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Joseph L. Schofer

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs


2145 Sheridan Road
TECH #L272
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-491-8795 Email Joseph Schofer


Civil and Environmental Engineering

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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.  His particular interests are in understanding and supporting decision making for transportation and other infrastructure systems investments ad operations, including decision maker needs for and use of data and information, decision maker learning from experience and history, the role of transactions in decision making, and sustainability of essential public data and information programs. He also works on development and application of performance measures for managing and evaluating transportation systems, particularly for assessing performance of transportation systems in the face of major disruptions.

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

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.