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
gkmurthy10@gmail.com

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/.

 

 

Albert Coleman, Undergraduate RA
albertandrewcoleman@gmail.com

Albert is a second-year undergraduate student from Bloomington, Texas, pursuing a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Though his interest is in structural engineering, he finds Dr. Kockelman's research fascinating and is very excited to be working for her. Albert's goal is to pursue a career building and designing cities people will love and be proud to live in!

 

Vivian (Weijia) Li, visiting scholar
liweijiachd@126.com

Vivian is a visiting scholar for one year, under China's State Scholarship Fund. She received her BS and MS degrees in transportation engineering from Chang'an University in 2014 and 2016, respectively. She began doctoral studies in 2016, and is comparing machine learning data analysis methods to traditional econometric methods for various travel data sets.

 

 

Yantao Huang, PhD Student
yantao.h@utexas.edu

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 is contributing to travel behavior modeling and analysis research under a TxDOT-sponsored research project on the topic of smart transport systems for Texas.

 

 

Jooyong Lee, PhD Student
jylee3302@gmail.com

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 is now working on CAVs' emissions and energy impacts under different technology, pricing, and adoption scenarios.

 

 

Tyler Wellik, MS Student
tywellik@utexas.edu

Ty is from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Business at the University of Michigan. Through internships and work experience in the auto industry (including GM Motor Corp.), Ty became interested in the field of transportation engineering. She joined Dr. Kockelman's team in August 2018 and is passionate about sustainability. Like Dr. K, Ty believes that the field of transportation holds tremendous opportunity for enabling sustainable improvements and targeted investment. Ty is contributing to an NSF-funded Sustainable Research Network on Healthy & Sustainable Cities and is developing an integrated transport land-use model for the Austin region, using SILO and MATSim. The goal is to use this model to anticipate how AVs and shared AVs (SAVs) will impact travel behavior and long-term regional land use patterns.

 

 

Devin Wilkins, Undergraduate Research Assistant
devinwilkins98@gmail.com

Devin is a third-year undergraduate student, pursuing a BS in civil engineering and a BFA in studio art. She is supporting research projects for the Texas DOT (on protection of wildlife from animal-vehicle collisions across Texas) and Dallas-Ft Worth's NCTCOG (on details of and planning for connected and automated vehicles). She plans to serve her community by pursuing a career in urban transportation system design.

 

 

Louis Alcorn, MS Student
loualcorn@utexas.edu

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
mattdean@utexas.edu

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
chichihchen13@gmail.com

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 which aims at identifying risk factors concerning increasing fatal pedestrian-car collisions and seeking countermeasures to reverse the trend.

 

 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS:

Many undergraduate students have worked & are working on research projects under Dr. Kockelman's supervision.  These include 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.

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

Mr. Prateek Bansal
MS Civil Engineering, 2015
Parkley Solutions
India
prateekbansaliitdelhi@gmail.com  

Ms. Michelle Bina
MS Civil Engineering, 2005
Cambridge Systematics
Oakland, CA 94607
beachseashell@hotmail.com 

Dr. Donna Chen
PhD Civil Engineering, 2015
Assistant Professor of CE
University of Virginia
chen.donna@gmail.com  

Ms. Patricia Delgado
MS Civil Engineering, 2004
pdelgado@mail.utexas.edu 

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
danfagnant@gmail.com 

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

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

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

pradeepg@gmail.com 

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

surabhi.g@gmail.com 

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

shadi_hakimi@yahoo.com 

Mr. Jared Heiner
MS Civil Engineering, 2003
HNTB
Austin, Texas
jheiner@hntb.com

Ms. Ling Jin 
MS Civil Engineering, 2003
Hexagon Transportation Consultants
San Jose, CA
ljin@hextrans.com

Mr. Siva Karthik Kakaraparthi  
MS Civil Engineering, 2009
HSBC Bank, Chicago, IL
sivakarthik19@gmail.com 

