In Recognition for Distinguished Contribution to University Transportation Education and Research
January 13, 2004
Joseph Sussman, JR East Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and of Engineering Systems, has been named the winner of the 2003 CUTC Award for Distinguished Contribution to University Transportation Education and Research.
Awarded annually by the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC), the honor recognizes individuals with a long history of outstanding contributions to university education and research, resulting in a lasting impact on the transportation field. Sussman was chosen by the CUTC executive committee from a list of nominees submitted by council members.
A previous director of the Center for Transportation & Logistics (1986-1991), Sussman is the author of Introduction to Transportation Systems, a graduate text in use at a number of universities. His research in railroad service reliability, operations and risk assessment has had a major impact on the railroad industry in the US and Japan, and his work in intelligent transportation systems helped to build the US national program.
Currently, Sussman is concentrating on the planning, investment analysis, operations, management, design and maintenance of Complex, Large-Scale, Integrated, Open Systems (CLIOS). He heads a three-year project with the Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer (UIC), performing technology scanning for the international freight and passenger railroad industry. He also works on the Mexico City project on transportation and the environment, and on the Lean Sustainment Initiative, dealing with the maintenance system of the US Air Force.
In 2001, ITS Massachusetts established the Joseph M. Sussman Leadership Award in recognition of his contributions to, and leadership in, intelligent transportation systems. That same year, Sussman also received the Roy W. Crum Award from the Transportation Research Board (TRB), its highest honor, "for significant contributions to research".
Sussman holds a BCE from City College of New York, an MSCE from the University of New Hampshire and a PhD in Civil Engineering Systems from MIT. He will receive the CUTC award at their awards banquet preceding the TRB Annual Meeting.