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Transportation defines Portland. Portland State University (PSU), our urban university, shapes the transportation professionals who, in turn, shape their city and cities across the world. 

Our students conduct cutting-edge research under the guidance of the world’s foremost transportation research faculty at PSU - from both the (CUPA) Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning as well as the department of (MCECS) Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Students work on real projects with partners in our community—the organizations helping to make our transportation system work for all users. These partnerships lead to internships and rewarding careers after graduation. Wherever you see transportation innovations in urban centers, you’ll find PSU students and alumni. 

Transportation Students at Portland State University

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Portland State boasts the U.S. Department of Transportation’s national center for livable communities, the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), which funds millions of dollars of transportation research and education, with vital contributions from student researchers working alongside faculty members. This research finds its way into the hands of transportation professionals at all levels, establishing the authority of our students before they even complete a degree. NITC also supports the student group which bridges gaps between disciplines with educational and  entertaining events, speakers and trips.

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GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Each year, 15–30 graduate students from engineering, urban studies & planning, and other fields work as graduate research assistants for faculty. These students are often co-authors on project final reports and journal articles. TREC hires undergraduate student workers as well, who may work at processing data or similar tasks.

Learn more about the assistantships at College of Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA): Graduate Student Financial Resources.

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SCHOLARSHIPS

We're offering four in-house scholarships for the 2019/2020 academic year: one TREC and three IBPI scholarships for students interested in multimodal transportation. Students may apply for all four scholarships with a single "2019-2020 PSU Graduate Application" submitted through the Portland State University online scholarship application system. The application due date is February 1, 2019. Read more about the qualifications for each scholarship.

Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) Scholarship:

Walter H. Kramer Fellowship ($2,000)

Dr. Walter H. Kramer founded the first transportation studies center in the Department of Marketing (now School of Business Administration). Focusing on transportation research and education, Dr. Kramer believed that "the actions of an individual, of a college, can determine the future of our cities, our society," and devoted himself toward bringing "the resources of the faculty to bear on the problems of the community." This fellowship is aimed at providing financial support to PSU graduate students enrolled in transportation-related graduate programs and working on multi-disciplinary, multi-modal research connected with making a difference in "our cities, our society, and the community." Learn more.

Applications due February 1, 2019

Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI) Scholarships:

IBPI Active Transportation Scholarship + Internship ($2,500)

The Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI) at Portland State University (PSU)  is awarding a $2,500 scholarship to a PSU graduate student who is highly motivated to focus their studies on bicycling and walking as mainstream forms of transportation. The successful applicant will be seeking to better understand how communities integrate bicycling and walking through their planning and design processes. The selected student also will be invited to work as a paid intern at Alta Planning + Design to obtain hands-on experience in active transportation. Learn more.

Applications due February 1, 2019

IBPI Excellence in Active Transportation ($4,000)

The Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI) at Portland State University (PSU)  is awarding a $4,000 scholarship to a PSU graduate student who is highly motivated to focus their studies on bicycling and walking as mainstream forms of transportation. The successful applicant will be seeking to better understand how communities integrate bicycling and walking through their planning and design processes. Learn more.

Applications due February 1, 2019

IBPI Rex Burkholder and Lydia Rich Scholarship ($950)

Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder and wife Lydia Rich believe that the future sustainability and health of our communities depends upon providing alternatives to motor vehicle transportation, including bicycling and walking. The Burkholder/Rich Scholarship aims to foster the best and brightest students who will be shaping that future. Portland and Oregon are widely recognized for policies and programs to promote bicycling and walking. Continuing that tradition, transferring that experience to other areas, and, most importantly, advancing the practice even further will require enlightened professionals. The Burkholder/Rich scholarship will support a graduate student who intends to be active in developing a future where bicyclists and pedestrians play a major role in the livability of urban areas. Learn more.

Applications due February 1, 2019

More Scholarship Opportunities:

Portland State University (Coral Sales scholarship $1,000)

Applications open October 2018.

