Robert E. Ginsburg, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor at the Urban Transportation at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He’s responsible for managing a workforce development initiative program with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs to train graduate students in areas critical to IDOT’s future workforce requirements.
Dr. Ginsburg brings more than 30 years of experience as a manager, technical consultant and advocate for strategic and multi-disciplinary analysis and management of business and projects. In the workforce development arena, he’s created plans funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and various city and state agencies.
Prior to joining the UTC, he was Administrative Director in the Cook County (Illinois) Department of Transportation and Highways, where he was responsible for management of the 300-person department and development and administration of $30 million in operating and $50 million in capital projects budgets. He’s also held leadership positions with two research/consulting organizations and served for 10 years as an advisor to Locals 308 and 241, International Union and Illinois Joint Council, of the Amalgamated Transit Union.
Dr. Ginsburg is the author or co-author of more than 20 public reports and he was an Adjunct Assistant Professor for Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at School of Public Health at UIC.
He holds a Doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a bachelor’s degree (with honors) in Chemistry from the University of Rochester.