More than 70 transportation professionals from the U.S. and overseas joined Urban Transportation Center faculty and staff researchers and University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) affiliated faculty colleagues at the UTC and CUPPA Alumni Association Reception held January 9 during the 2017 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
For the third year, the reception was held at Arcadiana restaurant and featured networking, socializing and the announcement of the winners of the 2016 George Krambles Transportation Scholarship Awards. Sponsorship was provided by Schlickman & Associates and uGRIDD.
UTC Director Dr. P.S. Sriraj welcomed guests, which included past Director Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, Ph.D. and Executive Director Steve Schlickman, recognized staff and affiliated faculty researchers for their contributions, and shared highlights from 2016. These included:
- In 2016, the Center completed 10 research reports that address freight, maritime freight, safety, mobility, transportation planning and paratransit.
- Seven presentations were delivered through the UTC Seminar Series program in 2016.
- Ph.D. Candidate Takanori Sakai was presented with Best Paper by the TRB Urban Freight Transportation Committee for “Logistics Chain Modeling for Urban Freight: Pairing Truck Trip Ends With Logistics Facilities.”
Around 20 alumni from the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) and other academic departments at UIC attended. UTC researchers also contributed to the 2017 TRB Annual Meeting, which attracts more than 12,000 professionals from around the world, by participating in committee meetings, delivering presentations and sharing transportation research results.
Here’s a photo montage of the January 9 reception: