Student Activities

  • May 12, 2023

    PacTrans Participates in 2023 Lifesavers Conference

    PacTrans had two consortium partner universities participate in the 2023 Lifesavers Conference on Highway Safety Priorities in Seattle, Washington. The Lifesavers Conference showcases the latest research, evidence-based strategies, proven countermeasures, and promising new approaches for addressing the nation’s most pressing traffic safety problems and focus on the 4 Es of traffic safety: engineering, emergency response, enforcement, and education. PacTrans’ collaborator, the Northwestern Tribal Technical Assistance Program (NW TTAP) Center, was among the exhibitors, leveraging the opportunity to discuss safety challenges on Tribal roads and to network with professionals in traffic safety and Tribal transportation.

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  • May 01, 2023

    WSU Student Researcher win First Prize in Student Data Analysis Contest

    Chuang Chen, a Graduate Research Assistant from Washington State University, recently won first prize in the 2022 Long-Term Infrastructure Performance (LTIP) Student Data Analysis Contest (Pavement). Chen won with a paper titled, Key Climatic Factors Affecting Asphalt Pavement Roughness Differ in Different Climate Regions: Exploratory Analyses, which explored the use of multiple techniques for big data processing and subsequent exploratory analyses, and investigated the relationships between climatic factors and a typical asphalt pavement distress – roughness. This study also tested the hypothesis that key climatic factors affecting asphalt pavement roughness differ in different regions.

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  • Student Team from PacTrans Partner OSU wins 2nd at International ESV Conference

    A group of four students from Oregon State University recently traveled to Kyoto Japan to compete in the Student Safety Technology Design Competition (SSTDC) as part of the 27th International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV). They won second at the world competition after winning first in North America to solidify their spot. Their project was titled, Interfacing Pedestrians, Automated Vehicles, and Connected Infrastructure: A Novel Application for Resolving Right-of-Way Conflicts, and competed in the “Pedestrian Crash Avoidance, Automated Driving Systems” category. Advised by PacTrans Associate Director, David Hurwitz, the team comprised Amy Wyman, Helena Breuer, Chris Hauck, and Jane Weber.

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  • PacTrans Student Researcher One of Five UW Students named 2023 Goldwater Scholars

    UW STAR Lab undergraduate student researcher, Peter Yu, was recently among five UW students to have been honored as Goldwater Scholars by the Goldwater Foundation. This marks the first time five students from the UW were named in a single year.

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  • OSU Student Researcher Serves on ODOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee

    Aaron Mendez, an Undergraduate Student Researcher from Oregon State University, serves on the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee (OBPAC). He is currently a senior, wrapping up his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

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