The Master of Sustainable Transportation program features expert UW faculty along with credentialed instructors who work in the field.
Ed McCormack – Director
Ed McCormack is a research associate professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, an adjunct research associate professor in the Department of Urban Design & Planning, and the director of the Master of Sustainable Transportation program. He has more than 30 years of experience working on transportation issues and conducting research regarding the use of technology to improve transportation sustainability, mobility and security. He is currently focusing on researching methods to improve goods delivery in urban areas.
McCormack has also helped implement transportation technology projects in one of the most sustainable countries in the world, working as a chief engineer for the Norwegian national transportation authority; led efforts to use trucking industry GPS data to develop roadway network performance for freight; explored the relationship between land use and transportation; and developed transportation applications for geographic information systems. He has an M.S. in civil engineering and a Ph.D. in geography, both from the University of Washington.
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Scott Rutherford – Director Emeritus
Scott Rutherford has been a professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering for more than three decades, and is the founding director of the Master of Sustainable Transportation program. He has conducted research in transportation planning, travel demand forecasting and management, and the development of public transportation systems. Rutherford was also one of the principal architects of the award-winning U-PASS program at the UW, which successfully increased transit ridership and reduced total vehicle trips even as the university experienced major expansion.
Rutherford has served as director of the Washington State Transportation Center and the Innovations Unit of the Washington State Transportation Commission. He worked as the director of research for the Washington State Department of Transportation and as a consultant on transit projects and travel forecasting issues in Washington, D.C. He holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Northwestern University.
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Ryan Avery is an affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and a senior transportation engineer at the firm Parsons Brinckerhoff. He worked on the Sound Transit 2 program and the Alaskan Way Viaduct project, and has international experience with the Dubai Integrated Rail Transit Master Plan. Avery has also done work for the Centre for Traffic Research at Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan in Stockholm, Sweden. He holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Washington.
Alon Bassok is an affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and a transportation and urban planning consultant. His main focus is on real estate and sustainable transportation. Bassok previously worked for the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies in the UW College of Built Environments, where he conducted research on Washington’s housing market, green building values and parking requirements. He has also worked for the Puget Sound Regional Council as a freight economics analyst and as vice-chair of the City of Seattle’s freight advisory board, as well as with local and national organizations to address the challenge of balancing car and bicycle traffic. He has a Ph.D. in urban planning from the University of Washington.
Tim Larson is a professor in both the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the Department of Environmental Health at the UW. His research interests include air quality management, measurement methods for atmospheric aerosols, and precipitation scavenging. Larson has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Washington.
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Brian H. Y. Lee
Brian Lee is an affiliate professor in the Master of Sustainable Transportation program and a senior planner for the Puget Sound Regional Council. His main areas of expertise are econometric modeling, systems simulation and data analytics. Lee’s experience concerns interactions between land use and transportation, travel behavior, accessibility and mobility, non-motorized and transit mode choices, and policy evaluation. He holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from the University of Washington.
Don MacKenzie is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. He leads the Sustainable Transportation Lab, which develops and evaluates technical and policy solutions for making our transportation system more economically viable and environmentally benign while providing access for all. His research areas include infrastructure and smart cities, vehicle electrification, new mobility services, and the impacts of vehicle automation. MacKenzie holds a Ph.D. in engineering systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Deb Niemeier is an affiliate professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and a professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis. Her research interests span transportation and air quality modeling, energy consumption and land use interactions, environmental justice and transportation, and sustainability factors in the development process for major infrastructure projects. Niemeier is a member of the National Academy of Engineering Board on Energy and Environmental Systems. She is also editor in chief of the journal Sustainable Cities and Society. She holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Washington.
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Dana Rowangould is an affiliate professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and a principal at Sustainable Systems Research LLC. Her research areas include policy analysis, transportation and land use planning, environmental justice, energy use, air quality and health. Rowangould has a master’s in agricultural and resource economics and a Ph.D. in ecology and environmental policy, both from the University of California, Davis.
Preston Schiller is an affiliate professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and a visiting lecturer in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Queen’s University. His research focuses on transportation planning with an emphasis on walking, cycling and transit. He has also taught courses on environmental issues, transportation planning, and the history and politics of planning at Western Washington University. Schiller is the author of An Introduction to Sustainable Transportation: Policy, Planning and Implementation. He earned a Ph.D. in sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.