Donald Rothblatt, PhD

Title: Urban and Regional Planner, Educator
Company: San Jose State University
Location: Palo Alto, California, United States

Donald Rothblatt, PhD, Urban and Regional Planner and Educator at San Jose State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in urban planning and higher education.

A registered professional engineer in the state of New York, Dr. Rothblatt commenced his career as a planner for the New York City Planning Commission in 1960, holding the role for two years, and the New York Housing and Redevelopment Board, where he served from 1963 to 1966. While studying toward his doctoral degree, he served as a research fellow in the Center for Environmental Design Studies at Harvard University from 1965 to 1971. During this time, he was also a teaching fellow, instructor and assistant professor of city and regional planning at the university between 1967 and 1971. From 1971 until his retirement in 2006, he acted as a professor of urban and regional planning and department chair at San Jose State University. Alongside his primary endeavors, Dr. Rothblatt also served as a Lady Davis Visiting Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University, having also been a visiting scholar at numerous institutions, including the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and the Los Angeles Southern California Association of Governments. In previous years, he was a longtime consultant for numerous private industry and government agencies between 1967 and 2013.

Dr. Rothblatt holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the City University of New York, a Master of Science in urban planning from Columbia University, a Diploma in Comprehensive Planning from the Institute of Social Studies at The Hague, and a Doctor of Philosophy in city and regional planning from Harvard University. During his career, he has authored and co-authored a plethora of texts, having also edited several journals and directed a television series on Station KTEH. Authoring his first book in 1964, “Human Needs and Public Housing,” he most recently penned “Comparative Study of U.S. Metropolitan Transportation Planning” in 2004. Likewise, he maintained affiliation with the Association of Collegiate Schools Planning as president, the California Education Committee on Architecture, Landscape, Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning as chair, and the American Association of University Professor as a member.

As a testament to his success, Dr. Rothblatt accrued myriad accolades and honors. The recipient of several Meritorious Performance Awards from San Jose State University in 1986, 1988, 1990 and every year between 1996 and 2001, he was a frequent grantee of the California Department of Transportation, the Canadian Studies Enrichment Program and California State University. A former William F. Milton Research Fellow of Harvard University, he received five Innovative Teaching Awards from California State University from 1975 to 1979 and was the co-recipient of the Best of the West Award from the Western Educational Society of Telecommunications. Impressively, he was featured in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the West for his contributions.

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