After joining the staff of the
Institute of Transportation Engineers in February 1973, Thomas W. Brahms
was selected to be the Executive Director in May 1976 and has served in
that position since that time. During his tenure, ITE has undertaken
proactive and aggressive roles concerning traffic congestion,
transportation manpower, transportation safety, intelligent
transportation systems and expansion of the magnitude of investment in
research and development.
Tom has held professional positions in transportation planning and
traffic operations for public agencies and for a consulting engineering
firm. His professional activities have included service on several
National Cooperative Highway Research Program panels and committees of
several groups, including the Highway Users Federation for Safety and
Mobility, the Council on Engineering and Scientific Society Executives,
on Uniform Traffic Laws and Ordinances, ITS America, the Eno Center for
Transportation Leadership, the Roadway Safety Foundation Advisory
Committee and ITE. He serves as a Member of the Board of Directors and
has served on the Executive Committee, as Chair of the Administration
and Finance Committee and as Secretary of ITS America. He serves as
Chair of the access committee for the Partnership for a Walk-able
America and as a Member of the steering committee for the ITS
Professional Capacity Building program.
received the 1988 Burton W. Marsh Distinguished Service Award, the Urban
Mass Transportation Administratorís Award and the Pedestrian Advocates
Honor Award 2000 from the Partnership for a Walkable America for helping
to establish National Walk Our Children to School Day.
graduate of Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil
Engineering, Tom has served as a community leader in many capacities,
including President of the Reston Commuter Bus Inc., a community-run bus
service transporting more than 2,500 daily passengers, and he
participated in a working group that initiated Restonís Internal Bus
System. He also served on the Technology Education Advisory Committee
for Fairfax County Public Schools.