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UCI Ph.D. Candidate De'Von Jennings Wins Again

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Meet De'Von Jennings, a Ph.D. candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a specific interest in Transportation Systems Engineering, recent recipient of three awards - the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship, the HDR Scholarship and Internship, and the ASCE LA YMF Dr. Bill Goodin Outstanding Student Mentor Scholarship. "I am ecstatic about winning these awards,” Jennings said.  “It has truly been a blessing for me."     Originally ...

USC Undergrad Stacy Cruz turns Parking Data into Information

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Meet City of Beverly Hills Parking Department intern and USC Marshall School of Business senior Stacy Cruz!    Cruz grew up in Los Angeles, California, near USC. She was executive editor of her high school news and found she that she enjoyed the project management aspect of being the editor. She decided to pursue an undergraduate degree in business, and was pleased to find that the USC Marshall School of Business offers many varied courses in a broad array of business subjects as ...

USC Alum Nicole Guo Moves LA at HDR

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

  Meet HDR traffic designer Nicole Guo, currently working on the Automated People Mover project, designed to improve the transportation system of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).   Guo earned her bachelor’s degree in Transportation Engineering from Southeast University in China and then a Master of Science in Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering in 2017 at USC. While at USC, Guo lead the METRANS Transportation Center Student Administrative Team.   ...

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Rodrigue Addresses COVID-19 Impacts on Global Trade

Friday, April 24, 2020

When  METRANS Director Genevieve Giuliano was organizing the agenda for the METRANS Advisory Board meeting to be held virtually in early April, she wanted to focus on the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on global goods movement. She immediately thought of Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue. "Professor Rodrigue is one of the world’s experts in international trade. He has researched just about every aspect of trade, including the potential impact ...

Meet METRANS Student Event Coordinator Zhanibek Baktygali

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Zhanibek Baktygali is a second-year graduate student studying International Public Policy and Management (IPPAM) at USC Price. He is an international student from Kazakhstan, who is successfully contributing to both the IPPAM program and the METRANS Event team.   Baktygali earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration at Eurasian National University in Kazakhstan and has 5-years working experience in the public sector at the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources and ...

Jean-Paul Rodrigue Details COVID-19's Impacts on Supply Chains

Monday, April 13, 2020

On April 3, 2020 Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Professor of Global Studies & Geography at Hofstra University, New York and a member of METRANS’ MetroFreight research center, presented his research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on transportation to METRANS Advisory Board, faculty, and staff. Titled “Coronavirus Impacts on Trade and Supply Chains,” the presentation focused on the effects of the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic on international trade and supply chains.  Rodrigue ...

Meet Beisen Ussenov, Career Opportunities Editor at METRANS

Monday, April 13, 2020

Meet Beisen Ussenov, METRANS Career Opportunities Editor and second-year master’s student in International Public Policy and Management ( IPPAM ). Ussenov is originally from Karaganda City, a city with a population of 450,000 in the northwest of Kazakhstan. Ussenov is a recipient of the Bolashak Scholarship, awarded from the Kazakh government for master’s degree studies in the United States. Upon completion of his Master’s program, Ussenov will return to his position as Deputy ...


Resilient Transportation Research for COVID-19

Friday, April 10, 2020

  While the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented in many ways, research in transportation resilience provides useful guidance on how to navigate shocks to the transportation industry and infrastructure. Dr. Karl Kim, a professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and a member of the Pacific Southwest Regional (PSR) University Transportation Center is an internationally recognized expert in transportation resilience and his current work is directly ...


Presentation: Coronavirus Impacts on Trade and Supply Chains

Friday, April 10, 2020

The unfolding COVID-19 pandemic is having unprecedented and unanticipated impacts on international trade and supply chains. The presentation tries to articulate the complex ramifications a pandemic can have on supply chains. It first looks at the role of transportation as a diffusion vector during a pandemic. Then, the continuity of supply chains is discussed. It is argued that a pandemic initially creates a supply chain shock as key manufacturing sectors may experience a drop in production ...

USC Grad Zhenlu Huang Joins BCC Engineering

Monday, April 6, 2020

Meet Zhenlu Huang – a young transportation engineer from USC Viterbi School of Engineering who has recently joined a BCC transportation engineering consulting firm as a Transportation Planner in their Altamonte Springs, Florida office.      Huang graduated from USC in December 2019 with a master’s degree in Civil Engineering, focusing on Transportation Engineering. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Traffic and Transportation at Southeast University in ...


USC's Sue Dexter Recognized as PSR UTC Outstanding Student of the Year

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

We conclude our series of articles dedicated to our Students of the Year with our PSR University Transportation Center (UTC) Outstanding Student of the Year, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California's Sol Price School of Public Policy, Sue Dexter. Dexter also holds a Master of Science degree in Operations Research with an emphasis on network optimization from the London School of Economics.    Dexter is completing her third year as a doctoral student in Urban Planning ...

Meet CSULB Student Nicholas Roy - Winner of PSR Outstanding Undergraduate Student of the Year

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Meet Nicholas Roy from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), PSR Outstanding Undergraduate Student of the Year.   Roy is completing his studies at CSULB, where he is double majoring in Applied Mathematics and Economics with a minor in Philosophy. Concurrently with his studies, he serves as a Research Assistant at the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT), where he is able to apply his skills in economic modeling and data science.   Roy was nominated ...

Danielle Dirksen: Winner of PSR Outstanding Undergraduate Student of the Year Award

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

We are delighted to present another PSR Outstanding Student of the Year award winner. In this article, we feature one of our two PSR Outstanding Undergraduate Students of the Year, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy Student and METRANS Student Newsletter Publisher, Danielle Dirksen. This year, PSR selected two undergraduate students for this award.   Dirksen is a senior majoring in Urban Studies and Planning with a double minor in Environmental Studies and Occupational Science. She ...

NAU's Emmanuel James Wins PSR Outstanding Masters Student of the Year

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Meet PSR Outstanding Masters Student of the year, Emmanuel James, Graduate Research Assistant at the NAU Department of Civil Engineering, Construction Management, and Environmental Engineering.   James is pursuing a Master of Science in Civil Engineering with a focus on transportation safety and operations. James was both an undergraduate and graduate research intern funded by the PSR and has been involved in several research projects, including investigating the crash frequency and severity ...

He put the La in LA Metro; Meet Transportation Planner, Kevin La

Monday, March 2, 2020

Cal Poly Pomona alum Kevin La is a young professional working for LA Metro (Metro) as a Transportation Associate in Congestion Reduction ExpressLanes, a congestion pricing program providing enhanced travel options on Los Angeles County freeways.   La earned his Bachelor's degree in Urban and Regional Planning with an emphasis in Resiliency, Sustainability, and the Environment from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 2019. He remembers that when he started his study he wanted ...