Robert L. Bertini, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, director of the Center for Urban Transportation Research and professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of South Florida, has been elevated to the status of Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Bertini’s primary research interests are in sustainable transportation solutions, traffic-flow theory informed by empirical and experimental measurements, intelligent transportation systems, multimodal transportation “big data” for improving performance measurement, planning and operations, and proactive traffic management and operations.
He chairs the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board Operations Section, overseeing 14 committees. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society and as co-chair of the Research Working Group of the national Vehicle to Infrastructure Deployment Coalition.
As professor of civil and environmental engineering at Portland State University he advised the ASCE Student Chapter and accompanied the steel bridge team to two national competitions. He has taught Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering, Introduction to Transportation Engineering, Urban Transportation Systems, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Public Transportation, Transportation Operations, the Civil Engineering Capstone Design course, a weekly transportation seminar series, and a study-abroad course on multimodal transport infrastructure. He founded the Portland State University Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory and the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium.
Bertini received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, for which he developed an online multimodal transportation data repository that is a platform for performance measurement, modeling, and prediction. Other received awards include the DeFazio Transportation Hall of Fame Award, the University of California Webber Lecture, and the Ogden Lecture at Monash University in Australia.
Bertini was appointed by President Obama as Deputy Administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation (now known as OST-R), where he also directed the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office and chaired the department’s Innovation Council. He was visiting professor of transport and planning at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, and was on the faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at his alma mater, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he developed the Transportation Engineering Student Project Area and co-led the award-winning Institute of Transportation Engineers student chapter. He worked as a practicing civil engineer for seven years on highway and public transportation projects. In addition, he has published many journal articles, conference proceedings, book chapters, and technical reports and delivered many lectures and presentations.
Bertini earned his B.S. in civil engineering from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, an M.S. in civil engineering from San Jose State University, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a licensed professional engineer in California and Oregon. As an advisor and mentor, he has avidly supported student groups for ASCE, Engineers Without Borders, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, Chi Epsilon, and Tau Beta Pi.