Student Projects and Research
March 22, 2016
Congratulations to Oregon State Graduate Transportation Engineering Student Researcher Kamilah Buker
Kamilah Buker is a student of transportation engineering in Oregon State University’s Master’s program. Kamilah was recently awarded first place in the Oregon Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Bill Kloos Memorial Scholarship. Read More
November 23, 2015
John Ash is a second year Ph.D. student in the Smart Transportation and Applications Research (STAR) Laboratory working under Dr. Yinhai Wang at the University of Washington (UW). John is originally from Wisconsin and came to the UW in 2014 after completing his M.S. in civil and environmental engineering (with a transportation emphasis) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also completed his B.S. with a double major in civil engineering and mathematics in 2012. His major research interests include traffic safety (which was the focus of his M.S. thesis in Wisconsin), intelligent transportation systems, and applications of data science in transportation. Read More
September 19, 2013
As part of PacTrans’ outreach activities, PacTrans started a summer intern program in 2013 to attract talented high school and college students to work and study on transportation related issues. The first two students recruited to this program were Kevin Yang, an incoming high school junior at the Lakeside School in Seattle, and Jinglan Wang, an incoming sophmore at Wellesley College. Both students had demonstrated their talents by winning numerous awards in mathematics competitions. Particularly, Kevin won the 3rd place in Mathcounts National Competition in 2011 and received honorable mentions in both the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) 2013 and the United States of America Physics Olympiad (USAPO) 2013. Additionally, Jinglan is a talented athlete who won 4th place in the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships in 2012 when she was captain of the Lakeside School’s crew team. The two interns worked closely together at the Smart Transportation Applications and Research Laboratory (STAR Lab) of the University of Washington over the summer and produced an Android phone app called Seattle Bus Buddy (available for download at the Google Play Store at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.starlab.busbuddy).
The idea for Bus Buddy was born when Jinglan continuously napped through her bus stop, much to Kevin’s amusement. They decided that many Seattleites likely faced a similar issue and set to work. The application they created allows users to set a GPS enabled alarm for their respective bus stops so that those who tend to miss their stop for various reasons will no longer worry about it. This application is meant to benefit all public transit users, especially those who are visually impaired. With data support from Sound Transit, the pre-installed accessibility options on the Android phone allow the user to navigate and utilize the application conveniently. They hope that hey can someday develop an iPhone version of the application, or that the open source app will capture the interest of other developers who are willing to optimize it for various cities and languages.
For more information about Seattle Bus Buddy or about interning at PacTrans, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 23, 2013
Save the Date: PacTrans is organizing a Region 10 Student Transportation Conference on Saturday, October 19th on the UW campus in Seattle, Washington.
More information: PacTrans-ITE Region 10 2013 Student Conference Flier
Please register online (and choose the student conference) as an option.
*Please note that students attending the Region 10 Student Transportation Conference on Saturday, Oct. 19th at the UW are also welcome to attend the Region 10 Transportation Conference on Friday, Oct. 18th.
August 24, 2012
Cathy Liu, a PhD student in the STAR Lab, won the ITE’s 2012 Daniel B. Fambro Student Paper Award. Her paper was selected as the best student paper by the Western ITE last month and will be advanced to compete for the national award.
The Daniel B. Fambro Student Paper Award is awarded annually for a significant paper prepared by a student member of the Institute. Submissions are evaluated based on originality, significance, scope & format, validity, and applicability.