Kate Lawson is Department Chair and an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at the State University of New York at Albany. In addition, she is Director of the Lewis Mumford Center at SUNY Albany, where she established the Visualization and Informatics Laboratory, a new generation research laboratory, specializing in advanced data-driven visualization and informatics. Dr Lawson also is an Affiliated Faculty member of the Department of Informatics in the College of Computing and Information at SUNY Albany. She has a BA degree in accounting and economics (1988) from Western Washington University in Bellingham; as well as an MA degree in economics (1995), a MURP degree in urban planning (1997), and PhD degree in urban studies/regional science (1998), all from Portland State University. Her research interests include advanced uses of archived intelligent transportation systems data and spatial analysis/geographic information systems applications for transportation planning and analysis for freight, transit, and passenger travel. Dr Lawson is an active member of the Transportation Research Board where is currently serving a second term as Chair of Urban Transportation Data and Information Systems Committee and a first term as a member of the Public Transportation Group. Previously, Dr Lawson served as a member of the Oversight Panel for the National Cooperative Freight Research Program, as a member of the TRB Expert Task Group on LTPP Traffic Data Collection and Analysis, and as a member of the Military Transportation Committee. At the TRB mid-year meeting in Washington, DC on 11 June 2013, Dr Lawson presided over Plenary Session 3: When Extreme Weather Strikes Transportation Systems: Implications and Opportunities for Data Before, During, and After.