Karen Philbrick, PhD

Karen E. Philbrick

San Jose State University


Karen E. Philbrick, PhD

Executive Director

Mineta Transportation Institute

Karen Philbrick has served as executive director of the Mineta National Transit Research Consortium and the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) since 2014, after five years of service as MTI research director. As research director, she oversaw the work of more than 230 principal investigators, the competitive selection of 138 research projects, and the publication of more than 175 peer-reviewed research reports and journal articles. Dr. Philbrick is responsible for day-to-day administration and management and long-term financial and strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining MTI, she was assistant director of the National Center for Intermodal Transportation at the University of Denver, where her contributions included research expertise on transportation fatigue management and operator response to work-related trauma.

In 2014, Dr. Philbrick was appointed by US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to her second two-year term on the USDOT Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS), where she chaired the working group charged with identifying key elements of a fatigue management program for the transit industry.

Dr. Philbrick was elected to the prestigious Executive Committee of the national Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) in 2013. Two years later, she was elected CUTC treasurer and in 2016 she was elected Secretary.

Dr. Philbrick received the 2015 CUTC-ARTBA Award for Administrative Leadership and that same year was honored to receive a commendation on behalf of the City of San Jose from Mayor Sam Liccardo for excellence in transportation policy leadership. In 2016 the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) named Dr. Philbrick a “Woman Who Moves the Nation” and the SJSU Urban and Regional Planning Department presented her an award for significant contributions to faculty and students. Most recently, the Silicon Valley Business Journal named Dr. Philbrick 1 of the 100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley for 2017.

On an international level, Dr. Philbrick has contributed to the development of educational and training materials for intermodal specialists. Her work has formed a key portion of an international training effort and seminar, Innovations and Challenges in Intermodal Transportation, in the Philippines and Indonesia. She has been a member of the US delegation to the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Transportation Working Group since 2000.

Dr. Philbrick serves her profession on the Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) Foundation Board and as a member of the advisory board for the Los Angeles Metro Office of Extraordinary Innovation (OEI). She serves her community as an active member of the Rotary Club of San Jose where she co-chairs the Fun and Friendship committee and serves on the Rotoplast and Rotocare committees that offer volunteer-based free medical services.

Dr. Philbrick holds a PhD from the University of Denver and an MA and EdM from Columbia University. She earned her undergraduate degree from California State University, Fresno.

Rod Diridon

Hon. Rod Diridon, Sr.

San Jose State University

(408) 924-7560

Hon. Rod Diridon, Sr.

Retired Emeritus Executive Director

Mineta Transportation Institute

Rod Diridon, Sr., served as executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute from 1995, four years after the Institute's creation, until 2014 when he moved to Emeritus status. Mr. Diridon has chaired more than 100 international, national, state and local programs, most related to transit and the environment. He provides legislative testimony on sustainable transportation issues and is regarded by many as the “father” of modern transit service in Silicon Valley.

Governors Davis and Schwarzenegger appointed him to the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board, of which he is chair emeritus. He helped found, and is chair emeritus of, the High-Speed and Intercity Rail Committee and the National High-Speed Rail Corridors Coalition of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). He also was president of the national Council of University Transportation Centers.

For a decade, he was North American vice chair of the International Transit Association (UITP) in Brussels. In 1976, he chaired the state’s first successful half-cent sales tax for transit and subsequently chaired successful regional and statewide election campaigns for transportation bonds and financing.

In 1996 he founded and chaired the Transportation Research Board’s study panel, “Combating Global Warming through Sustainable Transportation Policy.” He advised the Federal Transit Administration and in 1995 chaired the Transit Oversight and Project Selection Committee for the National Research Council’s Transportation Research Board. He has provided keynotes in more than 50 US cities and for a dozen international conferences, and he has published numerous related articles.

