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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 ...

METRANS Affiliated Faculty Member is Inducted into National Academy of Engineering

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Jong-Shi Pang, USC Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering, was recently inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Induction to the NAE is considered one of the highest professional honors for engineers to receive. NAE members represent leading individuals in business management, technical positions, academia, government, and private engineering organizations. Pang is a respected expert in the field of operations research and optimization in systems with multiple ...

NAU Graduate Emmanuel James Inspires Future Generation

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

  “I am a first-generation college student, so I wanted to get as far as I can in college education to inspire my family members and other siblings.”   Emmanuel James’s career at NAU has been nothing short of inspirational.  James began his journey at NAU in 2015 as an undergraduate studying Civil Engineering with a specialization in transportation. The NAU faculty and course content fostered his passion for research and working to advance the transportation ...

ASPD and METRANS Host 2021 State of Planning Roundtable

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

On April 14, 2021, Associated Students of Planning and Development (ASPD) and METRANS Transportation Consortium (METRANS) co-hosted the 2021 State of Planning. This virtual event   convened a panel of practitioners from both the public and private sectors to share an insider’s perspective on current planning careers, and the skills and tools used in today’s multidisciplinary planning environment. Kevin Argueta, Master of Urban Planning (MUP) and Master of Public Policy (MPP) ...


PSR Researcher Dan Wei Analyzes the Socioeconomic Dimensions of Transportation Network Disruptions and Discusses Resilience Tactics

Thursday, April 29, 2021

The year 2020 has accentuated the importance of preparation and response to disaster and disruption. A global pandemic and the recent Suez Canal blockage in 2021 come with a lesson—unexpected disruptions can and will happen, and it is advantageous to prepare for disturbances ahead of time instead of improvising during precarious moments. Although it is impossible to predict precisely what will happen in the future, it is possible to prepare for general network disruptions through insights ...

METRANS Advisory Board Endorses New Name for METRANS

Thursday, April 29, 2021

The METRANS Advisory Board met in early April to discuss strategic changes to the METRANS name and logo as well as to receive updates on 2021 signature METRANS events. The virtual meeting included team members from both USC and CSULB including METRANS Director Genevieve Giuliano and METRANS Deputy Director Tom O’Brien. Amongst the 23 members who attended were representatives from Caltrans, Automobile Club of Southern California, Harbor Trucking Association, UPS Transportation Operations ...

PSR Researchers Study Fragmentation in California's Daily Travels

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Daily life involves an assortment of tasks, with each activity or errand requiring different lengths of time traveling. These short trips that happen in day-to-day life are what PSR researcher Konstandinos Goulias, Professor of Transportation at UC Santa Barbara, and his team refer to as fragmentation, a mobility characteristic that affects activity-travel schedules. While fragmentation is a concept familiar to our lives, answering the question of how activity-fragmentation exists in our daily patterns ...

METRANS Spring 2021 Student Professional Development Series

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

In Spring 2021, METRANS organized and hosted a series of three professional development designed for students and young professionals to enhance soft skills and to network with their peers. Topics included the informational interview, approaches to dealing with criticism, and strategies of leadership and team building.   Using the Information Interview: A Powerful Tool in Job Search and in Life   What is the information interview and how do we maximize its value? On Tuesday, ...

METRANS Giuliano and Lu Research COVID Impacts on Mobility in Los Angeles

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

  On March 25th, METRANS and the Pacific Southwest University Transportation Center (PSR), along with special partner, the University of Southern California Associated Students of Planning and Development (USC ASPD), launched their third and final online research seminar for the Spring 2021 webinar series. USC ASPD is a student group representing Master of Urban Planning students that works to explore and promote academic and professional development issues related to the field of urban ...


PSR Congress 2021 - A Remote but Rewarding Experience

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The Fourth Annual Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR) Congress took place virtually on April 12th and 13th and was filled with transportation information to inspire, motivate, and encourage imaginative problem-solving skills for the transportation research community. There were many subjects discussed in the main room and side rooms during the on-line conference, covering topics from freight delivery to the implications of sea level rise on transportation systems. The ...

UC Davis' Jesus Barajas Looks at Transportation Safety through the Lens of Equity

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

On February 25th, 2021, the University of California, Davis presented “Safe for Whom: Transportation Safety in the Context of Planning and Infrastructure Equities,” research on how identity shapes the way cyclists experience the streetscape, how safety has multiple meanings particularly for people of color, and how inequity in the distribution of infrastructure compounds police injustice in Black Communities. Presented by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of ...