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					                                   June 2005                                          Volume 4, Issue 2




                                   METRANS Transportation Center
                                                                                     NEWS
                                   University of Southern California / California State University, Long Beach
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
                                   Research Profile
New Applied Research          2
Awards
                                   E A RT H QUA K E S , TO R NA D O E S , A N D O T H E R                            HAZARDS
METRANS to Host 1st           3
National Urban Freight             I N T R I G U E R E S E A RC H E R E R I K J O H N S O N
Conference
                                   Erik Johnson is looking for a                                          could also serve as a good
METRANS Convenes              3    bridge slated for destruction.                                         testing device.
“Mobility in the Metropo-          Even better: such a bridge in
lis” Conference                                                                                           Johnson’s background is
                                   an earthquake-prone area.                                              unusual for civil engineering.
Trade Community Sa-           4    Why does he need an old                                                His graduate work was de-
lutes Marianne Venieris            bridge? Specifically, he                                               voted to aeronautical engi-
with Olafson Award                 wants to test his smart                                                neering at the University of
                                   damping strategies for natu-                                           Illinois at Champaign-
Professor Jim Moore           4    ral hazard mitigation, struc-                                          Urbana. “It was actually in
Receives Double Awards             tural health monitoring and                                            my graduate work that I was
for Service                                                                                               introduced to earthquake
                                   damage detection. In other
                                   words, he wants to discover                                            damage monitoring and
Crowds Pack Town Hall         5                                                                           found many interesting
as Industry Examines               “how to control motion itself
2004 Peak Season                   or mitigate the motion of a      Professor Erik A. Johnson             questions.
                                   structure due to earth-          Testing his devices, however,         “I had been studying detect-
Jennifer Russell Receives     6    quakes, etc.”                    presents a challenge. “Most           ing the flutter of aircraft
National WTS Award                                                  of the time, we don’t want to         wings, and that translates
                                   Based on techniques John-
                                   son learned in aeronautical      shake a bridge or building,           almost directly into studying
USC Students Attend           6
UCTC Conference                    engineering, he explores         particularly if it could cause        motion of bridges and build-
                                   new ways to detect earth-        real damage,” he says. In re-         ings. It turns out that the
Eno Transportation            6    quake, tornado, or other         cent METRANS research, “We            mathematical modeling has
Award Goes to USC’s                damage in bridges or build-      did some ‘shake-table’ dem-           a lot of similarities.” Johnson
Kenneth Husting                    ings.                            onstrations to show that my           explains that every aircraft
                                                                    technology does improve the           has certain flight conditions
METRANS Executive             7    Johnson works with com-          estimation of damage quite a          that are potentially danger-
Committee, Faculty, Staff          puter-controlled “semi-active    lot. The difficulty in the next       ous to the structure, such as
                                   devices” inside the struc-       step is that it costs a lot!”         combinations of altitude,
Letter from the Director      8    tures themselves. He hopes
                                                                    Says Johnson, “I can envision         speed, angle of approach,
                                   to overcome the hazards of                                             etc., so that the wings could
                                   testing in the typical struc-    two levels: First, a large-scale
METRANS was established in                                          but still laboratory model;           start to flutter something
1998 as a U.S. Department of       tural-safety inspection in                                             like how a flag flutters.
                                   which “the damage is done        second, working with one of
Transportation University Trans-
                                                                    the large-scale testing labs,         While pilots are generally
portation Center. Sponsored by     in person by the inspectors!”                                          taught not to fly in those
the U.S. D.O.T. and Caltrans,      he says. Instead of relying      where they can test struc-
                                                                    tures about quarter scale.”           conditions, it is occasionally
METRANS is a joint partnership     on inspectors, he hopes to                                             necessary to simulate those
of the University of Southern      develop more structural          What would an ideal test look         conditions for experiments
California and California State    health monitoring using          like? The real test he would
University, Long Beach.                                                                                   in wing configurations. John-
                                   computer-based devices to        like to do is to use a real           son learned how to simulate
METRANS is dedicated to solving
metropolitan transportation
                                   sense what is happening          bridge, installing a sensing          the conditions in mathemati-
problems through research,         within the structure.            system on it. Hence, the soon-        cal algorithms.
education and outreach                                              to-be-demolished bridge                          (Continued on page 2)
Page 2                                                                                                                       METRANS NEWS
METRANS Research
N E W A P P L I E D R E S E A RC H A WA R D S A I M                             AT    “ M O N I TO R I N G           THE       P O RT S ”
METRANS recently funded                                                                                    extract specific features for
five new projects under its                                                                                development and rapid updat-
applied research program,                                                                                  ing of a METRANS Geographic
Monitoring the Ports. The                                                                                  Information System (GIS).
applied research program is
intended to attract more                                                                                   Hamid Rahai, Engineering;
CSULB faculty to transporta-                                                                               “Development of an Exposure
tion research, and to build an                                                                             Model for Diesel Locomotive
information base for goods                                                                                 Emissions near the Alameda
movement research being                                                                                    Corridor” (AR 05-03) - The
conducted at USC and                                                                                       objective of this study is to
CSULB.                                                                                                     measure carbon monoxide
                                                                                                           (CO), black carbon (BC) and
This year nine pre-proposals                                                                               particle concentrations due to
were received by January 28.                                                                               the passage of trains on the
Six of the faculty members                                                                                 Alameda Corridor through the
submitting pre-proposals           Logistics Specialist® Online.        times throughout the termi-        City of Long Beach. The data
were invited to submit com-        Thus, they were able to be-          nal; truck flow times from the     will be used for exposure con-
plete proposals. Five propos-      come acquainted with the             entry to exit; arrival patterns    trol options such as the instal-
als were ultimately deemed         language of logistics and            and the queue lengths out-         lation of appropriate filtration
acceptable by the METRANS          acquire an overview of goods         side the gates; and initial        systems, avoidance of build-
Executive Committee and            movement.                            queue lengths outside the          ing construction within a
awarded funds. All five pro-                                            entry gates.                       specified distance from the
jects will be conducted by         The newly funded projects                                               Corridor, and emissions con-
                                   are listed below:                    Christopher Lee, Geography;        trol strategy.
professors at California State
                                                                        “Feature Extraction from
University, Long Beach, and                                                                                Suzanne Wechsler, Geogra-
                                   Shui Lam, Engineering; “An           High Resolution Satellite Im-
day-to-day operation of the                                                                                phy; “Development of a LIDAR
                                   Accurate Monitoring of Truck         agery as an Input to the De-
overall program is the re-                                                                                 Derived Digital Elevation
                                   Waiting and Flow Times” (AR          velopment and Rapid Update
sponsibility of Tom O’Brien,                                                                               Model (DEM) as Input to a
                                   05-01) - Based on observa-           of a METRANS Geographic
Ph.D., METRANS Applied Re-                                                                                 METRANS Geographic Infor-
                                   tions obtained from a full-day       Information System
search Program Coordinator.                                                                                mation System (GIS)” (AR 05-
                                   of digital camera monitoring         (GIS)” (AR 05-02) - The pro-
In order to prepare for writing    of truck movements at a ma-          ject will use high-resolution      04) - The purpose of this pro-
the proposals, a number of         rine terminal, this project will     satellite imagery to demon-        ject is to obtain a high-
CSULB faculty participated in      produce data concerning              strate how to classify Port
two modules of the Global          distribution of truck wait           images, detect changes, and                       (Continued on page 4)



