Natalie Villwock-Witte, P.E., Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor/Research Engineer
Natalie Villwock-Witte, Ph.D., P.E. is an Assistant Research Professor/Research Engineer at WTI, where she performs research for both the Safety and Operations program, and the Mobility and Public Transportation program. She has more than 13 years of experience, having held numerous engineering positions at the city, county, state and federal levels of government prior to joining WTI. Natalie performs multi-disciplinary research to address the needs of the Federal Highway Administration, federal land managers, state and local departments of transportation in the areas of travel behavior, safety, and bicycle and pedestrian travel. She is currently working on a project to identify characteristics of communities of less than 10,000 people that may contribute to the implementation of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure; to enable older rural residents in Texas to access basic needs like groceries; to assess the feasibility of a rural public transportation system in Lebanon, Missouri; and to create a tool for the Maryland Department of Transportation to better allocate resources for winter road maintenance. She also has an eye for identifying important emerging issues – her recent research on the transportation trends of Millennials was featured in Wired magazine.
In addition to research, Natalie developed and taught engineering courses at Montana State University, the University of New Mexico, and Central New Mexico Community College. Recently, she has also worked with the West Region Workforce Transportation Center on education and workforce development initiatives related to careers in the field of transportation.
Research Focus Affiliations
- Mobility and Public Transportation
- Safety and Operations