Bill Kloos Scholarship ($2,500)

Check Website for Application Dates

Oregon ITE Scholarship (various)

Check Website for Application Dates

WTS Portland Chapter Scholarships (range, $1,500 - $7,000)

Closed: Applications due October 22, 2018

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & NETWORKING

On-Campus
Through the on-campus Students in Transportation Engineering & Planning (ITE-STEP), students can take on leadership roles in cultivating community and education around the transportation issues important to them.

Off-Campus
Through local chapters of professional development organizations like WTS Portland and Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT), students can develop their academic and professional lives through forging relationships between transportation students and professionals.

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EVENTS

Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB)
With the help of NITC funding, we send 15 - 20 PSU students to attend the annual meeting of TRB each January. Many of our graduate students present research at the conference.

Friday Transportation Seminar
Weekly, throughout the school year, students hear from PSU Transportation faculty as well as speakers from around the region and country at the Friday Transportation Seminar

Student Alumni from Transportation Programs

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Out in the world, PSU transportation alumni are changing the way we think about transportation as leading academics and practitioners. A sample of some of the organizations our alumni are currently working at:

PUBLIC AGENCIES

PRIVATE + NONPROFIT

Alta Planning + Design, SERA Architects, CH2M, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., Lancaster Engineering, Nelson\Nygaard, Oregon Public Health Institute, DKS Associates, Resource Systems Group, Inc., Fregonese Associates and ICLEI.

RESEARCH + EDUCATION

Our doctoral alums are working as researchers, consultants and faculty members in places such as: University of Arizona, University of British Columbia, McGill University and the University of Sydney.

2017/2018 NITC Scholars

2017 - 2018 scholars of the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) consortium from our partner universities are forthcoming, and we'll introduce those scholars from the University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Utah, University of Arizona and University of Texas at Arlington.

 


Portland State University

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Darshan Chauhan

Darshan Chauhan is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Department of Civil Engineering at Portland State University pursuing his MS. He is currently working on an NSF Grant to improve the reliability of Network Assignment models with Prof. Avinash Unnikrishnan. He is interested in the area where optimization, sustainability and civil engineering intersect. He is still exploring the field of transportation engineering and is fascinated by how it transcends through various disciplines. Before coming to Portland State University, he completed his B.E. in Civil Engineering at BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus, India where he pursued research in optimization, fracture mechanics of concrete and alkali activated binders. He loves cooking and spends his free time swimming, cycling, trying new food and hiking.

 

Travis Glick

Travis’s undergraduate research on public transit at PSU led to his first publication in the TRR as lead author and a BS in Civil Engineering with honors in 2015. As a master's student, he developed multiple methodologies to quantify and visualize transit operations. Travis is now pursuing a PhD focused on transit network models. So far, his ongoing research has led to five peer-reviewed publications, four lectern sessions at TRB annual meetings, and a master's thesis. Travis has also been an active member (holding officer positions) of many PSU student organizations and PSU partnership programs with local high schools.

 

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Jaime Pablo Orrego Onate

Jaime Orrego is a Ph.D. student for the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering at Portland State University. He holds a master degree in transportation engineering from Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile, where he grew up. He has worked as a traffic engineering and has advocated for transportation equity with a special interest in bicycles and pedestrians in different nonprofit organizations. His main research focus is the effect that the built environment has in walking behavior.  When not thinking about transportation Jaime likes taking pictures, watching movies, and socializing with friends.

 

Dylan Jennings

Dylan is a Civil Engineering student going into his junior year at Portland State University. Initially a Mathematics major, Dylan switched to engineering after falling in love with Portland’s public transit systems and bicycle infrastructure. He hopes to help Portland and other cities adopt incentives for less personal vehicle use and promote more sustainable transportation, such as transit, cycling, and walking. Dylan is currently a research assistant working for the Transportation Technology and People Laboratory at PSU. With the assistance of Miguel Figliozzi, the director of the TTP lab, Dylan just completed his first research assignment: to determine if Autonomous Delivery Robots could be used alongside traditional delivery methods to deliver parcels to customers. In his free time, Dylan enjoys walking his family’s dog to the local park, riding his bike, and playing video games with friends.

