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T&DI Younger Members


  • The Committee on Younger Members (CYM) was established by T&DI in 2012 to facilitate and promote the participation of Younger Members (YMs) (35 and under) in T&DI. 

    The T&DI CYM is tasked with tailoring activities within T&DI toward YM’s interested in transportation and development by:

    • Creating opportunities for involvement and recognition
    • Providing a direct voice to the T&DI Board of Governors
    • Facilitating the participation of YM’s within T&DI committees
    • Incorporating YM-oriented content into T&DI events, conferences, committees, and website
    • Organizing additional YM roundtables, technical sessions, and social events
    • Highlighting training programs for leadership
    • Networking with like-minded young professionals
    • Fostering interaction between T&DI YM’s and local T&DI Chapters
    • Promoting T&DI events, conferences, committees and to YM’s via Linkedin

    The CYM holds monthly teleconferences and generally has two face-to-face meetings each year: one during the TRB Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. and a mid-year meeting.


    Who leads the CYM?

    Cong Chen - HeadshotCong Chen, Ph.D., M.ASCE, Appointed Member

    T&DI Board had appointed Dr. Chen to serve a two-year term on the designated Younger Member seat on the Board of Governors starting FY20.  The committee Chair serves as a representative on ASCE T&DI’s Board of Governors

    Dr. Chen serves as a Research Associate with the ITS, Traffic Operation and Safety Program at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida. His research focuses on traffic crash modeling and safety analysis, advanced traffic safety model development, pedestrian and bicyclist safety, traffic congestion and operation efficiency, intelligent transportation system, and transportation infrastructure monitoring and management.

    Dr. Cong Chen is a Research Associate with the ITS, Traffic Operation and Safety Program at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida, and Manager of the Florida Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. degree from the University of New Mexico in 2015, and his research interests include traffic safety analysis, advanced transportation data model development, pedestrian and bicycle safety, traffic congestion and operation efficiency, intelligent transportation system, and transportation infrastructure monitoring and management. Dr. Chen currently serves as a member for TRB Standing Committee on Safety Data, Analysis and Evaluation (ANB20) and TRB Standing Committee on Highway Safety Performance (ANB25). He was awarded the New Mexico Governor's Exempt Fellowship and served as an intern at New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) in 2014.

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