Susan Shaheen, Ph.D., holds a joint research faculty appointment at California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH), headquartered at the University of California (UC) Berkeley, and at UC Davis' Institute of Transportation Studies. In August 2003, Susan became the Policy & Behavioral Research Program Leader at California PATH. In September 2002, Susan launched and now directs the Innovative Mobility Research Group - housed at California PATH. As of April 2006, she became the co-leader of the transportation track of the Energy Efficiency Center at UC Davis. She has also served as a Special Assistant to the Director's Office of the California Department of Transportation (2001 to 2004). In November 2000, she was honored as the first Honda Distinguished Scholar in Transportation at UC Davis.
Susan's interest in environmentally- and socially-beneficial technology applications led her to focus her doctoral dissertation on "smart" carsharing, linked to transit in the mid-1990s. She designed and tested the CarLink I and II pilot programs, using advanced technologies to support a commuter carsharing service from 1997 to 2002. An internationally recognized leader in innovative mobility research, she continues to focus on carsharing, as well as several additional areas, including: smart parking management for trucks and transit, smart growth/development, fuel cell vehicles and infrastructure, and older mobility.
She has a Ph.D. in ecology, focusing on technology management and the environmental aspects of transportation, from UC Davis; an MS in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester; and a BA in political science and English (writing concentration) from Nazareth College. She also has graduate certificates from the University of Paris, Sorbonne and the University of Oxford (sponsored by an Eisenhower scholarship from the English Speaking Union). She completed her post-doctoral studies on advanced public transportation systems at UC Berkeley in 2001. She has sixteen years of professional experience in transportation and environmental policy, 28 journal articles, over 40 reports and publications, and is co-editor of one book.
While a doctoral candidate, she received a variety of awards, such as the University of California's Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year, the Dwight David Eisenhower Fellowship, and a National Science Foundation Award. In May 2007, she received the Berkeley Staff Assemblyâ€™s â€œExcellence in Managementâ€ award. She is the chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on New Public Transportation Systems and Technologies (2004 to Present) and was the founding chair of the Carsharing/Station Car Subcommittee of TRB from 1999 to 2004. She is a member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) World Congress Program Committee (2002 to Present). She also served on the Governor's Environmental Action Plan Working Group in California.