 

Katherine Keeling

Katherine is an undergrad research assistant at the PSU Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science. She works with the Transportation Technology and People (TTP) lab, with a current focus on bus-bike conflicts. As a post-baccalaureate civil engineering student, her transportation interests are supplemented by her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary design studies (Arizona State). She is an active member of Students in Transportation Engineering Planning (STEP-ITE), ASCE, and president of the PSU Chi Epsilon. During her junior year, she won first place in the Mead technical paper competition at the 2018 Pacific Northwest ASCE Student Conference. Katherine has served Multnomah County for the last 6 years volunteering free respite childcare for foster families. In her free time, she is likely enjoying karaoke.

 

Baxter Shandobil

Baxter Shandobil is a transportation planning student in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at Portland State University. During his time at PSU he has had the opportunity to work as a research assistant with Dr. Kelly Clifton on some exciting research projects. Most recently, Baxter worked on a project sponsored by Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to study the carbon impact of driving behavior and vehicle characteristics in the Portland Metro region. Baxter enjoys applying GIS to planning and transportation research, particularly in support of alternative modes of transportation.

 

Alice Root

Between growing up in Seoul, Korea and Lincoln, Nebraska; and studying abroad in Hannover, Germany Alice experienced vastly different transportation systems and wanted to pursue a civil engineering degree in order to make a positive impact on the natural and built environment. She is interested in designing safe and functional bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to create healthier and cohesive communities. She assisted Dr. Kelly Clifton with a Caltrans project analyzing the transportation impacts of affordable housing and has also volunteered her time with The Street Trust (formerly known and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance) and Better Blocks. Alice recently completed her post-bacc in civil engineering to add to her architecture degree. In her free time she is learning new ways to navigate through the vast PNW landscapes via skiing, snowshoeing and bouldering.

 

Kelly White

Kelly is in her first year of the Civil Engineering Master's Program at Portland State University, taking courses related to both transportation engineering and planning. Additionally, she is working for the university as a Graduate Research Assistant. Her undergraduate degree is from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington just a few miles from where she grew up. At PLU, she was a student-athlete and very involved with the student-athlete leadership group on campus. Though she does not have a specific passion in transportation, she is very interested in how to improve transportation engineering and planning practices with the continual evolution of technology, as well as improving safety and using transportation as a way to combat equity issues.

 

Santiago Espinosa Wild

Santiago is a civil engineer that focuses on transportation, especially multi modal transportation. He holds a B.S in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and is currently working on an M.S in Civil Engineering at Portland State University. He got into transportation after observing and sometimes experiencing the different mobility constraints car-only transportation systems impose on society. From the elderly couple that cannot longer leave the house because they are unable to drive, to the college student who cannot afford an automobile and is therefore constrained to places he can reach by foot, we all deserve better. Santiago sees transportation as more than a tool to get people from A to B; he believes transportation has a role in fighting climate change, air pollution and promoting a more active lifestyle. His interests span bicycle infrastructure design, multimodal travel simulation, and safety issues on our roads, sidewalks and bikeways. His current research is centered on developing safety measures for pedestrian and bicyclist crosswalks on the Oregon State Highway System. 

 

Urban Studies and Planning

 

Jake Davis

Jake Davis is a first-year Masters of Urban and Regional Planning student at Portland State University. While attending undergrad in Vancouver, BC, he built his love for cities and in particular transportation and sustainability. After six years in the software industry, he came back to school to pursue his dream of becoming a planner. He is a graduate research assistant under supervision of Dr. Aaron Golub and Dr. Liming Wang whose current work is around evaluating equity access and operational performance of transit lines in the Portland region. He is also presently an intern doing work around climate and disaster resilience at the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Outside of school, he enjoys running, baking, and spending time with his partner and two cats.

