Dr. Catherine L. Ross has extensive experience in both the public and private sector. She is the first endowed faculty member in Georgia Tech's College of Architecture where she serves as Harry West Professor and directs the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development. Ross has held several positions at Georgia Tech including that of vice provost. She was also the first executive director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority.
An internationally known transportation and urban planner, Ross has conducted research and has project experience at the local, national, and international levels. She cofounded Euquant, Inc., an Atlanta-based economic and planning consulting firm. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, the Ford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy's China Program, Federal Transit Administration, and many local, city, and state governments throughout the country.
Ross attended Kent State University for her undergraduate degree, completed the master's of regional planning program and doctoral degree at Cornell University, and conducted post-doctoral work at the University of California–Berkeley.