Dr. Edward K. Morlok, UPS Foundation Professor of Transportation Emeritus in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, died April 18, 2009, of colon cancer. He was 68 years old.
Dr. Morlok received a BS from Yale in 1962 and a PhD from Northwestern in 1967, both in civil engineering. He began his career that year as an assistant professor at Northwestern and was promoted to associate professor in 1969. He came to Penn in 1973 as associate professor of civil and urban engineering, appointed to the UPS Chair and promoted to full professor in 1976. He was accorded emeritus status in 2004, the same year he retired.
Dr. Morlok was a professional engineer whose work encompassed diverse analytical approaches to transportation systems. As his colleague Dr. Vukan Vuchic, UPS Foundation Professor of Transportation Engineering, shared, “Ed was an expert in all aspects of transportation engineering: highways, railroads, airlines.” He taught courses on transportation and logistics, and engineering economics.
He was the recipient of prestigious honors, such as the Von Humboldt Award, the Transportation/Logistics Educator of the Year Award, and the Distinguished Transportation Researcher Award. He served as chair of Penn’s first graduate group in Transportation and in numerous committees at both the School and University levels. In addition, Dr. Morlok served as editor of McGraw-Hill Book Co. Series in Transportationfor 13 years. He also chaired committees on freight transportation and was an invited speaker at various universities, research centers and policy forums in the U.S. and abroad.
Dr. Morlok is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughter, Jessica Prince; stepson, John Conboy; and stepdaughters, Patricia Kuzyk, Elizabeth Sheslow, Peggy Wagman and Nancy Burke.