2015 September

Research Digest, Sep.2015: TxDOT research

The September 2015 issue of the Research Digest is now available for download from the CTR Library’s website. This month’s digest provides abstracts for 11 recent publications from the research program sponsored by TxDOT’s Research and Technology Implementation Office​ (RTI). The research projects represented here cover a wide range of topics. This issue includes technical …


Posted by Kevyn B.  |  Category : CTR Library

Alumni Spotlight: Jianming Ma

Alumni Spotlight: Jianming Ma

Name:  Jianming Ma Hometown:  Xinjiang, China Currently residing: Austin, Texas Current job:  Transportation Engineer at the Texas Department of Transportation Year graduated from UT: 2006 Hobbies outside of work: Chess and Basketball What projects did you work on while you were at CTR? I worked on an NCHRP research project investigating safety impacts and other implications of raised …


Posted by Maureen Kelly  |  Category : Alumni

Leite Doubly Honored by CII and NAE

Leite Doubly Honored by CII and NAE

CTR faculty researcher Fernanda Leite has recently been honored by two organizations: she was selected to attend the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE)  (FOEE) Symposium and was also named the 2015 Outstanding CII Instructor by the Construction Industry Institute (a CTR affiliate). The FOEE Symposium brings together some of the nation’s most engaged and innovative engineering educators to discuss pioneering …


Posted by Maureen Kelly  |  Category : Awards

CTR Commuter Diversity: Public Transit

CTR Commuter Diversity: Public Transit

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 …


Posted by Maureen Kelly  |  Category : Commuting

CTR Shines at RTI Quarterly Meetings

For more than 50 years CTR has been helping address the transportation needs and enhance quality of life for Texans, and the TxDOT research program offers us the main vehicle to do so. This year saw CTR’s contributions recognized at both of the quarterly meetings held so far by TxDOT’s Office of Research and Technology …


Posted by Maureen Kelly  |  Category : CTR Library

CTR Answers Call to Assist Texas Legislature

One way CTR serves Texas is providing unbiased, third-party analysis of potential  legislation that will impact the state’s transportation system. Earlier this year, both TxDOT and the State Legislature called on a CTR-led team to analyze data in response to four house bills pertaining to truck weight limits. Providing these analyses helped TxDOT and legislators …


Posted by Maureen Kelly  |  Category : Pavements

Student Spotlight: Kristie Chin

Student Spotlight: Kristie Chin

Name: Kristie Chin Hometown: Katy, Texas Current position: Graduate Research Assistant to Dr. C. Michael Walton Hobbies: In my free time I enjoy playing sand volleyball, cooking, and serving as President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Chapter. At the TexITE Fall District Meeting in San Antonio, the organization was recently recognized as …


Posted by Maureen Kelly  |  Category : Student Spotlight

Boske Begins Work on Final CTR Project

Professor of Economics Leigh Boske retired this past May after 38 years with UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs. Dr. Boske has worked extensively on CTR projects over the years. His distinguished career includes service on a variety of national and international advisory committees and task forces, such as the U.S. GAO’s Educators’ Advisory Committee, …


Posted by Maureen Kelly  |  Category : Faculty