Dawn Hood is an associate director at the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies. In this position, she provides leadership for the Center in identifying program opportunities, securing funding, directing programs, and managing staff; provides strategic direction on financial management, including oversight of all financial and administrative functions for the Center; and leads program development and program delivery activities. As a member of the CTS Leadership Team, Dawn helps guide all aspects of the Center’s operations, including policy development, strategic positioning, resource allocation, and staff development.
Dawn is active in several transportation research focused activities, including the Transportation Research Board (TRB), where she currently serves as vice chair of the Transportation and Society Section. Dawn previously served as the chair of the TRB standing committee on Women and Gender in Transportation and on the planning committees for the fifth and sixth International Conferences on Women’s Issues in Transportation. Dawn also currently serves on two committees focused on sustainability: the University of Minnesota Sustainability Committee, which is charged with guiding the implementation of the University’s goal to build a fully sustainable future, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation's (MnDOT) Sustainable Transportation Advisory Council (STAC), which makes recommendations to the MnDOT Commissioner to help the agency reduce carbon pollution from transportation.
Dawn holds a BS degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota and is a registered professional engineer in Minnesota. Prior to her work with the University, Dawn was a project manager and structural engineer at HNTB, where she participated in the design of bridges and tunnels, performed construction inspection, and provided CADD training throughout the firm.