Chris McCahill is a researcher, policy analyst, and educator working to promote safe, equitable, and sustainable transportation options. He is currently a senior associate at the State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. SSTI works primarily with reform-oriented State Departments of Transportation through knowledge-sharing, technical assistance, and outreach.
Chris earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Connecticut in 2012. While there, he managed a team of 11 student researchers, collaborated on several interdisciplinary research projects, developed curriculum materials for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and lectured in transportation engineering courses. He was president of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) student chapter from 2006 to 2007, a member of the University's Climate Action Task Force Transportation Workgroup in 2009, part of the UConn bike share launch team in 2010, and he mentored several undergraduate research fellows from 2011 to 2012.
Prior to joining SSTI in 2013, Chris worked on the Project for Transportation Reform with the Congress for the New Urbanism in Chicago. As a project manager, he worked with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to coordinate a series of urban street design workshops for local public officials and transportation professionals, including staff from the Illinois DOT, by bringing together experts in transportation and urban design from around the U.S.
Chris has published peer-reviewed journal articles, a book chapter for Emerald's Transport and Sustainability series, plus numerous papers and reports. He has also spoken at conferences and professional meetings throughout the U.S. and in Europe.
Chris was a 2012 Eno Fellow with the Eno Center for Transportation in Washington, DC.
Specialization and research interests: urban transportation, road and street design, transportation-land use interactions, sustainability, and parking policy.