HOUSTON—Dr. Naomi Ledé, a senior research scientist with the Texas Transportation Institute, has been recognized as an African American Hero in Transportation.
Ledé received the honor from the Port of Houston Authority, along with Captain Paul Brown of the Houston Pilots, the group responsible for navigation safety for the Port of Houston, and former Port of Houston Authority Commissioner Howard Middleton. The recognition was held in conjunction with the Teach Personal Freedoms Tour during its first stop on a five-city tour in observance of Black History Month. The event was co-sponsored by Procter & Gamble and HEB.
“The three African-American heroes in transportation that we have selected to honor have each made enormous professional contributions to the industry, helping create jobs, business opportunities, and economic prosperity for all,” said Argentina M. James, as spokeswoman for the Port Authority. “Through all the daunting challenges and enormous opportunities that the transportation industry confronts, these three heroes are highly valued stakeholders and trusted partners providing uncompromising leadership and strength.”
“A large part of the value of diversity in the transportation industry can be measured in the vital roles and abundant contributions of these African-American heroes. The industry’s remarkable advancements are reflections of their commitment and dedication.”
Ledé is a specialist in the fields of intelligent transportation systems and transportation planning. In addition to her work in transportation research, she has served in faculty and administration positions at Texas Southern University since 1982. Ledé holds degrees from Mary Allen College, Texas Southern University, the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Houston.