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Cao Honored for Outstanding Dissertation

Xinyu (Jason) Cao recently received the Charley V. Wootan Memorial Award from the Council of University Transportation Centers. Cao is an associate research fellow with the Small Urban & Rural Transit Center, a part of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute.

The national award recognizes a student in transportation for an outstanding Ph.D. dissertation in policy and planning. Before joining SURTC in July, Cao completed his Ph.D. in civil engineering with an emphasis on transportation planning at the University of California-Davis. In addition, he has received a University of California Transportation Center Dissertation Fellowship. His dissertation, "The Causal Relationship Between the Built Environment and Personal Travel Choice: Evidence from Northern California," examines the causes behind travel choices made by individuals living in areas with various land-use characteristics.

Cao received the award at the annual Council of University Transportation Centers Awards Banquet in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Jan. 20. The honor also includes a $2,000 cash award. The banquet was held during the national meeting of the Transportation Research Board.

At NDSU, Cao is investigating transit-oriented development and solutions in small urban and rural transit.

Published in NDSU's staff newsletter
It's Happening at State
Jan. 24, 2007

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