2018 TRB Annual Meeting: Patricia L. Mokhtarian, 2018 Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lectureship Recipient
Patricia L. Mokhtarian, the Susan G. and Christopher D. Pappas Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is the 2018 recipient of the Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lectureship. She will be presenting her lecture, titled “The Times They Are A-Changin’: What do the Expanding Uses of Travel Time Portend for Policy, Planning, and Life?” on Monday, January 8, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center as part of the 97th TRB Annual Meeting, January 7-11, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
The Deen Distinguished Lectureship award recognizes the career contributions and achievements of an individual in areas covered by the Board’s Technical Activities Division. Honorees present overviews of their technical areas, covering the evolution, status, and prospects for the future.
Dr. Mokhtarian joined the Georgia Institute of Technology in August 2013, after 23 years on the CEE faculty at the University of California, Davis (UCD). At UCD she was Associate Director for Education of the Institute of Transportation Studies, and founding Chair of the interdisciplinary MS/Ph.D. program in Transportation Technology and Policy as well as a Professor of CEE. While at UCD, she also served as Principal Investigator on a $2.7 million National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship award. Prior to joining UCD in 1990, she spent nine years in regional planning and consulting in southern California. .
In her academic career, Dr. Mokhtarian regularly teaches graduate classes in transportation survey methods and discrete choice modeling, and undergraduate probability and statistics, the latter taken by more than 2,000 students over the course of her career. She has been credited with making important and substantial contributions in the areas of transportation planning and policy making, information and communications technologies’ impacts on travel, and human attitudes and perceptions toward travel. She has authored or co-authored more than 200 refereed journal articles, technical reports, and other publications. Dr. Mokhtarian is one of the top five most highly cited scholars in the field of transportation, and accordingly has shaped the nature of discourse in the field for generations to come.
Since 1988, Dr. Mokhtarian has provided continued service to TRB as a chair or member of six different TRB standing committees or subcommittees. In recognition of her service, she is an Emeritus Member of the Standing Committees on Effects of Information and Communication Technologies on Travel Choices, and Traveler Behavior and Values. Dr. Mokhtarian was also a member of the committee that produced TRB Special Report 298: Driving and the Built Environment: Effects of Compact Development on Motorized Travel, Energy Use, and CO2 Emissions. The report estimates the contributions that changes in residential and mixed-use development patterns and transit investments could make to reducing vehicle miles traveled by 2030, and then also by 2050, and the impact this could have on meeting future transportation-related greenhouse gas reduction goals.
She earned her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering/Management Science from Northwestern University, and her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics (summa cum laude) from Florida State University.
TRB’s 97th Annual Meeting takes place January 7-11, 2018, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. The meeting covers all transportation issues, with 5,000 presentations in more than 800 sessions. A number of sessions and workshops will focus on the meeting’s spotlight theme, Transportation: Moving the Economy of the Future. The meeting is expected to attract more than 13,000 transportation professionals from around the world.