Dr. Kockelman's

fabulous Co-pilots 

- Past & Present, at Work & Play   


PICTURED BELOW - Standing, left to right: Saurabh Kumar, Rui Gao, Takuya Maruyama, Parents of Xiaokun Wang, Xiaokun Wang, Kara Kockelman, Natalia Ruiz-Juri, Steve Boyles, Jared Heiner, Varun Valsaraj, Shadi Hakimi;

Seated, left to right: Jason Lemp, Brenda Zhou, Zheng Li (photo includes graduates, friends & family) May 2007

PICTURED ABOVE: Xiaoxia Xiong, Yiyi Wang, Kara Kockelman,

Aria Berliner, Donna Chen (seated), & Dan Fagnant (2012)

PICTURED Above - Seated, left to right: Shadi Hakimi,  Jun Kweon, Kara Kockelman, Kaethe Podgorski; Standing, left to right: Surabhi Gupta, David Suescun, Shashank Gadda, Pradeep Gulipalli, Jianming Ma, Xiaokun Wang, Michelle Bina, Brenda Zhou, Sukumar Kalmanje, Jamie Reckinger (2005)

current GRADUATE students:

Mr. Krishna "Murthy" Gurumurthy, MS Student
ECJ  B.120

Murthy received his B.Tech in Civil Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India in 2016 and landed in UT in mid-August. His area of interest is traffic modeling and simulation, and he codes in several programming languages. At UT Austin, Murthy has started working on a TxDOT-sponsored research project regarding shared autonomous vehicles, dynamic ride-sharing, and regional simulations of Austin. He hopes to serve to the community through thoughtful modeling. Learn more about Murthy at https://ctr.utexas.edu/2017/03/20/student-spotlight-krishna-murthy-gurumurthy/.


Max Bernhardt, MS Student

Max Bernhardt is in his first year of an 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 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 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.



Duncan Anderson, MS Student

Duncan Anderson is from Ithaca, NY, and received his BS in Applied Economics from Cornell University in 2011. He has worked in developing computational models and simulations for the energy industry, and is now pursuing an MSE in Operations Research at UT Austin. His research interest is in ridesharing fleet operations including infrastructure placement, idle reallocation, and shared vehicle routing. His research is funded by a GM Cruise via an NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers grant.



Louis Alcorn, MS Student

Louis Gerald Alcorn is a graduate student in Transportation Engineering in the Cockrell Engineering School. He completed his MS in Community and Regional Planning (CRP) degree in 2019 for which he produced a Master's Thesis report examining the integration between formal and informal transit services in Lagos, Nigeria. He also holds a bachelor's degree in Urban Studies and GIS from the University of California, Berkeley.¬†Prior to attending UT Austin, Louis worked as a transit service planner for Austin's public transit provider, Capital Metro, and previously as a financial analyst at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). In his professional experience, he focused on finding creative solutions to enhance coordination efforts across departmental/agency lines through the establishment of partnerships and working groups. He has a passionate drive to improve safe and accessible mobility options through data-driven prioritization of space-efficient travel modes.¬†Louis is currently working on an NCHRP report with Dr. Kockelman and Dr. Alex Karner (in the UT School of Architecture) that examines accessibility measures in practice among†transportation†agencies across the United States.



Matt Dean, MS Student

Matt 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. 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). His area of interest at UT Austin is in scenario planning and traffic modeling of shared autonomous electric vehicles with an emphasis on integrating energy perspectives in transportation systems. Matt plans on expanding upon the scope of his NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) research plan to incorporate complex non-uniform fleets in transportation modeling.



John Chen, MS Student

John received his B.S. in Architectural Engineering and B.A. in Japanese Culture and Language from the University of Texas in Austin in 2018. He had spent as much time living in East Asia (Taiwan, Japan) as he had in the Americas (Austin, Belize). In the field of Transportation, John is interested in transit systems and non-motored mode of transportation. He is currently working under Dr. Kockelman on a TxDOT-funded project regarding risk factors concerning increasing fatal pedestrian-car collisions and seeking countermeasures to reverse the trend.




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 is a first-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.



past GRADUATE students (& Post-doctoral fellows) - and their new coordinates...

