AMHERST, Mass.– Stephanie Pollack, secretary and CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), will present the 2017 William W. Boyer Lecture on Wednesday, April 26 at 3 p.m. in the Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Building, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In her speech, Pollack will focus on “Transportation Innovation in the Commonwealth.”
The event is free and open to the public.
The lecture was created in honor of professor William W. Boyer, who was instrumental in the early development of the UMass Transportation Engineering Program in the 1950s and ’60s. Many students who studied under Boyer’s supervision have gone on to become successful practicing transportation engineers, entrepreneurs and scholars. Boyer is credited with integrating computer applications into the transportation undergraduate and graduate curricula and with creating an award-winning student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
In her role at MassDOT, Pollack serves as a member of the cabinet in the Baker-Polito administration. MassDOT includes the Massachusetts Highway Department, Registry of Motor Vehicles and the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission. As secretary, she also chairs the cross-agency transportation boards of the MassDOT Board of Directors and the Massport Board of Directors.
Pollack has worked on transportation policy, finance and equity as associate director for research at the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University since 2005, where she has also served as an adjunct professor sharing her skills and experience with the next generation of public policy leaders.
Pollack has also provided over a decade of strategic consulting on transportation issues to the public and private sectors, including the Boston Transportation Department and Massachusetts Port Authority, following a distinguished career at the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston. She has been active in public policy issues affecting transportation, development and sustainability nationally and locally, serving on numerous boards and advisory bodies including MassDOT's Transportation Advisory Committee and chairing the Transportation Advisory Committee in her hometown of Newton.