Dr. Tooley is the Director of External Initiatives at TTI, which includes managing large research programs and federal affairs. Her research interests include AV/CV issues, border security, and transportation policy and planning. Dr. Tooley serves the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) as Vice-Chairman at Large, and was the inaugural Chair of ARTBA’s Women Leaders in Transportation Design and Construction Council.
She is a member of the Board of Regents of the Eno Transportation Foundation and is a former Eno Transportation Fellowship Recipient. She has 17 years of experience as a UTC Director, having served as Director of 3 different UTCs at the University of Arkansas and TTI.
Dr. Tooley is a former President of the Council of University Transportation Centers, a former Chair of the Research and Education Division of ARTBA, and a former Research Subcommittee Chair of the TRB Committee on Education and Training. In 2015, she chaired the National Academy of Sciences steering committee for the UTC Spotlight Conference on Automated and Connected Vehicles, and in 2014 chaired the supply chain track for the UTC Spotlight Conference on Economic Competitiveness.
Dr. Tooley is a recipient of ARTBA’s S.S. Steinberg Award, given for outstanding contributions to transportation education. She was a Master’s and Ph.D. level recipient of the Eisenhower Fellowship, sponsored by USDOT. She was honored as Arkansas’ Young Engineer of the Year in 1994, and is a former president of the NW Chapter of the Arkansas Society of Professional Engineers.
She was an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Arkansas and the University of Florida, and prior to joining academia spent 10 years as a civil engineering consultant on projects involving roadway design, flood control, construction management, forensic engineering and civil infrastructure improvements.
Feonix Board Member: Dr. Melissa Tooley