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Congratulations to Dr. Yinhai Yang, Professor at Washington University, for his being elected for the 4-year position on the ASCE T&DI Board of Governors.
Dr. Yinhai Wang
has been elected to American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI)'s Board of Governors for a 4-year term of office, effective October 1, 2016. In his first year on the Board of Governors Dr. Wang will serve as Treasurer. On October 1, 2018 he will become T&DI's President.
Dr. Yinhai Wang is a Professor in Transportation Engineering and the founding Director of the Smart Transportation Applications and Research Laboratory (STAR Lab) at the University of Washington (UW). He also serves as the Director for Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans), USDOT University Transportation Center for Federal Region 10. He is a longtime contributor to ASCE T&DI. He was a member on the T&DI Board of Governors (BOG) from 2013 to 2015. He has also been a member on the Advanced Technology Committee since 2008. Dr. Wang serves as a member of the Transportation Information Systems and Technology Committee and Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). He was an elected member of the Board of Governors for the IEEE ITS Society from 2010 to 2013. Additionally, Dr. Wang is the Associate Editor for three journals: Journal of ITS, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, and Journal of Transportation Engineering. Dr. Wang’s active research fields include traffic sensing, e-science of transportation, transportation safety, etc. Over the past thirteen years, Dr. Wang has actively involved in 71 research projects as the Principal Investigator (PI) and 21 research projects as co-PI. The funding totaled over $55 million for these projects. He has published over 110 peer reviewed journal articles and delivered more than 120 invited talks and nearly 200 other academic presentations. He was the winner of the 2003 ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering Best Paper Award. He was the President of China Overseas Transportation Association in 2010-2012.
Congratulations to Dr. Ke Han, Lecturer in Transport, Imperial College London, was recently named fellow of the Chan Wui and Yunyin Rising Star Workshop for Early Career Professionals.
"Dr Han is an expert in transport modeling and optimization, intelligent transport systems, and sustainable transport. His experience in multi-disciplinary research involving operations research, scientific computing, and big data analytics will bring unique perspectives to the workshop......."
Dr Ke Han received his BS and PhD degrees in Mathematics from the University of Science and Technology of China (2008) and Pennsylvania State University (2013), respectively. He joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London in 2013 as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor). He is also a Visiting Professor at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Dr Ke Han's research interests include traffic flow theory, network modeling, dynamic traffic assignment, traffic operation and control, network and mechanism design, sustainable transportation, and network resilience/robustness. To date, he has published over 60 journal and conference papers, and co-authored two books. He is an editorial board member of Transportation Research Part B and a guest editor in Transportation Research Part C. Part of his research is funded by the US National Science Foundation and European 7th Framework Program. He also undertakes consultancy work in the rail industry.
Know more about Dr. Han: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/k.han
Congratulations to Dr. Lei Zhang, Associate Professor at University of Maryland, is appointed the Herbert Rabin Distinguished Professor in the A. James Clark School of Engineering.
"Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Associate Professor Lei Zhang has been appointed the Herbert Rabin Distinguished Professor in the A. James Clark School of Engineering, effective July 1, 2016. The four-year appointment recognizes Zhang’s sustained and influential scientific and scholarly work in transportation engineering......"
Dr. Lei Zhang is the Herbert Rabin Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the National Transportation Center at the University of Maryland – College Park (UMD). He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tsinghua University, and his M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering and Applied Economics and a Ph.D. degree in Transportation Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Zhang has published more than 200 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers on topics including large-scale transportation systems modeling and simulation, travel behavior, network dynamics, transportation economics and policy, and innovative mobility and sustainability solutions. He has received external funding support from NSF, USDOT, DOE, FHWA, SHRP2, NCHRP, and other federal and state agencies and private foundations, exceeding $24 million. Dr. Zhang has served in leadership roles at many conferences, expert panels, editorial boards and professional societies. Dr. Zhang is a recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the TRB Fred Burggraf Award, U.S. Department of State APEC Science Prize, and many international best paper awards.
Congratulations to Dr. Lili Du, Assistant Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), for Her Winning of the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award.
Dr. Du’s is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Before joining IIT, she worked as a Post-doctoral Research Associate for NEXTRANS, the USDOT Region V Regional University Transportation Center at Purdue University from 2008 to 2012. She received her Ph.D. degree in Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems with a MS degree in Operations Research and Statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2008. Dr. Du’s research is characterized by applying operations research, network modeling and statistical methods into transportation system analysis and network modeling. Dr. Du’s current research encompasses several interdisciplinary research areas in Transportation Engineering, such as Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Systems, Interdependent Infrastructure Network Modeling, Sustainable Multimodal Transportation Systems, Real-Time Traffic Sensing, Data fusion Applications in Traffic Flow Analysis, and so on. Dr. Du’s research articles have appeared in several major transportation journals, including Transportation Research Part B, Transportation Research Part C, Networks and Spatial Economics, IEEE Transactions on ITS and so on. Dr. Du’s research has been funded by NSF (including a CAREER award), Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), and University Transportation Research Center (UTC). Her recent project “Driverless City” won the First Nayar Prize at IIT. Dr. Du is currently a member of Transpiration Research Board Committee on Transportation Network Modeling (ADB30) and serves on the editorial board for this committee. She is also on the editorial board of International Journal of Business Analytics.
Know more about Dr. Du: https://engineering.iit.edu/faculty/lili-du
Dr. Du's CAREER Award Absctract - CAREER: Integrated Online Coordinated Routing and Decentralized Control for Connected Vehicle Systems
New Book by Dr. Daiheng, Ni (Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst)
A new Traffic Flow Theory textbook has just been published and is available at Elsevier: http://store.elsevier.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780128041345&_requestid=760868 .
More details of the textbook can be found here: http://people.umass.edu/ndh/TFT.html
Instructors: after you adopt this book, you may contact the author and request supplementary teaching materials including solutions to end-of-chapter problems, lecture slides, and sample exams. Send email to Dr, Ni at: firstname.lastname@example.org.