E R I K A . J O H N S O N , CONT.
(Continued from page 1)           dition, he is a recipient of a “I try to pick out some of the           Hong Kong and mainland
                                  National Science Foundation top students who would be                   China.
It was a fairly small step,       Faculty Early Career Award.    promising candidates for
then, from testing aircraft                                                                               His typical teaching involves
                                  Prior to joining the USC fac-  graduate studies—even for
wings to designing damage                                                                                 both undergraduate and gradu-
detection for bridges and         ulty in 1999, he had been a Ph.D. studies—and try to ex-                ate courses in Civil Engineer-
                                  Visiting Research Assistant    pose them to research.”
buildings.                                                                                                ing.
                                  Professor of Civil Engineering His USC student research
Johnson not only went to          at the University of Notre                                              Will Johnson’s semiactive de-
                                                                 team has included, Baris
college in Illinois, he grew      Dame.                                                                   vices be installed in bridges or
                                                                 Erkus, Allen Au, and Dr. Mo-
up in Chicago, the heart of                                                                               buildings in the near future?
the Midwest. While earth-         Re-creating his own intriguing hamed Elmasry, who as a new              He suggests that the conserva-
quakes are not common in          graduate school experience, Ph.D. recently returned to                  tism of the construction indus-
                                  Johnson always strives to      teach in his native Egypt.
Illinois, he was familiar with                                                                            try will make that very difficult
                                  involve his graduate stu-      Johnson particularly enjoys
structural damage caused                                                                                  but is optimistic that structures
by frequent tornadoes.            dents in his research. In ad- the multi-national, multi-ethnic          in the future will take advan-
                                  dition, he pulls in some tal-  character of the students at
                                                                                                          tage of these new technologies.
Johnson recently received         ented undergraduates.          USC.
tenure and a promotion to                                                                                 In the meantime, Erik Johnson
                                                                      Currently his students hail
Associate Professor. In ad-                                                                               is still looking for an old bridge.
                                                                      from Turkey, Korea, Thailand,
Volume 4, Issue 2                                                                                                              Page 3
METRANS Research
M E T R A N S T O H O S T 1 S T N AT I O NA L U R BA N F R E I G H T C O N F E R E N C E
METRANS will host a national “We are pleased to host such               erations, impact analysis;    Submit to National Urban
urban freight conference Feb- an important conference, the          •   Port operations, produc-      Freight Conference, giuli-
ruary 1-3, 2006, at the Westin first of its kind, in a location         tivity;                       ano@usc.edu.
Hotel in Long Beach, Califor-                                       •   Trucking, air, rail econom-
nia. This event will be the first                                       ics, productivity, labor      More information is available
to examine impacts of goods                                             issues;                       at (562) 296-1170 or at
movement and international                                          •   Local and regional envi-      www.metrans.org.
trade in metropolitan areas.                                            ronmental externalities:
Most freight research is fo-                                            congestion, air quality,                 Latest
cused on inter-regional goods                                           etc.;
movement. Surprisingly little                                       •   Policy and institutional               METRANS
is known about the contribu-                                            issues in urban goods
tion of goods movement to                                               movement;
                                               Photo by Ira Brown                                              Research
urban congestion, air quality,                                      •   Security/vulnerability of
or changing land use and                                                goods movement infra-
                                  that illustrates what the is-
travel patterns.
                                  sues are about,” said
                                                                        structure.                              Reports
With little understanding of      METRANS Director Genevieve        One-page abstracts are due
how the economics of trade        Giuliano. “The Westin Hotel       October 15. They should in-                 Available
activity are distributed across   overlooks the Port of Long        clude the purpose, method
metropolitan areas, tools for     Beach, so we can clearly see      and data, as well as expected                   At
modeling and forecasting          what is being discussed in the    results. A review panel com-
freight flows within regions      research.”                        prised of goods movement              www.metrans.org
are not well developed. The                                         research experts will make
nature of the goods move-         Researchers are invited to        selections for presentations.                 More
ment supply chain is poorly       submit papers on the follow-                                                Information:
                                  ing topics:                    Notice of acceptance will be
understood, and implications                                     available November 15, and
of the supply chain logic for     •   Models for transportation, completed papers are due                  (213) 821-1025
urban areas are unknown.              port, air, intermodal op-  December 15.


