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Patrick Sherry

Pat Sherry

Executive Director
National Center for Intermodal Transportation (NCIT)
University of Denver

DTI Board Member


Dr. Patrick Sherry is a professor with a specialization in human factors, safety, intermodal transportation and occupational psychology at the University of Denver. Since 2002 he has served as the Director of the National Center for Intermodal Transportation and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Transportation Institute at the University of Denver. In addition to scientific research he has consulted extensively with Fortune 500 transportation companies throughout the US and Canada in the areas of safety, intermodal workforce development in transportation, and leadership training. Most recently he has been involved in supervising research in the areas of intermodal container tracking and security, identifying appropriate work schedules that limit or reduce fatigue and increase performance, identification of workers with high risk safety profiles, and training and development of executives in intermodal and logistics transportation. Sherry led several pioneering efforts with US railroads designed to implement behaviorally based safety and peer feedback programs that resulted in significant reductions in reported injuries.
Sherry addressed the US House of Representatives' Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure and identified five major challenges facing the US transportation system in 2006 and in 2007, he addressed this same committee on the proposed revision of the railroad Hours of Service laws.
Sherry has been extremely active in the identification and development of leaders in business and industry. Applying cutting edge behavioral science to training and education he was a co-founder of the Pioneer Leadership Program – an on-campus training program that had the highest enrollment of students on campus. In addition, he directs and evaluates potential participants for the Founding Fathers Project, an in-depth study of 40 CEOs and leaders of transportation companies. Most recently Sherry co-authored a study on the workforce development needs of professional in the transportation industry.
Sherry is a regular advisor to the Transportation Working Group of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and recently addressed the Transportation Ministers 6th Bi-annual meeting in Manila Philippines on the topic of Human Capital Infrastructure Development in Times of Economic Crisis. He has conducted highly successful training workshops for the APEC focusing on the development of capacities needed to function effectively in the intermodal transportation industry. Sherry and his team have conducted these workshops in Manila, Philippines; Beijing, China; and Jakarta, Indonesia.