Dr. Kari Watkins is the Frederick Law Olmsted Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She returned to her undergraduate alma mater to become a faculty member in 2011 after completing her Ph.D. at the University of Washington.
Watkins' teaching and research interests focus on the design of infrastructure and application of information technologies to envision a more efficient, sustainable and livable civil systems. Her dissertation involved co-creating the award-winning OneBusAway program to provide transit information tools and assess their impacts on riders. Her most recent work involves multi-use urban infrastructure and the creation of safe bike infrastructure for all rider types.
Watkins has been recognized by Mass Transit Magazine as "a Top 40 under 40," and recently received the Council of University Transportation Centers' New Faculty Award. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked for a decade as a senior transportation engineer.