METRANS CONVENES “MOBILITY                                          IN THE    M E T RO P O L I S ” C O N F E R E N C E
Transportation policy makers,     tor of Planning and Modal         Southern California,” by Le       - “Robust Investment Deci-
faculty, public agency repre-     Operations. There were two        Dam Hanh, CE, USC.                sions for Highway Capacity
sentatives, sponsors, and         paper sessions.                   -“Wages and Working Condi-        Expansions,” by Fernando
students gathered at the USC      Session I, “Making the Most       tions of Port Truck Drivers,”     Ordonez, ISE, USC.
campus February 9 for             of our Resources,” was mod-       by Kristen Monaco, Econom-        - “Reducing Pollutants from
“Mobility in the Metropolis:      erated by Petros Ioannou, EE-     ics, CSULB.                       Mobile Sources,” by Hamid R.
Making the Most of What We        Systems, USC, and included        - “Freight Routing and Con-       Rahai, ME, CSULB.
Have,” the latest METRANS         the following presentations:      tainerization,” by Randolph       - “Bridge Structural Health
Annual Research Conference.       - “Evaluation of Highway Wid-     W. Hall, ISE, USC.                Monitoring,” by Erik Johnson,
It was held in conjunction        ening Plans,” Peter Gordon,       At the reception, poster dem-     CE, USC.
with the annual meeting of        SPPD, USC.                        onstrations showcased other       - “Investigating the Role of
the METRANS Advisory Com-          - “Improved Modeling of Net-     METRANS studies, including:       Driver Decisions and Styles In
mittee.                           work Transportation Flows,”       - “Increasing Bus Transit Rid-    Highway-Rail Crossing Acci-
The focus of the conference       by James E. Moore II, ISE,        ership: Dynamics of Density,      dents,” by Najmedin Mesh-
was on increasing the effi-       USC.                              Land Use, and Population          kati, Mansour Rahimi and
ciency and productivity of        - “Optimizing Cargo Move-         Growth,” by Tridib Banerjee,      Michael Driver, CE and ISE,
existing transportation sys-      ments,” by Anastasios Chassi-     Dowell Myers, and Clara           USC.
tems. Results from recent         akos, ME, CSULB.                  Irazabal, SPPD, USC.              Copies of the research pres-
METRANS research projects                                           - “SURE-SE (Sensors for Unex-     entations, as well as project
were showcased in a series of     Panel Session II, “More Effec-
                                  tive Utilization,” was moder-     pected Roadway Events)            descriptions and final reports
presentations and several                                           Simulation and Evaluation,”       for completed projects, may
poster demonstrations.            ated by Joseph Magaddino,
                                  Economics, CSULB, and fea-        by John Heidemann and             be accessed on the
Keynote speaker was Brian                                           Genevieve Giuliano, ISI and       METRANS website.
Smith, Caltrans Deputy Direc-     tured:
                                  - “Short Sea Shipping in          SPPD, USC.
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METRANS Research & Outreach
TRADE COMMUNITY SALUTES MARIANNE VENIERIS WITH STANLEY T. OLAFSON AWARD
Marianne Venieris, Deputy Director of METRANS and Execu-              various stakeholders can meet regarding common issues.
tive Director of the Center for International Trade & Transpor-       Sparked by her efforts, the first professional designation in
tation at CSU, Long Beach, received the 2005 Stanley T.               logistics was awarded to the educational program Global
Olafson Bronze Plaque Award during                                                         Logistics Specialist®, later followed by
the World Trade Week luncheon May                                                          the Global Logistics Employee program
19 sponsored by the Foreign Trade                                                          and the Master of Arts in Global Logis-
Association of Southern California.                                                        tics.
The award is considered the highest
salute from the trade group to the                                                           An audience of more than 300 execu-
local community.                                                                             tives applauded as Charlie Woo, Chair-
                                                                                             man of Megatoys, awarded the plaque
Ms. Venieris has worked tirelessly for                                                       to Ms. Venieris. Olafson spearheaded
years to improve the professionalism                                                         the celebration of World Trade Week
of the transportation industry and to                                                        as a member of the Los Angeles Cham-
provide a neutral forum in which the                                                         ber of Commerce in 1926.



