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Current Graduate Students

Max Bernhardt, MS Student

Max Bernhardt is in his first year of a Masters in Community and Regional Planning. After receiving his BA in Government from UT Austin in 2018, Max worked in renewable energy before returning to graduate school, focusing on sustainability in transportation and housing. He is working with Dr. Kockelman on a Pedestrian Crash Fatality Analysis for TxDOT, to identify factors that lead to pedestrian crashes as well as countermeasures to reduce pedestrian fatalities through design, planning and other improvements.



Yantao Huang, PhD Student

Yantao Haung received his BS degree in transportation engineering from China's Central South University (CSU) in 2012, and his Master's degree in transportation engineering from Imperial College London. He then spent one year as a research assistant at Southeast University in Nanjing, China. He started pursuing his PhD at UT in January 2017, and is very interested in shared autonomous vehicles (SAVs), network simulations, and intelligent transportation systems (ITS). He has contributed to travel behavior modeling and analysis research under a TxDOT-sponsored research project on the topic of smart transport systems for Texas, NSF-sponsored work on sustainable transportation systems, and Argonne National Lab work on SAVs for first-mile last-mile services to rail lines.



Jooyong Lee, PhD Student

Jooyong Lee received his BS and MS degree in transportation engineering from Chung-Ang University, South Korea in 2014 and 2016, respectively. After receiving his master's degree, he worked as a research associate at the university's Transportation Engineering Lab. He began his doctoral studies at UT Austin in August 2017, and is interested in Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs), traffic modeling and simulations. He has worked on CAVs' emissions and energy impacts under different technology, pricing, and adoption scenarios; and is now studying smart evacuation of the Texas coast using SAVs, in the event of hurricanes and other disasters.



Christian Hunter, MS Student

Christian Hunter was born and raised in Austin, TX. He received his BS in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University, where as an undergraduate research assistant he worked on a UDOT project modeling a wheelchair-accessible TNC service in the Salt Lake area. After BYU, Christian returned to Austin to pursue his master's degree at UT. He is currently researching shared autonomous vehicles (SAVs) and curb use designations in the Austin area for GM Cruise.



Matt Dean, MS Student

Matt Dean received his B.S. in Civil Engineering and minor in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia in May 2019 and joined Dr. Kockelman's team upon entering the program in August 2019. Matt became interested in a research career after working as an undergrad RA in seemingly every area of transportation (innovative concretes, crash analysis, public transit agency perceptions of TNCs and AVs, virtual reality testing for non-motorized modes). He is on track to receive his M.S.E. in Civil Engineering in December 2020 with his thesis focusing on strategic charging strategies and non-uniformity of shared autonomous electric vehicle (SAEV) fleets. His area of interest at UT Austin is in travel demand modeling and forecasting impacts of shared autonomous electric vehicles with an emphasis on integrating energy perspectives in transportation systems. Matt has his EIT and is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) Fellow.



Kai Huang, Post-doctorate Research Fellow

Kai Huang received his PhD degree in Transportation Engineering at Monash University, Australia in 2020. He holds double master degrees at Monash University and Southeast University, China. His research interests are network planning and operation strategies design for shared mobilities. It focuses on advanced mathematical optimization techniques to solve difficult transportation problems. At UT Austin, He has contributed to anticipating and modelling the impacts of various technological and other changes on travel choices and traffic conditions under an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Project.



Jason Hawkins, Post-doctorate Research Fellow

Jason Hawkins received his B.Sc. degree in civil engineering at the University of Calgary with a specialization in energy policy in 2014. He received his M.Sc. degree in transportation engineering in 2016. During his time in Calgary, he worked in both government and industry on summer placements and internships. He will complete his Ph.D. degree in transportation engineering at the University of Toronto this coming spring. His thesis examines how household time use and expenditures affect where people choose to live. Jason’s research interests span transportation, land use, and climate change. He is excited to join the group as a postdoctoral fellow.



