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Newly minted UC Davis PhD Graduate Raphael Isaac Energizes the Transportation Sector

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Meet Doctor Raphael Isaac, Spring 2020 graduate of UC Davis’ Transportation Technology and Policy PhD program. This same spring Raphael joined Energetics, an energy technology consulting firm, as a Senior Transportation Data Analyst. Originally hailing from the east coast, Dr. Isaac was inspired to enter the transportation field by a variety of educational, professional, and personal experiences.   “Growing up in New Jersey, I was aware of the fact that cars seemed to be necessary ...

USC Civil Engineering Alum Thomas Check Fuels Transportation Engineering in the City of Santa Monica

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

METRANS is excited to feature the successes of a double Trojan, Thomas Check, who graduated with his BS and MS of Civil Engineering in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Thomas is moving up the ranks as a Transportation Engineer with the City of Santa Monica, where he has worked since the summer of 2017.   Thomas began at the City of Santa Monica in their Land Development Group, within the Engineering Division, first as a Civil Engineering Assistant in September 2017, and then as a Civil Engineering ...

METRANS Mentor Program Launches with Mentoring for Success in a Virtual World Panel

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

On Friday November 13th, the METRANS Transportation Center held a panel event entitled Mentoring for Success in a Virtual World . The panel served as the annual launch event for the METRANS Mentor Program, which strives to connect students and young professionals interested in transportation with experienced leaders in the field.     The discussion was moderated by USC Annenberg Professor and leadership professional Rebecca Weintraub. The panelists included three current ...

Breaking Barriers and Overcoming Obstacles: Deaf Pima Community College Student Azulita-Jane Camacho Earns her Class A Commercial Driver's License

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Azulita-Jane Camacho recently graduated from Pima Community College's Truck Driving Training Program in Tucson, Arizona. Pima Community College is a METRANS Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR) partner. As a member of the Deaf community, Azulita-Jane’s journey to earning a Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) was no easy feat. Now, it is clear that her hard work and determination to enter the trucking and transportation industry have paid off as she begins her ...

METRANS, PSR, USC UP host Boeing for Global Urban Street Network Models and Indicators Webinar

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

On October 27, METRANS, the Pacific Southwest University Transportation Center (PSR), and special partner, the University of Southern California’s (USC) Undergraduate Planning at Price organization (UP), launched the fourth and final research webinar for the Fall 2020 webinar series. UP is a student-led organization at USC Price for anyone interested in urban planning. UP’s vision is to build a community of equity-oriented undergraduate students, promote academic and professional development, ...

Meet Tara Esfahani: UCI Undergrad and Future Engineer, with a Little Help From WTS-OC

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Meet Tara Esfahani, a one of the lucky women to earn a Women’s Transportation Seminar-Orange County (WTS-OC) High School Scholarship in her senior year of high school. WTS-OC’s annual scholarship program is one of the chapter’s many initiatives encouraging young women to pursue careers in transportation and Tara was one of three lucky high school recipients in 2018.  Thanks in no small part to this generous scholarship, cosponsored by environmental consulting firm LSA Associates, ...


PSR Researcher Maged Dessouky Examines Cost-Sharing Mechanisms to Encourage Ridesharing

Friday, October 30, 2020

One phenomena of the modern era is the increasing connectivity of individuals to their surroundings—as well as to each other. Noteworthy leaps in navigation technology, such as a growing number of people with GPS in their pocket via their mobile phones, have allowed dynamic industries like ridesharing to emerge.   With increased connectivity, ridesharing has become more real-time, flexible, and user-based as individuals are increasingly able to adapt their routes and coordinate ...
Associate Professor James Miles

CSULB's Researchers James Miles and Thomas Strybel Evaluate the Safety of Autonomous Vehicles

Friday, October 30, 2020

      Assoc. Professor Jim Miles            Professor Emeritus Thomas Strybel   Automation continues to impact transportation, compelling the industry to consider how to implement transformative mobility developments in a safe and efficient manner. While fully autonomous vehicles, vehicles having the ability to safely reach a destination without human intervention, are highly anticipated, current technology allows only partial automation, ...

USC Graduate Kavina Patel Combines STEM and Humanities for a Full Picture of the NYC Subway

Friday, October 30, 2020

When USC Urban Planning Master’s student Kavina Patel saw the stunning photos of New York transit station areas taken by Professor Emeritus Martin Krieger of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, she was inspired to find a way to connect them with her passion for the inter-relationships between transportation, community, and city development. After twenty years of systematically photographing Los Angeles, Krieger’s curiosity was piqued by the discussions of transit-oriented ...


METRANS Industry Outlook Convenes Industry Perspectives to COVID-19

Friday, October 30, 2020

This year’s METRANS Industry Outlook featured perspectives from leaders in transit, port, and aviation regarding their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual METRANS event was held virtually for the first time this year, which increased audience participation to include more global participants in addition to the traditional concentrations of Southern California participants. Panelists for the October 1, 2020 Industry Outlook event were  Michael Christensen , ...

METRANS, PSR, NCST host Dessouky and Hu for Cost-Sharing Mechanisms for Ride-Sharing Webinar

Friday, October 30, 2020

On October 22, METRANS, and the Pacific Southwest University Transportation Center (PSR), and the National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST), launched the third research seminar for the Fall 2020 webinar series. The National Center for Sustainable Transportation is a national transportation center that provides national leadership in advancing environmentally sustainable transportation through cutting-edge research, direct policy engagement, and education of our future leaders.   ...

CITT Assesses the COVID-19 Supply Chain in First Virtual Town Hall

Friday, October 30, 2020

The Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) held its annual Town Hall meeting on Tuesday October 6, 2020, with the theme A COVID-19 Supply Chain Report Card: Balancing Perception and Reality . Since its inception in 1999, the CITT Town Hall has delivered a dialogue-driven opportunity for transportation and supply chain stakeholders to discuss pertinent transportation and trade-related issues. This year’s panelists were Leslie Blakey , President of Coalition for ...

Shining the Spotlight on USC MPL Tanya Shah - Steward of Mobility, Accessibility, and Sustainability at Nelson\Nygaard

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Tanya Shah, a University of Southern California (USC) Price Masters of Planning alumnus, has been associated with the field of planning for more than 7 years. From her upbringing in an urban environment and throughout her six-years of higher education, Tanya realized that she is “most passionate about using sustainable methods and solutions for solving everyday issues” within the field of planning. She is grateful to have discovered her sustainability niche of transit systems and streetscapes, ...

METRANS, PSR, USC ITE host Soibelman at Infrastructure Knowledge Networks Webinar

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

On October 15, METRANS and the Pacific Southwest University Transportation Center (PSR), along with special partners, University of Southern California Institute of Transportation Engineers Student Chapter (USC ITE), presented their research webinar of the Fall 2020 webinar series. USC ITE is a student group of engineers, planners, and thinkers who aim to reimagine transportation systems, and they graciously served as cohosts for this seminar.   At the webinar, titled “Knowledge ...

WTS-OC Transportation Academy Proves the Value of Networking in a Virtual World

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many changes in the transportation industry, from how we travel to how and where we work and more. The pandemic has also affected how we network and connect with other transportation professionals and students. We’ve seen many virtual meetings to adapt to a remote-working environment, and the 11th Annual Transportation Academy, hosted by the Orange County Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS-OC), was a brilliant testimony to not only the possibility ...