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NDSU personnel, students present at transportation meeting

NDSU faculty, staff and students presented papers and moderated sessions at the 97th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board Jan. 7-11 in Washington, D.C. The meeting is the largest transportation-related event in the world, with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops.

The program covers all transportation modes and attracts policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry and academic institutions.

NDSU presentations and participation included:

• “Strategic Transportation and Logistics Management for Importing Crude Oil to Produce Asphalt and Road Oil in the United States” by Raj Bridgelall, assistant professor of transportation and logistics and researcher with NDSU’s Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute. Co-authors included EunSu Lee and Michael Bell of New Jersey City University.

• “Performance of Hyperspectral Imaging with Drone Swarms” by Bridgelall. Co-authors were NDSU researcher James Rafert and Denver Tolliver, director of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute.

• Brenda Lantz, associate director of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, moderated a session titled “Managing the Safety of Older Drivers” and presided over a “Truck and Bus Safety” research session and a meeting of the board’s Truck and Bus Safety Committee. Lantz received a certificate of appreciation, recognizing her six years as chair of the committee as she stepped down after her second three-year term.

• “Solving the Log-Truck Routing Problem Accounting for Forest Road Maintenance Policies: A Case Study of Oregon” by transportation and logistics doctoral student Amin Keramati. Co-authors were Ahmad Sobhani of Oakland University, NDSU transportation and logistics doctoral student Seyed Ali Haji Esmaeili and Pan Lu, NDSU assistant professor of transportation and logistics.

• “Converting Paved Roads to Unpaved: North Dakota Experience,” by Dale Heglund, director of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute’s North Dakota Local Technical Assistance Program.

• “Integrating GIS with Optimization Method for a Switchgrass-Based Bioethanol Supply Chain” by Esmaeili. Co-authors were Sobhani, Keramati and Lee.

• “Incorporating Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) 2 Solutions into Academia” by Diomo Motuba, NDSU assistant professor of transportation and logistics.

• “Microsimulation Approach to Rural Freight Movement Modeling” by transportation and logistics doctoral student Ali Rahim Taleqani. Co-authors include Lee and Jill Hough, associate professor of transportation and logistics at NDSU.

• “Future of Rural Transit,” by Taleqani. Co-author was Hough.

• “Aging in Place in Small Urban and Rural Communities” by Del Peterson, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute researcher. Co-author was Ted Rieck, TJR Advisors.

• “Using Big Data and Travel Time Analysis to Enhance the Calibration and Validation of External–Internal and External–External Models for a Small MPO Travel Demand Model” by Motuba. Co-authors were NDSU transportation and logistics doctoral students Babak Mirzazadeh and Muhammad Khan.

• “Use and Future of Photo Logging Apps on Low Volume Roads in North Dakota” by Andrew Wrucke, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute researcher. He made the presentation to a meeting of the board’s Standing Committee on Low Volume Roads.

• “Great Plains Analytical Approach of Habitat Suitability and Connectivity Analysis of Road Fencing” by Matthew Kirkwood, director of NDSU’s landscape architecture program.

For more information, go to the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute website.

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