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Graduate student Guangchuan Yang's paper titled "Acceleration Characteristics at Metered On-Ramps" was accepted for publication in the Journal of Transportation Research Record.
Graduate student Anabel Hernandez was one of the recipients of the Helen M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship awarded in January from Women in Transportation organization. The scholarship awards $2,000 to Hernandez for her dedication to transportation engineering, an outstanding academic record and involvement in related activities.
Students and faculty from CATER offices attended the TRB conference in Washington D.C. on January 12-14. Dr. Zong Tian presented a poster on his study titled "Readily Implementable Signal Phasing Schemes for Diverging Diamond Interchanges." Other presentations from students included Ph.D candidates Saeedeh Farivar and Rasool Andalibian's "Modeling Right-turn Blockage and Approach Capacity at Signalized Intersections with Channelized Right-turn Lanes" and "A Stop Based Approach for Determining when to Run Signal Coordination Plans."
Graduate student Diana Maragakis was awarded Student of the Year at the Council of University Transportation Center's banquet and received a $1,000 cash award for her efforts and success at SOLARIS. Center director, Zong Tian and center coordinator, Erika Marquez attended the annual meeting in Washington D.C. on January 10-11.
Huaguo Zhou from Auburn University visited the CATER Transportation Lab on Oct. 16 and gave a presentation on Emerging Safety Countermeasures for Wrong-Way Driving Crashes.
Dr. Tian and students from CATER attended the ITE Fall Conference in Las Vegas on Oct 8-10. Dr. Tian, graduate students Dian Mao (pictured), Guangchuan Yang and Ali Gholami presented at the conference.
Dr. Yinhai Wang from the University of Washington gave a seminar presentation on Advanced Methods for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Sensing at the CATER Transportation lab on Sept. 25.
Members from the China delegation led by Dr. Mao from Beijing Jiaotong University visited CATER on Sept. 9 to meet with students and faculty and discuss transportation issues.
Dr. Zong Tian delivered a keynote speech titled "Signal Control at Diverging Diamond Interchanges" at the 9th International Conference on Traffic Transportation Studies in Shaoxing, China on Aug. 1-2. He has now served five years as co-editor of conference proceedings.
Dr. Pitu Mirchandani attended the International Conference of Transportation Professionals in Changsha, China on July 4-7 where he participated in a panel discussion and presented "Big Data! How Big is this Issue in Transportation Planning and Operations." He also held a transportation safety and sustainability workshop at Tongji University in Shanghai.
Dr. Zong Tian presented at the Alternative Intersections and Interchanges Symposium sponsored by TRB in Salt Lake City, UT on July 20-23.
Dr. Pitu Mirchandani attended the International Symposium on Locational Decisions in Italy where he gave a talk on "A Sensor Location Model for Bayesian Estimation of Stochastic Route Flows" on June 16-20. He also taught a short course on Intelligent Transportation Systems at Denmark Technical University and presented "A Routing and Reservation System for Battery Swaps for Electric Vehicles" at the ROUTE 2014 conference.
Six UNITE (University of Nevada Institute of Transportation Engineers) members attended the joint annual meeting of the ITE Western District and the Midwestern District held on June 29-July 2 in Rapid City. Ali Gholami is the one of three students who received an award of $400 for the student poster session competition. UNITE also received Honorable Mention for the best student chapter website. In addition, Dr. Tian delivered two presentations as well.
On May 15-17, several UNITE Student Chapter members attended the Intermountain Section ITE Annual Meeting and participated in the student paper competition. Ali Gholami and Rasool Andalibian received the first and second prize for the paper competition, with an award of $600 and $400 respectively.
Yue Zhao received the Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship from Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) with a $1,000 cash award.
Faculty and students of CATER attended the TRB annual meeting on January 12-16. Members of the group made three presentations. Dr. Tian chaired three poster sessions for the Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee. During TRB, Dr. Tian also attended several meetings, including the UTC Winter Meeting, TRB Committee Meetings, and the Scientific Committee Meeting of the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS).
On January 20, a delegation from Tongji University, China visited CATER. The delegation includes Dr. Keping Li, Dr. Jian Sun, and Dr. Keshuang Tang. The delegation visited CATER facilities. Dr. Tian also took them to the field sites to observe signal coordination and diverging diamond interchange operations.
Researchers from the five institutions involved in SOLARIS visited the University of Nevada, Reno to discuss grant requirements, establishing an advisory board, research proposals, and education and outreach.
Members of RITA, the Research and Innovative Technology Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation, visited the University of Nevada, Reno to congratulate the University on being named a Tier 1 University Transportation Center, which is the most competitive category. RITA personnel visited University labs and centers that will be part of SOLARIS.
The University of Nevada, Reno continues its leadership in transportation, infrastructure and earthquake engineering, having recently received two Tier-1 University Transportation Center grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration.
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