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A Chat with METRANS Student Assistant, Aaron Abunu

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

What is your major, year, and role at METRANS?   I am a third year student in architecture, and joined the METRANS FAST Facts research team last semester in the fall. I love reading about research, and this gives me a better reason now to read more about it!   What made you join the METRANS team?   Urban planning, urban design, and architecture are all very interconnected in real life, but have not been very connected in school. I took this job to learn more about ...

Meet METRANS Student Team Member Timothy Labounko

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Timothy Labounko is a METRANS student assistant, serving as a member of the Research Team, Strategy Team, and Newsletter Team and is a second-year undergraduate student at USC majoring in Urban Studies/Planning with a minor in Spatial Studies and Computer Programming. In addition to his work with METRANS, he serves as a GIS research assistant for the USC Center of Economic Development, an executive board member of USC’s chapter of ITE, and is a student athlete on the USC Men’s Rowing ...

USC Freshman Elizabeth (Eli) Chen joins METRANS Student Admin Team

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Elizabeth (Eli) Chen is a freshman majoring in Public Policy and Urban Planning at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She is also minoring in News and Information Innovation at the Iovine and Young Academy. Eli has recently joined the METRANS student administrative team as a news writer.   Eli came to USC from Athens, Georgia, a large rural college town about an hour from the city of Atlanta. “There are many unique restaurants and buildings,” Eli shares. “The ...

Aspiring Civil Engineer, USC Freshman Alejandra Reyes co-leads MTSA

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Alejandra Reyes is a freshman at USC majoring in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Construction Engineering and Management at the Viterbi Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  She joined the METRANS student team this year, and co-leads the METRANS Transportation Student Association (MTSA).   To Alejandra, her hometown of Miami, Florida is “just like another Los Angeles.”  She explains, “[Miami] reminds me so much of LA because ...

PSR Students Attend the 26th Annual CTF Transportation Education Symposium

Monday, February 7, 2022

PSR students and professional participants reunited with other schools’ transportation enthusiasts at the 26th Annual CTF Transportation Education Symposium, on November 4 – 5, 2021 in Sacramento, California. The symposium featured a cohort of 39 students who represent 19 different academic institutions throughout California. Participating students were standouts in their academic programs and were nominated by faculty members at their institutions who serve as liaisons with CTF. Participants ...

Developing Spatial Awareness: NCST Introduces K-12 Students to GIS

Monday, February 7, 2022

From mapping voter demographics across the country to surveying global deforestation, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) continue to expand in usage, ranging from daily functions like GPS and Google Maps to professional use in the fields of environmental science, urban planning, social advocacy, and supply chain management. As demand for GIS and other geospatial skills increases, so does the value of introducing students to them before college, as students gain the foundational skills and experience ...

UCLA Researchers Investigate Disparities in Transportation Access and Safety

Monday, February 7, 2022

Transportation in Los Angeles comes with a complicated and deeply controversial history. Although widely recognized as integral to accessing spaces of social and economic life, the planning, construction, operation, and maintenance of transportation infrastructure has been closely tied to displacement and gentrification, often running through, and functionally eliminating, communities of color. The Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR) funded a study entitled " Intersectional ...

METRANS Welcomes the Western States Petroleum Association!

Friday, February 4, 2022

The METRANS Transportation Consortium welcomes the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) as the newest member of the METRANS Associate Program (MAP). WSPA is a trade association that represents petroleum interests in five states—Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon, and Washington—whose members provide the energy necessary for freight and supply chain logistics. Recently, the METRANS editorial team sat down with Jodie Muller, WSPA’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs ...