By Nicole Capozziello
Published February 25, 2019
University at Buffalo faculty, staff and students from civil, industrial and computer science and engineering had a strong presence at the Transportation Research Board’s 98th Annual Meeting.
Over 13,000 transportation and bridge engineers, researchers, and professionals traveled to Washington, D.C. to share findings, meet other researchers and learn about transportation and bridge engineering trends around the world.
A highlight of the meeting was the University at Buffalo reception, which was held on January 15 to showcase current research and reconnect with alumni and colleagues in the transportation field.
Nearly 200 people attended the reception, which was jointly hosted by the directors of three UB transportation-related institutes: Andrew Whittaker, Director of the Institute of Bridge Engineering (IBE), Panos Anastasopoulos, Director of the Stephen Still Institute for Transportation and Logistics, and Adel Sadek, Director of the Transportation Informatics University Transportation Center.
“It was great to interact with the professors one-on-one,” said Dan D’Angelo, a principal civil engineer at Applied Research Associates, Inc. and civil engineering alumnus (’83).
“Part of the benefit of attending an event like TRB is to develop and maintain relationships,” D’Angelo added. “We teamed with UB on three projects recently, in part because of opportunities to interact and learn about others’ research at TRB.”
Outside of connecting with members of the UB community at the reception, students were able to collaborate and learn from others within their research areas.
“I had the opportunity to meet and interact with people who are solving many different transportation problems,” says Sarvani Sonduru Pantangi. “Consultants and researchers from around the world were interested in our research on the application of advanced statistical methods in transportation problems.”
“My research is in a somewhat unique area – I examine maintenance data from U.S. railway tracks using machine learning and advance data analytical methods,” said Faeze Ghofrani. “I was surprised to find a TRB committee focused on maintenance in railway transportation, and they seemed happy to see new researchers and young professionals coming into the area. I was able to talk to the chair of the committee and made some important connections.”
Both Sonduru Pantangi and Ghofrani are PhD students in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering.
The work of over 20 researchers from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences was showcased at this year’s meeting. A complete list is as follows (names of faculty members are shown in bold):
UB was a Bronze level sponsor of this year’s meeting, which was held on January 13–17, 2019.