Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
Cambridge Systematics has more than 40 years` experience leveraging technology and ingenuity to advance the world of transportation: planning and policy, movement of people and goods, software design and development, and, underlying it all, effective partnerships and objective analysis. We build cutting-edge yet practical solutions that make a meaningful difference in every community we touch. We succeed through collaboration. We engage. We partner. We achieve.
CS celebrates 45 years and looks to the future.
Cambridge Systematics, Inc. was founded in 1972 by four Massachusetts Institute of Technology professors and a colleague who shared an understanding that transportation's greatest challenges call for thoughtful, objective, research-based solutions. Their charter pledged 'the application of systematic analysis to problems of transportation, the environment, urban development, and regional planning.'
We established a second office on the west coast during our first decade to draw on the resources of the Bay Area. As planning and resource management issues became more pressing for the nation, the firm opened a third office in Washington, D.C. in 1991, expanding services for federal agencies and clients nationwide. To meet increasing market and client needs, we opened additional offices throughout the US between 2002 and 2009, each time adding local, multidisciplinary experts to our team.
In 2011, we broadened our footprint to support international clients, and our leadership transitioned after 25 years. Lance Neumann stepped into the role of Chairman of the Board after many successful years as President and CEO. He remains actively engaged with our clients and focused on key national transportation policy issues. Brad Wright, former Vice President and leader of our Freight business line, became Cambridge Systematics’ third President and CEO in June 2011. He directs his attention to understanding the diverse needs of our client base, while delivering the high-quality, innovative solutions and excellent client service that have been the keys to our success during the last 40+ years.
Today, Cambridge Systematics remains an independent, employee-owned firm, recognized throughout the world as a leader in the field. The firm continues to specialize in transportation and to pioneer the development and implementation of innovative policy and planning solutions, objective analysis, and technology applications. Our leadership and staff are personally committed to advancing, and even reimagining, transportation services now and for future generations.
Our dedication to building more livable communities and enriching quality of life goes beyond the work we do for clients. Our richly diverse community involvement responds to community need because it is driven locally by the talents and interests of the individuals working in each of our offices across the country, while it supports our focus on education and transportation.
Cambridge Systematics’ employees also make immeasurable contributions, and we fully support their efforts through financial backing, flexible schedules to allow for volunteerism, and staff outings and team building initiatives built around community contributions.
Women in Transportation
Developing the future leaders in Transportation is a cornerstone of Cambridge Systematics’ commitment to our industry. Our most recent trailblazers to put this into action were Lisa Destro and Daniela Waltersdorfer, who presented to girls in grades 6 through 12 at the WTS-Boston’s Transportation You Summit. The Summit was a hands-on, interactive mentoring program that offered young girls an introduction to a wide variety of transportation careers. Our experts taught about supply chains—and made them fun—in their presentation: How do you get your stuff, and how does transportation fit in?
“We wanted the girls to think through how the things we use in daily life get to our house or to the stores where we buy them,” said Destro. “I think the girls were most excited to learn about different modes of transportation, industry challenges and the people working to solve these challenges.”
“Our goal was to show these girls one way that STEM can help solve real-world problems,” said Waltersdorfer. “Transportation is a big part of day-to-day life and these girls have the potential to be the industry’s next innovators.”
Cambridge Systematics supports education and future transportation
Education plays a large role in the Cambridge Systematics philosophy – starting with our inception over 45 years ago by four MIT professors and their colleague, and continuing now with educational and development opportunities for our staff and programs such as mentoring middle school students who are interested in future STEM careers.
This year, CS made a $1,000 charitable donation to each of twelve nonprofits that help support education and/or transportation. Click here to see which organizations our twelve offices chose to receive the donation.