August 17, 2009 - Present
Dr. Robert L. Bertini was sworn in as the fourth Deputy Administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) on August 17, 2009. As RITA's longest serving Deputy Administrator, Dr. Bertini is focusing on increasing collaboration across the U.S. DOT and within RITA itself. He is also emphasizing the importance of developing the transportation workforce of today and tomorrow - attracting people to the transportation field and ensuring that the tools and knowledge they need will be readily accessible via training and lifelong learning. In addition to his duties as Deputy Administrator, Dr. Bertini also served as Acting Director of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office from 2010-2011.
Dr. Bertini was the founding Director of the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium, led the Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory at Portland State University, and was a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. He served as Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Urban Studies & Planning at Portland State prior to joining RITA. Dr. Bertini has more than 21 years of experience in the transportation field, including work with local government, several national transportation consulting firms on transit and highway projects, the auto industry, and university research and education. Dr. Bertini is the author or co-author of more than 225 publications including journal articles, conference proceedings, book chapters and technical reports, with more than 235 citations. He is a registered professional engineer and a former city planning commissioner and has received a B.S. cum laude in Civil Engineering from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; an M.S. in Civil Engineering from San Jose State University, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.