CEE Assistant Professor Kari Watkins invited to NAE Frontiers of Engineering program

Congratulations to Assitant Professor Kari Watkins! Dr. Watkins was recently invited to partDr. Kari Watkinsicipate in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) program scheduled for Spring 2012.

The NAE FOE program is an annual three-day meeting that brings together the nation's top outstanding young engineers (ages 30-45) from industry, academia, and government to discuss pioneering technical and leading-edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors.  Information about this year’s program is available on line at:

Dr. Kari Edison Watkins, P.E., joined the faculty of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011 after completing her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington.  Her teaching and research interests revolve around multi-modal transportation planning and the use of technology in transportation, especially as related to transit planning and operations and improved traveler information.  At the University of Washington, Dr. Watkins’ research focused on transit travel time reliability and the effects of transit traveler information.  She co-created the OneBusAway program ( to provide real-time next bus countdown information and other transit information tools for transit riders in greater Seattle-Tacoma.  Dr. Watkins doctorate was funded by a three-year US DOT Eisenhower Fellowship, a UW ARCS Fellowship and a UW Valle Fellowship.  Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Watkins worked for a decade as a senior transportation engineer at Wilbur Smith Associates in New Haven, Connecticut.  Her work at WSA ranged from bus rapid transit and commuter rail studies to regional transportation visions.  In line with her years in industry, Dr. Watkins’ undergraduate teaching focus is on sending top-notch engineers into the workforce through practical experience in the Senior Capstone course.

Dr. Watkin's CEE Faculty Profile