NUTC Hosts Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Ann Schneider

Joseph Schofer

NUTC hosted Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Ann Schneider and Bola Delano, IDOT Deputy Director for Planning and Programming, at Northwestern in September.  In the morning, Secretary Schneider met with a core group of faculty, led by Director Mahmassani, from civil and environmental engineering and industrial engineering and management science, including Senior Associate Dean Rich Lueptow and Associate Dean Joseph Schofer of the McCormick School.  During her discussion with faculty, Ms. Schneider shared her vision to take a system-level approach with respect to Illinois’ transportation challenges and address multiple modes of transportation while creating a strategic plan for 2050. 

In the afternoon, Schneider addressed more than 60 students and faculty and re-emphasized this vision.  She commented that Illinois’ transportation strategy must take into account its “long stretches of navigable waterways, huge freight network, and airport capabilities,” in addition to the road network; and focus on “working with all these systems together as an integrated environment.”    

In 2013, Secretary Schneider was appointed chair of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Freight Advisory Committee that was formed to provide advice and recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation on matters related to freight transportation in the United States.