Remembering Dr. Sussman
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Dr. Joseph M. Sussman, for whom one of our awards is named, passed away on March 20, 2018. For those who did not have the privilege of knowing Dr. Sussman, he was the Japan Railways East Professor (endowed by the East Japan Railway Company) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Institute of Data, Systems and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he served as a faculty member for 50 years. He joined the MIT faculty in 1967. Dr. Sussman worked extensively on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), helping to build the U.S. national program. While serving as the first Distinguished University Scholar at ITS AMERICA (1991-92), he was the only academic member of the core group of five that wrote the first Strategic Plan for ITS in the U.S., a twenty-year plan for research, development, testing and deployment which has shaped the U.S. ITS program to the present day. In 2002, ITS Massachusetts named its annual "Joseph M. Sussman Leadership Award" in his honor. ITS America inducted Professor Sussman into the ITS Hall of Fame in 2015 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the organization.
For more information, please see his obituary in http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?n=joseph-m-sussman&pid=188529313