Siim Sööt Biography

Siim SootDr. Siim Sööt, emeritus, joined the UIC faculty in 1970 to teach and develop courses in Geographical Information Systems (GIS). He was the Head, Department of Geography; Director, Urban Transportation Center from 1998 to 2000, and President, Illinois Universities Transportation Research Consortium.

He has taught courses at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Chalmers Technical University (Göteborg, Sweden) and guest lectured in Korea, Taiwan, China, Germany and Estonia.

He was the Chair of the Expert Review Panel appointed by the Governor of Washington State to assess the $18 billion light rail system for Seattle and headed a World Bank team to evaluate the proposed subway system for Bogota Colombia. And, in early 2015, Dr. Sööt was appointed by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee to serve on the state’s Expert Sound Transit Review Panel (ST3), to oversee that proposed expansion of the public transportation system in the Seattle Metro area.

Dr. Sööt has authored nearly one hundred articles and reports. He has been the principal or co-principal investigator on more than 50 research studies.  He is Vice President of the Estonian House, on the board of the U.S. Baltic Foundation and is Honorary Vice Consul for the Republic of Estonia.