He began his political service in 1971 when elected to the Saratoga City Council. He retired in 1995 after completing six terms as chair of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and the Transit Board. He also chaired the San Francisco Bay Area’s three regional governments: the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and the Association of Bay Area Governments. He chaired nine successful rail system development project boards. Upon his retirement from public office, Santa Clara County renamed its main train station “San Jose Diridon Station.”

Mr. Diridon received a BS in accounting and an MSBA in statistics from San Jose State University and served as a US naval officer. In 1968, he founded the Decision Research Institute, which he sold in 1977. He has two children, Rod Jr. and Mary Margaret, and four grandchildren. He is married to Dr. Gloria Duffy, former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and now president and CEO of the Commonwealth Club of California.

Peter Haas, PhD

Peter Haas

San Jose State University


Peter Haas, PhD

Director of Education

Mineta Transportation Institute

Dr. Peter Haas has been a faculty member in the Graduate Transportation Management Program (GTMP) since 1999 and was appointed Education Director in October 2001. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science (Public Policy and Public Administration) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985. A former director of the SJSU Master of Public Administration program, he also has consulted at every level of government and for nonprofit agencies. Dr. Haas has authored numerous reports and other publications covering transportation and is coauthor of the text Applied Policy Research: Concepts and Cases. He also received a Senior Specialist grant from the Fulbright Foundation to teach and study in Latvia. His leadership has significantly increased enrollment in MTI’s Master of Science in Transportation Management program. This accredited course is taught by two-way teleconference from MTI's classroom in San Jose, California, and reaches students at Caltrans district offices around the state.

Hilary Nixon, PhD

Hilary Nixon

San Jose State University

Hilary Nixon, PhD

Director, Research and Technology Transfer

Mineta Transportation Institute

Hilary Nixon was appointed Director of Research and Technology Transfer in 2016, after serving for nearly 10 years as a Research Associate for MTI where she was principal investigator, co-principal investigator, or research team member on 17 MTI research publications. In addition, Dr. Nixon is a Professor in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning at San José State. She specializes in transportation and environmental planning and policy, and her research focuses primarily on the factors that influence pro-environmental behavior and the relationship between transportation and the environment. Her research has been published in a wide range of peer-reviewed journals. She earned a B.A. from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in Planning, Policy and Design from the University of California, Irvine.

Leo Hanifin, PhD

Leo Hanflin

University of Detroit Mercy

(313) 993-1216

Dr. Hanifin is dean of the College of Engineering and Science at the University of Detroit Mercy and the Chrysler Professor of Engineering. Throughout his career, he has been active in development of university, industry and government partnerships. Before joining UDM in 1991, Dean Hanifin directed the launch and growth of the manufacturing center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute into a 300-person collaborative research/technology center.  At the University of Detroit, he earned his BA in mechanical engineering, design option; a Master of Engineering in solid mechanics; and a PhD in engineering. Dr Hanifin was a Hughes Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles. Before joining academia, he held positions in the computer, aerospace and automotive industries.

Donald F. Hayes, PhD, PE, DEE

Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Howard Hughes College of Engineering

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

(702) 895-4723

Before arriving at UNLV, Dr. Hayes was director, Institute for Coastal Ecology and Engineering, and the M. Eloi Girard/BORSF Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; associate professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City; and assistant professor, Department of Civil Engineering, at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Previous to that, he held several academic and professional engineering positions. He earned his BS in civil engineering (with honors) from Mississippi State University; his MS in civil engineering at Mississippi State University; and his PhD in civil engineering from Colorado State University. Dr. Hayes has won several academic and professional awards, and he is widely published.

David Klinikowski, BSME

Director, Bus Research and Testing Center

Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

Penn State University

(814) 863-1898

David Klinikowski directs the activities at Penn State’s Bus Research and Testing Center. This federally mandated $3 million/year program, funded by the Federal Transit Administration and industry, performs comprehensive vehicle testing on transit buses ranging from full-size heavy-duty buses, to modified mini-vans. He also managed the development of the Bus Testing Facility for the Federal Transit Administration, and he developed several test procedures, instruments, and mechanical designs for testing vehicles and roadway materials. He earned his BS in mechanical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, and he co-authored several research reports.

