dissertation, she became a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in 1995, and then assumed various academic positions at UCLA. Her research has focused on travel demographics, particularly the role of transportation in meeting the mobility needs of welfare recipients, the urban poor, and low-income women. Dr. Blumenberg is a research associate at the Mineta Transportation Institute and a member of the Southern California Inter-University Consortium on Homelessness and Poverty (the Weingart Center Association), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, and the Association of Academic Women. She serves on the editorial board of Economic Development Quarterly and is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Women’s Issues in Transportation. Dr. Blumenberg received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree and doctorate in urban planning from UCLA.
Kenneth A. Brown is Director of Risk Assessment and Fire Safety in the Office of System Safety at New York City Transit (NYCT), where he is responsible for overseeing engineering and fire and life safety issues affecting NYCT employees and customers in the subway and surface transit systems. Mr. Brown joined NYCT in 1992, where he has held positions of increasing responsibility, from System Safety Specialist, to Manager of Fire Safety, to his current position. Before coming to NYCT, he worked as a Senior Hardware Engineer for Applied Digital Data Systems, Inc. Mr. Brown is a member of the Baldwin, New York, Fire Department and a member of the Rail Committee of the National Fire Protection Association. He holds a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from Hofstra University and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the New York Institute of Technology.
John M. Contestabile is Director of the Office of Engineering Emergency Services and former Acting Assistant Secretary for the Maryland Department of Transportation. In his 29-year career with the department, he has held a variety of positions, including Division Chief, Project Manager, and Staff Engineer at the Maryland State Highway Administration, and an 8-month assignment with the Governor’s Office as Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Homeland Security. Mr. Contestabile