Go East, ITS-Davis Researchers!

By Staff (December 21, 2017)

When the 97th meeting of the Transportation Research Board convenes in Washington, D.C. from January 7-11, 2018, ITS-Davis will be highly visible—in the program sessions and at the annual gala reception hosted by the Institute.

Approximately 50 ITS Davis representatives—academic and research faculty and including students from the Transportation and Technology Policy graduate program—will participate in the conference as presiders and presenters. Faculty will preside over TRB committee and subcommittee meetings, and faculty and students will present their research findings at the meeting’s workshops, lectern sessions, and poster sessions. For a complete list of ITS-Davis presenters/presiders and the sessions in which they’re participating, click here.

A long-standing tradition at TRB is the reception hosted by ITS-Davis. This year it is on a new night—Monday. No RSVP is required to join UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies faculty, students, alumni, and friends at this popular event. Featuring light refreshments, the celebration of a new year of innovation in sustainable transportation will be held on Monday, January 8 at 8 p.m. at Ballroom A of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW.

Another event occurring during the conference week is a Capitol Hill Research Briefing on Monday, Jan. 8 at 12 p.m. with the theme, “Driverless, Shared, Electric: The Three Transportation Revolutions. The briefing at the Rayburn House Office Building is sponsored by the National Center for Sustainable Transportation, and co-sponsored by the UC Davis Policy Institute and ITS-Davis. An RSVP is required to attend the briefing. Email: 3rev@ucdavis.edu

During TRB Week: Why UC Davis? Talk to our Professors, Grad Students & Alumni

With so many faculty, students and alumni assembled in D.C. for TRB, it’s an excellent opportunity to find out firsthand about the renowned Transportation Technology and Policy (TTP) Graduate Group program, hosted by ITS-Davis, as well as transportation research position opportunities that are available at UC Davis.

TTP offers M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs that prepare students to play decisive roles in creating a sustainable transportation future. Professor Susan Handy, TTP’s faculty director, will be in D.C. for the TRB meeting, as will Dr. Gil Tal, TTP’s graduate advisor for recruitment and admissions.  Other faculty and students and alumni at the TRB meeting can provide their unique insights and experiences about transportation study and research at UC Davis. (You may also contact ITS-Davis Graduate Program Coordinator Annemarie Schaaf, at aschaaf@ucdavis.edu).

Additionally, graduate student and postdoctoral research positions are available at UC Davis at the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis) in the field of sustainable transportation vehicles and fuels, shared and electrified mobility. These new positions are made possible because of two major awards: designation as a National Center for Sustainable Transportation (by the U.S. Department of Transportation) and substantial funding from the State of California.  Positions also may involve working with the Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways Program (STEPS), involving modeling and analysis of vehicle and fuel pathways to 2030 and beyond in a California, U.S. and global context. For general inquiries about grad and postdoctoral research positions, contact Gil Tal at gtal@ucdavis.edu.

If interested especially in shared and automated mobility research (3rev.ucdavis.edu), send a note of interest (with qualifications and statement of interest) to Professor Dan Sperling at dsperling@ucdavis.edu.

If interested in research related to electric vehicle adoption (phev.ucdavis.edu), send a note of interest (with qualifications and statement of interest) to Plug-In Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Manager, Dahlia Garas at dmgaras@ucdavis.edu.

(This article was originally posted online at the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies)

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