CMU Student Interns with SEPTA, Thanks to a Transportation Club Visit Earlier this Year

June 6, 2022
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June 6, 2022

Carnegie Mellon University rising Junior, Ken Huang, started his summer internship at SEPTA on June 6.  Growing up in San Francisco, Ken rode transit and liked that he could get to where he wanted to go without worrying about parking or being stuck in the city’s traffic congestion.

In 2020, Ken came to CMU to learn more about the technical side of transportation, enrolling in the school’s civil engineering program.  He quickly found the Transportation Club and joined.  This past year, Ken joined the leadership team.

During the 2022 spring semester, he participated in a club visit to Philadelphia, where the students visited the University of Pennsylvania (a Mobility21 UTC academic partner) and SEPTA.

During the SEPTA tour, Ken asked lots of questions.  The SEPTA staff person suggested Ken apply to work at SEPTA.  The other club leadership encouraged him to follow-up, which he did.

And now he is working for SEPTA as a summer intern, assisting with engineering work for various infrastructure projects including bus loops/turn arounds.  He is also interested in transit planning and hopes to get some exposure to that as well.

Heinz College Students Present Final Capstone and Thesis Presentations

May 15, 2022
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May 15, 2022

Students in the Heinz College MISM and MSISPM programs presented their final capstone projects and thesis presentations over the course of two days, two of which were advised by Traffic21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell and Mobility21 Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer, and included clients from the US Department of Transportation, PennDOT, and Honda.

Women in Transportation Fellow Hajra Shahab Graduates and Awarded the Barbara Jenkins Service Award

May 15, 2022
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May 15, 2022

Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow 2020-2022 Hajra Shahab was the 2022 recipient of the Barbara Jenkins Service Award at the Heinz College graduation ceremony for the class of 2022.  The award is given annually to a graduating student who has demonstrated service to the Heinz College community and made significant contributions to the quality of life for residents in the Pittsburgh region.

CMU Engineering & Public Policy Course Focuses on Transit in the City of Pittsburgh

April 26, 2022
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April 26, 2022

CMU’s Spring 2022 Engineering and Public Policy Senior Project Course was focused on transit in the City of Pittsburgh and culminated with a poster session highlighting five  group projects.  Mobility21 researcher Destenie Nock was co-instructor of the course and UTC researchers Corey Harper and Stan Caldwell served as advisors and provided feedback throughout the course and at the poster session.  In the photo is Professor Nock and Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure Acting Director Kim Lucas along with some of the students.

Carnegie Mellon University’s Transportation Club Hosts Bike Ride

April 23, 2022
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April 23, 2022

Students affiliated with the Carnegie Mellon University Transportation Club recently participated in a bike ride around downtown Pittsburgh. The event allowed students to network with one another, as well as learn about the active transportation network within the city. The group biked for a total of seven miles, beginning at Hamburg Hall at the CMU Campus, then along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail towards the Strip District. The trail follows parts of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio River, and allowed the students to see a unique side of downtown Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Robotics Network Hosts The State of Our Autonomous Vehicle Industry

April 22, 2022
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April 22, 2022

Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow Hajra Shahab and Executive Director Stan Caldwell participated in the “The State of Our Autonomous Vehicle Industry” event hosted by Pittsburgh Robotics Network.

Seeing industry leaders in the AV space coming together to discuss the future of this technology and the industry at large was an enriching experience. Hearing from leaders from Aurora, Argo AI, Motional, Waymo, and Locomation about the humble beginnings of this technology to full-scale commercialization and IPO listings speaks to how much the industry has grown in a couple of years. It was also quite interesting to see how each industry leader was or has been very closely affiliated with Carnegie Mellon University, particularly the Robotics Institute and University Professor William (Red) L. Whittaker who happens to have mentored almost everyone on the panel during their time at CMU. Professor Red also received the Pittsburgh Robotics Impact Award for his Leadership and Excellence in Robotics at the event.” – Hajra Shahab

Professor Katherine Flanigan Introduces Sensing in CEE Project Course

April 14, 2022
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April 14, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher and CMU College of Civil & Environmental Engineering Professor Katherine Flanigan is providing students with hands-on experience to solve complex problems in engineering by introducing the topic of sensing in her course, “CEE Challenges: Design in a Changing World.”

Freight Mobility Research Institute Hosts 7th Annual UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region

March 25, 2022
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March 25, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher Pingbo Tang‘s UTC research project, “Towards Data-Driven and Continuous Safety Inspection of Commercial Trucks and Trailers” was presented by his student, Chenyu Yuan, at the 7th Annual UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region in Boca Raton, FL.  The goal of the conference was to disseminate information about UTC research and encourage collaboration on future projects.

Mobility21 Participated in Fifth Annual WTS Pittsburgh Chapter Scholarship Gala

March 24, 2022
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March 24, 2022

CMU students Hajra Shahab, Maggie Harger, and Sreya Vangala, joined by Mobility21 Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer, participated in the Fifth Annual Women in Transportation Pittsburgh Scholarship event.  Attendees enjoyed an evening of networking with current and future transportation industry professionals and leaders and celebrated their achievements.

Can Pittsburgh Have Mobility and Justice for All?

March 23, 2022
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March 23, 2022

Mobility21 Women in Transportation Fellow 2018-2020 Bonnie Fan, along with Paul O’Hanlon from the advocacy group Pittsburghers for Public Transit talked about what it would be like to create a more equitable transit system for everybody with City Cast Pittsburgh‘s Senior producer Megan Harris and newsletter editor Francesca Dabecco.  Read the report here or listen to the interview on Apple Podcasts here.

 

Teachers Bring Robotics to Special Education Classrooms Celebrating Champions for Access

March 22, 2022
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March 22, 2022

Hundreds more students across the region are now experiencing robotics thanks to innovative teachers and a partnership with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU). Through a two-part pilot series designed by the AIU & Carnegie Mellon, educators developed and piloted a series of robotic activities & lesson plans for special education and life skills classrooms.

Lead schools participating in the pilot included: Baldwin High School, Carlynton High School, Friendship Academy, Hampton Township High School, Northgate High School, Norwin High School, Quaker Valley High School, and Steel Valley High School.

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit project lead, Dr. Heather Moschetta, who also volunteers as a Special Olympics coach, described the importance and excitement of bringing this content to a broader range of students: “It is unfortunate that some of our learners lack access to STEM fields such as robotics. The goal of this project is to make robotics content accessible to students who otherwise may not have had the opportunity. The teachers who participated created amazing activities and lessons that can expand access for many, many students in the future.”

The activities and lesson plans build upon the Emmy-nominated PBS Learning Robot Doctor television series created in 2020 by WQED Media, Robowits, LLC. (a Mobility21 UTC Deployment partner), Carnegie Mellon University faculty and staff, and PA Rural Robotics with support by the  Pennsylvania Department of Education. Neurodiversity Week is March 21 -27 and World Autism Day is April 2.

Transportation Club Hosts Annual Career Panel

February 25, 2022
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February 25, 2022

The Transportation Club hosted its annual “Careers in Transportation” panel discussion, moderated by Jocelyn Malik of Heinz College, with panelists joining from the public and private sector including:

Students from different different colleges within CMU attended to learn how each panelist paved their career path, projects that keep them engaged, and potential opportunities for young professionals in the transportation sector.

Several key themes within transportation caught the audience’s attention and were the subject of the question and answer session, including the on-time public transit performance, bus scheduling, sustainable transportation, growing autonomous vehicles industry and environmental frameworks for transportation infrastructure.

Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow Helps Presents ‘Mobility for Who?’

