Smilowitz named Junior Patterson Chair

September 2006

Karen Smilowitz, assistant professor of industrial engineering and management sciences, has been named the first Junior William A. Patterson Chair of Transportation.

The Junior Patterson Chair is the second chair established out of the endowment honoring William A. Patterson, a central figure in the nation's air transportation industry for more than four decades. Patterson served as president and chairman of United Airlines from 1934 until his retirement in 1966. He was a life trustee of Northwestern and was instrumental in the establishment and strategic leadership of the Transportation Center.

This new chair is in addition to the annual Patterson Transportation Lecture and the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation. The first chair was established in 1978 as an intellectual focal point for transportation research and education at Northwestern, much of which is coordinated through the university's Transportation Center.

Smilowitz's research focuses on improved operating strategies for goods movement. In particular, her research explores the impact of different operation choices on vehicle routing and scheduling and has applications in freight transportation, delivery services, and emergency response.

Prof. Smilowitz earned her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and her B.S.E. from Princeton. She joined Northwestern in the fall of 2001.