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Vukan R. Vuchic

Photo of Dr. Vukan R. VuchicProfessor Vuchic is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost scholars in transportation systems engineering and planning.  His academic career is without equal.  Dr. Vuchic spent 43 years teaching and researching at the University of Pennsylvania.  For 20 years, Professor Vuchic held an endowed chair; he also embraced interdisciplinary studies, holding a joint appointment in the School of Design and the Department of Systems Engineering.

Professor Vuchic has published more than 130 papers in highly respected journals.  But, Professor Vuchic’s most important contributions are his widely used textbooks.  Vuchic’s “Urban Transit Systems and Technology” is THE technical resource for researchers and practitioners.  In 1999, Vuchic published “Transportation for Livable Cities”, introducing the now well-understood relationship between transportation systems and urban quality of life.  In 2004, the last component of his “transit trilogy” – “Urban Transit Operations, Planning and Economics” – was published.  These texts have become the most widely-used resources in teaching public transportation planning and engineering. 

Dr. Vuchic’s professional contributions include shaping the transit networks and planning processes around the globe, with work in: Edmonton and Toronto; San Francisco and Washington DC; Mexico City and Buenos Aires; Moscow and Singapore, to name only a few.  As the Region of Waterloo plans its Light Rail Transit project, thanks should be given to Vukan Vuchic, who organized the first LRT conference in North America in 1975.

Recognition of Dr. Vuchic’s accomplishments is also vast.  His teaching was recognized in 2007 when he received the Wilbur Smith Distinguished Transportation Educator Award.  His scholarship was celebrated with his inclusion in the Serbian and Russian National Academies, and with his 2011 receipt of an honorary degree from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris France.  His impact on practice was acknowledged in 1982 when Vuchic received the Dr. Frederich Lerner Medal for outstanding contribution to public transportation.

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