Student Projects and Research

  • August 17, 2016

    Engineering for Resilience: OSU CCE’s SURF Students Present Research on Cascadia Subduction Zone Hazards


    SURF 2016b

    This summer, Oregon State University’s annual Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program provided eleven fellowships to support hands-on research toward increasing community resilience in response to Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) earthquakes and tsunamis. Read More

  • August 08, 2016

    PacTrans-Tongji PhD Symposium on Transportation Science and Technology


    Last week Monday, August 1 through Tuesday, August 2, 2016, PacTrans hosted a symposium co-sponsored by both PacTrans and Tongji University on beautiful University of Washington campus. Read More

  • 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

    Congratulations to PacTrans 2015 Outstanding Student of the Year!

    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

    PacTrans Summer Interns Produce New Seattle Bus Buddy Android Phone App

    Summer interns Jinglan Wang and Kevin Yang on the UW campus in Seattle

    Summer interns Jinglan Wang and Kevin Yang on the UW campus in Seattle

    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

    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

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