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Hani Mahmassani Named Transportation Center Director

The Transportation Center is an interdisciplinary education and research institution serving industry, government and the public.

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October 15, 2008 | by Megan Fellman
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Hani S. Mahmassani, William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation and professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been named director of the Transportation Center at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University.

The Transportation Center is an interdisciplinary education and research institution serving industry, government and the public. The center conducts interdisciplinary research, offers academic programs and engages in a wide array of outreach activities that connect it to both the private and public sectors of the transportation industry.

"Northwestern's Transportation Center has been a domain-defining leader and a much-emulated model for cross-disciplinary research and education in transportation systems," said Mahmassani. "The center will continue to work actively with its key constituencies and stakeholders, reach out to new ones and form new alliances to remain at the cutting edge in a field of increasingly global dimensions."

Julio Ottino, dean of the McCormick School, says Mahmassani's leadership will bring the center to a higher level of interdisciplinary and globalized research.

Mahmassani specializes in multimodal transportation systems analysis, planning and operations, dynamic network modeling and optimization, transit network planning and design, dynamics of user behavior and telematics, telecommunication-transportation interactions, large-scale human infrastructure systems, and real-time operation of logistics and distribution systems.

Mahmassani also holds a courtesy appointment in the department of managerial economics and decision sciences at the Kellogg School of Management and is an affiliate of the McCormick School's Infrastructure Technology Institute.

Before joining Northwestern in 2007, Mahmassani was the Charles Irish Sr. Chaired Professor and director of the Maryland Transportation Initiative at the University of Maryland. Prior to that, he spent 20 years on the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin.

Joseph Schofer, professor of civil and environmental engineering and an associate dean of McCormick, served as interim director of the Transportation Center before Mahmassani's appointment, which was effective Oct. 1.