Boyles Presents Transportation Networks at UT Honors Colloquium
Each summer academically talented high school students in Texas are invited to a unique summer program designed to discover and explore The University of Texas at Austin. This distinctive, free, three-day program is more than a campus tour—it is a showcase of the very best the university has to offer. Colloquists attend college lecture and seminar class sessions taught by over 70 senior faculty members. In a repeat performance, Dr. Stephen Boyles was called on again to provide a short course on transportation networks on Day 2 of the event, July 24, 2015. In representing the transportation engineering sphere, Boyles noted that his presentation is designed in keeping with UT Austin’s efforts to highlight interdisciplinary efforts. As such, the presentation is not particularly technical but instead imparts the effect of human behavior on transportation systems, as well as giving the students a big-picture understanding of the unintended consequences of new technologies’ ripple effects. Boyles recently learned that this presentation last year intrigued at least one current freshman enough so that the student will enter the transportation area of engineering.