P RO F E S S O R J I M M O O R E R E C E I V E S D O U B L E A WA R D S F O R S E RV I C E
Prof. James Moore II was re-       because it supported USC’s       spects the industry is no      As a resident faculty member
cently awarded the first-ever      commitment to affirmative        longer a ‘good old boys’ club, living in undergraduate resi-
Diversity Award by the Los                                          with more women in leader-     dence halls during 15 of the
Angeles Chapter of WTS                                              ship. Brains matter, and that’slast 16 years, Moore says he
(formerly Women’s Transpor-                                         gender neutral,” he notes.     tries “to make sure the Univer-
tation Seminar). He was also                                        The Academic Senate Distin- sity actually functions like the
the recipient of the USC Aca-                                       guished Faculty Award is given kind of place we describe to
demic Senate Distinguished                                          to recognize dedicated and     the students in the brochures
Faculty Service Award.                                              exemplary service to the fac- we give them.”
In saluting Moore, WTS recog-                                       ulty and the greater USC com- Moore is chairman of the
nized his longstanding efforts                                      munity.                        Daniel J. Epstein Department
to introduce his students, par-                                     In accepting the award, Moore of Industrial and Systems En-
ticularly women and interna-                                        acknowledged he could have gineering in the Viterbi School
tional students, to opportuni-                                      been knocked over “with a      of Engineering while he con-
ties and networks that WTS                                          feather!” He is too modest to tinues to direct the transporta-
affords.                                                            attribute the reason to any-   tion engineering Masters de-
Moore said, “I initially identi-                                    thing but luck, but his col-   gree. Moore is also one of the
                                   action.” He encourages stu-                                     founders of METRANS and still
fied WTS as an organization        dents to be active members.      leagues note that Moore is
supportive of my students,         “Clearly, there’s a more level   one of the school’s most hard- serves on the METRANS Ex-
but it had a double advantage                                       working academics.             ecutive Committee. He joined
                                   playing field, and in most re-                                  the USC faculty in 1988.

