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Straight from the Source: Considering Transportation as a Complex Sociotechnical System

Date: 
April 17, 2013 - 12:00pm to 12:45pm EDT
Location: 
John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, 55 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142-1093
RITA Office: 
Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

Dr. Joseph M. SussmanDr. Joseph M. Sussman
JR East Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Engineering Systems Division
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Join Dr. Joseph M. Sussman, JR East Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Engineering Systems Division at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at Volpe for our next Straight from the Source event:

Dr. Joseph M. Sussman is the JR East Professor (endowed by the East Japan Railway Company) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Engineering Systems Division at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he has served as a faculty member for 43 years.

He is the author of Introduction to Transportation Systems, a graduate text published in 2000, in use at a number of universities in the U.S. and abroad. It has been translated into Greek, Chinese, and Spanish. His book Perspectives on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) was published in 2005. Sussman received the Roy W. Crum Distinguished Service Award from TRB, its highest honor, "for significant contributions to research" in 2001, and the CUTC Award for Distinguished Contribution to University Transportation Education and Research from the Council of University Transportation Centers in 2003. In 2002, ITS Massachusetts named its annual "Joseph M. Sussman Leadership Award" in his honor. He became a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007. In 2008, he won the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Engineering Alumni of the City College of New York.

Dr. Sussman earned a B.C.E. from City College of New York in 1961, an M.S.C.E. from the University of New Hampshire in 1963, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering Systems from MIT in 1967. He joined the MIT faculty in 1967. From 1977 to 1979, Professor Sussman served as the associate dean of Engineering for Educational Programs. From 1980 to 1985, he served as head of the Department of Civil Engineering at MIT. From 1986 to 1991, he served as director of the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) at MIT. During his term at CTS, research volume grew by 400% to more than $4 million annually at that time, reflecting an important expansion of CTS' research agenda. In 2011-2012, he served as the ESD interim director.

Dr. Sussman is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Transportation Research Forum, Transportation Research Board (Executive Committee chair in 1994; member, 1991-1998), ITS America (Board of Directors, 1995-2001) and ITS Massachusetts (Board of Directors, 1996-2001). He co-founded Multisystems of Cambridge, MA, in 1966 (now part of Transystems). To learn more about Dr. Sussman's career, visit our website.

Featuring today's thought leaders in transportation, Straight from the Source is an engaging speaker series that enables a stimulating information exchange on emerging and future transportation issues. The transportation community is invited to join the conversation. For further information, please contact Ellen Bell, director of strategic initiatives for research and innovation.