Dr. Marc B. Mandler, Communication and Knowledge Management Technical Center
Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, RITA/USDOT
617-494-6110 | Marc.Mandler@dot.gov
Dr. Marc Mandler, Director of Communication and Knowledge Management Technical Center, has over 27 years experience in all aspects of transportation R&D and management. Since joining the Volpe Center in 2006, Dr. Mandler most recently served as Director of the Center for Safety Management Systems, overseeing a large portfolio of work focused on improving critical business processes and IT tools that support risk assessments, safety investigations, safety inspections and enforcement across multiple modes.
Prior to coming to the Volpe Center, Dr. Mandler served as Technical Director of the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center in Groton, Connecticut, a position he held since April 1997. The R&D Center conducts research and develops products to support the varied missions for the U.S. Coast Guard. Dr. Mandler joined the R&D Center in 1984 to develop a research program to improve the effectiveness of the Coast Guard's visual aids to navigation system. He conducted numerous studies and authored many publications on visual signaling and visual detection. In 1989, Dr. Mandler established the R&DC's human factors program to develop tools and methods to improve the safety and performance of the humans who operate our maritime system. He served as Chief of the Systems Analysis Branch and Chief of the Waterways and Marine Safety Division at the R&DC prior to becoming Technical Director.
Dr. Mandler received a B.A. degree from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1977 and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Visual Perception from the Center for Visual Science, University of Rochester, in Rochester, New York, in 1983. After completing his doctoral degree, Dr. Mandler was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey, where he studied the neural basis of human color vision.