Associate Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Kari Edison Watkins is the Frederick Law Olmsted Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA, USA. Her teaching and research interests center in multi-modal transportation planning and the use of technology in transportation, especially as related to transit planning and operations. After a decade as a senior transportation engineer on projects ranging from regional transportation visions to BRT feasibility studies, Dr. Watkins left consulting in 2008 to obtain a PhD at the University of Washington. At UW, she co-created the award-winning OneBusAway program (http://onebusaway.org/) to provide transit rider information tools and assess their impacts on riders. Her current focus is on understanding and reacting to transit ridership changes and she is currently leading TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program A-43, Recent Decline in Public Transportation Ridership: Analysis, Causes, Responses. Dr. Watkins serves as the Director of T-SCORE, a new USDOT University Transportation Center on the subject of Strategic Implications of Changing Public Transportation Travel Trends.