PacTrans News

  • November 5, 2015

    Watch the 2015 Regional Transportation Conference Presentation


    8:30 AM          Welcome I - Yinhai Wang, Director, Pacific Northwest Transportation

                            Consortium (PacTrans) & Professor, Civil & Environmental

                            Engineering,University of Washington. Watch video

    8:45 AM          Welcome II Vikram Jandhyala, Vice Provost, University of

                            Washington & Professor, Electrical Engineering,

                            University of Washington. Watch video

    9:00 AM          Keynote Address I - Roger Millar, Deputy Secretary,

                            Washington State Department of Transportation. Watch video

    9:30 AM          Keynote Address II - Brooke Steger, General Manager,

                            Uber Seattle. Watch video

    10:00 AM       Brief introductions by PIs for Poster Sessions - David Hurwitz,

                            Associate Professor, Civil & Construction Engineering,

                            Oregon State University

    10:30 AM        Hybrid Poster Session/Break Watch video

    11:00 AM        Research Session I (Safe Users & Operations) Watch video

                            Nathan Belz, Moderator, Assistant Professor,

                            Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks

                             Brian Walsh, State Traffic Design & Operations Engineer, WSDOT

                             Keith Cunningham, Research Assistant Professor,

                            University of Alaska Fairbanks

                            Scott Frank, Vice President of Marketing, Airbiquity

    12:00 noon      Lunch

    1:00 PM           Tech Transfer Session (Translating Results to Professional Practice) Watch video

                               Bruce Haldors, Moderator, President, Transpo Group

                               Santiago Navarro, Program Manager, Technology Transfer,

                               US Department of Transportation

                               Forest Bohrer, Technology Manager in Engineering,

                              Center for Commercialization, University of Washington

                               Ian Reagan, Sr. Research Scientist, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

    2:00 PM           Break

    2:10 PM           Workforce Development Session Watch video

                              Kevin Chang, Moderator, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering,

                             University of Idaho

                              Karen Dixon, Senior Research Engineer and Program Manager,

                              Texas A&M Transportation Institute and Texas A&M University

                              Stephen Albert, Director,

                              Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University

                              Shawn Leight, VP Elect, ITE, Vice President, CBB, Adjunct Professor,

                              Washington University, St. Louis, MO

    3:10 PM            Break

    3:30 PM            Research Session II (Safe Infrastructure) Watch video

                              Haifang Wen, Moderator, Assistant Professor,

                              Civil & Environmental Engineering, Washington State University

                              Kim Willoughby, Research Manager,

                              Washington State Department of Transportation

                              Jason Weiss, School Head, Professor Civil & Construction

                              Engineering, Oregon State University

                              Joseph Wartman, H.R. Berg, Associate Professor,

                              Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Washington

    4:30 PM           Closing Comments – Yinhai Wang, Director, PacTrans Watch video

    4:35 PM            Social Hour and Networking

    5:35 PM            End of Conference


  • October 30, 2015

    Congratulations to the SCTL Masters Program Graduates!

    This summer the online Master of Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics at the University of Washington graduated its inaugural class of 28 students.  Known as “The Originals”, this impressive group spent two years balancing the demands of part-time school with full-time employment at companies like Boeing, Zulily, REI, and Tesla.  Our students not only reside throughout WA State, but also across the nation and globe!

    The SCTL program combines engineering and business principles with industry best practices to provide students with the knowledge needed to successfully design, implement, and manage complex supply chain transportation and logistics strategies. The curriculum focuses on cross-functional areas–such as operations, inventory management, and IT systems–to develop skills in the end-to-end management of transportation in a global supply chain. Students then apply what they’ve learned to a real-world problem during a two-quarter practicum project.

    We were thrilled that so many Originals attended the Civil & Environmental Engineering graduation celebration in June.  We look forward to seeing everything these outstanding students will accomplish!132

  • October 26, 2015



    CPS HR is pleased to be assisting the Clark County Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority (C-TRAN) in their recruitment of a Director of Information Technology.

    This is a unique opportunity for a creative, resourceful and collaborative professional to mold their own role and move technology to the forefront of public service assisting C-TRAN to achieve their mission to “Provide safe, reliable, efficient mobility choices.”

    Here is the  link to the recruitment brochure which details the position and agency.c-tran

  • October 8, 2015

    PacTrans Fellows at the CEE Undergrad Orientation

    Our CEE undergrad orientation on October 7, 2015 went well!

    Appreciate our PacTrans Fellows promoting transportation focus area to the students in the crowd!

    CEE UGPlease stop by More Hall 112 for more information on PacTrans and opportunities

    for  fellowship, research, workshops and seminars.

    Also, we’d love to see everyone at our  10/16 Regional

    Transportation Conference and 10/17 Student Conference.


    FellowsLuke Peters

    Rich Lee

    Riley Kimball

    Thomas Steckel

    Jeffrey Connor

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  • October 1, 2015

    PacTrans Region 10 Student Transportation Conference 2015 Registration

    Student Register online for the 2015 PacTrans Regional 10 Student Transportation Conference on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Room 250 Husky Union Building (HUB), University of Washington. Click on the flyer for a clearer image.


    For more information and to register, free of cost, click here.



    2015 PacTrans Region 10 Student Transportation Conference

    Saturday, October 17th, 2015

    9:00AM – 2:00PM


    Room 250 Husky Union Building (HUB)

    University of Washington

    Seattle, WA 98105

    United States



    No cost to attend the meeting. Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 12th.


    We sincerely thanks this year’s industry sponsors, Transpo Group and DKS Associates, for their generous gifts that helped make this conference possible! We also thank PacTrans and the University of Washington ITE Student Chapter for their sponsorship.


    Conference overview

    The Annual PacTrans Region 10 Student Transportation Conference is a meeting of transportation students from universities across the Pacific Northwest. Unlike the preceding day’s conference open to academics and industry personnel in addition to students, this conference is planned entirely for students, by students. The goal is to provide a conference more geared towards a student’s needs, particularly those who plan to enter engineering practice following graduation. This year’s conference will feature speakers from academia and industry, a research poster competition with cash prizes, and a panel/discussion session with recently-graduated transportation engineers. Breakfast and lunch will also be served.


    Tentative schedule of events:

    9:00AM-9:30AM: Check-in and breakfast

    9:30AM-10:15AM: Speaker #1 (Dr. Michael Kyte – University of Idaho) w/ Q&A

    10:15AM-11:00AM: Recent graduate/practitioner panel session (Talk with students who recently graduated with degrees in transportation engineering to hear about their transition into the work world)

    11:15AM-12:00PM: Speaker #2 (Bruce Haldors – President of Transpo Group) w/ Q&A

    12:00PM-12:30PM: Student research poster session (with cash prizes)

    12:30PM-1:30PM: Lunch

    1:30PM: Announcement of winners of poster contest and wrap-up



    The conference will be held in room 250 of the HUB on the main Seattle campus of the University of Washington. The HUB is located on upper campus and is along E. Stevens Way NE. Campus is located about four miles north of downtown Seattle.


    Parking near the HUB

    Conference participants who wish to park on campus are responsible for obtaining daily permits as needed from one of the Parking Services booths, which are located at each entrance to campus. Please inform the gate attendant that you are attending an event in the HUB, and you will be directed to the appropriate parking area.

    Padelford Parking Garage is the nearest parking lot to the HUB. A daily parking permit is available for purchase from the gate attendant for $15.00.


    If there are any questions about the conference or anything at all, please contact either of the student organizers below:

    John Ash –

    Wenbo Zhu –


    To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.

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