A Profile Of Women In Transportation

In recent years, women have comprised an average of roughly 40 percent of the new transportation graduate students, both master's and Ph.D. candidates. Berkeley ITS profiles several of its recent graduates.

"To get a better understanding of some of the issues affecting women in academia in transportation, roughly a dozen recent alumnae who received their doctorates between 1992 and 2005 were contacted and asked to respond to what they like and don’t like about working in academia, what is most rewarding and most frustrating, what trends they are seeing in terms of the numbers of women studying transportation, and their advice to younger women considering the field. Nine of them responded by press time.

The group’s transportation interests and expertise encompass a wide range: vehicle routing and scheduling in freight transportation, pedestrian access, energy use and air quality, transportation finance, policy and planning, and modeling complex logistics problemsâ€"to name a few. And although studies show that women in engineering fields traditionally have a harder time attaining top-level appointments and tend to be paid slightly less than their male counterparts, most of these respondents are optimistic about the future."

Full Story: The Women of Berkeley ITS

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