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Foothill Transit Hosts Local High School Youth as part of METRANS Good Neighbors FIT Program

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

On February 25th, 38 9th through 11th grade students from USC Hybrid High College Prep along with 9 USC student leaders visited the headquarters of the Foothill Transit Agency in West Covina for an up close and personal experience with transit operations and innovations. The visit was part of the METRANS K-12 Futures in Transportation (FIT) Program, in partnership with Hybrid High and facilitated by a generous grant by the USC Good Neighbors Program. Over the course of the program, which ran from ...

Pima's Shannon McPhillips Awarded PSR Community College Student of the Year

Monday, March 28, 2022

We are pleased to congratulate Shannon McPhillips for being selected as the Pacific Southwest Region Community College Student of the Year! In December of 2021, she graduated from the Maneuvers and Driving Program at the Pima Community College Center for Transportation Training.  “It is an exciting time to get started in this industry,” she shares. “There are many opportunities and a great need for students in many aspects of this field!”   Shannon McPhillips ...

Inaugural LBT Fellow Reaghan Murphy presents at TRB

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

This is the first in a three-part series highlighting the accomplishments of the METRANS Long Beach Transit Fellows Program.  The Long Beach Transit Fellows Program was the brainchild of METRANS Associate Director Dr. Victoria Deguzman and Long Beach Transit Service Development Manager Shirley Hsiao. And what began as an idea in 2020 is now a thriving program, with both Fellows and results.  Read on to learn more.   In January of this year, recent USC Price Master of Urban ...

METRANS Announces New Director

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

After twenty years at the helm, Dr. Genevieve Giuliano will be stepping down as Director of the METRANS Transportation Consortium. The new Director of METRANS, Professor Marlon Boarnet, will step into his role July 1, 2022.   Marlon Boarnet is an internationally recognized scholar in travel behavior, transportation, and land use. Having published almost 70 papers and two books, Boarnet has been recognized with several awards and appointments, including his recognition as Fellow of the ...

Spotlight on UC Davis PhD Anmol Pahwa

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Meet Anmol Pahwa, PhD Candidate in Civil Engineering at UC Davis with a subfield focus in Transportation Engineering. Anmol, who was born and raised in India, knew from an early age that he wanted to study civil engineering and dedicate his career to transportation.  Anmol credits his father, a civil engineer working for Indian Railways, as his inspiration for selecting his field of interest.   Anmol earned his Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology ...


PSR Researchers Develop Models to Optimize Sidekick Freight Deliveries

Thursday, March 10, 2022

From drones that transport blood samples to cube robots that dispatch groceries, automated and autonomous small vehicles are streamlining delivery services. In efforts to further optimize vehicle-based transport, sidekick routing has emerged as a logistical framework in which a base vehicle such as a truck or van hosts several ‘sidekicks’ – smaller ‘helpers’ like unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or autonomous ground vehicles (AGVs). These sidekicks move between picking ...


Mapping Vehicle Air Pollution Based on Sociodemographic Factors

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Air pollution is an environmental problem that affects us all but does not affect us equally. Vehicle related air pollution, including small particulate matter (PM2.5) is more concentrated along more heavily trafficked routes, many of which traverse lower income minority neighborhoods. Reducing these disproportionate impacts requires intentional and environmentally conscious interventions by city planners and policymakers.   The historical pattern of highway building has placed major ...

Meet METRANS K12 Lead, Namitha Nixon

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Namitha Nixon is a sophomore from Portland, Oregon pursuing a Business of Cinematic Arts (BCA) degree at USC. Ever since she was little, she was infatuated with the magic behind how movies are made. She would watch behind-the-scenes clips trying to understand everything about how films were produced. Nixon was drawn to USC by the unique BCA program at its Cinematic School of the Arts, one of the oldest and most prestigious film schools in the world. In one of her classes, called “Magic of ...

PSR ITE Student Chapters Collaborate to Bring Transportation Professionals to Campus

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

We are pleased to announce a new collaboration between two Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR) member chapters of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, - Northern Arizona University (NAU) and the University of Southern California (USC).  These two chapters have joined together to create a joint speaker series, starting in the 2021-2022 academic year. The collaboration kicked off in October with the NAU ITE Chapter bringing alumnus Rae Stephani, (BS, Civil Engineering, ...

MMTT: What Does A Rollout of Fuel Cell Electric Cars Look Like For Oregon And Washington?

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

On January 12, the Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition hosted their annual series Mindful Mobility Tech Talks (MMTT). The annual series typically features intellectual conversation, or “Mindful” ways to approach mobility, including new modes, different fuels, and the latest in low-emission technologies. This year’s webinar featured pocket-sized presentations and panel discussions on groundbreaking innovations in hydrogen fuel technology and related topics.   ...

METRANS Associate Director, Petros Ioannou, Inducted into NAE

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

USC Viterbi Professor Petros Ioannou is one of 11 recent inductees into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) . Ioannou has long been a leading figure within the METRANS Transportation Consortium, which he was instrumental in founding and where he serves as Associate Director of Research today.   As a member of the NAE, a nonprofit institution with more than 2,000 peer-elected members including 34 Viterbi-affiliated faculty , Ioannou is receiving one of the highest professional ...