PacTrans News

  • 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

  • November 19, 2015

    2015 Michael Kyte Student Award


    Nominations are now accepted for the 2015 Michael Kyte Student of the Year Award.

    Submit your nominations to  by November 13th.

    Student awardee receives a plaque and reimbursement of travel expenses to the 2016 95th Annual TRB Meeting from PacTrans.

    Selection will be based upon accomplishments in three areas:

    •             Technical Merit and Research.  Evidence of research merit is based upon faculty nomination and evaluation of submitted written papers or reports.

    •             Academic Performance. Academic performance is based upon courses attempted and grades attained.

    •             Professionalism and Leadership. Evidence of professionalism and leadership can be in the form of presentations at professional society meetings and symposia, and       leadership in student professional activities.

     Please provide the following information when you submit your selection:

    1.            Academic Transcript

    2.            student name (with phonetic spelling, please)

    3.            a valid e-mail address for the student awardee

    4.            gender

    5.            high resolution head-shot photo of student in electronic format – minimum 300dpi

    6.            name of university at which student is enrolled

    7.            student bio not to exceed 250 words (the bio must also address why the student was selected for this particular award)

    8.            title of student’s thesis/dissertation (or primary transportation area of experience

    9.            Letter of Recommendation from Faculty

  • November 19, 2015

    Student Travel Support to TRB

    PacTrans is pleased to offer support to UW graduate students to attend the 95th annual TRB meeting in Washington, D.C. January 10-14, 2016.

     To apply: For consideration, please email and include the title of the paper you will be presenting as the primary author at the TRB by Monday, December 1, 2015.

     Support: PacTrans will pay two‐thirds of a student’s costs (up to $700).

     Eligibility: Applicants must either be current or recently graduated students in good standing in a UW graduate program for consideration. They must also be the primary author of a paper accepted at the TRB conference.

     Required of All Funding Recipients: All recipients of PacTrans travel funds are expected to include the PacTrans logo and name on their TRB poster and/or presentation slides.

    For more information read: PacTrans Travel Support for TRB

    Please use travel form for reimbursement: Travel Reimbursement Form

  • November 9, 2015

    PacTrans 2014-2015 Annual Report

    We are proud to announce that the PacTrans 2014-2015 Annual Report is now available online. Thanks to everyone who made our first year a success!

    You can view our report HERE


  • November 5, 2015

    Dr. Pitu Mirchandani at the PacTrans Regional Transportation Seminar


    We’re privileged to have Dr. Pitu B. Mirchandani present at PacTrans Regional Transportation Seminar last Wednesday, November 4th.  Dr. Mirchandani holds a BS/MS degrees in Engineering; S.M/ScD. Degrees, Operations Research at MIT and is a Professor of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU). He is also a Senior Sustainability Scientist within the Global Institute of Sustainability and the Director of Advanced Transportation and Logistics Systems (ATLAS) Research Laboratory. Read More

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