M. Voorhees began his career in transportation engineering as City
Planning Engineer for the City of Colorado Springs. He became the Planning Engineer for the Automobile Safety
Foundation (ASF) in 1952. While at ASF, Alan carried out research in urban structure and
and travel, as well as the interrelationship between land use and
transportation. Throughout his career he has been involved in a large number of
metropolitan and local transportation planning programs, including, Los
Angeles, Boston, St. Louis, Washington, Miami, Seattle, Baltimore,
Houston, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Toronto, Caracas, London,
Melbourne, and San Paulo.
1961, Alan founded and became President of Alan M. Voorhees &
Associates, which soon became one of the largest transportation planning
firms in the world.
Since then Alan has been been involved with setting up several
new companies, including Data Terminal Systems, which has become one of
the largest electronic cash register firms in the country, a commuter
airline operating out of Atlanta, and cable and radio programs in the
At the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, he was Dean of
the newly established college combining the programs related to
architecture, art, and urban sciences from 1977-1979.
Alan also founded Summit Enterprises, a company involved in real
estate development and management.
has received numerous awards including the Highway Research Board Award,
the ITE Past President's Award, and the first ASCE Harland Bartholomew