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WTS Student Chapter hosts Webinar on Hazard Resilience of Transportation Infrastructure

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The Florida Atlantic University (FAU) student chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) and the Freight Mobility Research Institute (FMRI) hosted a Webinar titled “Resilience of Intermodal Transportation Infrastructure under Multiple Hazards” with Dr. Jamie E Padgett on March 3, 2021. Both organizations are housed in the FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science Department of Civil Environmental and Geomatics Engineering. The presentation centered on multi-hazard risk ...

We congratulate our recent USC Master of Urban Planning, Transportation Concentration graduates!

Friday, July 2, 2021

We congratulate our recent USC Master of Urban Planning, Transportation Concentration graduates!     Sonia Chavez-Meza Ryan Hund Raquel Jimenez Daniel Lamere Serena Lin Alexander Melaragno Reaghan Murphy Vesna Petrin Marley Randazzo Qifeiyang Fiona Xiong Yifeng Xu Minghang Yu      

We congratulate our USC Transportation Students on their Recent Awards!

Friday, July 2, 2021

We congratulate our USC Transportation Students on their recent accomplishments!   Buddy Burch, Master of Urban Planning · Gordon Whitnall Award · Dean's Merit Award   Danielle Dirksen, Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies and Planning · Dean’s Senior Merit Award   Huê-Tâm Jamme, PhD, Urban Planning and Development · John Dyckman Best Dissertation Award   Joan Lee, Bachelor ...

PSR Researchers Promote Connected Emission Control Technologies for Freight Vehicles

Friday, July 2, 2021

Heavy duty trucks (HDTs) are a well-known essential element of the commerce within and between California communities. Despite their importance, HDTs are also a major contributor to air pollutant emissions that negatively affect the health of communities they traverse. The 30% of California citizens who live within 100 yards of major roadways are particularly vulnerable, as they are exposed to 2-4 times more harmful pollutants. Luckily, connected vehicle (CV) technology, which allows communication ...

METRANS Launches the Freight Futures Initiative

Thursday, July 1, 2021

METRANS has launched the Freight Futures Initiative (FFI) to foster collaborative research and workforce development. The new initiative is aimed at achieving an efficient, competitive, and sustainable freight system in California. This initiative comes as California's freight system faces many challenges: national and international competition in international trade; congestion and reliability problems at ports, airports, border crossings, and on the highway system; growing costs of compliance ...

CSULB and USC Students Present at the 2021 WTS Annual Conference

Thursday, July 1, 2021

USC Student and METRANS Team Lead Namitha Nixon and CSULB CITT Research Associate Angelina Carballo presented at the 2021 WTS Virtual Conference in early May. Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) is an international organization centered on building the future of transportation through the advancement of women around the world. With the mission to advance both the transportation industry and the involvement of women professionals who are a growing part of it, WTS offers access and advancement ...

PSR Researcher Chun-Hsing Ho Identifies Cost-Effective Sensor Technology for Pavement Deterioration and Distress

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Deteriorating roads, distressed pavement, and an abundance of road obstacles like potholes can create detrimental consequences for local communities, drivers, and pedestrians. The need for consistent city maintenance of roads remains a constant fiscal challenge. The traditional method for monitoring road conditions is time and labor intensive: vehicles with monitoring equipment are periodically driven along each road. Automated technologies can be utilized to aid in the detection of pavement distress, ...

Newly minted UCI Phd Naila Sharmeen Launches her Career

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Meet Naila Sharmeen, 2021 Ph.D. graduate in Transportation Science from the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dr. Sharmeen completed her bachelor's and Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Sharmeen developed a keen interest in Transportation Planning since her undergraduate study at BUET. She has also developed projects like “Developing a Generic Methodology for Traffic Impact Assessment ...

Meet Amalvy Perez, First Grad of Pima AV Driver and Ops Specialist Program

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Meet Amalvy Perez, the first graduate of the Autonomous Vehicle Driver & Operations Specialist certification from Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona.   Originally from the Dominican Republic, Amalvy Perez grew up in Santiago and immigrated to the United States when he was 14.  Perez graduated from high school in Miami, Florida. Perez says he is an autodidact, a self-taught person. “I don’t know how everything would work out, but at the end, everything fell into ...

Dr. Adonia E Lugo presents The Human Infrastructure of Sustainable Transportation Systems: Human-Powered Mobility and Just Transition

Thursday, June 17, 2021

The 2021 Perloff Lecture Series on Race in Transportation is an annual series presented by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of Urban Planning and UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies. This year, “The Human Infrastructure of Sustainable Transportation Systems: Human-Powered Mobility and Just Transition” was presented by Dr. Adonia E Lugo as part of that series. Dr. Lugo shared her ideas from her collaborations in mobility justice to argue for the significance ...

Spotlight on USC Doctoral Candidate Yougeng Lu

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

“ I have been interested in transportation from a very young age, so it is perhaps not surprising that I am now a PhD candidate in urban planning at the University of Southern California (USC), focusing my studies and research firmly in the field of transportation planning, investigating and developing knowledge in both the technical–physical and socioeconomic complexities of the field.”   Meet Yougeng Lu, PhD candidate in the Department of Urban Planning and Spatial ...

Flooding in Paradise: PSR Researchers Propose Green Solutions for Rising Sea Levels in Oahu

Monday, June 7, 2021

In a culture formed around their coastal and marine environments, communities in Hawaii are suffering from growing concerns relating to coastal hazards like accelerating erosion, sea level rise, and coastal storms that threaten to flood roadways and new rail infrastructures on the islands. While “hard” structures like seawalls, bulkheads, and rock revetments have been consistently used to protect the coasts from wave energy, they cause detrimental erosion and have already led to the ...

PSR Researcher Alan Jenn Investigates Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Needs for Ride-Hailing Services in California

Monday, June 7, 2021

Given its concerns over climate change and environmental justice, the State of California is mandating a transition to electric vehicles over the next decade and a half. The recent Clean Miles Standard aims to increase zero-emission miles per passenger and decrease greenhouse gas emissions by setting up new regulations for transportation network companies (TNCs)—also known as ridesharing companies. One of the largest ridesharing companies, Lyft, has already committed to a target of 100 percent ...

METRANS Selects Next Round of Research Projects!

Friday, June 4, 2021

Following a comprehensive peer review process, METRANS recently revealed the list of research projects selected for funding this year through the university transportation center (UTC) program. The projects total $2.8M in research support from the US Department of Transportation (US DOT) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). METRANS issued its joint Request for Proposals (RFP) in early February for both the Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR), a ...

UC Davis' Sonia Anthoine Studies Sustainable Practices in Civil Engineering

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Meet Sonia Anthoine, a recent Bachelor of Science graduate in Civil Engineering with a minor in Sustainability in the Built Environment from the University of California (UC), Davis.   Sonia was born and raised in Chico, California, and came straight to UC Davis for her Bachelor of Science program after graduating from high school. She recalls having many fantastic teachers throughout the school but mentioned that she was particularly grateful to her fifth-grade teacher Mrs. Carroll and ...