National Wildlife Federation, Zero Population Growth, and the Sierra Club, where he directed a national campaign to reduce suburban sprawl. He was also an environmental specialist with Maryland’s Environment Department from 1993 to 1995. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in 1992.

Simon McDonnell is a senior policy analyst for the Office of Policy Research at the City University of New York (CUNY). Previously, he was a research fellow at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University, where his research focus was on land-use, environmental, and transportation policy. He graduated with a BA in economics, an MS in environmental economics and policy, and a PhD in planning and environmental policy from University College, Dublin. McDonnell was also Irish coordinator of a trans-European research project investigating transport sustainability—TranSust.Scan. Before joining the Furman Center, McDonnell spent a year as a visiting assistant professor with the Urban Planning Program and the Institute of Environmental Science and Policy (IESP) in the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Kevin Mills is the vice president for policy and trail development at the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. He oversees RTC’s program agenda, including federal and state legislation and rulemaking, grassroots movement building, program initiatives, and research, and is a national leader in the effort to ensure that trails, biking, and walking remain key elements of America’s transportation policy. Prior to joining RTC in spring 2006, Mills spent more than 15 years at Environmental Defense, where he directed programs to reduce the climate and health impacts of automobiles, reduce the use and waste of toxic chemicals, and promote sustainable transportation and communities.

Peter Newman is the professor of sustainability at Curtin University and director of the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute. Newman is on the board of Infrastructure Australia, which funds infrastructure for the long-term sustainability of Australian cities, and is a lead author for transport on the IPCC. He has three recent books: Technologies for Climate-Change Mitigation: Transport for the UN Environment Program, Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change, and Green Urbanism Down Under for Island Press. Newman directed the production of Western Australia’s sustainability strategy in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, the first state sustainability strategy in the world, and was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. In Perth, Newman is best known for his work in saving, reviving, and extending the city’s rail system. For the 30 years since he attended Stanford University during the first oil crisis, he has been warning cities about preparing for peak oil. Newman’s book with Jeffrey Kenworthy, Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence, was launched in the White House in 1999. From 1976 to 1980 he was a councilor in the city of Fremantle, where he still lives.

Robert B. Noland is the director of the Voorhees Transportation Center (BSPPP) and a professor at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He received his PhD in energy management and environmental policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Rutgers, he was reader in transport and environmental policy at Imperial College, London, and a policy analyst at the US Environmental Protection Agency; he also conducted postdoctoral research in the economics department at the University of California at Irvine. The focus of Noland’s research is the impacts of transport planning and policy on environmental outcomes. His research has been cited throughout the world in debates over transport-infrastructure planning and environmental assessment of new infrastructure. Noland is currently the associate editor of the journals Transportation Research Part D (Transport and Environment) and the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, and he is chair of the Transportation Research Board Special Task Force on Climate Change and Energy.

Joanne R. Potter is a principal at IFC International, and has more than 15 years’ experience in climate change, sustainability, and transportation. Her work has addressed both strategies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from transportation and also climate impacts and adaptation analysis. She is currently supporting the US AID program in developing guidance on climate-change impacts analysis and adaptation for infrastructure in the developing world, and the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program of the US Department of Defense (DoD) in its examination of climate-change impacts on coastal installations. Prior to joining ICF, Potter was a lead and editing author of The Impacts of Climate Change and Variability on Transportation Systems and Infrastructure: Gulf Coast Study Phase I, released in March 2008, and was project manager for the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) “Report to Congress on Transportation’s Impact on Climate Change and Solutions.” She also managed the development and publication of Moving Cooler: An Analysis of Transportation Strategies for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (July 2009), a national multisponsor study assessing the effectiveness of transportation activity strategies to reduce GHG emissions. Potter received a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Neil Sipe is the deputy director of the Urban Research Program at Griffith University. Since receiving his PhD in urban and regional planning from Florida State University, he has taught in the Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia) School of Environment since 1998 and has served as head of the urban planning program from 2002 to 2006 and 2008 to 2012. He has also served as deputy director of the Urban Research Program from 2006 to 2008 and as acting director from June to December of 2011. Sipe currently serves on the Transportation Research Board Ferry Committee and the National Education Committee of the Planning Institute of Australia and is the editor of Australian Planner, a peer-reviewed journal serving Australian planning academics and professionals. He has an extensive teaching record in the field of transport planning and in recent research has proposed methods (with chapter co-author Jago Dodson) for defining and mapping transport exclusion and oil vulnerability. He has a strong track record in empirical research that links issues of spatial access and socioeconomic equity in urban contexts, both in the United States and in Australia.

Petra Todorovich Messick is a visiting assistant professor at the Graduate Center for Planning at Pratt Institute. She is also senior officer of outreach and communications in the Northeast Corridor Infrastructure Investment Development (NEC IID) division at Amtrak. NEC IID is the new business line at Amtrak devoted to planning, maintaining, and improving the infrastructure of the Northeast Corridor, the rail corridor stretching from Boston to Washington, DC and hosting more than 2,000 daily intercity, commuter, and freight trains. In her position at Amtrak, she conducts strategic outreach to a range of partners and stakeholders impacted by Amtrak’s plans for the corridor.  Prior to working at Amtrak, Messick was director of America 2050, Regional Plan Association’s national infrastructure planning and policy program, which provides leadership on a broad range of transportation, sustainability, and economic-development issues impacting America’s growth in the 21st century.  Messick led America 2050’s research, advocacy, and planning, working with partners, such as the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Rockefeller Foundation. In this position, she co-authored three publications on high-speed rail and was a frequent speaker on transportation policy and regional planning.



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