 

Matt Gray

Matt Gray graduated with a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree at Portland State University in June 2018. He moved to Portland from Salt Lake City two years earlier for the MURP program with a particular interest in public transit, and became a cyclist living here. A lifetime interest in maps and fascination with cities made this career-path a no-brainer for him. He worked as an hourly research assistant for Dr. Aaron Golub, and completed internships with Better Block PDX, Linnton Neighborhood Association, and TriMet. The highlight of graduate school for him was traveling Oregon by bus for his team’s MURP workshop project. He loves to commute by bicycle and transit, and hopes to make a career of improving transportation options for everyone.

 

Jamaal Green

Jamaal Green is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His dissertation focuses on linking land-use and economic development policy by examining the prevalence and impact of industrial land policy across the fifty largest cities in the US. He received his masters in urban and regional planning from UNC-Chapel Hill, specializing in economic development. Self-identifying as an equity planner, Jamaal's research interests are primarily concerned with the ways that the built environment and transportation systems exacerbate, or alleviate, social and economic inequality. Jamaal is currently working on a NITC funded project estimating the economic impacts of new bike lane infrastructure in partnership with 6 cities, and is working on an R package with Prof. Liming Wang and Prof. Dillon Mahmoudi (UMBC-Dept of Geography) that queries the US Census's LEHD datasets.

 

Michael Harpool

Michael Harpool received his BA in Geography at Keene State College in southern New Hampshire. Through his experiences and studies he developed a passion for active transportation research which brought him to the Master of Urban Studies program at Portland State University. As a Graduate Research Assistant at TREC he has worked on various research projects topically focused on sustainable transportation issues. Through his thesis research on utilitarian skateboarding, Michael hopes to advocate for more inclusive transportation networks which accommodate the needs and desires of diverse users.

 

Steve Howland

Steven Howland is a Ph.D. candidate in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. His dissertation is explores how low-income African-American populations in Portland use transportation to make ends meet with an interest in how gentrification impacts their travel options and decisions. He has a Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning from Arizona State University where his thesis focused on the spatial mismatch between low-income and minority workers and their jobs in the Phoenix metropolitan area. In his time at Portland State, he has been involved with multiple transportation research projects such as the Peer-to-peer carsharing study and the Bike Share Equity projects where he was able to apply his passion and knowledge of equity issues to transportation. His ongoing transportation research interests involve transportation equity issues related to emerging technologies and gentrification as well as data quality problems in existing survey data for equity related research questions.

 

Stephanie Lonsdale

Stephanie is a graduate student in the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning program. She is currently working as an intern with the Portland Bureau of Transportation and playing a lead role in an iterative project to develop circulation plans for school districts and campuses across the metro area with a focus Title IV schools. Her background in housing advocacy and working with vulnerable and marginalized families in Portland’s gentrifying neighborhoods led her to Portland State to better address changing communities and the role of public investment. These efforts further materialized further with her work on Elevating People: Planning for Equitable Transportation to Marquam Hill, an equity lens developed for Oregon Health and Science University during 2018 MURP Workshop.

 

Eavan Moore

Eavan Moore is a graduate student in urban and regional planning. Her volunteer work with OPAL Environmental Justice led her to see transportation planning as a viable professional path for a public transit advocate who also believes in prioritizing marginalized communities in decision-making. She continues to apply an EJ framing to active transportation, housing, auto use, climate resiliency, and all the other elements of a thriving 21st century human settlement.