Samantha Lee, MS Student

Samantha Lee is a first-year master’s student in the Sustainable Systems Engineering program with an interest in transportation systems. She grew up in Connecticut where she later graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BS in Civil Engineering in 2020. Before starting at UT in the fall of 2020, Samantha worked as a laboratory technician at the Connecticut Advanced Pavement lab contributing to asphalt materials research and pavement preservation projects. She joined Dr. Kockelman’s team in 2021 and is researching the implications of autonomous vehicles (AV’s) and how long-distance AV trips will influence various national transportation trends including traffic, vehicle emissions, freight travel and mode choice.



Natalia Zuniga-Garcia, Post-doctorate Research Fellow

Natalia Zuniga-Garcia earned her Ph.D. in civil engineering (transportation engineering) degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 2020. She received her B.Sc. from the University of Costa Rica, where she served as an interim professor and researcher before joining UT Austin in 2015. She completed an M.Sc. in civil engineering in 2017 and an M.Sc. in statistics in 2018. Dr. She is interested in data analytics and machine learning applications in transportation, and her expertise areas include public transportation systems and emerging mobility services. Besides her academic work, she is involved in service and mentoring activities that promote transportation engineering to new generations. She has received 10+ competitive scholarships and awards for research, teaching, and leadership excellence.



Undergraduate Students:

Many undergraduate students have worked & are working on research projects under Dr. Kockelman's supervision.  These include Jugal Amodwala, Albert Coleman, Caroline Leonard, James Lentz, Devin Wilkins, Jeffrey Hahm, Mike Hernandez, Tejas Choudhary, Ruohan Li, Lewis Clements, Aqshems Nichols, Scott Schauer-West, Kevin Pappas, Zelleny Lozano, Brad Caponigro, Matt Reiter, Rydell Walthall, Brice Nichols, Jonathan Lumang, Jay Chmilewski, Amy Neskar, Joy Chen, Anne Hulsey, Andrea Debee, Charlotte Whitehead, Matt Bomberg, Melissa Thompson, Robin Lynch, Kristin Donnelly, Travis Dunn, Mike Reyes, Iris Lin, Alexander Marks, Curtis Bouldin, Renee Pean, Daisy Esquivel, Jeff Easton, Victor Long, Atul Magoon, and Sze Ki (Silky) Wong.

Maizy Jeong, BS Student

Maizy Jeong is a second-year undergraduate student at UT Austin. She is studying Environmental Science and hopes to graduate in May 2023. She was born and raised in Northern California and joined Dr. Kockelman's team as an administrative assistant in January 2020. During the school year, she also enjoys being a Radio DJ at the university's radio station. She is intersted in all aspects of environmental science, and will be declaring a track in the fall.



Dorcas Olaoye, BS Student

Dorcas Olaoye is a junior at UT Austin, studying Civil Engineering. She joined Dr. Kockelman's team as an undergraduate assistant working on an Austin Parking database for the team's POLARIS simulations. She was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to Houston, Texas at the age of 7 years old. When she's not being an engineer, working with the Women in Engineering Program, and being an advisor in the National Society of Black Engineers, she enjoys napping... a lot, reading and painting.



Past Graduate Students (& Post-doctoral fellows) - and their new coordinates...

Mr. Louis Alcorn

MS Civil Engineering, 2020
Engineer, MSP, Portland, OR

Mr. Prateek Bansal

MS Civil Engineering
PhD at Cornell
Professor, National University of Singapore

Ms. Michelle Bina

MS Civil Engineering, 2005
Cambrdige Systematics, Oakland, CA 94607

Dr. Donna Chen

PhD Civil Engineering, 2015
Assistant Professor of CE, University of Virginia

Ms. Patricia Delgado

MS Civil Engineering, 2004

Dr. Dan Fagnant

MS & PhD Civil Engineering, 2011 & 2014
Senior Artificial Intelligence Computer Scientist at General Motors
Formerly Assstant Professor of CE at University of Utah