Ashok Kumar, PhD

Ashok Kumar

University of Toledo

(419) 530-8136

Ashok Kumar, PhD, PE, BCEE

Professor and Chair

Department of Civil Engineering

In addition to his current position in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toledo, Dr. Kumar has taught several upper division and graduate courses, including Introduction to Air Pollution, Indoor Air Quality, Industrial Ventilation, Dispersion and Risk Modeling. He also has edited professional publications, served on several professional boards, reviewed journals, and more. Dr. Kumar’s work on air pollutants inside and outside transit vehicles is widely published. He earned his BS in mechanical engineering (with honors) from Aligarh University, India; his Master of Applied Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Ottawa; and his PhD in environmental fluid mechanics from the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

Hokey Min

Hokey Min

Bowling Green State University

(419) 372-3442

Hokey Min, PhD

James R. Good Chair in Global Supply Chain Strategy, Department of Management, College of Business Administration

Bowling Green State University, Ohio

Dr. Hokey Min has held full and assistant professorships at the University of Louisville, Kentucky; Auburn University, Alabama; Northeastern University, Massachusetts; and University of New Orleans, Louisiana. His transit-relevant research includes several reports on para-transit service, routes, carriers, and other topics. He has won numerous research grants to investigate several issues such as developing an intelligent decision support system for routing long-haul common carriers and their drivers under the most recent hours of service regulations; conducting customer satisfaction surveys to improve the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority’s paratransit services; and more. He earned his MBA in production management from Yonsei University, Korea; his MSBA in operations management/economics from the University of South Carolina; and his PhD in management sciences/logistics from The Ohio State University, Columbus.

Errol C. Noel, PhD, PE, FASCE, FITE


Howard University Transportation Research Center

Howard University, Washington DC

(202) 806-6199

In addition to directing Howard University’s Transportation Research Center, Dr. Errol Noel directs the university’s Traffic Safety and Transportation Data Center, and he chairs the university’s Civil Engineering Department. He specializes in highway traffic operation and safety, highway engineering, simulation of transit operating in mixed traffic, pavement ride quality, and analysis of safety data. Recently, his focus has been in applied research for solving urban transportation problems. He has more than 35 years of practical engineering experience, especially in highway engineering, traffic engineering, and transportation research, and he has an outstanding record of published articles. Dr. Noel earned his BS in civil engineering and his MS in transportation engineering, both at Howard University, and his PhD in transportation engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Robert B. Noland, PhD


Voorhees Transportation Center

Rutgers University

(732) 932-6812 x536

Dr. Robert Noland earned his BA in chemistry at the University of California, and his MSc in energy management and policy, and his PhD in energy management and environmental policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Since then, he has been a researcher at the University of California, Irvine; a policy analyst with the US Environmental Protection Agency; a lecturer and a reader in environmental policy at Imperial College, London; and professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University. Dr. Noland’s research has been published in several professional journals, and he has been a journal editor, and chair of the Strategic Task Force on Global Climate Change of the Transportation Research Board, among many other activities.

Charles Robert Standridge

Charles Robert Standridge

Grand Valley State University, Michigan

(616) 331-6750

Charles Robert Standridge, PhD

Professor and Assistant Dean

Padnos College of Engineering and Computing

Dr. Charles Standridge earned his BS in applied mathematics and computer science at Washington University, St. Louis; and his MS and PhD in industrial engineering at Purdue University. Before arriving at Grand Valley University, he was an associate professor of industrial engineering at FAMU/FSU in Florida and at the University of Iowa, and a consultant in private industry. He consulted on more than 20 projects, received research funding for nine projects, and has been published in nearly 60 journals and reports. His awards include Industrial Design Professor of the Year, and a Book of the Year. Dr. Standridge is active in scientific and professional societies. At Grand Valley, he is also director of the School of Engineering, and chair of the University Wide Intellectual Property Task Force.