José Holguín-Veras Inducted into the Cockrell Academy of Distinguished Alumni
Nine alumni from the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (CAEE) at UT Austin were inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni on October 26, 2015. Among them was José Holguín-Veras, who received his Ph.D. in 1986.
The research of José Holguín-Veras emphasizes the integration of state-of-the-art economic princples into transportation modeling, so that a complete picture can be developed on the broader impacts of transportation activity on the economy and environment. At Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he is the William H. Hart Professor; Director of the Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment; and Director of the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems. José has led more than 55 projects with the National Science Foundation, National Cooperative Freight Research Program, USDOT, and others funding more than $14 million.
Jose earned his PhD at UT Austin and was supervised by Dr. Michael Walton. And now, according to Google Scholar, he is the most widely published and cited freight researchers in the world. His research emphasizes the integration, synthesis, and projection of the knowledge that exists in multiple disciplines to produce solutions to the complex and multifaceted problems that impact freight transportation and humanitarian logistics.
Current research activities focus on three major areas: freight transportation demand modeling, sustainable freight systems, and disaster response logistics. His work on freight demand modeling has led to more realistic mathematical models and significant methodological improvement. His work on sustainable freight systems studies the interactions between agents involved in freight activity, to define ways to exploit these interactions to foster sustainable development and operations. The application of principles has resulted in more than 400 companies in Manhattan to switching operations to the off-hours, easing traffic congestion.
His work has received numerous awards, including the 2013 White House Champion of Change Award for his contributions to freight transportation and disaster response research. His research group has conducted detailed analyses of the most prominent disasters of recent times, including Hurricane Katrina, the Port-au-Prince earthquake, the tornadoes in Joplin and Alabama, Hurricane Irene, and the Tohoku disasters in Japan.
The CAEE department established the Academy of Distinguished Alumni to acknowledge the professional achievements and contributions of its graduates. Twenty-seven charter members were inducted into the academy in 2003, and 93 additional members have been selected since. The 2015 honorees are recognized for expertise in their fields, research and education advancements and strong leadership qualities.