Mr. Christopher Frazier

MS Civil Engineering, 2004
PB Consult (Planner II), Alberquerque, NM 87109

Mr. Shashank Chowdary Gadda

MS Civil Engineering, 2006
Credit policy/Risk Analyist
HSBC Card Services, Salinas, CA

Ms. Surabhi Gupta

MS Civil Engineering, 2005
PB, San Francisco

Dr. Krishna Murthy Gurumurthy

PhD Transportation Engineering, 2021
Argonne National Lab, IL

Ms. Shadi Hakimi

MS Civil Engineering, 2005
URS Greiner, Austin TX

Mr. Jared Heiner

MS Civil Engineering, 2003
HNTB, Austin, TX

Ms. Ling Jin

MS Civil Engineering, 2003
Hexagon Transportation Consultant, San Jose, CA

Mr. Siva Karthik Kakaraparthi

MS Civil Engineering, 2009
HSBC Bank, Chicago, IL

Mr. Mobashwir (Moby) Khan

MS Civil Engineering, 2012
Cambrdige Systematics, Oakland, CA

Mr. Sriram Krishnamurthy

MS Civil Engineering, 2003
Tiger Analytics, Chennai, India

Mr. Saurabh Kumar

MS Civil Engineering, 2007
Cambridge Systematics, Austin, TX

Mr. Sukumar Kalmanje

MS Civil Engineering (& MPA), 2005
KPMG, San Francisco, CA

Dr. Young-Jun Kweon

PhD Civil Engineering, 2004
USDOT's NHTSA's Office of Regulatory Analysis & Evaluation (ORAE)

Dr. Jason Lemp

PhD Civil Engineering, 2009
Cambrdige Systematics, Austin, TX

Dr. Jun Liu

Post-doctoral Fellow, 2016-2017
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

Mr. Ben Loeb

MS Civil Engineering, 2016
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Comission (MPO), Philadelphia, PN

Dr. Jianming Ma

PhD Civil Engineering, 2006
Texas Department of Transportation, Austin, TX

Mr. Haonan Yan

MS Civil Engineering, 2019
Province of Jiangaxi Department of Transportation. Jiangxi, China

Ms. Laura McWethy

MS Civil Engineering, 2006
Cambrdige Systematics, Inc., Bethesda, MD 20814

Mr. Sashank Musti

MS Civil Engineering, 2010
Cambrdige Systematics, Inc., Oakland, CA

Mr. Brice Nichols

MS Civil Engineering, 2013
Portland Sound Regional Council (PRSC), Seattle, WA

Mr. Adam Nodjomian

MS Civil Engineering, 2018
Alliance Transportation Group, Austin, TX

Mr. Binny Paul

MS Civil Engineering, 2011
PB, New York City, NY

Ms. Kathe Podgorski

MS Civil Engineering, 2005
PBS&J, Austin, TX

Mr. Neil Quarles

MS Civil Engineering, 2017
City of Austin Transportation Department, Austin, TX

Mr. Anant Pradhan

MS Civil Engineering, 2002
Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
University of Chicago Business School
Deceased, January 2007 (We Miss you, Anant!!)

Ms. Jamie Reckinger

MS Civil Engineering, 2005
Kimley-Horn and Associates, Austin, TX

Ms. Natalia Ruiz-Juri

MS Civil Engineering, 2004
The University of Texas at Austin, PhD Candidate
ECJ 6.508

Mr. Brent Selby

MS Civil Engineering, 2011
Cambridge Systematics, Chicago, IL

Mr. Raheel Shabih

MS Civil Engineering, 1999
Port Authority of New York-New Jersey

Mr. Brian ten Siethoff

MS Civil Engineering, 2001
Cambridge Systematics, Inc., New York, NY

Dr. Sivaramakrishnan Srinivasan

MS Civil Engineering, 2000 (PhD, 2004)
Assistant Professor, The University of Florida, Gainsville

