STRIDE e-Newsletter
Spring 2015
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June 11, 2015

WEBINAR:  Performance Measures in Transportation,  from 1 pm to 2:30 pm, EST, via Adobe Connect [info] 


June 18, 2015   

WEBINAR: STRIDE Educational Products Showcase, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, EST, via Adobe Connect [info] 

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STRIDE Study on the Influence of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder on Driver Performance  
Dr. Michael Hunter of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Ga Tech) and Dr. Gregory Corso of Morehead State University are working on a STRIDE-funded project (Distracted Driving: It's Not Always a Choice, 2013-062S) to identify the influence of roadway distractors on the performance of drivers with and without attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD).The researchers hope to identify differences between ADHD drivers and non-ADHD drivers with respect to driver reaction and response time, as well as more general driver performance and behavior metrics.  [Read more]

Travel Demand: Are All Days Created Equal?

Vibrant and energetic communities require a transportation system that is functional and effective on all days, and achieving this goal begins with an understanding of how travel patterns vary across all the days of the week. Dr. Siva Srinivasan of the University of Florida and Dr. Xia Jin of Florida International University are working on a STRIDE funded study (2012-024S - Towards a Holistic Understanding of Quality of Life: An Analysis of Activity-Travel Patterns on Non-Mid-Week Days) to examine how the participation rate, duration, time of day of shopping and socializing activities and travel and the associated happiness and stress levels vary across the days of the week. [Read more]


Meet the STRIDE 2015 Summer Interns 




Students from Georgia Institute of Technology/Morehead State University, Florida International University, University of Florida, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham are participating in this summer's STRIDE Internship.The internship, also known as TRIP, is a great way for undergraduate students to learn about transportation engineering and to participate in cutting-edge research projects along with faculty and graduate students. Also this summer, two students funded by the Brazillian Science Mobility Program (BSMP) have been selected to participate in TRIP at UF.  [Read more] 


Student Spotlight: Atiyya Shaw (GaTech)                      
Human factors elements in engineering resonates with Shaw and fit nicely with GaTech's STRIDE project Distracted Driving - It is not always a choice. "Transportation as a field of study gives you the ability to really make a difference," Shaw said. "More than half of the world population lives in cities, and the quality of life is dependent on transportation. It's very fulfilling and exciting."  [Read more]
Student Spotlight: Lake Trask (NCSU)                      
Trask's expertise in math and desire to use it via his Operations Research graduate degree at NCSU led him to a STRIDE project with Dr. Nagui Rouphail. The project was his first taste of mixing Operations Research with transportation, which now has him looking to more transportation aspects in the future. [Read more]
Technology Transfer
UFTI's STRIDE Center Co-sponsors UTC Conference in the Southeast
This year, the 2015 UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region was hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham on March 26 and 27, 2015.  [Read more]
STRIDE Webinars
June 11, 2015, 1 pm to 2:30 pm, EST 
Performance Measures in Transportation 
(Via Adobe Connect)

Jody McCollough of FHWA will be presenting on the agency's Guidebook for incorporating performance-based planning into the development of a long-range transportation plan. Leigh Lane from NCSU will be presenting on her efforts, based off her STRIDE-funded project, to assist local entities in developing performance measures for use in a comprehensive transportation planning process, and Doug McLeod of FDOT will provide an overview of Florida's mobility program on performance measures. [Read more]

June 18, 2015, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, EST  
STRIDE Educational Products Showcase (REGISTRATION OPEN!)
(Via Adobe Connect)

Researchers associated with the STRIDE Center housed in the University of Florida Transportation Institute (UFTI) have produced various course modules as a result of work funded by the Center. The topics that will be showcased in this free webinar include bike/pedestrian, sustainable pavements, transportation safety and public transportation. Presenters include Dr. Jeff LaMondia of Auburn University, Dr. Daniel Rodriguez of UNC Chapel Hill, Dr. Scott Washburn of the University of Florida and Dr. Richard Willis of Auburn University.
[Read more]
Workforce Development/K-12

Wheelchairs & Supershoes: GaTech's K-12 STRIDE Project 

Georgia Institute of Technology students loaded wheelchairs, tablets, measuring sticks, and smart levels into a van to drive the half mile down to Centennial Place Academy, an inner city elementary and middle school in the Atlanta area. The graduate and undergraduate student volunteers spent two full days at the school to work with local sixth graders on discussions, activities, and presentations on Transportation Engineering and the Research Process, which was a K-12 project funded by the STRIDE Center, led by Research Engineer, Dr. Yanzhi "Ann" Xu. [Read more]

Faculty & Student Awards, Publications, Presentations

Congratulations to STRIDE Faculty & Students! 

