Professor Michael P. Kushner was Managing Director and a board member of the American Public Transit Institute. Formally he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Orbital Sciences Transportation Management Systems Division (TMS); Director of the Westinghouse Municipal Systems Department; and served as a consultant to the Driver Safety Training Institute (DTSI) at Carnegie Mellon University; the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA); and to the Volpe Transportation Center. Professor Kushner has also served on the IDEAS Committee of the National Science Foundation.
Professor Kushner has over 35 years of industry experience in the areas of project management and systems integration for telecommunications projects; information systems projects; and customer service systems. He has significant project management and domain knowledge of the public transit industry and extensive knowledge of the funding processes of the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA). Professor Kushner continues to serve as a consultant to the Public Transit Industry.
In addition to his adjunct status at Catholic University Professor Kushner was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) for over 30 years where he held the title of Associate Professor and lectured on the subjects of Project Management, Strategic Management, and Transportation Systems. He also has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Virginia and Rutgers University - National Transportation Institute (NTI). Professor Kushner has published numerous articles and papers related to Automatic Vehicles Locations Systems (AVLS) as well as presenting at numerous technical conferences and seminars related to public transportation management systems.
Professor Kushner has Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Pittsburgh and has an MBA from the University of Dayton. He is also certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute.