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Straight from the Source: Discoveries in D.C. and Delft: Reflections on the Future of Transportation Research and Education

Date: 
September 18, 2013 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm EDT
Location: 
John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, 55 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142-1093
RITA Office: 
Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

Professor Robert Bertini
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Portland State University

Robert BertiniTransportation is the backbone of our society and our economy and we face significant challenges and opportunities including:

  • curbing highway fatalities and injuries
  • reviving an aging infrastructure
  • dealing with sustainability issues such as climate change
  • addressing demographic changes
  • influencing behavioral shifts
  • recovering from the financial crisis
  • finding new ways to finance transportation
  • reducing externalities such as congestion, emissions, and noise

What is the role for transportation research and education in meeting these grand challenges? How can you shape your research so your results can better influence policy? How can you make a difference in the transportation field, whether in the public/government, private or academic/research sectors?

Join Professor Robert Bertini from Portland State University and become part of tomorrow’s transportation enterprise.


Robert Bertini is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Portland State University. From 2009-2011, he served as Deputy Administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation, and from 2011-2012 he was a visiting professor at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

From these unique vantage points, building on a 25-year career in the transportation field, he was able to view the intersections of science, policy and politics. In Europe, he had the chance to live day to day in an environment that many U.S. cities are striving to become.

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.