The Institute for Physical Infrastructure and Transportation is an umbrella organization at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee that fosters multidisciplinary research activities.
Today’s challenges of aging infrastructure, traffic congestion and safety create a unique prospect where human intellect and creativity may be combined with new technologies to address many infrastructure and transportation problems. IPIT was founded in 2017 by professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering Al Ghorbanpoor to address the challenges faced by our state and nation. We aspire to be a national leader in improving physical infrastructure to support and enhance the mobility of people and goods, economic development, public safety and health. Our mission is to offer solutions through research, innovation, collaboration, education, workforce development and technology transfer.
Xiao Qin, PhD, PE
Qin is a transportation engineer and a nationally renowned expert in highway safety. Qin’s research identifies critical issues and solutions to improve transportation systems. He is a committee member of the Transportation Research Board, editor of both the Transportation Research Record and the Journal of Transportation Safety & Security, and an advisory board member of Accident Analysis and Prevention.
Mark Gottlieb, PE
Gottlieb served as Wisconsin’s transportation secretary from 2011 to 2017. Gottlieb has over twenty years experience as a civil engineer in both the public and private sectors. He also served in the Wisconsin State Assembly for eight years and was mayor of the city of Port Washington. He is a UWM alum, having received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering.