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Mike Walton Appointed to Future Interstate Study Committee

Mike Walton Appointed to Future Interstate Study Committee

The Transportation Research Board—one of seven program units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine—has initiated the Future Interstate Study and asked Dr. Mike Walton to serve on the study’s committee. Required by the federal FAST Act of 2015, this study will determine the actions needed to upgrade and restore the nation’s Interstate Highway System. This …


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Chandra Bhat Recognized as Top-cited Civil Engineering Researcher

Chandra Bhat Recognized as Top-cited Civil Engineering Researcher

CTR Director Chandra Bhat has been recognized as one of the top-cited civil engineering researchers in the world, according to newly released 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities. This global assessment of research citations was released by the independent ranking organization ShanghaiRanking Consultancy; the rankings themselves were developed by Elsevier, the technical/scientific/technical publisher. In other news, in May of this …


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Bob Gilbert Named to the UT Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Bob Gilbert Named to the UT Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Dr. Bob Gilbert has been elected to the UT Academy of Distinguished Teachers. The Academy represents the university’s commitment to excellence in teaching. Only 5% of the tenured faculty at UT are named to the Academy, whose members advise the president and provost on matters related to the university’s instructional mission and mentor new faculty, among …


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Ken Stokoe Elected to ASCE Distinguished Members Class of 2016

Ken Stokoe Elected to ASCE Distinguished Members Class of 2016

Congratulations to Professor Ken Stokoe for being elected to the Class of 2016 of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Distinguished Members in recognition of his “world-renowned contributions to the understanding of soil dynamics in geotechnical engineering.”  Distinguished Membership is the highest honor ASCE can bestow, reserved for civil engineers who have attained eminence in engineering. Stokoe was …


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Student Spotlight: Rachel Hure

Student Spotlight: Rachel Hure

Name:  Rachel Hure Hometown:  San Luis Obispo, California Current position:  Graduate Research Assistant to Dr. Amit Bhasin Hobbies: I enjoy playing intramural soccer and volleyball with other engineering graduate students, as well as swimming in my free time. I also love getting involved on campus through organizations such as Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and …


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Alumni Spotlight: Jeff LaMondia

Alumni Spotlight: Jeff LaMondia

Name: Jeffrey LaMondia Hometown: Enfield, CT Currently Residing: Auburn, AL Current job: Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Auburn University Graduated from UT: 2010 Hobbies outside of work: I love music—both playing in the local Wind Ensembles and attending concerts (I try to make it back to Austin City Limits Music Festival as frequently as I …


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Austin’s Smart City Challenge Proposal: What’s Next?

Austin’s Smart City Challenge Proposal: What’s Next?

In June, the USDOT announced that the winner of the Smart City Challenge competition was Columbus, Ohio, disappointing many in Central Texas who were hoping Austin would snag this city-changing opportunity. The USDOT had pledged up to $40 million to one city that would define the concept of a “Smart City” and become the country’s …


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CTR Commuter Diversity: Telecommuting

CTR Commuter Diversity: Telecommuting

As transportation researchers, we are all too familiar with the causes of congestion. And as the saying goes, “you are not stuck in traffic—you are traffic.” So we try to do our part to reduce our impacts on the Austin network in a variety of ways, participating in such congestion-mitigation practices as carpooling, bicycling, and …


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