Professor and Texas A&M University Regents Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Prairie View A&M University
Judy A. Perkins is a Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) and holds the title of Texas A&M University System Regents Professor. The former Department Head of PVAMU’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, Perkins was the first African American and first female to serve in this administrative capacity.
Her current research activities involve working on projects funded by an array of state and federal agencies. She has worked with several U.S. Department of Defense research laboratories and centers. Specifically, her research has focused on statewide intermodal transportation planning, asset management, emergency operations, transportation logistics, hurricane evacuation analysis, military logistics, engineering education, minority outreach, optimization of transportation infrastructure investments, and radio-frequency identification (RFID) technologies used by motor carriers and for locating underground utilities. Perkins has accumulated extensive experience in the development of survey design, data collection, state-level transportation planning, and the refinement of economic development methodologies used to evaluate transportation-related activities. Her extensive record of publication extends into both the national and international transportation and engineering education arenas.
Perkins is also the President of JPID Consulting, LLC, which has designation status as a small business (SB), veteran-owned small business (VOSB), and woman-owned small business (WOSB). She is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel. During her 32+ years of military service, she served as a petroleum officer, transportation officer, and logistician.
Perkins holds a BS, MS, and PhD in Civil Engineering from Southern University, University of Illinois (Urbana–Champaign), and Georgia Institute of Technology, respectively. She is also a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas.