Zephyr Leadership Award

Congratulations to the winner of the 2020 Outstanding Contributor Award: Dr. Joan Walker.

Dr. Walker’s leadership of the Transportation Research Board Travel Forecasting Committee produced an appropriate and much needed reflection of our industry and a renewed drive towards self-improvement, which directly resulted in the creation of the Zephyr Foundation. Dr. Walker is known as a caring and dedicated mentor who has provided useful guidance and a much-appreciated open door to her many students in addition to any industry professional who is lucky enough to introduce themselves to her. As an academic, Dr. Walker has led our field in cross-collaboration with the fields of behavioral economics, environmental justice, and data science to produce relevant and actionable research.

In short, Dr. Walker embodies a can-do spirit that is healthily never satisfied with the status quo, always curious about how to improve, and always willing to take on and lead the challenge required to get there…and she is a nice person to boot.

The 2020 Zephyr Leadership Award selection committee was:

  • Pat Mokhtarian, Georgia Tech (chair)
  • Joe Castiglione, San Francisco County Transportation Authority
  • Chandra Bhat, University of Texas

The Award

The 2020 Zephyr Leadership Award shall be given to an individual who embraces the Zephyr mission of advancing rigorous transportation and land use decision-making for the public good by advocating for and supporting improved travel analysis and facilitating its implementation.

Nominees are considered by a three-person award committee and forwarded to the Zephyr Board for approval on an annual basis. Awards anticipated to be made at the TRB Annual Meeting.

Award Recepients

  • Joe Castiglione, 2019
  • Joan Walker, 2020