Washington: From the Frontline

Transport engineer and shared mobility expert, Katherine Kortum found herself stuck in her DC apartment well beyond her comfort level. To reconnect with people and feel useful, she took an extreme leap--opting to become a frontline worker at a COVID-19 testing site.

This episode was recorded on January 23, 2021.


Katherine Kortum, Washington, D.C., USA

Katherine is a transportation engineer with the National Academy of Sciences, advising Congress, the US Department of Transportation, and others on transportation policy. Much of her work, both in the United States and with the EU, has focused on transit, automated vehicles, and other forms of \"new\" mobility, such as Uber, Lyft, carsharing, bikesharing, and e-scooters. In 2020, she also began working with the DC Department of Health to lead public COVID-19 testing sites.

There's one other episode with Katherine:


  • Stephanie Raible (Host, Producer)
  • Matthias Jochmann (Post Production)

Nimish Sawant, An Huy Tran, Thomas Reintjes, Prathap Nair and Kecheng Fang also helped make this episode.