  • Dr. Lily Elefteriadou (UF), 2015 Jame Laurie Prize, Transportation and Development Institute for her contributions in advancing the field of transportation engineering and "For outstanding leadership as one of the world's foremost experts in the field of traffic operations, traffic flow theory and simulation and her research which has been incorporated into the Highway Capacity Manual."
  • Dr. Scott Washburn (UF), College of Engineering Doctoral Dissertation Adviser/Mentoring Award for 2014-2015 for his excellence in advising graduate students
  • ITRE, Outstanding Paper Award. "Rumble Strip Gaps for High-Speed Bicycles." Committee on Bicycle Transportation, TRB (NCSU)
  • Morgan Parr, First place prize in student poster competition: Parr, M.N., Ross, L.A., McManus, B., Wittig, S.M., & Stavrinos, D. (2015, April). Differential impact of personality traits on distracted driving behaviors in teens and older adults. Poster presented at the 2015 UAB Department of Psychology John W. P. Ost Undergraduate Research Competition, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL.

  • 2015, Ramadan, Ossama, UAB International Graduate Student Academic Excellence Award

  • 2015, Ramadan, Ossama, Caroline and Charles W. Ireland International Student Scholarship

    2015, Jeromy Huang, Sustainability Investment Fund Award

  • 2015, Thompson, Rachael, 2014-2015 UAB Civil Engineering Student of the Year

  • Katy Salama was awarded the TRB Best Paper Award for the Roundabout  Committee (NCSU)

  • Shannon Warchol, Best Graduate Student Poster Award in Geometric Design division, TRB (NCSU)

  • Chunho Yeom, Best Paper Award for Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee, TRB (NCSU)

  • STRIDE Student Poster 1st Place: Md Shahadat Iqbal, Florida International University, Poster title: "Predicting Arterial Breakdown Probability: A Data Mining Approach"

  • STRIDE Student Poster 2nd Place: Clark Letter, University of Florida, Poster title: "Efficient Control of Automated Vehicles at Freeway Merge Segments"

  • STRIDE Student Poster 3rd Place:  Xuanwu Chen, Florida International University, Poster title: "Improved Macroscopic Vehicle Emission Model Utilizing MOVES Estimation based on Operation Mode Distribution"

Research Publications, Presentations [Read more] 

News from ITE & WTS Student Chapters
ITE and WTS student chapters across the STRIDE universities at GaTech, UAB, FIU, NCSU and UF were bustling with activity this Spring 2015. Check out what these student members were up to in this summary of activities. [Read more]      



News from STRIDE Partners

Annual International Conference on Transportation will be held on June 8-11, 2015, in Athens, Greece. For more information please contact Dr. Virginia Sisiopiku (UAB) Conference Organizing Committee Chair at or check  


"Linking Rural Development and Transportation Using a Land Use-Transportation Decision Support Tool" to be presented at the 15th TRB National Transportation Planning Applications Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, May 18, Brian J. Morton, Joseph Huegy, and John Poros.


United States Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx visited the NC State Centennial Campus on February 19 as part of his "Grow America Bus Tour" of the southeast region. The event, organized by ITRE, attracted more than 150 people to hear Secretary Foxx speak on the long-term surface transportation reauthorization bill he is proposing to Congress. View Video.


Mississippi State University offered the following webinars:
  • "Data-Driven Airline Revenue Management under Customer Choice and Sellers Competition," Xinchang Wang, Georgia Tech., Jan. 27, 2015.
  • Utilizing Relay Points to Improve the Truckload Driving Job, Ricki Ingalls, Oklahoma State University, Feb. 10, 2015.
  • "Process Improvement Applications and Strategies in Healthcare and Transportation", Brian Smith, Missouri University of Science & Technology, Mar. 3, 2015.
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