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Jonathan Gifford

Professor of Transportation and Planning, George Mason University

Jonathan L. Gifford directs George Mason University?s master?s program in Transportation Policy, Operations and Logistics in the School of Public Policy. His faculty appointments have been in public policy and management. He specializes in civil infrastructure systems and public policy. His work examines these complex, often large-scale systems in the context of their social, economic, political and environmental impacts. His work pays particular attention to determining appropriate roles for public, private and non-profit organizations. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in transportation infrastructure policy and planning, policy analysis, information resources, and urban planning. His research has examined the planning and design of large-scale infrastructure systems such as the Interstate highway program, urban transportation systems, and intelligent transportation systems. His publications include four books and more than thirty articles, book chapters and papers. Recent research areas include: asset management institutional and implementation issues; improving public acceptance of urban transportation projects; lessons from institutional restructuring in electric power, telecommunications, highways and air traffic control; institutional issues in technical standard setting; and regional organizations for transportation operations and service delivery. His professional activities include the Transportation Research Board?s committees on Transportation History (secretary), Transportation and Land Development and Strategic Management; the American Society of Civil Engineers, where he chaired the Committee on Urban Transportation Economics and Policy; and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. Education: B.S., civil engineering, Carnegie Mellon, 1976; M.S., Ph.D., civil engineering, U.C. Berkeley, 1983.




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