Lise Dirks Biography

Lise Dirks, MA is a Senior Associate who began her career at the UTC in 1996 as a student research assistant; she came on board as a full-time researcher in 1999 after earning her Master’s degree.  Ms. Dirks has led or participated in more than 30 research projects that address land use and travel behavior, public and human service transportation planning and policy, mobility management strategies, information management systems, geographic information systems in transportation and other topics. Ms. Dirks specializes in software development and data development and analysis for transportation and land use.

Currently, she is serving as principal investigator for two studies funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation: The Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative, and TRANPRO, an interactive public and specialized transportation information management system.  Ms. Dirks has been a presenter at numerous industry conferences in the U.S. and overseas, and recently was a session chair and presenter at the National Science Foundation Conference “Big Data and Urban Informatics” held at UIC in 2014. Ms. Dirks is the author or co-author of more than 20 reports or working papers on topics that include coordinated transportation planning and policy, public and specialized transportation markets, land use and travel behavior, and others.