Don PickrellChief Economist, Volpe Center
The Ongoing Transformation of the Global Transportation System speaker series will explore challenges and opportunities affecting the advancement of transportation systems.
This series continues the U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s long history of convening thought leaders, decision makers, and stakeholders from across the global transportation enterprise to anticipate future transportation issues, generate fresh approaches to emerging issues, anticipate transportation trends, and inform decision making.
About the Speaker
Don Pickrell, PhD, is Volpe's chief economist, and is a lecturer in the department of civil engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his undergraduate degree in economics and mathematics from the University of California at San Diego and masters and PhD degrees in urban planning from UCLA.
Prior to joining the Department of Transportation, Pickrell taught economics, transportation planning, and government regulation at Harvard University. He has authored more than 100 published papers and research reports on various topics in transportation planning and policy—including transportation pricing, transit planning and finance, airline marketing and competition, travel demand forecasting, infrastructure investment and finance, and the relationships of travel behavior to land use, urban air quality, and potential climate change.