SVGT Keynote Speaker

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Dr. Joseph Kott, PhD, AICP, PTP has over thirty-five years of experience in transportation planning and management at both public agencies and private consultancies. He served as Chief Transportation Official for the City of Palo Alto, California for seven years. Dr. Kott teaches courses in the fundamentals of transportation management and transportation and the environment for San Jose State University’s Mineta Transportation Institute’s Master of Transportation Management program, planning sustainable urban and regional transportation within the Stanford Program on Urban Studies, and both urban transportation planning and urban environmental planning within the San Jose State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

As a researcher for the Mineta Transportation Institute, Dr. Kott has studied ways to reduce traffic and parking impacts of multi-family housing in San Mateo County and is currently Principal Investigator for a research effort to evaluate the environmental benefits of g”reen” streets.  As an instructor and researcher for the University of California Institute of Transportation Studies Technology Transfer Program, Dr. Kott has taught workshops on complete streets, webinars on transit-oriented development and bus rapid transit and has co-authored transportation safety technical studies for native American reservations and rancherias in California. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), a certified Professional Transportation Planner (PTP), and a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Dr. Kott holds a doctorate in urban and regional transport planning from Curtin University in Perth, Australia, master’s degrees in transportation planning and traffic engineering from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.