Rebecca M. Brewster

President and COO
Atlanta, ga

Rebecca Brewster is President and Chief Operating Officer of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). 

Rebecca is the recipient of several awards including Fleet Owner magazine’s 2016 Dozen Outstanding Women in Trucking, the 2013 Influential Woman in Trucking award from the Women in Trucking Association, and the 2010 J.R. Bob Halladay award given by the 50 state trucking associations.

Rebecca has been with ATRI for over 28 years. Prior to that, she was the Public and Governmental Affairs Director for the Cary, North Carolina Chamber of Commerce and a Fleet Analyst with Moen, Inc. She has a B.A. in English from Wofford College and is a Fellow of the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership.

Daniel Murray

Senior Vice president
Minneapolis, MN

Daniel Murray has more than 26 years of experience in a broad range of transportation fields including trucking research and economics, transportation safety technologies and autonomous vehicles.

As Senior Vice President for the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), Dan is responsible for managing ATRI’s transportation research, testing and evaluation, and leads multiple national activities including the U.S. DOT-sponsored Freight Mobility Initiative. Prior to his employment with ATRI, he spent several years working in economic development for a Chicago business consortium and four years developing transit programs, policy and funding with the Regional Transit Board in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.

Dan is actively involved in the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board as Vice Chair of the Trucking Research Committee, and presently sits on the Boards of the Freight Mobility Research Institute, Mid-America Transportation Center and the Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee.

Dan received his BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, and his MS from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Jeffrey Short

Vice President
Atlanta, ga

Jeffrey Short is the Vice President of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) and is based in Atlanta, GA. His areas of expertise include transportation policy and regulations, data management and analysis, and freight-related safety, technology, and performance measurement.

During Jeff’s nearly 17 years with ATRI, he has worked directly with anonymous telematics data, expanding the scale and scope of the organization’s truck GPS data research and analysis. Through this work he has built systems for measuring travel time, speed and reliability indices for freight movement across North America.

Jeff has published several trucking industry-focused reports on transportation finance and the costs/benefits of key funding mechanisms. Additionally, he has led numerous research initiatives assessing the impact of federal regulations, particularly those focused on the driver hours-of-service rules. His other research interests include safety culture within organizations and emerging freight technologies.

Jeff holds a BA from Emory University and an MS from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Mike Tunnell

Director of environmental Research
sacramento, ca

Mike Tunnell is the Director of Environmental Research for the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).

With more than 26 years of experience, Mike has participated in numerous ATRI studies involving the energy and emissions impacts of freight transportation. These studies have investigated sustainable practices and strategies, the use of fuel saving technologies and equipment, and the environmental impacts of congestion relief. His experience includes designing and administering surveys and interviews to acquire freight-related data and contract/task management. 

Prior to joining ATRI, Mike worked in the fields of air quality, transit and civil engineering.

Alexandra Shirk

Research Associate
New York, NY

Alexandra Shirk is a Research Associate with the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). Her areas of expertise include geographical information system analysis and general qualitative and quantitative analysis.

Alexandra plays an ongoing role in a number of Freight Mobility Initiative (FPM) research studies. She has led numerous truck parking studies that include collecting truck driver perspectives via custom designed surveys, and quantitative truck parking analyses with ATRI’s FPM truck database. She has contributed to a number research studies, including research regarding the impacts of marijuana legalization on the trucking industry. She also helps to maintain and update ATRI’s annual truck bottleneck list.

Prior to joining ATRI, Alexandra was a GIS Research Analyst with a private consultant. While there, she was part of a team that developed customized GIS applications for individual clients.

Alexandra holds a BS from Penn State University.

Carla Rose

Research Assistant
Atlanta, GA

Carla Rose is a research assistant with the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).  She has 27 years of administrative experience, including more than 20 years of experience arranging meetings and workshops in the trucking and transportation industry.  She has also served as a ATRI’s meeting coordinator for many ATRI meetings, workshops and focus groups ranging from 10 to 150 participants.  

In addition to her meeting planning experience, Carla also provides research support including survey development, data collection and research formatting/publication. Carla designed and manages the ATRI website and handles ATRI’s communications which include the ATRI newsletter and all other aspects of ATRI’s social media presence.

Prior to joining ATRI, Carla did freelance publishing, graphic and web design.

Danielle Crownover

Research Analyst
Atlanta, GA

Danielle Crownover is a Research Analyst with the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). Her areas of expertise include ecology and environmental science research, geographic information system mapping, and general qualitative analysis.

Danielle currently works on several analytical studies with ATRI, including a follow up of Understanding the Impact of Nuclear Verdicts on the Trucking Industry: The Impact of Small Verdicts on the Trucking Industry as well as State-Level Data Research and Management. In addition, she is working on updating the Cost of Congestion to the Trucking Industry by assisting in qualitative and quantitative analysis. 

Prior to joining ATRI, Danielle was a Plant Engineering Sustainability Intern with the United Parcel Service. While there she worked to optimize sustainability strategies, developed energy, water, and waste reduction programs and assisted with streamlining data collection for corporate sustainability reporting processes.

Claire Evans

Research Analyst
Minneapolis, MN

Claire Evans is a Research Analyst with the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).  Her areas of expertise include mathematical modeling, computing, quantitative analysis and technical communication.

Claire currently works on several analytical studies with ATRI, including Analysis of the Operational Cost of Trucking and State-Level Data Research and Management.  In addition, she is working on the Impact of Rising Insurance Costs on the Trucking Industry, and The Impact of Small Verdicts on the Trucking Industry.

Claire holds a B.S. from Minnesota State University.

Alex Leslie

Research Analyst
Minneapolis, MN

Alex Leslie is a Research Analyst with the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). His areas of expertise include technical writing, qualitative research, and quantitative analysis. His research interests include industry economics, distribution logistics, and labor issues.

Alex currently works on several analytical studies with ATRI, including Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking, Impacts of Small Verdicts on the Trucking Industry, and Integrating Young Adults into the Trucking Industry. He also contributes to general data collection and copy editing across ATRI projects.

Alex holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University, where he previously worked as an Instructor of English and Data Science.

Joy Miller

Contract Manager
arlington, va

Joy Miller is the Contract Manager for the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).She has almost 30 years of government contract management experience, with a specialization in transportation and trucking research.

Joy is responsible for ATRI’s contract administration duties, including budget development and negotiations, auditing, state & federal compliance, and finance & accounting.

Joy received her B.A. from Stephens College, and has held multiple public and private positions including congressional staff support.