 

 

 

Nicholas (Nick) Puczkowskyj

Nick is currently a first year Urban Studies PhD student and working under Prof. Dill. Prior to taking up study in Portland, he was working at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a teaching assistant and researcher in their urban studies program. During his master's program he was a GRA and did transit related research while earning his MURP. Originally from Chicago, Nick interned at the Chicago Transit Authority and worked in the Chicago Department of Transportation's Bike Program as a bikeways technician. Finally, when not working in the transportation planning field, he was a bike messenger in Chicago for several years. 

 

Kelly Rodgers

As a PhD student in urban studies at Portland State University, Kelly conducts research on the role, nature, and quality of evidence in transportation decision-making and evaluates place typologies for their ability to capture variation in travel behavior. Kelly is also the Executive Director of Streetsmart, a research synthesis, resource clearinghouse, and communication platform for transportation planning. As a consultant, she has developed a pedestrian transportation plan, led the development of a sustainable transportation planning tool, analyzed the performance of green infrastructure plans and stormwater facilities, and developed a community-scale solar panel purchasing program. She is currently collaborating with the Institute for Transportation Engineers to build Streetsmart Beta. Prior to Streetsmart, Kelly was a consultant working in sustainable transportation and green infrastructure, a city planner with the City of Portland, and the Paul Gerhardt, Jr. intern for 1000 Friends of Oregon. Kelly graduated with a Master in Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from Miami University. Kelly is also the co-author of Cartopia: Portland’s Food Cart Revolution.

 

Wei Shi

Wei Shi is a PhD student in Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. She received her masters degree in Human Geography in China, and worked at AECOM as an economist for one year before joining PSU. Wei is strongly interested in research about travel behavior, transportation and economic impacts of transportation infrastructures, particularly focusing on bicycle. She is also interested in transportation data and modeling, and exploring multiple data sources and methodologies to answer questions of why and how people get around, and what are the impacts on communities.

 

Maria Sipin

Maria Sipin has a background in health communications and research for nonprofit health care and local transportation advocacy work in Los Angeles. She is experienced in community mobilization for issues ranging from national adolescent health initiatives for LGBTQ youth of color and local active transportation projects to prioritize the needs and rights of low-income communities of color. She currently serves as an advisory board member on her fifth year for People for Mobility Justice (formerly known as Multicultural Communities for Mobility), and is passionate about storytelling, leadership development and pathways for higher education for young people of color, addressing inequities within institutions, and making urban planning processes more accessible and inclusive. She has developed anti-oppressive frameworks in the private consulting realm and facilitates trainings in-person and through webinars. She happily connects self-expression and community building through art and hip-hop to her urban planning work, where she first started convening young people and artists through Session [A] at Cal Poly Pomona in undergrad for "Open Mics, Open Tables, Open Floors, Open Minds." She is completing her degrees in Master of Urban & Regional Planning and Public Health program at Portland State University and Oregon Health & Science University. She is a certified bicycle safety instructor (LCI #3846), a “Walking College” fellow alumni (class of 2016), IBPI Active Transportation Scholar (2017-2018), and NITC Scholar (2018). She was awarded the Gail Achterman Leadership Scholarship by WTS Portland in 2017.

 

Seyoung Sung

Seyoung is a PhD candidate in Urban Studies from the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University, with a specialization in community development and planning. Her research focuses on reinvestment and the repair of the urban fabric in marginalized immigrant communities of color through an equity lens. She has participated in a couple of research projects on planning for transit-oriented development without residential displacement of low-income communities with Dr. Lisa Bates, as a graduate research assistant. Her dissertation will address a multidimensional approach to gentrification and displacement utilizing a mixed-methods for equitable development of marginalized Asian immigrant communities in transit-oriented neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Her passion lies in neighborhood change, racial justice, equity participation and just outcomes in planning to advance equity in under-served communities. In her spare time, she enjoys walking on the beach, cooking new recipes, and planning her next travel destination. She holds a Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin, and another Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Engineering from Yonsei University in Korea where she was born and raised.

