Kari Edison Watkins

Kari Watkins

Position Title
Associate Professor | Civil and Environmental Engineering

3123 Ghausi

Professor Watkins is a leading expert in transit, whose research contributes to the goal of expanding mobility options by improving transit, walking, bicycling, and other alternatives to driving.  Her projects are wide-ranging, including basic behavioral research that identifies factors influencing individual travel choices and overall travel patterns as well as applied research carried out in partnership with transportation agencies that leads to innovation in practice. 

She is especially well-known for her development of the award-winning OneBusAway program, which paved the way for providing real-time next-bus countdown information to riders. Some of her more recent efforts are an avid cyclist using novel survey research, crowdsourced data, and instrumented bicycles to understand cyclist infrastructure preferences

Honors and Awards
  • CEE Senior Faculty Teaching Award -2020
  • SLS Excellence in Community-Engaged Sustainability Teaching Award –Honorable Mention –2020
  • Class of 1934 CIOS Teaching Award –2020
  • Engineering Georgia 100 Women to Know –2018, 2019
  • GVU Impact Award -2017
  • Council of University Transportation Centers New Faculty Award -2017
  • CETL / BP Junior Faculty Teaching Award, Georgia Institute of Technology -2014
  • Bill Schutz Junior Faculty Teaching Award, School of Civil & Environmental Engineering –2013
  • Top 40 under 40, Mass Transit Magazine –2013
  • CUTC Wootan Award for Best Dissertation in Transportation Policy and Planning –2012
  • Women’s Transportation Seminar Puget Sound Chapter Helene Overly Scholarship -2011