November, as usual, is a busy moth before the end of the year as many of us also preparing for the January Transportation Research Board (TRB) meetings in Washington, DC. Ten T&DI Committees will be holding meetings at the TRB Annual Meetings. Please check the schedule included in this newsletter.
If you plan to be at the TRB, please join us at The T&DI Board of Governors Reception; it will be on Monday, January 13th at 6:00 p.m. at the Bird Cage in the Omni Shoreham hotel. T&DI will present the 2013 Associate Editor Award to Matthew Karlaftis. Congratulations to Matthew for a great recognition and thanks for all his good work.
Earlier this month, our 2nd T&DI Green Streets, Highways, and Development Conference had a most unusual plenary session as Mr. Kanten Russell, nationally known skate park designer skateboarded into the session. The conference tracks included Green Design, Construction and Asset Management, Profitable Green Development, and Sustainable Land Use Planning. The conference’s workshop “To Whom Do Your Standards Apply? Yada, Yada, People Centric” engaged a highly interactive panel, and discussions about changing street, road, and highway design codes went on late into the afternoon. Last week, we had our T&DI's 3rd International Conference on Urban Public Transportation Systems in Paris, France. The conference included three tours, tour of Gare de Lyon, RATP automation of metro Line 1, and tour of the integrated transit facilities of Lillie. Big thanks to both conference chairpersons, conference scientific boards, and the local organizing committees for arranging conference tours.
I would also like to welcome Sunanda Dissanayake, associate professor of civil engineering at Kansas State University, as the new Chair of T&DI’s Safety Committee. Thanks to Dr. Mohammed Qureshi for his vision, leadership, and commitment over the past few years.
Last, but certainly not least, last month I visited with students at An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine, during a trip where I delivered a keynote presentation at the 1st International Civil Engineering Conference organized by the Palestinian Engineers Association, which was held on 28-29 October. I was truly impressed with their activities; especially their proactive role during the recent ABET accreditation of the Civil Engineering Department. The administration and faculty alike were very complimentary of the help that the students provided during the preparation for ABET and during the ABET on-site visit. I thought such involvement is relevant and important and we may want to encourage some of our student chapters to be part of the process when appropriate.
In closing, I would like to wish the Midwest tornado victims a fast recovery and for all T&DI members a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!
T&DI November Newsletter