Katie Turnbull

  • Senior Research Fellow; Executive Associate Director of Texas Transportation Institute


Dr. Katie Turnbull is a Senior Research Fellow and Regents Fellow at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). She served as an Executive Associate Director/Associate Director at TTI for 22 years. Dr. Turnbull is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Turnbull maintains a diverse research portfolio, conducting numerous innovative research projects for local, state, national, and international sponsors. Her research has addressed travel demand management, microtransit, intelligent transportation systems, and strategic planning. Dr. Turnbull’s current projects focus on connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies to enhance mobility and access for all roadway users. Prior to joining TTI, Dr. Turnbull held leadership roles in regional and metropolitan planning agencies in Minnesota. Active in the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Dr. Turnbull has served as chair at the task force, standing committee, section, and group levels, and as chair of the Technical Activities Council and the Executive Committee. She received the W.N. Carey, Jr. Distinguished Service Award from TRB in 2014, and the Ethel S. Birchfield Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association in 2013. In 2012, she was named a lifetime National Associate of the National Research Council.

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