January 5, 2011
Internationally known transportation researcher Johanna Zmud has been named director of the RAND Transportation, Space, and Technology program, officials from the RAND Corporation announced today.
"Johanna Zmud's vision, experience, and energy will help expand RAND's reach and help us improve transportation, space, and technology policy in the United States and around the world," said Debra Knopman, vice president of the RAND Infrastructure, Safety, and Environment division, which includes the Transportation, Space, and Technology program.
Zmud has 25 years of experience measuring and analyzing travel behavior. She has international credentials in travel behavior survey science and national credentials in passenger travel and road pricing, freight and commodity flows, transportation data programs, and the intersection of transportation and information/communication technologies.
Zmud is the incoming chair of the Policy and Organization Group of the National Academies' Transportation Research Board and currently serves as co-chair of the Board's Special Task Force on Data for Decisions and Performance Measures. Prior to joining RAND as a senior policy researcher in August 2010, she was founding owner and president of NuStats, a company specializing in complex social research studies of transportation, mobility, and other quality-of-life issues.
Zmud succeeds Martin Wachs, who will continue part-time as a RAND researcher and will teach at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
The RAND Infrastructure, Safety, and Environment division supports the development, management, and protection of society's essential built and natural assets, as well as related social assets such as safety and security. The division conducts research and analysis in homeland security, critical infrastructure protection, public and occupational safety, transportation and transportation safety, the environment, energy, economic development, space, and telecommunications.