The 2012 recipient of the Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lectureship is former American Public Transportation Association (APTA) President Willian W. Millar. His lecture, "Public Transportation: Today and Tomorrow," was delivered on Jan. 23, 2012, at the Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lecture and Presentation of Awards for Outstanding Papers during the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 91st Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
The 91st annual meeting of the National Research Council's TRB will have more than 4,000 transportation-related presentations in nearly 650 sessions and workshops. Some 11,000 people from around the world--including policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, journalists and representatives of government, industry and academia--will attend the meeting. This year's spotlight theme is "Transportation: Putting Innovation and People to Work."
The Deen Distinguished Lectureship recognizes the career contributions and achievements of an individual in one of the areas covered by TRB's Technical Activities Division. Originally known as the Transportation Research Board Distinguished Lectureship, the award was renamed in 2002 in honor of TRB's eighth executive director, who served from 1980 to 1994. Honorees are invited to present overviews of their technical areas, including the evolution, present status and prospects for the future.
William Millar, who retired last fall after a 40-year transportation career, including 15 years as president of the APTA, is the 2012 recipient of the lectureship.