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Current Graduate Students

Nayoon Heo, MS Student

Nayoon Heo is a MS student in Civil Engineering at UT Austin. She received her BS in Civil Engineering from KAIST, Republic of Korea. Prior to coming to UT, she led a team to plan the national pilot smart city project in Korea.



Keya Li, PhD Student

Keya Li received her B.E. in Water and Hydropower Engineering with a minor in Law from Hohai University in June 2021 and her M.S. in Transportation Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in December 2022. She has an E.I.T. and began her doctoral studies at UT Austin in August 2023. She is currently working on computer vision and enforcement agency maps for safe driving.



Kentaro Mori, PhD Student

Kentaro Mori received his B.S. in Civil Engineering and minor in Mathematics from Lafayette College in May 2019 and M.Eng. in Civil Engineering from Nagoya University in March 2022. He began his doctoral studies at UT Austin in June 2023. His research interest is in forecasting the impact of emerging mobility technologies and devising optimal application strategies and policies for these technologies to improve efficiency, equity, and sustainability of transportation systems. He is currently working on a project examining the effects of network level of detail on the outcomes of shared autonomous vehicle simulations.



Priyanka Paithankar, PhD Student

Priyanka Paithankar has received her BE in Civil Engineering from MIT, Pune and MTech degree in transportation engineering from IIT Bombay in 2017 and 2019, respectively. After receiving her master's degree, she worked as a traffic engineer in a transportation consultancy firm called Dar Al Handasah. She began her doctoral studies at UT Austin in August 2021. Her research area includes Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) and is currently researching long distance trips in the USA with AVs.



Lin Su, PhD Student

Lin Su received her B.E. in Civil Engineering from the Shandong University of Science and Technology in June 2020 and her M.S. from the University of Florida in May 2022. She joined Dr. Kockelman's research group while working on obtaining her Ph.D. in August 2022. Her research area is shared autonomous electric vehicles (SAEVs) and she is currently working on the co‐location of public & private charging stations for Cruise's new SAEVs in the Austin area. Her research interests also include shared micromobilities, transportation equity, and the applications of machine learning.



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, Sze Ki (Silky) Wong, Maizy Jeong, and Eric McDonnell.

Aditi Bhaskar, BS Student

Aditi Bhaskar is a third-year undergraduate student at UT Austin studying Mechanical Engineering. She is expected to graduate in May 2025. Aditi is from Plano, Texas and joined Dr. Kockelman's team as an administrative assistant in February 2023. In her free time, she likes to read, run, and draw.



Lucas Allison, BS Student

Lucas Allison is a second-year undergraduate student at UT Austin. He is studying Environmental Engineering and will graduate in May of 2026. He is from Central Texas and joined Dr. Kockelman's team as an assistant in January 2024. In his free time, he likes to play basketball and guitar.



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

Mr. Louis Alcorn

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

Mr. Phillip Ayebare

MS Civil Engineering, 2023
Alliance Transportation Group, Austin, TX

Dr. Prateek Bansal

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

Ms. Michelle Bina

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

Dr. Donna Chen

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

Dr. Matt Dean

MS & PhD Civil Engineering, 2020 & 2023
Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine

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

Dr. Fatemeh Fakhrmoosavi

Post-doctoral Fellow, 2021-2022
University of Connecticut, CT

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

MS  PhD Transportation Engineering, 2017, 2021
Argonne National Lab, IL

Ms. Shadi Hakimi

MS Civil Engineering, 2005
URS Greiner, Austin TX

Dr. Jason Hawkins

Post-doctoral Fellow, 2021-2022
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

Mr. Jared Heiner

MS Civil Engineering, 2003
HNTB, Austin, TX

Dr. Kai Huang

Post-doctoral Fellow, 2020-2022
Southeast University, China

Dr. Yantao Huang

PhD Civil Engineering, 2021
National Renewable Energy Laboratoy, CO

Mr. Christian Hunter

MS Civil Engineering, 2021
AECOM, Washtington , D.C.

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
Cambridge 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. Jooyong Lee

PhD Civil Engineering, 2021
Assistant Professor, Kyong-gi University,
Suwon, South Korea

Dr. Jason Lemp

PhD Civil Engineering, 2009
Cambridge Systematics, Austin, TX

Dr. Jun Liu

Post-doctoral Fellow, 2016-2017
Assistant Professor, 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

Ms. Laura McWethy

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

Mr. Sashank Musti

MS Civil Engineering, 2010
Cambridge 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

Dr. Natalia Ruiz-Juri

MS Civil Engineering, 2004 (PhD 2008)
Research Associate, Center for Transportation Research, Austin, TX

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

Mr. Balasubramanian Sambasivam

Post-doctoral Fellow, 2021-2023

Ms. Sumala Tirumalachetty

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

Ms. Maithreyi Vellimana

MS Civil Engineering, 2023

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)

Mr. Tyler Wellik

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

Ms. Xiaoxia Xiong

MS Civil Engineering, 2012
Lecturer, School of Automotive and Traffic Engineering, Jiangsu University, China

Mr. Haonan Yan

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

Dr. Yong Zhao

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

Dr. Brenda (Bin) Zhou

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

Dr. Natalia Zuniga-Garcia

PhD Civil Engineering, 2020
Argonne National Lab, IL


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)
Students on Lamar Bridge during bike ride.
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
Kara Kockelman and graduate students enjoying a socially-distanced taco fest at Eastwoods Park
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)
Students ready to start biking Shoal Creek.
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)