February 17, 2022
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February 17, 2022

Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow 2018-2020 Bonnie Fan, along with other members of Pittsburgher’s for Public Transit, presented “Mobility for Who? Rebuilding Bridges to Transportation Justice” to discuss ways to make transit accessibility equitable for all.

SAFE Welcomes Allante’ Whitmore as Director of Autonomous Vehicle Initiative

January 25, 2022
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January 25, 2022

SAFE has announced that former Mobility21 Diversity Fellow Allanté Whitmore has been named Director of their Autonomous Vehicle Initiative, leading efforts to advocate for well-thought out and safe policy solutions to advance critical AV technology. Read more here.

UTC Students Attend Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting

January 14, 2022
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January 14, 2022

Students from 3 of the academic partners of Mobility21, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pennsylvania and The Ohio State University  attended the Transportation Research Board’s 101st Annual Conference in Washington, DC.  The conference offers an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in transportation research, policy, and innovative practices from across the world. Highlights of the event included remarks from keynote speaker, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg on the state of transportation policy in America, emerging challenges, poster presentations on a variety of topics including transportation demand modeling, automated vehicles, emerging technologies and lectern sessions on maintaining equity across transportation systems. The students also met for a networking dinner where they shared experiences working and learning about the field of transportation.

Students Share Their Experiences at the TRB Annual Meeting

January 14, 2022
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January 14, 2022

Carnegie Mellon University students & transportation club members, Donner Kahl and Ibraheem Ameer attended the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

“I had the opportunity to listen to and engage with policy experts and industry professionals. For me, one of the sessions that stood out was about mobility in the developing world. The discussion varied from models that have worked previously, introduction of new micro mobility options, to the sustainability of these practices to improve mobility for more people in these countries …I not only got to connect with industry experts but also got this amazing opportunity to become associated with a committee at the conference.” – Ibraheem Ameer

“I met industry leaders in measuring the economic impact of infrastructure developments. Sessions included collaborations between professionals to develop practical community engagement plans for urban transportation improvements. Speakers addressed a range of topics, including discussing the importance of public outreach for automated vehicle adoption. The influence of Traffic21 and CMU was apparent during my conversations with researchers and businesses. Mentions of the institute, university, or professors received nods of recognition and engaging inquiries….The annual meeting acted as a station where I learned about the exciting opportunities and relationships within transportation and from which I can take the line that best suits my interests and abilities…” – Donner Kahl

Mobility21 UTC Honors “Student of the Year” Rick Grahn at 31st Annual Awards Ceremony

January 8, 2022
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January 8, 2022

Carnegie Mellon University student Rick Grahn was honored tonight as Mobility21 University Transportation Center’s “Student of the Year” at the Council of University Transportation Center’s annual awards event.

Annually, the United States Department of Transportation honors the most outstanding student from each participating University Transportation Center for his/her achievements and promise for future contributions to the transportation field. Students of the year are selected based on their accomplishments in such areas as technical merit and research, academic performance, professionalism, and leadership.

Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 Institute houses Mobility21, the National University Transportation Center for Improving Mobility. Students from CMU, University of Pennsylvania, The Ohio State University, or Community College of Allegheny County were eligible for the Mobility21 UTC nomination.

Meet our winner:

Rick Grahn, the Mobility21 National University Transportation Center for Improving Mobility Student of the Year.

Rick Grahn

Rick Grahn is a research assistant working under Dr. Sean Qian and Dr. Chris Hendrickson in the Mobility Data Analytics Center. His research interests include shared modes and public transit, with a focus on how to best integrate new technologies to improve their efficiency, accessibility, and reliability in both urban and rural settings. Rick is looking forward to a career in research addressing sustainability and equity issues within the transportation system. He is also a registered professional engineer in California.

In 2021, Rick published a paper in Transportation Research Part C and a paper in ASCE: Journal of Infrastructure Systems.

