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Joseph L. Schofer

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs


2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Ph.D. Civil Engineering (Transportation), Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

M.S. Civil Engineering (Transportation), Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

B.E. Civil Engineering (summa cum laude), Yale University, New Haven, CT

Research Interests

Joseph Schofer's research and teaching are focused on transportaion policy, including understanding decision making for transportation and other infrastructure systems investments and operations, use of data and information, sustainability of key data programs, management of disruptions due to severe weather and infrastructure failures, improving decisions by systematic learning from experience, and development and application of performance measures for managing and evaluating transportation systems.

Significant Recognition

  • Roy W. Crum Distinguished Service Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in transportation research, Transportation Research Board, 2011
  • National Associate of the National Research Council, National Academies
  • Wilbur S. Smith Distinguished Transportation Educator, Institute of Transportation Engineers, 2003
  • McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science Advisor of the Year, 2002
  • Burlington Northern Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1987

Significant Professional Service

  • Member, Chicago Transit Authority Capital Advisory Committee
  • Member, Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Council (Chicago)
  • Member, Transportation Committee, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Institute for Transportation Studies, Univ. of California, Davis
  • Transportation Research Board, National Research Council (National Academy of Sciences/National Academy of Engineering)

Selected Publications

    1. Raymond Chan and Joseph L. Schofer, “The Role of Social Media in Communicating Transit Disruptions,” Transit 2014:  Journal of the Transportation Research Board No. 2415, 2014.

    2.  J.L. Schofer and R.C. Chan, “We can Learn Something from that! Promoting an Experimental Culture in Transportation,” Access, C. 44, Spring, 2014, pp. 28-34.

    3. “A Potential Strategic Plan and Research Agenda for the National Cooperative Rail Research Program,” NCRRP Research Results Digest 1, May, 20014, prepared by Transportation Research Board staff based on the report “Strategic Plan and Research Agenda,” by J. L. Schofer, N. Carlson, B. Johnson, and D. Cheah, February, 2014.

    4.  J. L. Schofer, “Moving the Goods: Performance Measures and the Value Proposition for Transportation Projects,” 2014 Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lecture, Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, January 13, 2014 (forthcoming, Transportation Research Record).

    5.   J.L. Schofer, Raymond Chan, and Pablo Durango-Cohen, Managing a Regional Transit System in a Severe Weather Event - Case Study of the New York Region and Hurricane Irene, Report from the International Panel of the WEATHER project funded by the European Commission’s 7th framework programme, the Fraunhofer-Instut für System und Innovationsforschung, Karlsruhe, Germany, March, 2012, http://www.weather-project.eu/weather/inhalte/deliverables.php.

    6.  K. Coffel, J. Parks, C. Semler, P. Ryus, D. Sampson, C. Kachadoorian, H.S. Levinson, and J.L. Schofer, Guidelines for Providing Access to Public Transportation Stations, Transit Cooperative Research Program Report  153, Transportation Research Board, 2012.

    7.  L.F. Audenaerd, D.E. Boyce and J.L. Schofer, “A Trade-Space Analysis of Surface Alternatives for Short-Haul Passenger Air Travel,” Transportation Research Record 2300, pp. 129-138, 2012.