Steven K. Peterson

Steven K. Peterson

Transportation Geographer

Phone: 865-574-4676
Fax: 865-574-3431


Transportation and Economic Geography
Critical Infrastructure ModelingGeostatistics


PhD, Geography, University of Idaho (2008) .
MA, Economics, University of Texas at Arlington (2001).
BA,  History, University of Texas at Arlington (1990).

Professional Experience

2007 – Present, Geographic Information Science and Technology Group, Computational Sciences and      Engineering Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
2003 – 2007, Transportation Research Group, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University.
2003 – 2007, PhD Program, Department of Geography, University of Idaho.
2002 – 2003, Corporate Finance, Coldwater Creek, Inc.
2000 – 2002, Transportation Planning, Solvay Engineered Polymers.
1997 – 2000, Inventory Control, PCS Mail Services, PCS Incorporated.
1990 – 1997, National Buying Center, McKesson.

Awards, Honors, and Certifications

  • University Transportation Center Region X Student of the Year, 2004

 Professional Interests

  • Networks, particularly the U.S. rail system; geographic information systems; spatial statistics and analysis; critical and vulnerable infrastructure

Selected Publications

Peterson, S. K. (2009). Network Routing Implications for Hazardous Materials Subject to Policy Constraints. Presented at the Southern Regional Science Association 2009 Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, April 2-4.

Peterson, S. K., and Church, R. L. (2008). A framework for modeling rail transport vulnerability.  Growth and Change, 39(4), 617-641.

Peterson, S. K. and Jessup, E. L. (2008.) Transportation infrastructure and economic activity: evidence using vector autoregression, error correction and directed acyclic graphs. Journal of the Transportation Research Forum, 47(2), 21-40.

Peterson, S. K., Jessup, E. L. and Casavant, K. L. (2006). Changes in Freight Movements on Washington Highways: A Comparison of Origin and Destination Survey Results 1994 to 2003. Strategic Freight Transportation Analysis Report No. 20, October.

Peterson, S. K., Jessup, E. L. and Casavant, K. L. (2004). Freight Movements on Washington State Highways: Results of the 2003-2004 Origin and Destination Study. Strategic Freight Transportation Analysis Report No. 10, October.

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