Mar 29, 2023
Knowlton Hall, Gui Auditorium
Dr. Catherine L. Ross is Harry West Professor and Director of the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is Deputy Director of Georgia Tech’s Tier 1 University Center for Transportation System Productivity and Management, a $14 million research program.
An internationally known transportation and urban planner, Ross is one of the world’s experts on Megaregions and sustainability. Her research interests and areas of expertise include transportation planning/impact analysis; regional planning and development; land-use planning; sustainable development and quality growth. Her current research examines freight impact and passenger mobility options for cities and regions including the examination of the increasing role of e-commerce and emerging technologies. Her work includes a multidisciplinary focus on resiliency, sustainability, and inequality.
Ross is editor of Megaregions: Planning for Global Competitiveness (Island Press, 2009) and the co-author of The Inner City: Urban Poverty and Economic Development in the Next Century (1997). Her latest book, Health Impact Assessment in the United States, was released in spring 2014 by Springer. Ross has authored numerous journal articles, books, and research reports in the Wall Street Journal, Urban Land Institute, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA Today, and others.
Ross served as a Faculty in Residence at the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board and has held several positions at Georgia Tech including vice provost and co-director of Georgia Tech’s Transportation Research and Education Center. In July 2009, she was selected to advise the Obama Administration on the first-ever White House Office of Urban Affairs. Dr. Ross served as the first Executive Director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority from 1999–2003, an innovative regional state agency created by the Georgia Legislature.
Ross is a member of the National Academy of Public Administration and she serves as vice chair of the AAA Auto Club Group. She is a former Urban Land Institute Fellow and past president of the National Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Ross has served on numerous National Academies Committees including the Transportation Research Board Executive Committee, the University Transportation Centers Program, and on the board of directors of the ENO Transportation Foundation.
Dr. Ross attended Kent State University for her undergraduate degree, completed the Masters of Regional Planning Program and Doctoral Degree at Cornell University, and conducted post-doctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley.
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