THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES ASHISH SEN TO SERVE AS DIRECTOR OF THE BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION STATISTICS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
The President today announced his intent to nominate Ashish Sen to serve as Director of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics at the Department of Transportation.
Dr. Ashish Sen, of Chicago, Illinois, has served as Director of the Statistics and Evaluation Laboratory at the Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois in Chicago since 1996 and in 1997 he was also named the Director of the Urban Transportation Center. From 1978 until the present he has been a Professor of Urban Planning and since 1995 he has also served as a Professor of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. From 1969 to 1978, he served in various capacities within the College of Urban Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle including Associate Professor, Acting Dean, and Director of the School of Urban Sciences. He has authored numerous articles and co-authored two books relating to statistics and transportation.
Dr. Sen received his school certificate from St. Xavier's College in Calcutta, India, his B.Sc. in Mathematics with honors from Calcutta University, his M.A. in Mathematics and his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Toronto.
The Director of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics at the U.S. Department of Transportation is responsible for directing data collection, analysis, and reporting to ensure the most cost-effective use of transportation monitoring resources. Specific duties include publishing a comprehensive set of transportation statistics to provide timely summaries as well as working in cooperation with modal administrators and State and Federal officials to establish and implement long-term programs for the collection of transportation data relating to the performance of the national transportation system. The Director also issues guidelines for the collection of information by the Department of Transportation to ensure its reliability and accuracy and coordinates the data collection within the various participating Federal departments and agencies.