News | UC Davis Professor Miguel Jaller Wins Council of University Transportation Center's (CUTC) New Faculty Award

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Miguel Jaller is the 2018 recipient of the Cambridge Systematics (CS) New Faculty Award. This award is one of the annual CUTC Professional Awards that recognize the excellence of academic and non-academic professionals in the field of transportation and education research.

Jaller has strong theoretical foundations and practical experience in industrial and transportation engineering and management. Before joining UC Davis, Jaller was a Research Associate at the Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment (CITE), and at the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations’ Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems (CoE-SUFS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad del Norte, Colombia and then his M.E. in Transportation Engineering, M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics, and Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from RPI.


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“I am very honored to receive this prestigious award. I celebrate this award with students, colleagues, mentors, and family who provide their continuous support in all possible ways. I would also like to thank CUTC, Cambridge Systematics, and the Awards Committee,” said Jaller.

His research interests are in the areas of freight transportation, sustainable transportation systems, humanitarian logistics, supply chain management, and operations research.With several scientific and technical publications on these topics, Jaller has presented at various national and international venues.

“Being a part of the PSR-UTC opens new possibilities for collaboration and learning, and for my efforts to have a larger impact. As junior faculty, the network provides a unique opportunity to interact with many prominent figures in the transportation field. I am confident that the network’s combined efforts will have significant, positive impacts in the transportation system and communities throughout the region and beyond,” said Jaller. 

Jaller has been part of a number of important research and consulting projects funded by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, the National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), among others.

The Cambridge Systematics (CS) New Faculty Award is presented to a tenure-track faculty member in transportation education, recognizing outstanding teaching and research contributions to the transportation field. Jaller is currently an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Davis. All award winners will be recognized at the CUTC Annual Awards Banquet, held in Washington, DC on Saturday, January 12th, 2019.