CTR Director Receives Hocott Award

CTR Director Dr. Chandra Bhat has been selected to receive the Billy & Claude R. Hocott Distinguished Centennial Engineering Research Award from the Cockrell School of Engineering for 2012–13.

Initiated in 1983, this award recognizes faculty members who have significantly contributed to furthering the profession of engineering through documented research conducted while associated with The University of Texas at Austin. Of primary importance is that the recipient’s work must have brought significant credit to the engineering profession and been judged most worthy by the recipient’s peers.

Chandra is well known for his fundamental contributions through published research papers that have contributed to understanding the relationship between the built environment (or urban form) and activity-travel choices of individuals, an area with important implications at the interface of transportation and urban policy design, traffic management, public health, energy dependence, and greenhouse gas emissions. Methodologically, Chandra’s published analytic-oriented research pieces have been described by his peers as seminal and innovative contributions, and are now widely used not only in transportation, but also in several other fields. Chandra has over 150 high quality published or forthcoming refereed journal publications and he has been listed by Google Scholar as one of the top ten most cited civil engineering researchers in the world. He also has made significant scientific impacts on the transportation field by nurturing and producing a new generation of high quality researchers. Overall, since 2000, his students have received 38 external (non-UT) awards for their scholarly research and leadership contributions. Chandra has been appeared on radio and television several times to discuss his research with the general public, and has appeared in national and local newspaper media to provide timely perspectives on contemporary transportation issues.

CTR’s founder Dr Clyde E. Lee was given this award in 1998.

A dinner will be held in Dr. Bhat’s honor during the Fall 2013 Semester.

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