Committee on Pathways to Urban Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities Biographical Information
LINDA P.B. KATEHI (Chair) (NAE) is chancellor emerita of the University of California, Davis. Previously, she served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; the John Edwardson Dean of Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University; and associate dean for academic affairs and graduate education in the College of Engineering and professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan. Dr. Katehi led the effort to establish the Purdue School of Engineering Education, the first department at a U.S. university focused explicitly on engineering education, particularly on K-12 engineering curricula, standards, and teacher education. The author or co-author of 10 book chapters, she has published more than 600 articles in refereed journals and symposia proceedings and owns 16 patents. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a fellow and board member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, chair of the Nominations Committees for the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation, and a member of the Kauffman National Panel for Entrepreneurship. She is currently a member of a number of NAE/National Academy of Sciences committees and the Advisory Committee for Harvard Radcliffe College and a member of the Engineering Advisory Committees for Caltech, the University of Washington, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 1977, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from UCLA in 1981 and 1984, respectively.
CHARLES BRANAS is a professor of epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Branas works to improve health and health care and is especially recognized for his efforts to reduce violence and enhance emergency care. Much of his work incorporates human geography and place-based change. He has authored or co-authored over 150 publications, including the recent book Changing Places: Using Science to Design a Better World. His scientific studies have been replicated nationally and in cities across the United States and other countries. Dr. Branas has served on boards and offered scientific expertise for numerous groups, including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Academies, as well as scientific organizations in Canada, Greece, Guatemala, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and South Africa. His work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress. He is a past president of the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, and an elected member of the American Epidemiological Society. Dr. Branas received his B.A. in mathematics from Franklin and Marshall College (1990), his M.S. from
Drexel University (1993), and his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (1998), and he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University California, Berkeley School of Public Health (2000).
MARILYN A. BROWN is the Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Public Policy. Previously she held leadership positions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and is a Presidential appointee to the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority. She has authored more than 250 publications and four books, including Green Savings: How Policies and Markets Drive Energy Efficiency and Climate Change and Global Energy Security. Her research focuses on the design and impact of policies aimed at accelerating the development and deployment of sustainable energy technologies, with an emphasis on the electric utility industry, climate adaptation, and the integration of energy efficiency, demand response, and solar resources. Among her honors and awards, she is a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for co-authorship of the report on Mitigation of Climate Change, she has served on six committees of the National Academies of Sciences, and she currently serves on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee. Dr. Brown has a B.A. in political science from Rutgers University, a M.R.P. in regional planning from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in geography from the Ohio State University.
JOHN W. DAY, JR., is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences at Louisiana State University, where he has taught since 1971. He has published extensively on the ecology and management of coastal and wetland ecosystems and has over 200 peer-reviewed publications. He has conducted extensive research on the ecology and management of the Mississippi Delta region and for the last 30 years, he has studied coastal ecosystems in Mexico. He was a visiting professor in the Institute of Marine Sciences of the National University of Mexico in 1978-1979, at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands during 1986, at the Laboratoire d’Ecologie, Université Claude Bernard in Arles, France, during 1992-1993, and in the Department of Geography at Cambridge University in 2000-2001. Over the past three decades, Dr. Day has focused on deltas and the impacts of human activities and climate change on deltaic sustainability. He served as chair of the National Technical Review Committee reviewing the restoration program for the Mississippi Delta and is currently active in delta restoration. He is the recipient of the Estuarine Research Federation Cronin Award for excellence in teaching in coastal sciences. Dr. Day received his Ph.D. in marine sciences and environmental sciences from the University of North Carolina in 1971.
PAULO FERRÃO is the President of the board of directors of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (the Portuguese national science and technology foundation). He was the National Director of the MIT-Portugal Program, a major international partnership on science and technology in Portugal, in the field of engineering systems, and was also the coordinator of the Sustainable Energy Systems Ph.D. program at IST. He is a full professor at IST. Dr. Ferrão is co-founder of IN+, Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research. His scientific career has evolved within the areas of laser diagnostics for turbulent combustion systems, analysis of energy systems, and industrial ecology, where the principles of thermodynamics have been complemented with social and economic fundamentals in order to promote the analysis of the complex systems that characterize the major issues that are relevant for sustainable development of modern societies. Dr. Ferrão has been active in the area of “sustainable cities,” where he published a book at MIT Press on “Sustainable Urban Systems” co-authored with John Fernandez from MIT. He is author of three books and co-author of two others in the area of industrial ecology, its principles, tools, and different case studies. He is author of more than one hundred papers published in journals and book chapters and over a hundred papers presented in conferences and invited talks in different domains. He has co-organized more than a dozen international conferences and led more than 30 scientific projects in the areas of energy efficiency and industrial ecology. Dr. Ferrão received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering (1993) and his master in energy transfer and conversion (1998) from IST.
