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UMD CATT Lab Director Named "Champion of Change"

May 13, 2013
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Ted Knight 301-405-3596

Michael L. Pack, director of the University of Maryland's Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory (CATT Lab) has been recognized by the White House as a Transportation "Champion of Change."COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Michael L. Pack, director of the University of Maryland's Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory (CATT Lab) has been recognized by the White House as a Transportation "Champion of Change."

The Transportation "Champion of Change" program recognizes honorees for their "exemplary leadership in developing or implementing transportation technology solutions to enhance performance, reduce congestion, improve safety, and facilitate communications across the transportation industry at the local, state, or national level."

Driving transportation innovation at the CATT Lab, Pack focuses on improving transportation operations, management, and communications. His work is enabling more efficient use of government resources — allowing researchers and transportation professionals to dedicate more energy towards solving important transportation problems through data and user-friendly analytics tools. For example, the CATT Lab's expertise has been used during presidential inaugurations to monitor area roads to help local and state agencies react quickly to traffic problems.

"I'm particularly excited to receive national attention for the work that we've been doing over the years," says Pack. "Our research isn't just advancing transportation alone, but moving towards enabling thousands of other researchers around the world to do great things.  It's especially rewarding to have our peers in the industry recognize our achievements."

In addition to leading the CATT Lab, Pack serves as the creative director of the Regional Integrated Transportation Information System (RITIS), an automated transportation sharing, dissemination, and archiving system that improves communications efforts between traffic management and transit agencies. He also chairs the Visualization Committee of the National Academies of Science Transportation Research Board, and as a career public servant, strives to change the way agencies think about sharing information and the importance of visual communications. 

Transportation champions are not new to the University of Maryland's Civil and Environment Engineering program. Alumna Veronica O. Davis '01, P.E., was recognized as a Transportation "Champion of Change" in 2012 for founding Black Women Bike and her contributions to various Washington D.C. transportation boards.