N E W A P P L I E D R E S E A RC H A WA R D S ,                      CONT.
(Continued from page 2)        would serve as inputs to so-         Ports of Los Angeles and Long       This research will conduct a
resolution, highly accurate    phisticated analyses that can        Beach, observed over a long         survey of communication
elevation data set of the port be used to monitor and model         period of time, is their com-       equipment users, to identify
complex using Light Detection goods movement and their              munications. While the devel-       each agency’s current and
and Ranging (LiDAR) technol- associated impacts.                    opment of radios and modern         near future needs.
ogy, extracting natural and                                         electronics improved and sim-       Abstracts of these projects
manmade surface features.      Henry Yeh, Engineering;              plified that effort on one level,   will soon be available on the
                               “Survey and Identify the             it also severely complicated it
The output, a refined Geo-                                                                              METRANS website. For more
                               Needs of Port Communica-             on yet another, i.e., interop-
graphic Information System                                                                              information, contact Tom
                               tion Equipment for Safety,           erability between past and
that incorporates the data                                                                              O’Brien, METRANS Applied
                               Security, and Interoperabil-         present products and be-
developed under this proposal                                                                           Research Program Coordina-
                               ity” (AR 05-05) - One of the         tween brands. It is worse dur-
with features extracted from                                                                            tor at (562) 296-1170.
                               most difficult problems of the       ing an emergency or crisis.
remotely sensed imagery,
Volume 4, Issue 2                                                                                                            Page 5
METRANS Outreach
C ROW D S P AC K T OW N H A L L A S I N D U S T RY E X A M I N E S P E A K S E A S O N
More than 1,000 people           logistics jobs if the region can-
crowded into the Carpenter       not handle the increased
Performing Arts Center at        cargo flows.
CSU, Long Beach, on March
                                 Industry experts again partici-
10 for the Seventh Annual
Town Hall, sponsored by          pated in a panel moderated by
METRANS and the Center           Richard Hollingsworth, Presi-
for International Trade &        dent of the Gateway Cities
Transportation. Ranging          Partnership, Inc. Their topic
from young longshore work-       was, “Solutions—What Will the
ers to senior shipping ex-       Industry Do So This Crisis Will
ecutives, the audience sat       Not Be Repeated in the Fu-
in rapt attention as experts     ture?”
discussed the paralysis of
last year’s “peak season” at     The panel included Dave Ar-
                                                                     Seventh Annual Town Hall panel listens to audience question
the two local ports.             ian, President, ILWU Local
                                 13 ; Steve Hennessey, Chief         den, President/CEO, Marine
                                                                     Termianls Corp; Staci            ening to be year-round vol-
                                                                     Heaton, Director of Environ-     umes. Even as terminals pre-
                                                                     mental Affairs, California       pare for around-the-clock op-
                                                                     Trucking Assoc.; George          eration, hoping to take the
                                                                     Fetty, Rail Consultant.          pressure off 8-to-5 workday
                                                                                                      traffic, speakers warned that
                                                                     Speakers called for a na-
                                                                                                      truckers do not want to work
                                                                     tional goods movement and
                                                                                                      nights. Signs of a trucker
                                                                     infrastructure policy to help
                                                                                                      shortage threaten plans for
                                                                     prioritize the competing self-
                                                                                                      24-hour terminal operation.
                                                                     interest of the various stake-
                                                                     holders in the transportation    While Long Beach and Los
                                                                     chain. But balancing is not      Angeles teetered on the brink
                                                                     easy. When the ILWU hired        of “meltdown” in Fall 2004,
Richard Hollingsworth addresses 7th Annual Town Hall                 thousands of workers for the     the fact remains they man-
                                                                     surging cargo, the resulting     aged to handle an increase of
                                 Operating Officer, Pacific Mari-    explosion in truck traffic an-   approximately 20% in volume
A brief, original video docu-    time Association; John Ficker,      gered local freeway drivers.     over 2003, and other West
mentary opened the eve-          President, National Industrial                                       Coast ports acted as relief
                                                                     Some noted that “peak sea-
ning, showing in dramatic        Transportation League, and                                           valves in absorbing overflow.
                                 Tom Harrold, Vice President &       son” may be an outdated
footage the miles-long line                                                                           Is this the transportation chain
                                 General Manager, L.A. Termi-        term, since the traditional
of ships waiting their turn at                                                                        in “crisis?” Or is it simply lo-
                                 nal, P&O Nedlloyd; Doug Til-        pre-Christmas Fall cargo vol-
the docks. The film was pro-                                                                          gistics working normally?
                                                                     umes seem now to be threat-
duced by CSULB’s
                                                                                                          In concluding the presenta-
Advanced Media
                                                                                                          tions, Genevieve Giuliano,
Production.
                                                                                                          Director of METRANS,
John Husing, Ph.D.,                                                                                       called for more coopera-
Economics & Poli-                                                                                         tion within the industry’s
tics, Inc., delivered
                                                                                                          various segments. She
a keynote speech:
“What the Logistics                                                                                       challenged the audience to
Industry Means for                                                                                        take leadership roles in
the Region.” An                                                                                           promoting collaboration
expert on economic                                                                                        between various industry
development and                                                                                           players, governments, and
local industry, Hus-    7TH Town Hall Presenters, from l: John Ficker, Staci Heaton, Marianne           communities affected by the
ing emphasized the      Venieris, George Fetty, Domenick Miretti, Genevieve Giuliano, Dave Arian,       river of commerce that flows
risk to good-paying     and Richard Hollingsworth.                                                      in the region.
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METRANS Education and Training
J E N N I F E R R U S S E L L R E C E I V E S N AT I O NA L W T S A WA R D
USC doctoral candidate Jennifer Russell was recently recog-         thanked USC Prof. James Moore II for introducing her to the
nized by WTS at the national level, receiving their highest aca-    WTS organization.
demic award at the WTS National Conference in Scottsdale,       As Russell contemplates her future in the transportation field,
Arizona.                                                        she is eager to make a
“It was such a wonderful honor and so humbling to be consid- contribution. “All ar-
ered as part of such an organization,” said Russell, whose own eas of transportation
route to the transportation industry has been somewhat un-      are open to women,”
usual.                                                          she said. “There are
Following graduation from West Point, she spent eight years in no limits.” Following
the Army as a transportation officer, including a stint in Ger- her Ph.D., she hopes
many. While in Europe, her job included shipping supplies to to work on transporta-
the United Nations troops in Kosovo. Her experience there       tion policy, either at
included every major transportation mode—from helicopters to the State or Federal
tanks and trucks, to rail and ships.                            level. “No matter how
                                                                technological we be-
Russell continues to be impressed with today’s dependence       come, our nation will still require goods, services and con-
on transportation, both as a vital part of our economy and an sumer activities that will rely on transportation.”
influence on our increasingly global society. On receiving the
WTS National Award, she noted that she considers “WTS a         Her own journey has taken on new dimensions as she nur-
source of support, nurturing, mentoring and inspiration.” She tures newborn son Monty in Leavenworth, Kansas, where her
                                                                husband, Mark, is on active duty with the military.


U S C T R A N S P O RTAT I O N S T U D E N T S A T T E N D U C TC C O N F E R E N C E
Transportation students at USC joined their peers at the 11th search on “Los Angeles Regional Spatial Structure Analysis.”
Annual University of California Transportation Center (UCTC)      Dr. Genevieve Giuliano, Director of METRANS and Professor in
Conference in February at the Atrium Hotel in Irvine, California. USC’s School of Policy, Planning and Development, presided
                                                                  over the afternoon graduate student research session.
The event was hosted by the Institute of Transportation Stud-
ies at the University of California, Irvine. The student confer-  Two informal sessions were dedicated to poster presentations,
ence is sponsored by UCTC. The conference provides a forum during which students answered questions about their con-
for student research projects. This year’s theme was “Signs       tinuing research. USC graduate students offered their own
Ahead: Emerging Themes in Transportation Research.”               posters, including transportation planning students Paul
This year’s conference was co-sponsored by METRANS, Cali-         Dell’Aquila and Sara Hayden. During the session, they pre-
fornia Division of Research and Innovation, UC Irvine Gradu-      sented an update on their research with Dr. Gen Giuliano on
ate Program in Transportation Science, UC Irvine Center for       truck waiting times at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long
Urban Infrastructure, and UC Irvine Institute of Transportation Beach after the implementation of A..B. 2650, which was in-
Studies.                                                          tended to reduce congestion at the ports. Their research
                                                                  team collected data and conducted interviews over the past
Approximately a dozen USC students represented METRANS. year and is currently in the process of writing a final report.

