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UGPTI Staff and Students Participate at Transportation Research Forum

Posted: Apr 9, 2008

Several Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute students and staff members participated in the Transportation Research Forum's Annual Forum March 17-19 in Fort Worth, TX.

Meera Singh, a student in the transportation and logistics Ph.D. program, presented her paper, "Statistical Model for Mitigation of Crashes in Large Trucks."

Dave Ripplinger, UGPTI associate research fellow, moderated a panel on research and innovation in the transit industry.

Gary Hegland, UGPTI associate research fellow, presented information on alternative risk financing for transit organizations in a session on innovation in funding and pricing strategies. He also moderated a panel on risk management in small urban and rural transit systems. Carol Wright, also a UGPTI associate research fellow, participated in the panel.

Del Peterson, UGPTI associate research fellow, participated in a panel discussion on alternative fuel use in transit vehicles. He also presented a paper, "Advanced Small Transit Vehicle Technology Study."

Carol Wright also moderated and participated in a panel discussion on public transit and mobility. She also moderated a panel on advanced transit technologies and design principals. Dave Ripplinger also presented information during that panel on defining the terms "small urban" and "rural" in the context of transit.

The Transportation Research Forum is an independent organization of transportation professionals. It provides an impartial forum for the exchange of ideas among carriers, shippers, government officials, consultants, university researchers, suppliers and others related to both passenger and freight transportation. The Annual Forum draws nearly 150 practitioners, researchers, and government officials who share and discuss transportation-related research and issues. The UGPTI is the administrative home of the Transportation Research Forum and the publisher of its journal.

Student Honored at TRF

Civil engineering graduate student Amy Hardy received the Transportation Research Forum Foundation Scholarship Award at the TRF Annual Forum in Fort Worth, TX, March 17-19. Hardy was selected based on her understanding and interest in capacity management and corridor planning, the themes of the 2008 Forum.

Hardy is in her second semester of graduate school at NDSU pursuing a master's degree in civil engineering. As an undergraduate, Hardy was an intern with the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's Department of Transportation Support Center. She has also been active in the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers and Engineers Without Borders.

Chi Receives Paper Honors at TRF

Junwook Chi, a Ph.D. student in transportation and logistics, received the Transportation Research Forum's Graduate Paper Award at the organization's Annual Forum in Fort Worth, TX, March 17-19. Chi's paper is titled "Econometric Analysis of Demand for U.S. Air-Passenger Service."

Chi's research interests include economic characteristics of the airline industry and strategic freight analysis. Chi has worked on studies at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, including a study on airfare differences between small and metropolitan areas and a study on the evaluation of the viability of intermodal facilities.

Chi holds a B.S. in forest resources from Kon-kuk University in South Korea and an M.S. in agricultural economics and business from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

Published in NDSU's staff newsletter
It's Happening at State
Apr. 9, 2008

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