California PATH Director
Thomas West currently serves as the Director of the California Program for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH) at the University of California, Berkeley. California PATH has been a leader in ITS research since its founding in1986, focusing on technical solutions to a wide spectrum of transportation challenges including safety, mobility, and the environment. PATH specializes in ambitious and large-scale technical innovation, development, and demonstration.
Tom previously served as the Director of the California Center for Innovative Transportation and was charged with the implementation of new and emerging transportation technology including the facilitation of partnerships between university researchers, transportation agencies, and private industry to reach full-scale deployment for the most promising new transportation innovations.
Prior to joining the University of California, Tom worked for over 20 years with the California Department of Transportation in a variety of capacities including serving as the Chief of Research and Innovation, and as the statewide ITS liaison for all twelve Caltrans district offices. Tom also functioned as the single focal point at the California Department of Transportation for all activities related to the Governor’s Strategic Growth Plan, and the resultant $20B transportation improvement bond package passed by California voters in late 2006.
Tom is the current Chair of the State Chapters Council for ITS-America and an Ex-Officio member of the Board of Directors to ITS America. Tom is also a member of the Transportation Safety Advancement Group (TSAG) representing Academia and Research, and serves as a board member to ITS California.