Catherine L. Ross

Director, Center for Quality Growth & Regional Development at Georgia Institute of Technology

Catherine L. Ross

Catherine L. Ross

Director, Center for Quality Growth & Regional Development at Georgia Institute of Technology

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Catherine L. Ross, Ph.D.*

Dr. Catherine L. Ross is a Regents’ Professor and Harry West Professor of City and Regional Planning and Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development (CQGRD) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has published extensively and is an internationally known transportation and urban planner. Dr. Ross is one of the world’s experts on megaregions and sustainability – bringing together regions and cities on transportation, water, energy, land development and health creating places that compete in a global world. Her book, "Megaregions and Global Competitiveness" (2009), is a leading reference on these emerging geographies. Her extensive research on regional resilience and sustainability focuses on water, energy, transportation, economic development and Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS).

She is a member of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), former Urban Land Institute Fellow and past president of the National Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). Ross has served on numerous National Academies committees, including the Transportation Research Board Executive Committee, University Transportation Centers Program and on the board of directors of the ENO Transportation Foundation. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Kent State University in 1971, a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from Cornell University, and completed post-doctorate work at the University of California, Berkeley.

In July 2009, she was consulted in establishing the first-ever White House Office of Urban Affairs. She currently serves as vice chairman of the Board of Directors of the Auto Club Group (American Automobile Association (AAA).

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Midtown Alliance

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Associate Dean of Academic Programs at Georgia Institute of Technology

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Chief Executive Officer at The Winter Construction Co.

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center

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Professor & Executive Associate Dean at Georgia Institute of Technology

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Executive Director, Regional Development at Georgia Institute of Technology

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Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Georgia Institute of Technology

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Assistant Secretary & Assistant Treasurer at Georgia Tech Research Corporation

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Director, Center for Quality Growth & Regional Development at Georgia Institute of Technology
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Bachelor's Degree in Sociology
Class of 1971

Kent State University (KSU) is a large, primarily residential, public research university in Kent, Ohio, United States.The university also includes seven regional campuses in Northeast Ohio and additional facilities in the region and internationally. Regional campuses are located in Ashtabula, Burton, East Liverpool, Jackson Township, New Philadelphia, Salem, and Warren, Ohio, with additional facilities in Cleveland, Independence, and Twinsburg, Ohio, New York City, and Florence, Italy. The university was established in 1910 as a teacher-training school.

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Director, Center for Quality Growth & Regional Development
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The Georgia Institute of Technology is a public research university in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States. It is a part of the University System of Georgia and has satellite campuses in Savannah, Georgia; Metz, France; Athlone, Ireland; Shanghai, China; and Singapore. The educational institution was founded in 1885 as the Georgia School of Technology as part of Reconstruction plans to build an industrial economy in the post-Civil War Southern United States. Initially, it offered only a degree in mechanical engineering. By 1901, its curriculum had expanded to include electrical, civil, and chemical engineering. In 1948, the school changed its name to reflect its evolution from a trade school to a larger and more capable technical institute and research university. Today, Georgia Tech is organized into six colleges and contains about 31 departments/units, with emphasis on science and technology. It is well recognized for its degree programs in engineering, computing, business administration, the sciences, architecture, and liberal arts.

Harry West Professor, City & Regional Planning
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Midtown Alliance was created in 1978, and is a non-profit membership organization and a coalition of leading business and community leaders – united in their commitment to Midtown as a premiere destination for commerce, culture, education and living. Midtown Alliance has been the driving force behind the revitalization of Midtown.

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Kent State University (KSU) is a large, primarily residential, public research university in Kent, Ohio, United States.The university also includes seven regional campuses in Northeast Ohio and additional facilities in the region and internationally. Regional campuses are located in Ashtabula, Burton, East Liverpool, Jackson Township, New Philadelphia, Salem, and Warren, Ohio, with additional facilities in Cleveland, Independence, and Twinsburg, Ohio, New York City, and Florence, Italy. The university was established in 1910 as a teacher-training school.

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