Dr. Issam Srour

MS Civil Engineering, 2002
PhD in Construction Engineering & Project Mgmt., 2005
Assistant Professor, Engineering Management Graduate Program, The American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Ms. Sumala Tirumalachetty

MS Civil Engineering, 2009
Centre for Emerging Markets Solutions
Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India

Dr. Cara (Xiaokun) Wang

PhD Civil Engineering, 2007
Assistant Professor
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NY

Dr. Yiyi Wang

PhD Civil Engineering, 2013
Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University (SFSU)

Ms. Tyler Wellik

MS Civil Engineering, 2019
Engineer at General Motors, Austin, TX

Ms. Xiaoxia Xiong

MS Civil Engineering, 2012
Teaching Assistant, School of Transportation, Ningbo University of Technology, China

Dr. Yong Zhao

PhD Civil Engineering, 2003
Sr. Transportation Planner, Jacobs Engineering, Austin, TX

Dr. Brenda (Bin) Zhou

PhD Civil Engineering, 2009
Assistant Professor, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT


Scott Kilgore, Yawei He, Yantao Huang and Murthy Krishnamurthy at TRB 2017
Back row, left to right: Jason Lemp, Shashank Gadda, Brenda Zhou, Laura Mcwehty, and Zheng Li.
Front row, left to right: Annette Perrone (admin. assoc.), Stephen Boyles, Tian Huang and Jianming Ma
Cara Wang
Racquetball tournament at Gregory Gym
Flag Football Champs with Xiaokun Du and Xiaoxia Xiong (Nov. 2010)
Kara Kockelman and graduate students enjoying a socially-distanced taco fest at Eastwoods Park
Kara Kockelman and Dr. Jun Liu at TRB 2017
Jun Kweon, Issam Sour, Ling Jin, Yong Zhao, and Kara Kockelman (2000)
Jianming Ma
Peter Pan miniature golf outing
Standing, left to right: Brent Selby, Binny Paul, Sashank Musti, Jason Lemp, and Dan Fagnant. Seated, left to right: Yiyi Wang, Kara Kockelman, and Sumala Tirumalachetty
Kara Kockelman, Sukumar Kalmanje, Steve Rosen, Jianming Ma
Yiyi Wang and son Aaron
Enjoying Mangia's pizza at Peter Pan minigolf
Donna Chen, Jian Xu, Kara Kockelman, and Brice Nichols at UT's Underground Bowling Alley (Nov. 2012)
Dan Fagnant and Kara Kockelman on UT Breezeway for Daily Texan Article on shared autonomous vehicles (April 2014)
Standing, left to right: Surabhi Gupta, David Suescun, Shashank Gadda, Pradeep Gulipalli, Jianming Ma, Xiaokun Wang, Michelle Bina, Brenda Zhoue, Sukumar Kalmanje, and Jamie Reckinger. Seated, left to right: Shadi Hakimi, Jun Kweon, Kara Kockelman, Kaethe Podgorski (2005)
Binny Paul, Moby Khan, Shoupeng Tang, Tim Dietrich, and Dan Fagnant chowing down at Double Dave's Pizza
Xiaoxia Xiong, Yiyi Wang, Kara Kockelman, Aria Berliner, Donna Chen (seated), and Dan Fagnant (2012)
Saurabh Kumar, Rui Gao, Jason Lemp, Takuya Maruyama, Brenda Zhou, Father of Xiaokun Wang, Zheng Li, Mother of Xiaokun Wang, Xiaokun Wang, Kara Kockelman, Natalia Ruiz-Juri, Steve Boyles, Jared Heiner, Varun Valsaraj, Shadi Hakimi (May 2007) (photo includes graduates, friends, and family)

Online videos: https://vimeo.com/167300764 (USDOT Fast Forward interview regarding autonomous vehicle capabilities & benefits, January 2016)