A highlight of the conference was graduate student presenta-        Other USC students who participated include:
tions of their research, including topics ranging from technol-             • Alison Linder, first year Ph.D., Urban Planning;
ogy and mobility to spatial and economic analysis.                           •    Mengzhao Hu, Master of Planning student;
USC Doctoral student Luca Quadrifoglio introduced his data on                •    Xi Wang, Ph.D. student, Computer Sciences;
“Mobility Allowance Shuttle Transit (MAST) Services: Descrip-
tion, Formulation Heuristic and Viability.” Ajay Agarwal, Chen Li            •    Lauren Siniawer, Master of Planning student;
and Duan Zhuang, also USC doctoral students, presented re-                   •    Elif Karsi, Ph.D. candidate, Urban Planning.


E N O T R A N S P O RTAT I O N A WA R D G O E S                         TO       USC ’S K ENNETH HUSTING
Kenneth Husting, USC student     ington, D.C., by the Eno Trans-    At the five-day conference in      development and implemen-
in the Masters of Public Ad-     portation Foundation. The          May, Husting and the other         tation of transportation policy.
ministration program, has        highly competitive award is        participants met with top-level    The Eno Transportation Foun-
been awarded an invitation to    given to only 20 students          administration and congres-        dation was founded in 1921
attend the Leadership Devel-     throughout the entire United       sional officials responsible for   by William P. Eno to improve
opment Conference in Wash-       States.                                                               traffic control and safety.
Volume 4, Issue 2                                                                                                        Page 7


M E T R A N S E X E C U T IV E C O M M I T T E E
Genevieve Giuliano, Director
Professor, School of Policy, Planning, & Development, USC       Petros Ioannou, Professor, Electrical Engineering, USC

Marianne Venieris, Deputy Director                              Joseph Magaddino, Chairman, Department of Economics,
Executive Director, Center for International Trade &            CSULB
Transportation, CSULB
                                                                Michael Mahoney, Dean, College of Engineering, CSULB
Anastasios G. Chassiakos, Associate Dean, Research and
Administration, College of Engineering, CSULB                   James E. Moore, II, Chairman, Industrial & Systems
                                                                Engineering; Professor, Civil Engineering and Public Policy &
Randolph Hall, Sr. Associate Dean, School of Engineering;
                                                                Management, USC
Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering, USC