Educating, recruiting and training new workers is critical to managing our country’s infrastructure safely and efficiently.  Mobility21 strives to help develop a transportation workforce capable of designing and maintaining the complex transportation systems of tomorrow. Help us congratulate our 2022 UTC Student of the Year!

To learn more about the University Transportation Centers’ Student of the Year awards please click here.

Heinz College Masters Students Present Capstone

December 9, 2021
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December 9, 2021

CMU Heinz College Masters of Information Systems Management Capstone students Shiyi Liu,  Yanwen Peng. Jiaoying Mu, Kehan Li,  Yilin Hua and Zhenyuan He made a final presentation of their capstone project developing an automated truck departure user interface.  The client was Klara Oberhollenzer, Manager of Development Autonomous Truck Mission Control Product & Partnerships at Daimler Truck North America and the course advisor was Stan Caldwell, Executive Director, Mobility21 UTC.

CMU Students Share Final Capstone Projects

December 2, 2021
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December 1-2, 2021

Students of the CMU Heinz College engage in semester long “Capstone Projects” to apply coursework to real-world scenarios.  Today, students shared the results of their semester long research projects during a poster fair.  The projects featured today included the following transportation related projects:

    • Team US Ignite, advised by Mobility21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer
    • Team Daimler Trucks North America, advised by Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell

Traffic21/Mobility21 University Transportation Center Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium Held

November 4, 2021
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November 4, 2021

The Traffic21/Mobility21 University Transportation Center Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium kicked off earlier today with the Mobility21 UTC Director, Raj Rajkumar, providing a welcome and an overview of updates on activities and plans at the Mobility21 National University Transportation Center.

Yassmin Gramian Keynote Speaker

The keynote speaker for 2021 Symposium was Yassmin Gramian, Secretary of Transportation, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The Symposium’s first panel focused on Equity/Justice and Mobility.  The panel was moderated by Stan Caldwell and featured:

  • Ben Bear, CEO, Spin
  • Carol Lewis, Chair, Transportation Research Board, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Irene Marion, Director, Department of Civil Rights, DOT
  • Beth Osborne, Director, Transportation for AmericaEnvironment/Climate Change Panel

The second panel focused on Environment/Climate Change and Mobility.  The panel was moderated by Chris Hendrickson and featured:

  • Rachael Nealer, Deputy Director for Transportation Technology and Policy at White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Rohan Patel, Senior Global Director, Public Policy and Business Development, Tesla
  • Kelsey Owens, Environmental Protection Specialist, US Department of Transportation

UTC Research Showcase

The Symposium also featured 7 research and academic project presentations, comprising the UTC Academic and Research Showcase.  The projects allowed for a brief Q&A with the researchers upon the conclusion of their video presentation.

Over 130 people from academia, government, community and industry registered to attend the symposium.  View the full list of presenters and videos of the sessions here.

CMU US Ignite Capstone Team Presents Mid-Term Update

October 18, 2021
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October 18, 2021

Today, the CMU US Ignite student Capstone Team (Brittany Pruitt, Dillon Cox, Mika Ansley, Gisselt Gomez, Roy Wang and Sophie Abo, advised by Mobility21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer) presented their mid-term update to the client and advisors.  The class gave this presentation to provide updates and gather feedback from attendees.  The team will be completing their work by the end of the semester.

Mobility21 Supports Student Capstone with Daimler Trucks

October 12, 2021
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October 12, 2021

CMU Heinz College Masters of Information Systems Management students Shiyi Liu, Jioaying Mu, Kihan Li, Yanwen Peng, Yilin Hua, Zhenyuan He, along with their advisor Stan Caldwell from Mobility21, presented midterm capstone project results.  Attending the presentation were clients from Daimler Trucks North America and Torc Robotics who provided feedback on student plans for an automated truck departure approval application.

Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow Hajra Shahab Attends Virtual Grace Hopper Celebration

October 1, 2021
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October 1, 2021

Women in Transportation Fellow Hajra Shahab participated in the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC).  The GHC is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists.  Hajra says that from a stellar speaker line-up to a packed career fair, “GHC is THE place for women interested in exploring a career in tech.” The conference focused on several tech tracks including ArtificiaPhoto of Hajra Shahabl Intelligence,  Computer Systems Engineering, Product Management, Data Science and many more. Below is Hajra’s experience at GHC, and her suggestions for others who plan to attend this conference in future years.

Prepare Resume

Hajra shared that “As there are multiple tracks, one can easily get lost in their job/internship hunt search at GHC and so did I.” She was advised to start well in advance by going over the list of companies participating in the conference and identifying tracks that she would want to focus on.  She shaped her resume accordingly and created different versions, for example, product management and software engineering.  She suggests that for others who attend… DON’T forget to submit your resume on the portal once you seek feedback from your peers and mentors.  She also says to keep an eye on all GHC related emails and conference-specifically the newsletters.

Participate in Career Fair

Apart from preparing her resume, Hajra started early by going through the list of companies participating in the career fair, filtering out teams that she wanted to interact with at the fair.  For others attending, Hajra cautions that the overall process of attending a conference can get overwhelming easily especially when you have to juggle with school, classes and assignments simultaneously and that preparing a schedule in advance can help you optimize time and energy.

Gear up for Intense Networking!Hajra Shahb vGHC

Networking at GHC started even before the conference begins. Talking to past attendees and learning from their experiences helped Hajra clear her thoughts and questions about the conference, saving a lot of time as she was sure of things to make the most of this opportunity.  Talking to her peers who attended this conference previously helped her feel much more confident as she participated in different sessions throughout the conference.

Design your own schedule

Hajra says the conference picks up pace very quickly and it becomes really hard to keep up with conference sessions, speaker corner, tech talks and career fair. If attending, she recommends reviewing the agenda carefully, and creating your own schedule.  While one gets lost with career fair and other networking sessions, she recommends to not forget to attend the keynote speaker session — as it is absolutely worth your time!

Managing notes from each session is the key to success at GHC. Hajra would recommend creating a spreadsheet tracker to track all meetings  (1:1 or group meetings).

Harja enjoyed her experience at GHC, and said she was “…very impressed how they support women who aspire to grow in the field.”

Learn more about the conference here.

Welcoming New Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow Maggie Harger

July 30, 2021
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July 30, 2021

Mobility21 UTC welcomes Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow for 2021-2023, Maggie Harger.

Maggie is pursuing her Master of Science in Public Policy and Management with an interest in transportation policy. Prior to her time at Carnegie Mellon, she completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, and worked as a mobility coordinator for the North King County region near Seattle. This role involved working with city planners, local human service providers, elected officials, and regional transit agencies to identify transportation challenges for populations with unique mobility needs, including older adults, people with disabilities, and low income individuals.

Maggie hopes to continue learning about the intersection of efficient transportation, environmental sustainability, and economic advancement during her time as the Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow. In her spare time, Maggie can be found exploring the many bike paths of Pittsburgh.

Learn more about the Mobility21 student leaders here: https://mobility21.cmu.edu/about/leadership/student-leadership/.

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The Traffic21 Women in Transportation fellowship provides financial support to an incoming student who is entering either the Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College MSPPM (Public Policy and Management) or MISM (Information Systems Management) degree programs.  Students who have demonstrated an interest and commitment to Intelligent Transportation Systems are eligible to apply for the fellowship.  The fellow’s work supports the Mobility21 University Transportation Center’s activities.

RISS Program Hosts Exploring Robotics & Technology Lunch and Learn

June 22, 2021
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June 22, 2021

The Robotics Institute Summer Scholars program of Carnegie Mellon University hosted “Materials & Career Paths in Robotics & Tech” in conjunction with the Technology & Engineering Education Association (TEEAP) to prepare students for 21st century careers in technology.