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Robert L. Bertini
March 18, 2016  

Robert L. Bertini, Ph.D., P.E. is aProfessor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Dr. Bertini’s primary research interests are in sustainable transportation solutions, traffic flow theory informed by empirical and experimental measurements, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), multimodal transportation “big data” for improving performance measurement, planning and operations, and proactive traffic management and operations. Dr. Bertini recently completed a 6-year term as chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics (AHB45) and is currently the chair of the TRB Operations Section (AHB00), overseeing 13 committees. Dr. Bertini received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2002, where he developed an online multimodal transportation data repository that is a platform for performance measurement, modeling and prediction. The recipient of many awards, he received the DeFazio Transportation Hall of Fame Award and was invited to deliver the Ogden Lecture at Monash University in Australia in 2014. He was the director of the Portland State University Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory and of the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC), which is a statewide, federally funded university transportation center. He also served in the Obama Administration as Deputy Administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation where he also led the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office and chaired the Department’s Innovation Council. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from San Jose State University, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Bertini is a licensed professional engineer in the states of California and Oregon.