M E T R A N S F AC U LT Y                                       University of Southern California:
METRANS has funded 45 faculty at USC and CSULB who are          Tridib Banrjee          Policy, Planning, & Development
now members of the METRANS Center. Consistent with              Satish Bukkapatnam      Industrial & Systems Engineering
METRANS’ interdisciplinary theme, the faculty come from six     Maged Dessouky          Industrial & Systems Engineering
branches of engineering (aerospace, civil, computer, electri-   Michael Driver          Business Administration
cal, mechanical and industrial & systems), as well as busi-     Genevieve Giuliano      Policy, Planning, & Development
ness, economics, geography, information sciences, public        Peter Gordon            Policy, Planning, & Development
policy, planning and public administration. These faculty       Randolph Hall           Industrial & Systems Engineering
serve as principal investigators on METRANS-funded projects.    Le Dam Hanh             Civil Engineering
They also come together periodically to share insights          John Heideman           Information Sciences Institute
through coordination meetings and conferences.                  Petros Ioannou          Electrical Engineering Systems
                                                                Clara Irazabel          Policy, Planning, & Development
California State University, Long Beach:                        Erik Johnson            Civil Engineering
Anastasios Chassiakos Electrical Engineering                    Behrokh Khoshnevis      Industrial & Systems Engineering
Lisa Grobar              Economics                              John Kuprenas           Civil Engineering
Karl H. Grote            Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering      Naj Meshkati            Civil Engineering
Mohammed Forouzesh Health Sciences                              James E. Moore II       ISE, CE and PPM
Robert Friis             Health Sciences                        Dowell Myers            Policy, Planning, & Development
Ken James                Electrical Engineering                 Fernado Ordonez         Industrial & Systems Engineering
Tim Jordanides           Electrical Engineering                 Kurt Palmer             Industrial & Systems Engineering
Shui Lam                 Computer Engineering                   Mansour Rahimi          Industrial & Systems Engineering
Christopher Lee          Geography                              Christian Redfearn      Policy, Planning, & Development
Joseph Magaddino         Economics                              Harry Richardson        Policy, Planning, & Development
Kristen Monaco           Economics                              Paul Ronney             Mechanical Engineering
Emily Parentela          Civil Engineering                      Maria I. Todorovska     Civil Engineering
Hamid Rahai              Mechanical Engineering                 Mihailo D. Trifunac     Civil Engineering
Jalal Torabzadeh         Mechanical Engineering                 Niraj Verma             Policy, Planning & Development
Suzanne Wechsler         Geography                              Chris Williamson        Geography
Henry Yeh                Electrical Engineering                 Hung Leung Wong         Civil Engineering

M E T R A N S S TA F F                                           METRANS WEBSITE
T. O’Brien, Applied Research Program Coordinator, CSULB
         (tobrien@csulb.edu)                                     Information on transportation research, publications, educa-
J. Givens, Administrator, USC (jacquett@usc.edu)                 tion, training and technology transfer is currently available on
A. Traver, Coordinator, CSULB (atraver@uces.csulb.edu)           the METRANS website: www.metrans.org. The website also
G. Raitz, Webmaster, CSULB (gdraitz@csulb.edu)                   has a faculty directory, news and links to other relevant sites
M E T R AN S N E W S E D I T OR                                  as well as information on USC and CSULB transportation edu-
                                                                 cation programs.
Mary E. Barton, Ph.D. (mebarton@aol.com)
                                              Dear Reader:
                                              As we issue this newsletter, USC and CSULB have completed
School of Policy, Planning, & Development     another academic year, and METRANS has completed its seventh
University of Southern California             year. Our Center continues to grow, with more faculty conducting
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall 238                transportation research, more students being trained for
Los Angeles, California 90089-0626
                                              professional jobs in private industry and public agencies, and
Phone: 213-821-1025 Fax: 213-740-0001         more outreach to the transportation community. In this issue you
Email: giuliano@usc.edu
                                              will read about some of the recent awards received by faculty,
CSULB Phone: 562-296-1170 Fax: 562-296-1171   staff and students; new projects funded under our applied
Email: mvenieris@uces.csulb.edu               research program; and recent outreach events.

                                              We are especially excited about our National Urban Freight
                                              Conference, to be held February 1–3 in Long Beach. This is a
                                              first-of-its-kind conference, focusing on metropolitan freight
                                              issues. We are soliciting papers from scholars throughout the U.S.
                                              on any aspect of urban freight, from modeling and data to
                                              environmental impacts. Please see our website for more
                                   CSULB
                                              information.

  W E’ RE ON THE W EB                                                Genevieve Giuliano
                                                                     Director, METRANS Transportation Center
  W W W . M E T R A N S . O RG


METRANS Transportation Center
School of Policy, Planning, and Development
University of Southern California
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall 238
Los Angeles, California 90089-0626

				
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