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Research Webinar: Optimizing Opportunities for Housing from Failing Shopping Malls

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Join us for an upcoming webinar! Register  here. Event Overview California, along with most of the country, is facing a transformation in retail. Increasing Internet shopping has ushered the closing of anchor stores and the increasing closure of regional shopping malls, a trend that has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This trend offers opportunities for the redevelopment of failing malls to address California’s pressing need for housing, especially affordable ...

METRANS Student Staff Writer, Monty Hughes, Appointed to Leadership in USC Sustainability

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

We proudly congratulate METRANS Student Writer, USC Price School of Public Policy undergraduate Monty Hughes, for being selected to hold the position of Undergraduate Team Lead of the newly formed USC Student Sustainability Committee.  This committee is an advisory body that gives student input and recommendations to the USC Presidential Working Group (PWG) on Sustainable Education, Research, and Operations regarding university-wide sustainability plans, goals, and projects.  The PWG was ...

METRANS, PSR, host Roorda for Impacts of Off-Peak Deliveries

Sunday, November 21, 2021

On November 11, METRANS and the Pacific Southwest University Transportation Center (PSR) launched their fourth seminar for the Fall 2021 transportation research seminar series. This seminar was entirely virtual to best accommodate Dr. Matthew Roorda from the University of Toronto, Canada. Titled “Impacts of Off-Peak Deliveries in the Toronto Area Before and During the Pandemic,” this event showcased the research or Dr. Roorda and University of Toronto students PhD Candidate Kianoush ...

Meet METRANS Digital Media Lead, Ben Ephraim

Monday, November 15, 2021

Let’s start with a little about you! My name is Ben Ephraim. I am a second year Film and Television Production Major in the School of Cinematic Arts at USC.  I have the privilege of leading the student Digital Media Team at METRANS.  We produce video and photographs for the METRANS Consortium and its various subcenters.  Some examples of our work are the video banners on the website (my team not only produced the video banners but actually took the footage); ...

METRANS, PSR, host Wei for Economic Impacts of Cargo Handling Equipment Electrification

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

On October 27, METRANS and the Pacific Southwest University Transportation Center (PSR), launched their third in-person (with a remote attendance option) research seminar for the Fall 2021 seminar series. Titled “Economic Impacts of Cargo Handling Equipment Electrification at Port of Los Angeles/Port of Long Beach,” this event showcased the research of University of Southern California (USC) Sol Price School of Public Policy Professor Dr. Dan Wei and Professor and METRANS Director, Dr. ...

Meet Ajay Srinivasan, METRANS Student Analyst

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Ajay Srinivasan, USC 2025   What is your major and year of study?   I am a mathematics major and I will be graduating in 2025.   What is your role on the METRANS student team? I work on the strategy team, as a consultant analyst focusing on quantifying METRANS Student Team outcomes and the efficiency of our student team efforts.   What made you interested in working for METRANS? The missions and problems that METRANS is trying ...

USC's Jessica Brown wins WTS-LA Ava Doner Memorial Scholarship

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Jessica Brown has been selected to receive the 2021 WTS-LA $8000 Ava Doner Memorial Scholarship. Jessica is an undergraduate at the University of Southern California, where she is pursing a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Building Science.   Jessica Brown, Bachelor of Civil Engineering, USC   Jessica’s initial interest in the transportation industry was sparked by her experience as a construction management intern with a general ...

METRANS Co-Sponsors the First International Pharma Logistics Masterclass

Friday, October 29, 2021

The METRANS Transportation Consortium joined the University of Antwerp, and Pharma.Aero in organizing the first-of-its-kind international Pharma Logistics Masterclass, a course focused on critical challenges and developments in pharma supply chains and logistics, from September 7th through September 11th. Given this year’s deployment of COVID-19 vaccines, which shed a spotlight on the need to deliver pharmaceutical products safely, the co-sponsoring organizations convened researchers and pharmaceutical ...


NCST Researcher Identifies Opportunities for Affordable Housing in Failing Malls

Friday, October 29, 2021

According to a recent CNBC article , 25% of America’s approximately 1,000 malls will face closures within the next 3-5 years. When these malls close, they will leave behind more than nostalgia for those who once spent time in these social centers with family and friends. Failing malls may also provide a needed resource: land and space for redevelopment. Building on the historical repurposing of commercial properties, the higher rate of mall closures nationally will provide additional opportunities ...

PSR Researchers Investigate Disaster Preparedness and Supply Chain Resiliency in Hawaii

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

As climate-related disasters continue to increase, Hawaii faces unique and heightened risks as a coastal state dealing with ‘the tyranny of distance,’ as the high dependence on imports creates significant vulnerability. Sea levels on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu broke a more than a century-old record in 2017 and exceeded expected levels by almost 9 inches. In addition to extreme weather phenomena (e.g. tsunamis, hurricanes, and tropical storms), rising water levels threaten not only the ...

Transportation Students tour Port of Hueneme and Distribution Center

Monday, October 25, 2021

Twelve USC students, led by USC ITE Advisor and Adjunct Associate Professor Eric Shen, had the opportunity to experience and a technical tour of the Port of Hueneme on Friday, October 22, 2021. This tour was organized by the USC Student Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and supported by METRANS Transportation Consortium. Port of Hueneme is located in Ventura County, just north of and bordering Los Angeles County. It is the only deep-water harbor between Los Angeles and San ...

Seven PSR Students win RASC Scholarships

Sunday, October 24, 2021

We are proud to congratulate the 2021 Railway Association of Southern California (RASC) Scholarship recipients.  The Railway Association of Southern California is committed to supporting graduate and undergraduate students working towards careers in the rail transportation industry. Their scholarship program is offered once a year to local students in the Southern California region.  This year, RASC awarded three scholarships to undergraduate/progressive degree students and four scholarships ...

USC's Reaghan Murphy wins First Place SCAG 2021 Planning Student Showcase

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

The Showcase is an annual ArcGIS StoryMap competition for local college students.  This is the first article in a series spotlighting this year’s winners.  The official announcement, with a list of all winners, can be found here:  Student Showcase - Southern California Association of Governments .   Reaghan Murphy, Master of Urban Planning 2021, USC   University of Southern California (USC) Master of Urban Planning (class of 2021) Reaghan ...

USC's Zoey Li Wins WTS-LA Build Your Dreams Graduate Scholarship

Monday, October 18, 2021

"Zoey joined the USC MSCE program in the spring of 2020.  She unexpectedly had to navigate three very strange pandemic semesters but stayed focused and made excellent progress in her graduate program despite the world turning upside down around her.  She is a joy to work with, and one of the most conscientious people I know.  She is quick to ask questions and is a self-starter.  I work closely with all of our students, but she was never at sea during her time at USC.  ...

USC MS ECE Student, Elena Vindrola, wins WTS-LA Zephyr Rail Scholarship

Monday, October 18, 2021

First year graduate student, Elena Vindrola, is the grateful recipient of the WTS LA Zephyr Rail $5000 scholarship for women pursuing careers in the transportation sector.  She is pursuing a Master of Science in Green Technologies) at the University of Southern California (USC), Viterbi School of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.   Elena Vindrola, Master of Science in Green Technologies, Viterbi, USC   "I am honored to be awarded ...