Ann M. Brach
National Academy of Sciences
Ann M. Brach, Ph.D, P.E., is the Director of the Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) at the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. She is responsible for overall direction of interdisciplinary research in the following areas: the role of driver behavior in highway safety; renewal of aging infrastructure; congestion mitigation; and collaborative decision-making in highway planning.
Prior to becoming the director, Dr. Brach served as the deputy director of SHRP 2, overseeing the development of the largest-ever naturalistic driving study. In addition, she has conducted studies of funding trends, congressional earmarking, and stakeholder involvement in federal transportation research programs. Before working at the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Brach held leadership positions in research management in both federal and state transportation programs.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Northeastern University and the Master of Science and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she focused on management of research and innovation in the construction industry. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition to her work in research management and policy, Dr. Brach explores philosophical approaches to cultural themes; she holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America, where she focused on phenomenological analysis of culture