Fox 5 Atlanta wondered if the ramp meters common on the city's interstate on-ramps actually make a difference in traffic, so they asked the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Angshuman Guin.
Fifth-year doctoral student Chieh “Ross” Wang spent part of January getting a behind-the-scenes look at the transportation industry in Washington D.C. as a 2015 International Road Federation fellow. Then his classmates elected him their president.
Meg Pirkle takes over as the Georgia Department of Transportation’s chief engineer January 1, the agency’s commissioner announced Dec. 11. Pirkle, M.S. 1996, is the first woman to serve in the position.
State Sen. Steve Gooch says Georgia’s facing a billion-dollar transportation problem in the coming years. He would know: Gooch (R-Dahlonega) is one of the co-chairmen of the Georgia General Assembly’s Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding. Speaking to a group in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Nov. 13, Gooch said the state relies too heavily on federal dollars to pay for transportation needs, so his committee is considering its options.
Doctoral student Simon Berrebi collected more financial support Nov. 6 for his idea to improve how buses run their routes. The latest, the Wayne Shackelford Scholarship, comes from the Intelligent Transportation Society of Georgia.
Joy in traveling. Hard to imagine being joyful as you look at a stream of taillights ahead of you during your evening commute. But the idea of travel being less utilitarian and more pleasurable was one of the key themes of Professor Patricia Mokhtarian’s Martin Wachs Lecture last week at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Imagine sharing the highway with cars driven by computers rather than people. Google is rather famously experimenting with such self-driving vehicles. And a Georgia General Assembly study committee is weighing the issues around allowing these driverless cars on the state’s roads. The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Michael Hunter has served as an expert witness for the committee and outlined some of the issues in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution guest column Oct. 7.
Ram Pendyala joined the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering this semester as the new Frederick R. Dickerson Chair in Transportation Systems. Pendyala, a widely recognized expert in next-generation tools for transportation planning, comes east from the Phoenix area, where he was a professor at Arizona State University.
A Georgia House of Representatives committee is studying what hurdles the state would face if it allowed driverless cars on roadways. Associate Professor Michael Hunter was a key witness at a hearing last week, outlining some of the engineering and traffic problems that will have to be solved if lawmakers decide to allow the autonomous vehicles.