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Yuko Nakanishi, PhD

Principal

Nakanishi Research and Consulting, LLC

Education

2006: PhD, Transportation Planning & Engineering
NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

1997: MS, Civil Engineering - Transportation
City College of New York

1993: MBA, Management
Columbia Business School, NY

1987: BA, English Literature
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


Professional History

2005-present: Principal/President
Nakanishi Research and Consulting, LLC, Forest Hills, NY

1996-1999: Assistant Director of Research
Region 2, University Transportation Research Center, City College of New York

1993-1995: Associate Staff Analyst
NYC Transit Authority


Academic Appointments

2003-2005: Research Scientist
NYU Polytechnic Institute

2001-2003: Program Manager
Urban ITS Center, NYU Polytechnic Institute

2000-2001: Senior Teaching Associate,
Civil Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY


Project Experience

2012-present: National Cooperative Highway Research Program  
Project 20-05, Synthesis Topic 44-01 Federal Emergency Management Agency and Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief Funds Reimbursements to DOTs

2012-present: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
Project 20-05, Synthesis Topic 44-12 Interactive Training for All-Hazards Emergency Planning, Preparation and Response for Maintenance & Operations Personnel 

2009-2010: Transit Cooperative Research Program
Synthesis Project SF-14, Practices to Protect Bus Operators from Passenger Assault sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration

2009-2011: New York State (NYS) Department of Transportation (sponsor)
Next Generation NYS Transit Service Information Portal Project

2007-2008: Transit Cooperative Research Program
Project G-11, A Methodology for Performance Measurement and Peer Comparison in the Public Transportation Industry, sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration

2007-2008: Transit Cooperative Research Program
Synthesis Project SF-13, Transit Security Update, sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration 

2007: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
Project 20-59(28), Security 101: A Physical Security Primer for Transportation Agencies, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 

2006: University of Rhode Island (sponsor)
Technology Transfer Needs Assessment for the Transportation Industry 

2006: Transit Cooperative Research Program
Project J-10J, Public Transportation Passenger Security Inspections: A Guide for Decision Makers, sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration

2003: AABA and NYC Council Member D. Yassky (sponsors)
Atlantic Avenue Parking Study 

2002-2003: NYC Department of Transportation and the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (sponsors)
Transportation Job Access Study 

2001-2003: Transit Cooperative Research Program
Project G-6, A Guidebook for Developing a Transit Performance-Measurement System, sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration 


Selected Publications

TCRP Synthesis Report 93: Practices to Protect Bus Operators from Passenger Assault. Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, Washington, DC, 2011. With Lt. William Fleming.

Addressing Vulnerabilities in Transit Security: Developments Since September 11, 2001. Transportation Research Board, TR News, No. 275, July-Aug, 2011.

Securing America’s Mass Transit System. In Journal of Transportation Security, Vol. 2, Numbers 1-2, June, 2009. DOI 10.1007/s12198-009-0023-6.

NCHRP Report 525, Vol. 14: Security 101 – A Physical Security Primer for Transportation Agencies. Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, Washington, DC, 2009. With Ernest R. Frazier and MA Lorimer.

TCRP Synthesis Report 80: Transit Security Update. Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, Washington, DC, 2009. 

 

Dr. Yuko Nakanishi has 20 years of experience in the transportation industry as an entrepreneur, researcher, and educator. Currently, Dr. Nakanishi is the Principal of Nakanishi Research and Consulting, LLC, and Chair and long-standing member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Protection. She was Chair of its Subcommittee on Training, Education, and Technology Transfer from 2002 to 2011. Dr. Nakanishi also serves as a TRB-appointed member of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program project 20-59, Surface Transportation Security Research Project panel, and a panel member of the Transit Cooperative Research Program project A-36, Command-Level Decision Making for Transit Emergency Managers. Her areas of expertise are transportation security, emergency preparedness, and risk management. 

In 2006, Dr. Nakanishi received the Transportation Research Board Excellence Award for Service. She holds a PhD in Transportation Planning and Engineering from the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering, an MS in Civil Engineering from the City College of New York, an MBA in Management from Columbia University and a BA in English Literature from Harvard University. Dr. Nakanishi also has a FEMA Emergency Management Professional Development Series Certificate and has completed numerous FEMA Emergency Management Institute Courses.

Awards & Distinctions

2006: Transportation Research Board Excellence Award for Service

2001: Eno Fellow, Eno Center for Transportation Leadership Development

1997 – 2000: U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration Dwight David Eisenhower Fellowship

1994: Advanced Institute for Transportation Education Scholarship

1994: Women’s Transportation Seminar of Greater New York

1983 – 1987: Harvard College Scholarship

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