Mr. Prateek Bansal
MS Civil Engineering, 2015
PhD at Cornell
Post-doc at Imperial College, London

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

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 Assistant Professor of CE at University of Utah

Mr. Christopher Frazier   
MS Civil Engineering, 2004
PB Consult (Planner II)
Albuquerque, NM 87109
(505) 878-6533

Mr. Shashank Chowdary Gadda
MS Civil Engineering, 2006
Credit policy/Risk Analyst
HSBC Card Services
Salinas, CA

Mr. Pradeep Gullipali 
MS Civil Engineering, 2005
Marketing and Planning Systems
Waltham, Massachusetts


Ms. Surabhi Gupta
MS Civil Engineering, 2005
PB, San Francisco


Ms. Shadi Hakimi
MS Civil Engineering, 2005
URS Greiner, Austin TX


Mr. Jared Heiner
MS Civil Engineering, 2003
Austin, Texas

Ms. Ling Jin 
MS Civil Engineering, 2003
Hexagon Transportation Consultants
San Jose, CA

Mr. Siva Karthik Kakaraparthi  
MS Civil Engineering, 2009
HSBC Bank, Chicago, IL

Mr. Sukumar Kalmanje  
MS Civil Engineering (& MPA), 2005
KPMG, San Francisco

Mr. Mobashwir (Moby) Khan

MS Civil Engineering, 2012
Cambridge Systematics
Oakland, California


Mr. Sriram Krishnamurthy 
MS Civil Engineering, 2003
Tiger Analytics
Chennai, India


Mr. Saurabh Kumar  
MS Civil Engineering, 2007
Cambridge Systematics, Austin TX

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
Cambridge 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 Commission (MPO)
Philadelphia, PN

Dr. Jianming Ma 
PhD Civil Engineering, 2006
Texas Department of Transportation
Austin, Texas

Mr. Haonan Yan 
MS Civil Engineering, 2019
Province of Jiangxi Department of Transportation
Jiangxi, China

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 (PSRC), Seattle WA

Mr. Adam Nodjomian 
MS Civil Engineering, 2018
Alliance Transportation Group
Austin, Texas

Mr. Binny Paul
MS Civil Engineering, 2011
PB, New York City

Ms. Kaethe Podgorski
MS Civil Engineering, 2005
PBS&J Austin TX

Mr. Neil Quarles
MS Civil Engineering, 2017
City of Austin, Transportation Department

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, Texas

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, Illinois

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)
San Francisco, CA

Ms. Tyler Wellik
MS Civil Engineering, 2019
Engineer at General Motors
Austin, Texas

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

More Photos...


PICTURED ABOVE: Scott Kilgore, Yawei He, Yantao Huang & Murthy Krishnamurty at TRB2017 (1st photo); Kara Kockelman & Dr Jun Liu at TRB 2017 (2nd photo)


PICTURED ABOVE: Standing, left to right:  Brent Selby, Binny Paul, Sashank Musti, Jason Lemp & Dan Fagnant; Front Seated, left to right: Yiyi Wang, Kara Kockelman & Sumala Tirumalachetty (1st photo), & Back row, left to right:  Jason Lemp, Shashank Gadda, Brenda Zhou, Laura McWethy, Zheng Li; Front Row, left to right: Annette Perrone (admin. assoc.), Stephen Boyles, Tian Huang & Jianming Ma (2nd photo)

PICTURED ABOVE - Jun Kweon, Issam Sour, Ling Jin, Yong Zhao, & Kara Kockelman (2000)

PICTURED BELOW - Kara Kockelman, Sukumar Kalmanje, Steve Rosen, Jianming Ma (1st photo), Cara Wang (2nd photo), Jianming Ma (3rd photo), Yiyi Wang & son Aaron (4th photo)


PICTURED BELOW - Racquetball tournament at Gregory Gym; Peter Pan miniature golf outing


PICTURED BELOW - Enjoying Mangia's pizza at Peter Pan minigolf; Flag Football Champs with Xiaokun Du & Xiaoxia Xiong (Nov. 2010)


PICTURED BELOW - Binny Paul, Moby Khan, Shoupeng Tang, Tim Dietrich & Dan Fagnant chowing down at Double Dave's Pizza; Donna Chen, Jian Xu, Kara Kockelman & Brice Nichols at UT's Underground Bowling Alley (Nov. 2012); Jian, Brice, Dan & Amy (& Sam), Kara K., & Donna with twin bowlers at UT's Underground (Nov 2012); Dan Fagnant & K Kockelman on UT Breezeway for Daily Texan article on shared autonomous vehicles (April 2014), CE367G Design Class Thank You to sponsors (March 2017)



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