 

Huijun Tan

Huijun Tan is a PhD student in Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning in Portland State University. With a master degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, her research now primarily focuses on transportation equity research and gentrification impacts on marginalized populations and communities. She is dedicated to investigating how accessibility affects gentrification in low-income neighborhood in order to get more insight into the relationship between transportation planning and neighborhood change. Her research also looks forward to identifying mechanisms of preventing or mitigating the adverse impacts (derived from transportation investment) on communities, especially for minorities and low- income neighborhoods. Also, she wants to look into the relationship between physical capital (such as land use and transportation infrastructure) and social capital (e.g. social connections and social networks). To more specific, she is interested in the topic about how transportation accessibility affects social capital for the marginalized populations. She is critical about how transportation development can truly yield equitable outcomes. In her free time, Huijun loves to hiking, dancing, playing badminton, and traveling.

 

Kevin Tracy

Kevin Tracy is a second year Masters in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) candidate in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. He is currently working as an intern in the Major Projects Unit at the Oregon Department of Transportation, focusing on Active Transportation projects including Safe Routes to School. As a licensed Civil Engineer, he enjoys working at the intersection of planning and engineering to help solve complex urban problems. He is passionate about connecting communities to essential social services and using transportation systems as a way to drive economic development. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, biking, volleyball, and cooking.

 

Shen Qu

Shen Qu is a Ph.D. student in Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland StateUniversity. He received his master's degree in Tsinghua University in China. He worked at CAUPD (China Academy of Urban Planning and Design) and CCDG (China Construction Engineering Design Group) as a senior urban planner for fifteen years before joining PSU. Shen is interested in research about transportation and urban development, particularly focusing on the measurement of ridesharing ratio. He also conducted research about TBD (Transit Benefit Districts) which explore the relationship between the transit stations and land value.

 

Madison Weakly (Levy)

Outside of school, Madison and her wife are training their new dog roll over and high five. They live together with the many houseplants Madison has collected over the years, including the ficus that refuses to cooperate, and her three cherished Star Wars Lego sets. Madison moved to Portland from rolling hills of Louisville, Kentucky in 2012. She is very open about how much she misses the thunderstorms, lightning, and her work on the family’s farm. Professionally, Madison is first a data nerd. At a close second, she is a passionate transportation planner who dreams of one day having a winter morning commute along Chicago’s Metra rails while they’re being de-iced by open flames. She’s been a land use and transportation planning focused graduate student for the past three years. In her final year she partnered with TREC on a FHWA Environmental Justice Research project and with a fantastic team of peers to create an equity informed guide to access to OHSU. She has recently been recognized for her leadership and academic contributions from APA, APTA, and WTS and in May completed the ENO Center for Transportation Future Leader Fellowship.

 

Zoie Wesenberg

Zoie is a student in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at Portland State and a planning intern at WSP, where she is stoked to be working on California High Speed Rail, ODOT's Value Pricing Analysis and a Bus Rapid Transit project in Tacoma, WA. Zoie intertwines economic development with transportation policy and planning, helping mold a world in which we travel happily and efficiently; a world in which transportation ignites rich city character and encourages sustainable behavior. In her spare time, Zoie is often reading a novel on the bus or pouring over maps in pursuit of her next adventure.

 

Huajie Yang

Huajie Yang is a PhD student in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning at Portland State University. He received his M.A. in Urban Planning and Design in China. He has served as an officer with Students in Transportation Engineering Planning (STEP), the student transportation group at Portland State University. Huajie is interested in research on the impact of transit on travel behavior and traffic congestion. Now he is working on a project that investigates the long-term travel and land use outcomes in response to various policy and technology scenarios by simulation with Dr. Liming Wang. During his spare time, he likes to watch NBA games, especially the Portland Trail Blazers’ games, and play basketball with his friends.

