Alexander Paz

Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Prof. Alexander Paz is an associate professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). After receiving his Ph.D. from Purdue University, Dr. Paz worked for a year as a Senior Professional for Cambridge Systematics, Inc. In the Fall of 2008, he joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNLV. In 2010, Dr. Paz obtained his Professional Engineer License in the State of Nevada. He has been the director of the Transportation Research Center at UNLV since the Fall of 2013. Dr. Paz has worked for projects sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the California Department of Transportation, several local Metropolitan Planning Organizations in California, UNLV, the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, and the Nevada Department of Transportation. He has also been P.I. or Co-P.I. on projects worth more than eight million dollars, with more than six million as principal investigator. Dr. Paz has authored more than 30 publications including books, journal and conference papers. He has published his research in journals including (i) Transportation Research (A, B, C), (ii) Networks and Spatial Economics, (iii) Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, and (iv) Transportation Research Record. A multidisciplinary and systems perspective characterizes Dr. Paz' research and teaching. His broad interests include the application of operations research, control theory, econometric methods, and computer science for the modeling, analysis, and control of large-scale dynamic transportation systems. Dr. Paz' current areas of work include Transportation Planning, Sustainable Infrastructure Systems, Transportation Economics and Financing, Transportation Networks, Traffic Safety, Geographic Information Systems, and Intelligent Transportation Systems. Dr. Paz has been particularly successful in applying Computer Science and Informatics' concepts for the solution of several challenging national and state transportation problems. At the national level, Dr. Paz has focused on Sustainable Infrastructure Systems; at the state level, Dr. Paz has focused on Traffic Safety and the integration and processing of large transportation data. Several stage agencies are currently using Dr. Paz' models and analyses for the evaluation and deployment of various solutions to existing transportation problems in Nevada.