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Joseph Schofer is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Associate Dean at the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He has been on the Northwestern faculty for more than four decades, having served as chairman of his department, Interim Dean of the McCormick School, and Director of Northwestern’s Infrastructure Technology Institute.

Professor Schofer earned his B.E. degree in Civil Engineering from Yale University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in transportation engineering from Northwestern. He has published over 1405 articles and more than 50 technical reports, focusing on transportation and infrastructure planning, management and policy making, evaluation, and safety. He is a life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and he is a National Associate of the National Research Council. He has served in many roles for the Transportation Research Board (TRB), including chair of the Special Task Force on Data for Decision and Performance Measures, and received TRB’s Roy W. Crum distinguished service award in 2011. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the University of California, Davis Institute for Transportation Studies and the Citizen’s Advisory Board of Pace, Chicago’s suburban bus transit operator.


A number of past podcasts were co-hosted by Thomas Herman, an experienced radio host/producer in the Chicago area. Also, a few were co-hosted by Marion Sours, the founder, with Professor Schofer, of The Infrastructure Show, and former Producer of the show. A journalist and Managing Editor of the Chicago plant engineering magazine Plant Services for 17 years, she approached Professor Schofer in 2008 with the idea of an online radio-format show about the nation’s infrastructure. The first episode of the privately funded show was in March of 2009, which ran monthly through December of 2014. The show site was taken over by Northwestern University in 2015.


The Infrastructure Show is recorded at Studiomedia Recording Company in Evanston, IL.

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Descriptions of photos at top of page, from left to right:
MBTA Green Line subway train at North Station in Boston; Central Arizona Project water canal; the Armory, MS lock on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway; an electricity pylon in San Bruno, CA.
All photos courtesy of Wikipedia.