Research Faculty at PSU

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Transportation problems don’t stay between the lines. As a transportation student at Portland State University, you’ll work with experts in every field that contributes to our knowledge of transportation, including engineering and planning but also fields such as environmental science, psychology, geography and computer science. Our core transportation faculty, including Jennifer Dill, Christopher Monsere, Kelly Clifton, Miguel Figliozzi, Jenny Liu, Aaron Golub, Avi Unnikrishnan and Liming Wang, are regarded as national and international experts in their fields. 

Degree Programs at PSU

Portland State offers a wide variety of degree programs suited to the multi-disciplinary demands of a career in transporation.

Undergraduate Degree Programs
We offer undergraduate programs in civil engineering, supply and logistics management, and community development, which lay the foundation for our transportation graduate programs. 

Graduate Degree Programs (Professional)
Master of Urban and Regional Planning and Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering, put you on track for careers shaping the future of transportation with local governments, consulting firms and other organizations.

Graduate Degree Programs (Research)
The Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Master of Urban Studies, are suited for those seeking careers in a broad range of transportation professions or in academia.

Graduate Dual Degree Program in Transportation
For those seeking a degree rooted in both transportation planning and engineering, we offer a Dual Master’s Degree Program in Transportation, allowing students to obtain a Master of Urban and Regional Planning and Master of Science in Civil Engineering at the same time. 

Graduate Certificate in Transportation
The two disciplines also collaborate to offer a Graduate Certificate in Transportation for established professionals looking for a deeper understanding of transportation disciplines.

Doctoral Degree Programs
Our Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Ph.D. in Urban Studies, help shape researchers into the top experts in their fields. Portland State students publish as lead authors at a greater rate than most universities and are disproportionately represented at forums including the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.

Graduate Courses in Transportation

An overview of transportation-focused courses provided by Portland State University.

Graduate Courses offered by (MCECS) Civil & Environmental Engineering

  • CE 507 Transportation Research Communication Seminar (1)
  • CE 510 Computer Applications in CEE (4)
  • CE 510 Transportation Network Analysis (4)
  • CE 510 Transportation and Health (4)
  • CE 514 Transportation Seminar (1)
  • CE 550 Transportation Safety Analysis (4)
  • CE 553 Freight Transportation and Logistics (4)
  • CE 554 Introduction to Multimodal Transportation Engineering Data Analysis (4)
  • CE 555 Intelligent Transportation Systems (4)
  • CE 556 Traffic Engineering (4)
  • CE 558 Public Transportation Systems (4)
  • CE 559 Transportation Operations (4)
  • CE 562 Traffic Engineering Applications and Signal Timing (4)
  • CE 563 Transportation and Logistics Optimization and Modeling (4)
  • CE 593 Design and Operation of Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure (4)
  • CE 595 Sustainable Transportation in the Netherlands (4)
  • CE 596 Theories and Methods of Travel Behavior (4)
  • CE 598 Travel Survey and Data Analysis (4)

Graduate Courses offered by (CUPA) Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning

  • USP 510 Public Transportation Planning and Policy (3)
  • USP 511 Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning Lab (2)
  • USP 514 Transportation Seminar (1)
  • USP 537 Economics of Urban Transportation (3) [Odd years - Winter]
  • USP 543 Geographic Applications in Planning (3)
  • USP 544 Urban Transportation Planning (3)
  • USP 556 Urban Transportation: Problems and Policies (3)
  • USP 565 Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning (3)
  • USP 570 Transportation and Land Use (3)
  • USP 578 Impact Assessment (3)
  • USP 579 State and Local Public Finance (3)
  • USP 582 Sustainable Transportation (3)
  • USP 583 Transportation Finance (3) [Even years - Winter]
  • USP 587 Travel Demand Modeling (3)
  • USP 591 Geographic Information Systems I (4)
  • USP 592 Geographic Information Systems II (4)
  • USP 654 Data Analysis II (4)
  • USP 655 Advanced Data Analysis: Structural Equation Modeling (3)
  • USP 656 Advanced Data Analysis: Multilevel Regression (3)
  • USP 657 Advanced Data Analysis: Discrete Choice Modeling (3)

K-12 Outreach and Education

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Transportation workforce development doesn't always take place at the university level. Students' interest in transportation can start much earlier than that, which is why TREC is always looking for ways to engage elementary and high school students in transportation.