SUSAN HANSON (NAS) is Distinguished University Professor Emerita and longtime professor of geography at Clark University. She is an urban geographer with interests in gender and economy, transportation, local labor markets, and sustainability. Her research has examined the relationship between the urban built environment and
people’s everyday mobility within cities; within this context, questions of access to opportunity, and how gender affects access, have been paramount. Her books include Ten Geographic Ideas that Changed the World; Gender, Work, and Space (with Geraldine Pratt); and The Geography of Urban Transportation. Dr. Hanson has been the editor of several academic journals, including The Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Urban Geography, and Economic Geography, and has been the geography editor of the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, first and second editions. She has led the School of Geography at Clark and is a past president of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a former Guggenheim Fellow, a former fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Social and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and a recipient of the Honors Award and of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the AAG and of the Van Cleef Medal from the American Geographic Society. In 2000 she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is currently division chair of the Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council (NRC), is on the advisory board of the NRC’s Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, and is on the editorial board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Her B.A. is from Middlebury College, and before earning her M.S. and Ph.D. at Northwestern University, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya.
CHRIS HENDRICKSON (NAE) is the Hamerschlag University Professor of Engineering, co-director of the Green Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, member of the National Academy of Engineering, and editor-in-chief of the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering. His research, teaching, and consulting are in the general area of engineering planning and management, including design for the environment, system performance, construction project management, finance, and computer applications. He has co-authored five books, including Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Goods and Services: An Input-Output Approach, and published numerous articles in the professional literature. Dr. Hendrickson has been the recipient of the Faculty Award of the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association (2009), Turner Lecture Award of the American Society of Civil Engineers (2002), the Fenves Systems Research Award from the Institute of Complex Engineering Systems (2002), and AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellowships (2000-2002). He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2007), a distinguished member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (2007), and an emeritus member of the Transportation Research Board (2004). His professional career includes research contributions in computer-aided engineering, transportation systems, construction project management, and environmental systems. He has contributed software tools and methods for sustainable construction, pollution prevention and environmental management, including life-cycle analysis software (http://www.eiolca.net) and a widely cited analysis of the life-cycle consequences of lead acid battery powered vehicles. His education includes bachelor and master of science degrees from Stanford University, a master of philosophy degree in economics from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
SUZANNE MORSE MOOMAW is associate professor of urban and environmental planning at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, where she also directs the Community Design Research Center and is the academic lead for the Appalachian Prosperity Project. Specializing in community and economic development at the neighborhood, community, and regional levels, she has a particular focus on the intersection of community design, economic resilience, and quality of life. She is the co-director of the Design-Driven Manufacturing initiative, an effort to expand possibilities for advanced manufacturing in underserved communities. Dr. Moomaw has had a distinguished career in the nonprofit and philanthropic worlds as well as academia. She served as president of the Pew Partnership for Civic Change from 1992 to 2007. She is a member and past chair of the board of trustees of the Kettering Foundation and has served as a board member of Campfire, Inc., Topsfield Foundation, Pew Center for Civic Journalism, and the Piedmont Virginia Community College Board, where she was chair. She is a member of the Academy of Community Engaged Scholarship and has been a fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research at Virginia Tech. Dr. Moomaw holds a Ph.D. from The University of Alabama. She is the author of Smart Communities: How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future, Second Edition.
AMANDA PITRE-HAYES is the director of planning for Vancouver Public Library. Previously, she was the director of sustainability for the City of Vancouver where she led a team of 16 to achieve the Council directive to become the world’s greenest city by 2020. She has 20 years of experience in leadership roles at Vancity, the Pembina Institute, Accenture, and The Body Shop Canada. At Vancity, Ms. Pitre-Hayes managed the organization’s climate change strategy and led its successful effort to be the first carbon-neutral financial institution in North America. As director of climate change consulting with the Pembina Institute, Ms. Pitre-Hayes worked with organizations, such as TD Bank, to become greener by measuring and managing carbon dioxide emissions. As a manager at Accenture, she managed major projects for North American government, energy, telecom, and financial services organizations. At the Body Shop Canada, Ms. Pitre-Hayes served as assistant to the president, supporting the organization with a variety of sustainability initiatives. Ms. Pitre-Hayes is an alumnus of Harvard University’s Global Change Agent program and holds an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.
