Dr. Kumares Sinha is the Edgar B. & Hedwig M. Olson Distinguished Research Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Joint Transportation Research Program at Purdue University, IN. He joined Purdue in 1974 following six years at Marquette University. His areas of specialization include transportation system analysis, economics and management, safety, and urban and regional planning. During his career, he has supervised 41 doctoral candidates to their Ph.D. degrees and 167 masters students. In addition, Dr. Sinha has served as a transportation consultant in more than 20 World Bank projects around the globe, including projects in Bangladesh, Nepal, Palestine and Yemen. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Wilbur S. Smith Distinguished Transportation Educator Award (2002), the ASCE Francis C. Turner Lecture Award (2001), the S.S. Steinberg Award presented by the American Road and Transportation Builders Assn. (2000), the ASCE Arthur Wellington Prize (1992) and the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, University of Connecticut (1995). He has published nearly 175 scholarly papers in peer-reviewed technical journals.