In recent years, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education efforts at the K-12 level have increased significantly and many organizations are seeking to expand the capacity and diversity of the STEM workforce. NITC supports curriculum development projects and initiatives that introduce middle- and high-school students to transportation concepts and careers. Our goal is to increase the number of women and students of color in transportation-focused degree programs, and expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce.

We pursue this goal by offering:

  • Presentations for students interested in learning about careers in transportation
  • Events and workshops that are designed for specific age groups and deep-dive into aspects of the transportation industry
  • Library of Innovative Curriculum found in our extensive collection of Education Projects focused on transportation and livable communities

Transportation Career Presentations

Have a group of students curious about careers in transportation? Contact us at asktrec@pdx.edu and our staff can introduce your students to the industry, the variety of careers, and its importance as a fundamental aspect of human society.

Events and Workshops in 2018

Summer Transportation Institute
WHEN: Two-week residence camp in Summer 2018 (July 8 - 20, 2018)
WHERE: Portland, OR
COST: Free!
REGISTRATION:  Click here to apply
For the third year, we're hosting a two-week residence camp that offers high school girls a foundation in the transportation industry and a chance to strengthen their STEM skills. Students will be introduced to a strong network of women (including ODOT, FHWA, PBOT, and more) working in transportation in the Portland metropolitan region, helping them to build their leadership skills, strengthen their college applications and envision a possible future for themselves working in transportation.

Transportation Workshop at Chicas Summer Camp
WHEN: One-day Workshop in Summer 2018 (date be determined)
WHERE: Portland, OR
COST: Free!
REGISTRATION:  Not yet open, click here to be notified
Chicas Youth Development Program (Chicas) is a year round program; every summer, Chicas provides three scholastic camps. These camps engage Latina youth in workshops and group discussions. Chicas is hosting a transportation-focused summer camp for elementary, middle school and high school students in summer 2017. These camps provide a space for youth to explore and discover different forms of education to further their goals and motivation of higher education in the summer. The Scholastic Camps highlight three main topics and their importance and relevance to a youth’s development. Each week is dedicated to a topic; the topics are the following: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Healthy Lifestyles and Express Yourself: Art, Culture and Dance. For three weeks, students have the opportunity to experience and participate in physical and intellectual challenging activities. These camps introduce them to new and rewarding experiences while providing them with supportive and caring relationships.

GIS Online Story Mapping Workshop (Co-hosted with ChickTech)
WHEN: Spring 2019
WHERE: Portland, OR
COST: Free!
LEARN MORE:  Read about our 2018 GIS workshop
The spatial mapping of events has been evolving as a major method of analysis for centuries. Join us at this one-day workshop for high school girls to become familiar with these concepts, by working with vehicle crash data from the City of Portland. The workshop, held in the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) lab of PSU’s Engineering Building, consists of a morning instruction session and an afternoon applied activity. The day also includes a lunchtime walking tour of active transportation infrastructure around the Portland State University campus. By the end of the day you will have a working understanding of spatial mapping and new ideas for how you can apply them to your city!

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Investigations in Transportation
In 2015, 5th grade classes at Beaverton’s Chehalem Elementary and 5th and 6th graders at Tobias Elementary in Aloha took part in a NITC education project, Investigations in Transportation, co-sponsored by Portland State University, the Portland Metro STEM Partnership and the Oregon Department of Transportation. The students' work yielded functional changes which will likely be made to the parking lots at both schools, resulting in better traffic flow and increased capacity. The unit was designed to teach students real-world applications of core concepts in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). After exploring several potential engineering challenges at their schools, both groups of students chose to work on the “Parking Lot Dilemma.” (LEARN MORE)