Joseph L. Schofer, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been named William L. Patterson Distinguished Professor of Transportation at Northwestern University.
Schofer’s research focuses on urban transportation policy planning, traveler behavior and market research, intelligent transportation systems, and pedestrian and motor vehicle safety. Schofer also is interested in traffic calming and strategies to promote more and safer walking and biking.
Schofer is a member of the Transportation Research Board and the Institute of Transportation Engineers and a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He also is a member of the advisory panel for the U.S. Department of Transportation Travel Model Improvement Program. He serves on the board of advisors for the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California at Davis and as chairman of the citizen’s advisory board of Pace, the Chicago suburban bus carrier.
He has published more than 200 articles, reports and chapters. His articles have appeared in a variety of publications including Transportation Research Record, Accident Analysis and Prevention, Transportation Research and Pediatrics.
He received the Wilbur S. Smith Distinguished Transportation Educator Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers in 2003 and was named McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science Advisor of the Year in 2002.
Schofer has been a member of the Northwestern faculty since 1970. In addition to teaching and research, he has served as interim dean of the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, chair of the department of civil and environmental engineering and director of research for the Transportation Center. He currently serves as associate dean for strategy and communications at McCormick.