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Paul M. Schonfeld Receives the 2018 James Laurie Prize

Thursday, April 5, 2018

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The Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI) is pleased to announce the selection of Paul M. Schonfeld, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE to receive the 2018 James Laurie Prize for significant contributions to advancing transportation engineering, including his work over nearly 40 years as an educator, mentor, researcher, and leader through application of numerous innovative methods, spanning multiple transportation modes, and influencing many lives and agencies worldwide.

Dr. Schonfeld is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland.  He has served as the Director of the Transportation Engineering program for 19 years and Director for Freight Mobility and Security for 4 years, guiding students in many educational, research, and outreach activities. He and his students have developed numerous innovative methods for transportation system planning, design, evaluation, simulation, optimization, routing and scheduling, reliability analysis and real-time control. Some of these methods have been used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Aviation Administration, Maryland Department of Transportation, and various private firms.

Among many of his known research works, Dr. Schonfeld's contributions on transportation network development are among his most valuable. This is because network development problems are challenging as improvements in networks tend to be quite interdependent. His research has gone beyond analyzing mutually exclusive alternatives and developed methods to analyze inter-related alternatives for very large and complex networks, while also being capable of optimizing development schedules and dealing with uncertainties about demand, costs, budgets, and other factors. These methods have been applied to road networks, inland waterway networks, and airports.

As a leader, he has steered many ASCE, ITE, and TRB committees over several decades and has a long list of related contributions, such as serving as the Editor of the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering. Dr. Schonfeld will be recognized as the 2018 James Laurie Prize winner at the ASCE-T&DI International Conference on Transportation and Development in Pittsburgh, PA, on July 16, 2018.