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

Mr. Mobashwir (Moby) Khan

MS Civil Engineering, 2012
Cambridge Systematics
Oakland, California

mobashwir@gmail.com

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

sriram_k@mailcity.com

Mr. Saurabh Kumar  
MS Civil Engineering, 2007
Cambridge Systematics, Austin TX
saurabhsingh@gmail.com 

Dr. Young-Jun Kweon
PhD Civil Engineering, 2004

Virginia Transportation Research Council
Charlottesville, VA
yngjnkweon@yahoo.com

Dr. Jason Lemp 
PhD Civil Engineering, 2009
Cambridge Systematics, Austin TX
lemp5000@yahoo.com 

Dr. Jun Liu 
Post-doctoral Fellow, 2016-2017
Virginia Department of Transportation
Richmond, VA
junliu1234@gmail.com

Mr. Ben Loeb 
MS Civil Engineering, 2016
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (MPO)
Philadelphia, PN
benloeb1@utexas.edu

Dr. Jianming Ma 
PhD Civil Engineering, 2006
Texas Department of Transportation
Austin, Texas
mjming@gmail.com

Mr. Haonan Yan 
MS Civil Engineering, 2019
Province of Jiangxi Department of Transportation
Jiangxi, China
yanhnan@utexas.edu

Ms. Laura McWethy
MS Civil Engineering, 2006
Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
Bethesda, MD  20814
LMcWethy@gmail.com

Mr. Sashank Musti
MS Civil Engineering, 2010
Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
Oakland, CA
sashankmnm@gmail.com

Mr. Brice Nichols
MS Civil Engineering, 2013
Portland Sound Regional Council (PSRC), Seattle WA
bricenichols@gmail.com 

Mr. Adam Nodjomian 
MS Civil Engineering, 2018
Alliance Transportation Group
Austin, Texas
anodjomian@utexas.edu

Mr. Binny Paul
MS Civil Engineering, 2011
PB, New York City
binnympaul@gmail.com 

Ms. Kaethe Podgorski
MS Civil Engineering, 2005
PBS&J Austin TX
kvpodgorski@pbsj.com 

Mr. Neil Quarles
MS Civil Engineering, 2017
City of Austin, Transportation Department
neilquarles@utexas.edu

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
jamiereck@gmail.com

Ms. Natalia Ruiz-Juri
MS Civil Engineering, 2004
The University of Texas at Austin, PhD Candidate
ECJ 6.508
nruizjuri@mail.utexas.edu

Mr. Brent Selby
MS Civil Engineering, 2011
Cambridge Systematics, Chicago, Illinois
brent.selby@gmail.com 

Mr. Raheel Shabih
MS Civil Engineering, 1999
Port Authority of New York-New Jersey 
rshabih@panynj.gov

Mr. Brian ten Siethoff
MS Civil Engineering, 2001
Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
New York, NY
bts@camsys.com

Dr. Sivaramakrishnan Srinivasan 
MS Civil Engineering, 2000 (PhD 2004)
Assistant Professor
The University of Florida, Gainsville
siva@ce.ufl.edu

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
isrour@hotmail.com

Ms. Sumala Tirumalachetty   
MS Civil Engineering, 2009
Centre for Emerging Markets Solutions

Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India
sumalat@gmail.com 

Dr. Cara (Xiaokun) Wang
PhD Civil Engineering, 2007
Assistant Professor

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Troy, NY
wangxiaokun@gmail.com

 

Dr. Yiyi Wang
PhD Civil Engineering, 2013
Assistant Professor

Montanta State University
Bozeman, MT
yiyi.wang@ce.montana.edu

Ms. Xiaoxia Xiong
MS Civil Engineering, 2012
Teaching Assistant, School of Transportation
Ningbo University of Technology, China
summerholiday623@gmail.com

Dr. Yong Zhao
PhD Civil Engineering, 2003
Sr. Transportation Planner, Jacobs Engineering
Austin, TX
yzhao1@yahoo.com 

Dr. Brenda (Bin) Zhou
PhD Civil Engineering, 2009
Assistant Professor, Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, CT
zhoubin@mail.ccsu.edu 

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)