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Jacobs Named New Director of CATT and the MDT2 Center

Jacobs Named New Director of CATT and the MDT2 Center

Dr. Ali Haghani, Chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, has announced the selection of Thomas H. Jacobs to fill the position of Director of the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology (CATT) and the Maryland Transportation Technology Transfer (MDT2) Center.  “I am excited about this opportunity to build upon the excellent foundation established by the Center’s founder, Phil Tarnoff.  My goal is to expand on our agency and University partnerships to further the development and application of innovative approaches to existing and emerging transportation needs through Intelligent Transportation System research, education, and deployment assistance,” said Jacobs.

While stepping down after more than 11 years as the CATT Director, Philip Tarnoff will continue to play an active role in many ongoing CATT initiatives.  He will also be busy leading the University’s Center for Integrated Transportation Systems Management, a new University Transportation Center.  Phil noted, “I am delighted that Tom was chosen to take on this new challenge with the CATT and I am confident that Tom’s leadership will continue to help CATT excel in the transportation technology field.”

About Tom

Tom is no stranger to CATT as he has been employed with the Center since 1999. He has served as Program Director of the Center’s Capital Wireless Information Net (CapWIN) initiative, helped oversee the initial establishment of the nationally renowned Center for Center for Advanced Transportation Laboratory (CATTLab), participated in a number of National Cooperative Highway Research projects, and led numerous projects in support of the Maryland State Highway Administration’s CHART Program and other regional transportation agency ITS programs.

Tom received his bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of South Carolina in 1989, and his Master’s of Science degree in civil engineering (concentration in transportation) from the University of Maryland in 2000.

About CATT

The Center for Advanced Transportation Technology (CATT) in the A. James Clark School of Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, was created in order to respond to the significant changes brought about by increasing use of advanced technologies in the transportation field. A permanent staff of ITS professionals and affiliated faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering supports CATT. All offer extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of ITS technology, traffic engineering and control, systems analysis, and operations research. Visit CATT on the web at

January 29, 2009

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