KAREN C. SETO is professor of geography and urbanization science and associate dean of research at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Prior to joining Yale University, she was on the faculty at Stanford University for 8 years. Dr. Seto’s research is on the human transformation of land and the links between urbanization, global change, and sustainability. She is an expert in urbanization dynamics, forecasting urban growth, and examining the environmental consequences of urban expansion. She has pioneered methods using satellite remote sensing to reconstruct historical patterns of urbanization and to develop projections of future urban expansion. She specializes in China and India, where she has conducted urbanization research for more than 15 years. Dr. Seto serves on a number of international and national scientific advisory committees, including as coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report, coordinating lead author for the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity Cities and Biodiversity Outlook, and co-chair of the Future Earth (previously IHDP) International Human Dimension Programme on Global Environmental Change Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Project. She also has served on five other National Academy committees. She is co-editor-in-chief of the journal Global Environmental Change and is the executive producer of “10,000 Shovels: Rapid Urban Growth in China,” a documentary film that integrates satellite imagery, historical photographs, and contemporary film footage to examine the urban changes occurring in China. She was named an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow in 2009. Dr. Seto received her B.A. in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, her M.A. in international relations and resource and environmental management, and her Ph.D. in geography from Boston University.
ERNEST TOLLERSON served as the interim president and CEO of the Nathan Cummings Foundation (NCF) from August 2014 through mid-November 2015. From 2004 to 2013, he served as a NCF trustee, including one 3-year term as chair of the board of trustees. Prior to rejoining NCF as interim president and CEO, Mr. Tollerson worked for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) as director of environmental sustainability and compliance. During seven-and-a-half years at the MTA, he organized and oversaw the work of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Sustainability & the MTA (final report at http://www.mta.info/sustainability). In 2010, he co-chaired the Transportation & Land Use Technical Working Group of the New York State Climate Action Plan Interim Report. Currently, he is a trustee of the Hudson River Foundation and the New York Historical Society. He is also a former member of the management board of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, the affinity group for U.S.-based foundations that fund environmental nongovernmental organizations and projects, and a former member of the board of Demos, a nonpartisan hub for research, ideas, and action to promote the common good. A graduate of Princeton and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, Mr. Tollerson spent nearly 25 years as a journalist. He worked as a reporter and editor for a number of newspapers including the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he was a political reporter, New York Newsday, where he was the editorial page editor, and the New York Times, where he was first a national correspondent and later a member of the Times’ editorial board.
RAE ZIMMERMAN is professor of planning and public administration at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and, since 1998, director of the Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems. In 2011-2013 she directed Wagner’s Urban Planning Program for the fifth time. Her teaching and research focus on
infrastructure, infrastructure and interdependencies among infrastructure sectors, the environment, climate change, natural hazards, social equity, and security in the context of the quality of life in urban areas and how innovations can be used to adapt to extreme conditions. She has participated in close to 50 grants, serving as principal investigator on about three dozen of those and co-principal investigator or participating researcher on a dozen others funded by government agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Transportation Region 2 Urban Transportation Research Center, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (through university research centers), state and local government agencies, and other sponsorship. From 2013 to 2015 she was part of the New York State–funded NYS Resiliency Institute for Storms and Emergencies. She authored Transport, the Environment and Security: Making the Connection, authored Governmental Management of Chemical Risk, co-produced Beyond September 11th, co-edited Digital Infrastructures and Sustaining Urban Networks, and authored or co-authored over one hundred other publications. She has been active on numerous advisory boards and committees, including U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Academy committees, and she was appointed to the first NYC Panel on Climate Change (NPCC) in 2010 and the third NPCC in 2015-2016. She serves on the Transportation Research Board’s Critical Transportation Infrastructure Protection committee through 2017, and served as an expert for the U.S. Global Change Research Program National Climate Assessment Infrastructure Indicators Technical Team. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a fellow and past president of the Society for Risk Analysis, and is on editorial boards of several risk and technology journals. Dr. Zimmerman received a B.A. in chemistry from the University of California (Berkeley), a master of city planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in planning from Columbia University.