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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Ryan Avery is a senior research engineer at the Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC) at the University of Washington where he specializes in working with large data sets to improve our understanding of various transport systems. He is a GIS and data analysis and management expert who has years of experience working with massive transportation data sets, such as tolling data and transit fare card data. He previously worked in the consulting industry as a planner and data scientist where he gained broad multi-modal experience working with local agencies in the Puget Sound region including Sound Transit, WSDOT, King County Metro, Community Transit, Washington State Ferries and the City of Seattle. He also has international experience working in the UAE on the Dubai Integrated Rail Transit Master Plan and the Abu Dhabi Regional Rail Study, and he also was previously a researcher at the Centre for Traffic Research in Stockholm, Sweden. He holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Washington.
Justin Beaudoin is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada. He was previously an assistant professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Tacoma from 2016-2019. Beaudoin’s research primarily focuses on regional economic issues related to urban transportation and the environment. His ongoing research is related to the effects of public transit investment on land use and the cost-benefit analysis of potential transit projects. Beaudoin completed his Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics at the University of California, Davis in 2015. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on evaluating the effect of public transit investments on traffic congestion and air quality, and how public infrastructure investment decisions are affected by other related government policies and regulations that are in place. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies at UC Davis, he worked for two years as an economic consultant in Toronto, Canada, with an emphasis on projects relating to transportation issues for the Canadian government.
Douglas Eisinger is a vice president and chief scientist for transportation policy and planning at Sonoma Technology, Inc. He has over 30 years of public and private sector experience. Under the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, he chairs the U.S. Transportation Research Board’s Air Quality Committee. For over 12 years, Eisinger was the program manager for the UC Davis-Caltrans Air Quality Project. He also served four years as mobile sources section chief for U.S. EPA Region 9, San Francisco. He taught “Air Quality Management: Policy and Practice” for nearly 20 years at the University of Hawaii, and he also taught transportation policy at UC Davis. Eisinger’s book, Smog Check: Science, Federalism, and the Politics of Clean Air, is an in-depth case study of one of the U.S. Clean Air Act’s most important emissions control programs. Eisinger earned a bachelor’s in government at Cornell University, a Master of Public Policy with an emphasis on energy and environmental policy at Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in environmental policy analysis at the University of Wales, United Kingdom.
Mark Hallenbeck is the director of the Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC) at the University of Washington. He has been with TRAC for about 35 years and frequently teaches urban transportation planning and intelligent transportation systems in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the UW.
Much of Hallenbeck’s research involves data that describe transportation system use and performance. He works with multiple agencies in the region to examine how big data and new technology can be used to improve regional mobility, while examining how changing mobility options are affecting land use decisions. Hallenbeck works on projects ranging from the analysis of how dynamic pricing on the I-405 express lanes impacts user behavior to the use of electronic transit fare card and dockless bike data for better multimodal planning.
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 the characterization of urban air pollution, mobile platform monitoring of air pollution, exposure assessment of airborne particles and gases as well as source and receptor relationships of ambient air pollutants. His major focus in recent years has been on the assessment of human exposure to outdoor generated air pollutants. Larson has a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Washington.
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Don MacKenzie is an associate 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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Dr. Matt Palm is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. His research experience and publishing span the topics of transportation planning and housing policy. The geographic scope of his previous work includes Australia, Canada and the United States. He has worked previously for the State of California and the University of Melbourne, Australia. His current research focuses on automated vehicles and social equity. He holds a Master’s in public policy from Oregon State University and PhD in Geography from the University of California, Davis.
Dr. Rocky Piro is the executive director of the Colorado Center for Sustainable Urbanism. He serves on the board of directors for the International Urban Planning and the Environment Association and is past chair of the Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division of the American Planning Association. He served as manager of the Community Planning and Development Department in the City and County of Denver, as program manager for the Growth Management Department at the Puget Sound Regional Council in Seattle and as manager of the Intergovernmental Planning Team for King County, Washington. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners examination committee that prepares the qualifying exam for planners seeking professional certification. Dr. Piro is the recipient of the Myer Wolfe Award for Excellence in Planning and was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2010. He received his Ph.D. in urban design and planning from the University of Washington and his master's from the University of Colorado Denver.
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 taught courses on environmental issues, transportation planning and the history and politics of planning at Western Washington University. Schiller’s background also includes working as a hands-on transit researcher and planner. Schiller is the co-author of An Introduction to Sustainable Transportation: Policy, Planning and Implementation 2nd ed. He earned a Ph.D. in sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Karen Wolf is an affiliate instructor at the University of Washington. She works as a senior policy analyst in the King County Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget. Wolf has more than 25 years of experience working on regional land use projects in King County and helping to implement the Washington State Growth Management Act, including serving as project manager for the comprehensive plan and for countrywide planning policies. Her interests include efforts to curb sprawl and focus growth in urban areas while preserving environmentally sensitive rural areas and resource lands, the application of social justice in regional planning and advocacy for walkable communities. She is an elected member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Commission. Wolf holds a master's degree in urban planning from the University of Washington.