T&DI Board Appoints Katherine Kortum to the Younger Member Position on the Board of Governors
Katherine A. Kortum, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE has been appointed by T&DI's Board of Governors for the 1-year Younger Member position on the Board of Governors, commencing October 1, 2015. Ms. Kortum is a Program Officer at the Transportation Research Board where she creates and guides committees analyzing transportation policy topics, including regulation of new mobility options (including Uber and Lyft), transit asset management, development of federal research plans, and intercity passenger travel. She was elected chair of Young Professionals in Transportation by the international membership three times and now manages the nonprofit professional organization. In this role, she created over a dozen new chapters, including the first international chapters, more than doubled membership, merged two nonprofit organizations, and established partnerships with other professional organizations in the industry.
Katherine was appointed chair of the Institute of Transportation Engineer's Younger Member Committee in 2013. She coordinates with the Institute's board and local leadership to encourage younger member participation in ITE and is working to reposition the organization to better serve the needs of young professionals. She is also a member of ASCE's Transportation & Development Institute's Committee for Younger Members, having been appointed to that position in 2013. In addition, she has spoken in a number of settings on the development of the next generation of the transportation workforce and on innovations facing the industry.
Katherine holds an MS and PhD in Transportation Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia.