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2018 COTA BOD Election - Result

Dear COTA Members and Friends:

The online election of 2018 COTA Board of Directors was closed at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on November 10th. The election results are downloaded from the E-Voting site and shown as follows:

Candidate Name Percent Rank
Dr. Jianyang Zheng 27.3% 1
Dr. Xuewei Qi 26.9% 2
Dr. Ning Li 18.6% 3
Dr. Shanjiang Zhu 15.9% 4
Dr. Yingling Fan 6.8% 5
Dr. Wei Fan 4.5% 6

Based on the above result, Dr. Jianyang Zheng and Dr. Xuewei Qi are elected as the new BOD member. Their two-year BOD membership will take effect at the COTA BOD meeting on January 7, 2018 during 2018 TRB Annual Meeting.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Zheng and Dr. Qi. We wish their further success in their future endeavors during their service on the COTA BOD.

We also thank Dr. Ning Li, Dr. Shanjiang Zhu, Dr. Yingling Fan and Dr. Wei Fan for their strong enthusiasm and willingness to provide service to COTA. We wish them all the best and continue to support COTA in the future.

Finally, special gratitude goes to all COTA members who have casted their ballots under their busy schedules.

                                    The 2018 BOD Election Committee

2018 COTA BOD Election - Rules

Dear COTA Members:

This web page is dedicated to 2018 COTA BOD Election.

Election Period: Friday, October 20, 2017, 12:01AM (EDT) – Friday, November 10, 2017, 11:59PM (EST)
Election Results Announcement: Friday, November 17, 2017

On-line Election (E-Voting):
The on-line E-Voting system ensures the privacy of each voter (e.g., nobody, including the election administrator, will be able to view the voting result and the voter status while the election is still open, and the E-Voting system does not record any information of who voted for whom). For additional information regarding the privacy issues of the on-line E-Voting system, please check the Privacy Statement and the FAQ for voters at the E-Voting hosting website.

Voting Guidance:
1. Only active COTA members who have registered and paid the 2017 COTA membership dues by October 1, 2017 are eligible for voting, and will receive a notice.
2. Each voter will receive an email notification directly from the E-Voting system with the on-line voting web link as the election begins. Please remember to check that notification in your inbox and/or junk mailbox. Please click the web link to be provided in the notification e-mail, and cast your ballot by following the instructions on the voting page.
3. Each voter SHALL elect exactly TWO out of six enlisted candidates; otherwise, your vote would be invalid and would NOT be counted. Please read through the instructions very carefully before casting your vote.
4. Please be aware of that the E-Voting system allows you to vote only once. Once your ballot is submitted, no modification is permitted.
5. For any questions regarding the on-line E-Voting system, please feel free to contact the election administrator via e-mail at and

The 2018 BOD Election Committee
Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA)

2018 COTA BOD Election - Candidates

COTA has two regular BOD member vacancies to fill in. We have the following six eligible applicants:

Candidate Name Current Position Current Affiliate Endorsement
Dr. Wei Fan Associate Professor University of North Carolina at Charlotte Dr. Yu Zhang, University of South Florida (BOD)
Dr. Yinhai Wang, University of Washington (MEM)
Dr. Guohui Zhang, University of Hawaii (BOD)
Dr. Haizhong Wang, Oregan State University (BOD)
Dr. Xiaokun(Cara) Wang, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (BOD)
Dr. Yingling Fan Associate Professor University of Minnesota Dr. Yu Zhang, University of South Florida (BOD)
Dr. Yafeng Yin, University of Michigan (BOD)
Dr. Yinhai Wang, University of Washington (MEM)
Dr. Ning Li Traffic Asset Program Manager Virginia Department of Transportation Dr. Yinhai Wang, University of Washington (MEM)
Dr. Guohui Zhang, University of Hawaii (BOD)
Dr. Zhen(Sean) Qian, Carnegie Melon University (BOD)
Dr. Shanjiang Zhu, George Mason University (BOD)
Dr. Xiaokun(Cara) Wang, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (BOD)
Dr. Xuewei Qi Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Scientist General Motors Dr. Yinhai Wang, University of Washington (MEM)
Dr. Haizhong Wang, Oregan State University (BOD)
Dr. Guohui Zhang, University of Hawaii (BOD)
Dr. Ping Yi, University of Akron (MEM)
Mr. Jun Wang, Appalachian Regional Commission (MEM)
Dr. Jianyang Zheng Program/Project Manager Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration Dr. Yinhai Wang, University of Washington (MEM)
Dr. Guohui Zhang, University of Hawaii (BOD)
Dr. Haizhong Wang, Oregan State University (BOD)
Mr. Jun Wang, Appalachian Regional Commission (MEM)
Dr. Ping Yi, University of Akron (MEM)
Dr. Shanjiang Zhu Assistant Professor George Mason University Dr. Yu Zhang, University of South Florida (BOD)
Dr. Zhen(Sean) Qian, Carnegie Melon University (BOD)
Dr. Xiaokun(Cara) Wang, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (BOD)

(BOD) - Current COTA Board Member (2017)
(MEM) - Current COTA Member (2017)

COTA BOD Candidate - Wei (David) Fan, Ph.D., P.E.

Wei (David) Fan, Ph.D., P.E.

Director, USDOT Tier I University Transportation Center for Advanced Multimodal Mobility Solutions and Education (CAMMSE)
Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
EPIC Building, Room 3261, 9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
Tel: (704) 687-1222 Fax: (704) 687-0957

Qualifications/Background Information:
Dr. Wei (David) Fan currently serves as an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte). He is the Director of the USDOT Tier I University Transportation Center for Advanced Multimodal Mobility Solutions and Education (CAMMSE). Dr. Fan holds a Ph.D. (May 2004) in Civil Engineering – Transportation from the University of Texas at Austin (Hook ’em Horns!). He was a Senior Analytical Optimization Software Developer for the R&D Department at SAS Institute Inc. located in Cary, North Carolina from June 2004 – August 2006. Prior to joining UNC Charlotte, he was an assistant (and later an associate) professor of Civil Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Tyler (UT Tyler) from August 2006 to August 2013.

Dr. Fan’s primary research interests include operations research, transportation network modeling & optimization, multimodal transportation systems planning and operations, traffic operations and simulation, transportation safety and crash analysis, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), and computer software development. Dr. Fan serves as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions – Intelligent Transportation Systems while also serving as a member of three other transportation journal editorial boards. Dr. Fan also serves as a member on the National Science Foundation (NSF) review panels, two National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) panels, one Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) panel, and three American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Committees (on the Connected & Autonomous Vehicles Impacts, Public Transport, and Rail Transportation), as well as two Transportation Research Board (TRB) committees. He has been working as an active ad hoc reviewer for more than 20 prestigious journals as well as the national Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) (2010 version). He was selected by the students as the Best Civil Engineering Professor of the Year in 2007 at The University of Texas at Tyler and was a proud ASCE Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Teaching Fellow in 2007.

Dr. Fan is involved in many sponsored projects (over 10 million dollars in funding), having been principal or co-principal investigator on many research studies for the U. S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), SHRP2 Education Connection, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). He had published more than 100 journal articles, proceeding papers and technical reports on transportation network modeling, multimodal transportation systems planning and operations, traffic operations and simulations, trafficsafety and crash analysis, and operations research applications in transportation. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas.

Envisioned Commitments/Proposed Activities::

  1. Enhance the collaborations within and outside of COTA communities.
  2. Promote the participation of world-wide transportation professionals and students in COTA activities.
  3. Increase the COTA visibility and footprint at prestigious transportation conferences, workshops, symposiums, and forums world-wide.
  4. Contribute to the development of the COTA Academic Affairs Committee and TechnicalCommittee.

Dr. Yu Zhang, President, COTA, University of South Florida;
Dr. Yinhai Wang, COTA Member, University of Washington;
Dr. Guohui Zhang, BOD Member, COTA, University of Hawai’i at Manoa;
Dr. Haizhong Wang, BOD Member, COTA, Oregon State University;
Dr. Xiaokun Wang, BOD Member, COTA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

COTA BOD Candidate - Dr. Yingling Fan

Yingling Fan
Dr. Yingling Fan
Yingling Fan Candidate Information

Dr. Yingling Fan

Associate Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Director, Global Transit Innovations
Editor, Journal of Transport and Land Use
University of Minnesota
301 19th Avenue South, 295E Humphrey School
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Tel: 612-626-2930

Short Bio and Qualifications
Dr. Yingling Fan is Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and the Director of the Global Transit Innovations program at the University of Minnesota. Fan is an internationally recognized expert on transit corridor planning, with more than 16 years of experience in transportation research. She has published 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and has an h-index of 17 based upon Google Scholar. Her research has attracted more than 15 million U.S. dollars in extramural research funding, including significant contributions from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. National Science Foundation, and the World Bank.

Fan held the title McKnight Land-Grant Professor (2012-2014)—a special award that honors the University of Minnesota’s most promising faculty. She received the 2008 Pedestrian Committee Best Paper Award and the 2008 international Patricia F. Waller Award from the Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC. Her work has also been recognized by the 2011 Collaborator of the Year Award from the Hennepin County, Minnesota; the 2014 President's Community- Engaged Scholar Finalist Award from the University of Minnesota; and the 2016 Honorary Member Award from the Women’s Transportation Seminar Minnesota Chapter.

Fan is an elected board member & treasurer at the World Society for Transport and Land Use Research, secretary and member at the Transportation Research Board Rail Transit Committee, Editor of the Journal of Transport and Land Use, and editorial board member of the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation and Transportation Letters. She has also been appointed as the 2018-2019 North American Editor of the prestigious Urban Studies journal. Fan has a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in Transportation Engineering from Southeast University, Nanjing, China.

Envisioned Commitment for the Position
COTA has grown into one of the most influential transportation organizations in China. In the past ten years, I have participated in various COTA activities, including attending COTA events and annual conferences, contributing to the review of conference papers, and serving on the COTA Best Dissertation Award Committee. I look forward to new opportunities to serve COTA and have decided to run for the BOD membership election.

It would be my great honor to serve as a COTA BOD member. Drawing on my experience as an internationally established scholar, a cross-cultural educator, as well as my leadership roles at the University of Minnesota and in transportation planning academia, I can offer a wealth of insight and experience in support of COTA. My envisioned commitment if elected to the BOD include at least three areas:

  • Promoting international collaboration in the transportation community. I have established an international scholarly reputation that has led to a solid collaborative research network with many international connections. These connections has led to the establishment of the Global Transit Innovations (GTI) program at the University of Minnesota (see and my editorial positions at multiple academic journals. I believe that COTA plays a critical role in fostering international collaboration in transportation research and practice. The organization’s challenge is to evolve and adapt to the rapid pace of global changes that are related to a variety of factors like technology, demography, climate, and culture. In light of these global changes, international collaboration will result in more robust research and more innovative practice. With a collaborative network in China and around the world, I am committed to broadening COTA’s international reach and impact.
  • Creating internationalized transportation education opportunities.. At the University of Minnesota, I have successfully created internationalized transportation education opportunities by integrating my study abroad teaching efforts that take American students to China with the development of a summer training program that brings Chinese students to the U.S. Although COTA’s mission statement has not been explicit about fostering global student experiences, many of COTA’s activities have attracted talented Chinese students to study abroad. COTA’s contribution to internationalizing transportation education is immeasurable. Chinese students who specialize in transportation are the future foundation of COTA and together they determine the future of transportation development in China. Moreover, COTA’s impact as an organization will be greater as we engage more students regardless of from China or elsewhere. I am committed to expand COTA’s mission in creating internationalized transportation education opportunities that serve and engage students around the world.
  • Improving financial stability and expanding fundraising capacities. I have been increasingly engaged in administrative and strategic positioning activities at the University of Minnesota, including founding the GTI program, a 25% program development appointment with the Urban Research and Outreach Center, and serving as the Interim Director of the Urban and Regional Planning program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. These leadership positions have taught me skills to obtain, diversify, and leverage sustainable sources of funding. I am committed to identifying new fundraising opportunities and contributing to COTA’s financial stability.

Overall, my leadership background and international reputation prepare me for serving COTA. If elected, I would be honored to work with other BOD members and bring my experience and passion in moving forward COTA’s global significance.

Dr. Yu Zhang, COTA BOD Member, President, Associate Professor, Univ. of South Florida;
Dr. Yafeng Yin, COTA BOD Member, Immediate Past President, Professor, Univ. of Michigan;
Dr. Yinhai Wang, COTA Member, Chair of COTA Advisory Board, Professor, Univ. of Washington.

COTA BOD Candidate - Ning, Li, PhD, PE, PMP

Dr. Ning Li, PE, PMP

Traffic Asset Program Manager
Virginia Department of Transportation
1401 E Broad St
Richmond, VA 23233

Dear COTA Members and Board Election Committee,
I would like to nominate myself to run for the election of 2018 COTA Board of Directors (BOD). As an overseas Chinese transportation processional, I benefited significantly from the knowledge and friendships of many COTA members and also helped many fellow Chinese advance their transportation career. With my qualifications and experience, I hope I could give back and bring fresh perspectives to COTA BOD to better serve our members.

Personal Profile:
I am currently the Traffic Asset Program Manager with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and oversee the state’s over $20M annual traffic asset program. In this capacity, I am the responsible charge engineer providing technical guidance, project delivery support, financial needs assessment, and performance management of the state’s $4.5 billion worth of traffic assets including ADA curb ramps, signals, guardrails, ancillary structures etc.

Prior to my current role, I worked as a Senior Engineer in VDOT’s safety program. My previous experience also includes an engineer position with Minnesota DOT in its design, traffic, safety and innovative contracting offices. I am a Fellow of Institute of Transportation Engineer (ITE), a Professional Traffic Operation Engineer (PTOE), and served on multiple expert panels of ITE and the Transportation Research Board (TRB).

My education background includes dual bachelor degrees in Civil Engineering and Economics (With Honors) and a master in management from the Tsinghua University. I also earned master and Ph.D. degrees in transportation engineering from the University of Minnesota and the University of Virginia respectively.

Accomplishments and Awards:
I have been recognized for some of my work accomplishments by being the first Chinese winner for several national transportation awards. In 2009, I identified and addressed a defect in the current national standards of Roadway Departure (RD) crashes. As a result, FHWA released a new technical memorandum to improve RD crash data. Not only were my suggestions adopted in this memo, FHWA staff also acknowledged my “significant contributions to this important highway safety effort”. I was therefore awarded the 2009 ITE Past President Award for Merit in Transportation. Most recently, I was recognized by AASHTO with the 2016 Transportation Vanguard Award for innovation and was invited to present VDOT’s innovative work in front of 200 executives from 51 state DOTs and industry.

Track Record of Contributing to Chinese Transportation Community:
I have a strong track record of contributing to the Chinese transportation community. As the first Chinese with a H1-B visa in VDOT, I have directly helped over a dozen fellow Chinese to get job offers within and outside VDOT and provided career support to well over a hundred young professionals. I personally extended job offers to four highly qualified fellow Chinese transportation professionals and currently have three working in our team. I also helped arrange visits of Chinese delegations from Chinese universities, research institutions and provincial governor’s office and contributed to several COTA events such as serving as a panelist in 2016 winter symposium. My contributions have been recognized by many fellow COTA members and professional organizations such as TUMU Salon in DC.

Vision Statement:

COTA’s 21 years coincide with the amazing growth of Chinese overseas transportation professionals. We have made significance strides in academia arena as evidenced in many outstanding achievements by our faculty members and our incredible participation in each year’s Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting. Despite these achievements, we still face the challenge of “bamboo ceiling” and are significantly under-represented in management and executive levels. Also, most students receive academia-focused training in school but majority of them will end up in a non-academia career. How to increase their competitiveness in job market while in school and better prepare them for future career success remains a great challenge to us.

I believe my experience and qualifications lend themselves well to help COTA tackle these challenges. If elected, I will work with other BOD members to help advance the following agendas: Improve career guidance and network channels to help professionals at different stage of their career; Strengthen COTA’s ties with industry, government entities, professional and international organizations; and take all other measures to help increase the voice and influence of Chinese Transportation Professionals in the overall transportation profession.

Your help and support for my election is greatly appreciated.

Dr. YinHai Wang (Professor, University of Washington)-COTA Member;
Dr. Guohui Zhang (Assistant Professor, New Mexico University)- COTA Board Member;
Dr. Shanjiang Zhu (Assistant Professor, George Mason University)-COTA Board Member;
Dr. Zhen(Sean) Qian (Assistant Professor, Carnegie Melon University)-COTA Board Member;
Dr. Xiaokun(Cara) Wang (Associate Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)- COTA Board Member.

COTA BOD Candidate - Xuewei Qi, Ph.D.

Xuewei Qi, Ph.D.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Scientist
Autonomous Vehicle Technology (AVT) Laboratory Global Technical Center, General Motors
6400 Zora Arkus-Duntov Rd.
Warren, Michigan, 48092-2025, USA
Tel: 706-206-5972

Brief Bio and Qualification:
Dr. Xuewei Qi is an AI and Machine Learning Research Scientist at Autonomous Vehicle Technology (AVT) Laboratory of General Motors (GM). The AVT lab at GM is focused on the state-of-the art autonomous vehicle and self-driving system research and development. It is among the top autonomous vehicle R&D groups from automotive industry all over the world. Dr. Qi has a wide spectrum of research interests and expertise in Deep Learning (including Deep Neural Network and Deep Reinforcement Learning) and autonomous vehicle control and testing (including motion planning, path planning, etc.). He is currently serving on the Transportation Research Board (TRB) standing committee on Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Applications (ABJ70) and standing committee on Alternative Transportation Fuel Technologies (ADC80). He has been serving as editors and reviewers for several top journals and international conferences in the area of intelligent transportation systems, such as IEEE transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, IEEE transactions on Intelligent Vehicles and IEEE Sensors Journal.

Before joining GM, Dr. Qi was a Researcher and Co-PI at the Center for Environmental Research and Technology at University of California, Riverside. His research was focused on connected automated vehicles (CAV), intelligent and sustainable transportation and machine learning, as well as evolutionary computation techniques (including swarm intelligence). He had proposed, participated or led multiple projects to design and apply various artificial intelligence algorithms to solve the optimization, prediction and control problems in connected and automated vehicle applications with an emphasis on improving energy efficiency for both single vehicle level and connected vehicle network level. During his postdoctoral research at University of California- Riverside, Dr. Qi proposed several proposals that were funded by state and federal agencies such as Department of Energy Advanced Research Project Agency (ARPA-E) and National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST). Dr. Qi was serving as a Co-PI of an ARPA-E project (NEXTCAR) and PI of a NCST project on “Machine Learning enhanced Eco-driving system for Electric Vehicles”.

Dr. Qi’s recent research work has been reported by multiple major science and tech media, including Science Daily, IEEE spectrum and ACM communications, and many other major media such as The Economist, Washington Post, Xinhua Agency and Peoples’ daily, and so forth. Dr. Qi has published one book, titled Engineering Optimization and 3 book chapters, published by Springer and Elsevier, and more than 25 papers on the top IEEE journals and conference proceedings in the area of connected and automated vehicles, such as IEEE Transections on Intelligent Transportation Systems. Dr. Qi obtained his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California Riverside. He was awarded with the Deans Distinguished Fellowship, University of California System CNI Fellow and Best Dissertation Award (UCCONECT).

Dr. Qi is very active in participating and serving Chinese-American professional organizations. He is currently serving as a Board Member of Southern California Chinese-American Environmental Protection Association (SCCAEPA and Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE-USA) Southern California Chapter. He has participated in the successful organization of 2017 Los Angeles Forum (, which is currently the most influential annual technical forum in the area of environment protection (water and air quality control) between China and USA. A US congressman has been invited to give an opening speech each year in past. As this forum has been more well-known since recent years, many Chinese cities are requesting to host the parallel meeting, and this year’s meeting will be hosted simultaneously at Suzhou and Hefei. As an active board member of the organizing committees for these event, Dr. Qi has accumulated much valuable cooperative experiences, which are supposed to be greatly beneficial to his future service on the COTA Board of Directors (BOD), if he will be selected.

Envisioned Commitment:
I am so proud that I have been a COTA member for years and have witnessed its continuous growing in the past few years due to the joint efforts of the current and past leaders. Attending various COTA events and activities has proved invaluable in my development as a transportation professional. I have benefited both professionally and personally from many people I have met or made friendship with via these events. With such appreciation, I would like to make more contributions to COTA by investing my time, idea and expertize. I believe my unique experience from both academia and industry will be helpful to promoting COTA with the following envisioned commitments:

  • To bring diversity and support from industry (i.e., General Motors) to sponsor more COTA events, including COTA Winter Symposium, CICTP, and other technical workshops or symposiums;
  • To be working closely together with other BOD members to establish COTA Industrial Advisory committee and other technical committees in the areas of my strong expertise so as to well increase COTA’s growth and strength.
  • To help build strong and deepen the relationship between COTA and China DOT with my special relationship with higher level officials of China DOT. Potentially we can have more sponsorship for organizing more events in China;
  • To help promote the collaboration between COTA and IEEE Intelligent Transportation Society (ITSS) (Note: My Ph.D. advisor is serving as the IEEE ITSS Advisory Board and the Passed President of IEEE ITSS from 2014-2016). For example, I can put effort in getting the sponsorship from IEEE ITSS for CICTPs in the future.

I am committed to my best serving on the COTA BOD. Your support is highly appreciated!

Dr. Yinhai Wang, Professor, University of Washington, Past President of COTA;
Dr. Haizhong Wang, Assistant Professor, Oregon State University, Current COTA BOD Member;
Dr. Guohui Zhang, Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii, current COTA BOD member;
Dr. Ping Yi, Professor at University of Akron, Passed President of COTA;
Mr. Jun Wang, Senior Specialist of Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Passed President of COTA.

COTA BOD Candidate - Jianyang Zheng, Ph.D., P.E.

Jianyang Zheng
Dr. Jianyang Zheng
Jianyang Zheng Candidate Information

Jianyang Zheng, Ph.D., P.E.

Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration
Office of Planning and Preliminary Engineering Travel Forecasting and Analysis Division
707 N. Calvert Street, C-503
Baltimore, MD 21202
Tel: 410-545-5641 (office)

Short Bio:
Dr. Jianyang Zheng is currently a program/project manager in the Travel Forecasting and Analysis Division, Office of Planning and Preliminary Engineering, Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA). Dr. Zheng has more than eight years of project management and development experience in transportation planning, congestion and applications of emerging transportation technologies in metropolitan areas. Dr. Zheng has taken the leadership in managing projects related to the travel demand forecasting analysis and integrated land use and transportation planning, as well as programs with a total amount of funding over 2 million dollars. Typical programs include, but not limited to, statewide Arterial Congestion Management, Reliability Analysis and Applications, and Connected Autonomous Vehicles Programs. Dr. Zheng has over 20 publications on peer-reviewed and referred journals, conference proceedings, technical reports, manuals, and guidelines, and he has delivered over 10 presentations at national and international conferences and workshops. He is a registered Professional Engineer with the State of Maryland. Dr. Zheng has served as the Associate Editor for IEEE Annual Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems in 2012. He is a member of various outstanding academic and professional organizations, including TRB, ITE, ACSE, and COTA. Dr. Zheng received his bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University in 1997 and his master’s degree and doctoral degree from the University of Washington in 2002 and 2008, respectively.

Qualification in Terms of COTA Involvement and Contribution:
Dr. Zheng has been a long-time active COTA member since 2001 when he started his graduate study at the University of Washington. He has actively involved and served for COTA in various activities and occasions. He has voluntarily engaged in paper review and editing efforts for CICTPs and actively offered helps to COTA winter symposiums and other COTA events during the TRB annual conferences in Washington, D.C. He has been keeping a close relationship with COTA in the past years.

Commitment Statement:
I am pleased to nominate myself to serve on the next COTA Board of Directors (BOD). With my lone-time professional service experience in Chinese communities, I am highly motivated to contribute more time, energy, and ideas to promote COTA’s development and growth. I am confident of being ready to make a commitment to serving on the COTA BOD through enhancing the connection of COTA with governmental agencies and their professionals in the US and China. It would be my honor to be part of the COTA BOD working together with other BOD members to continue COTA’s success and growth.

If I were provided an opportunity to serve on the COTA BOD, I would like to make my contribution through working closely with other members to make every effort to achieve the goals and objectives of COTA. Particularly, I will devote myself to booster the effective communications and collaborations among COTA members and other public sectors in the US and China as well as other transportation organizations. Typically, my envisioned commitment includes, but not limited to, the following aspects.

  1. Enhance the liaison between COTA and American public sectors, especially at the federal level.
  2. Help extend COTA connection with China governmental agencies via technical workshops and seminars.
  3. Help develop COTA Government Advisor Board and Industrial Committee or similar committee.
  4. Promote COTA membership in China and keep COTA to be growing and getting stronger.
  5. Cooperate with academic programs of COTA.
  6. Be committed to other responsibilities to be assigned by the COTA BOD.
I would also be eager and happy to implement any creative ideas you may have. If there are any suggestions and concerns, please feel free to contact me via phone at 410-545-5641 or Email at Your ideas always matter to COTA. Thank you very much for your support!

Dr. Yinhai Wang, Professor at the University of Washington, Passed President of COTA;
Dr. Guohui Zhang, Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii, current COTA BOD member;
Dr. Haizhong Wang, Assistant Professor at Oregon State University, current COTA BOD member of COTA;
Mr. Jun Wang, Senior Specialist of Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Passed President of COTA;
Dr. Ping Yi, Professor at University of Akron, Passed President of COTA.

COTA BOD Candidate - Dr. Shanjiang Zhu

Shanjiang Zhu
Dr. Shanjiang Zhu
Shanjiang Zhu Candidate Information

Dr. Shanjiang Zhu

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS6C1
Fairfax, VA 22030
Tel: (703) 993-1797

Dear COTA BOD Election Committee,
I am writing to nominate myself to be a candidate for the 2018 Chinese Overseas Transportation Association Board of Directors Election. My nomination is endorsed by Dr. Yu Zhang from the University of South Florida, Dr. Sean Qian from the Carnegie Mellon University, and Cara Wang from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, all of which are current COTA BOD members. Following the instructions for nomination, I am enclosing my qualifications and envisioned commitment below.

I am currently an Assistant Professor of the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure of George Mason University. I have become a COTA member and been very active in COTA activities since 2009. I was first elected to COTA BODs in January 2014. During last four years, I have been serving in the capacity of COTA Secretary General and resume the responsibility of keeping meeting minutes, developing and maintaining COTA archives, and coordinating external communications. In additional to these routine responsibilities, I have been working closely with other BOD members to serve COTA members and expand the impact of COTA among Chinese transportation professionals both in China and overseas through various activities. Since 2011, I have been organizing the COTA reception during the Transportation Research Board annual meetings. I was the organization committee chair of the 2017 South China University of Technology-COTA Pre-CICTP Workshop, the 2016 Zhejiang University-COTA Summit Workshop, and the 2015 COTA Winter Symposium. I have also served as area editors, session chairs, reviewers, and organizing committee members in many other COTA conferences and symposiums. My experience with COTA has been very pleasant and rewarding, and I look forward to more opportunities to serving COTA members in the future.

Thanks to the visions, dedications and continuous efforts of previous and current COTA BODs, COTA has become an influential organization among Chinese transportation professionals. The two flagship activities, COTA Winter Symposiums during the TRB annual meetings and the CICTP conference series co-organized with partner universities in China, have become major venues for academic exchanges and social interactions between Chinese transportation professional overseas and in China. As the field of transportation research and practice evolves both overseas and in China, I envision COTA could expand and improve its services to the members and the boarder Chinese transportation community in several ways. A key role for COTA is to serve as the information hub for Chinese transportation professionals. Currently, the main channel includes the COTA website, newsletters, and WeChat groups. COTA could improve its services by better collecting, organizing, and distributing key information such as hiring and internship opportunities, call for papers, call for award nominations, and project solicitations in a timely manner on its platforms. COTA could also cultivate and facilitate academic discussions between professionals overseas and in China in a more active and formal way. There have been many unique transportation challenges in China and such academic exchanges could help to bridge the communities of researchers and practitioners, and overseas and in China to generate new opportunities. A key way to promote such exchanges is to formalize the discussion mechanism by setting up COTA academic committees and organizing research symposiums and workshops with focused topics. These two directions are examples among many opportunities that are emerging in recent years.

If selected, I am committed to serving COTA members and the Chinese transportation community with my best capacity. I look forward to continuously working with other COTA BODs in this exciting journey.

Dr. Yu Zhang, COTA BOD Member, President, Associate Professor, Univ. of South Florida;
Dr. Zhen(Sean) Qian (COTA BOD Member), Assistant Professor, Carnegie Melon University;
Dr. Xiaokun Wang, BOD Member, COTA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Call for Nominations for 2018 COTA Board of Directors Election

Dear COTA Members:

The Board of Directors (BOD) of Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA) is seeking highly qualified candidates to fill in TWO vacant positions on the BOD. The new positions will take effect on January 7, 2018 at the COTA BOD meeting in Washington D.C. during the 2018 TRB Annual Meeting. If you would like to be part of our BOD with strong commitment to contributing to the continuing success and growth of COTA or if you know someone who fits this description, please submit your self-nomination or nomination information to the 2018 COTA BOD Election Committee that consists of the following members:

The 2018 BOD Election Committee is supported by the following staff:

The deadline for nomination is Monday, October 9, 2017.

Each nominee must obtain endorsements from at least three active COTA Members, including at least one current BOD Member who is NOT serving on the election committee. ( Each nomination submission must include a written statement (no more than 2 pages) stating his/her qualifications and envisioned commitment.

To be an eligible candidate for election, the nominee must be a COTA Member who has paid his/her 2017 COTA Membership annual dues by October 1, 2017. For other eligibility requirements, please refer to COTA Bylaws

According to COTA Bylaws 4.1.1, “No more than one (1) candidate from the same organizational entity is permitted to run the election at one time. No candidate is allowed from an organizational entity that currently has an active BOD member who will continuously serve after the election. Association, at the judge of the BOD, is not eligible for election.”

The nominee will be informed if he/she is eligible and becomes a candidate for the election by Monday, October 16, 2017.The election will be held online from October 20 through November 10, 2017.

For questions regarding the nomination or election, please contact the Election Committee.

Jianming Ma, Lei Zhang, and Heng Wei
The 2018 BOD Election Committee
Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA)