Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, National University Transportation Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)
Professor Adams’s research aims to make the infrastructure management process more efficient and integrative, using new technology and enhanced processes that support strategic decision making. In addition to her roles as professor and director of CFIRE, she has federal experience with the U.S. Department of Transportation. In 2013-14 she served on the advisory committee for the Joint Programs Office on Intelligent Transportation Systems, and in 2010-11 she was a visiting professor at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy. She also has served on the steering committee for the Wisconsin Highway Research Program. Adams earned her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Areas of expertise
Strategic decision making about the life cycle of transportation infrastructure (e.g., bridges, pavements), performance measures used to assess Wisconsin’s roads, road engineering tradeoffs, transportation impacts of sand mining, transportation workforce development, and implications of autonomous vehicles.