Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR)
University of Glasgow, Scotland
Master’s in Civil (Transportation) Engineering
University of South Florida
Research Fellow, University of Westminster, London, U.K.: Evaluated the public and political acceptability of urban road pricing (congestion charging) projects in London and Edinburgh using public involvement and market research techniques.
I work primarily for the National Bus Rapid Transit Institute, established here at CUTR in 2001. Institute staff work in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration to evaluate the role of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in improving urban mobility in the United States. My research interests include quantifying the importance of “image” to the attractiveness of BRT, studying the applicability of international best practices in BRT deployment, and assessing the role of BRT in reducing traffic congestion. Another research area that I am involved in is the design of printed trip planning information for public transit users.
I co-teach “Transportation and Society” with my CUTR colleague, Cheryl Thole.
While undertaking my undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering, I became interested in transportation planning and engineering. When I came to the United States and to USF, I was a graduate research assistant at CUTR and my work here solidified transportation as my chosen field.
Having experienced the transportation field from several different perspectives earlier in my career, I found the academic setting to be by far the most compatible with the way I think and work. This setting allows me to develop and test my ideas and gain expertise in areas that are of interest to me.
I worked as a graduate research assistant at CUTR while I completed my graduate studies, and really felt at home there. Having worked in London for three years, I decided to return to the U.S, and knew that CUTR and USF offered the ideal setting to establish my career in this country.
Hopefully, I offer the students insight into how transportation affects their lives, their society and their world; however, I also learn from them through their papers and their insights. I am fortunate to teach a class that covers topical issues to which everyone can relate and upon which everyone can have an opinion. My co-instructor Cheryl Thole and I try to encourage in-class discussion as much as possible and have subsequently learned much from our students who come from so many diverse backgrounds and cultures.
I come from a country that had already established its urban geography, culture, and institutions centuries ago. In contrast, I find Florida to be very much in a state of flux and it is exciting to live in a place that is constantly changing. I feel that USF plays a central role in understanding and chronicling these changes, and preparing us for the future. I value the opportunity to participate in this process through my research and through working with the people that will ultimately determine the future of the state.
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