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Improving Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Through Research

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  • Moderator: David Hurwitz, Ph.D., Professor, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

  • Istiak Bhuyan, Doctoral Student, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD

    Istiak Bhuyan is a Doctoral candidate at Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Studies at Morgan State University under the guidance of Dr. Celeste Chavis. Much of his research on topics ranging from Equity in Transportation, Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety, Geospatial and Big Data Applications in Transportation, and Multimodal Transportation systems. Currently he is investigating pedestrian safety through video surveillance in Washington DC. He earned his master’s in Environmental Planning. He is frequent paper reviewer for several TRB committees and other journals as well. He has published and presented his research in many journals and conferences. Prior to his doctoral journey, he worked as GIS Analyst for Exelon Corporation. He has nearly five years of experience in the Transportation Planning field and has conducted several federally funded research projects.

  • Celeste Chavis, Ph.D, P.E., Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies,Associate Professor Transportation and Urban Infrastructure Studies Civil Engineering, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD

    Dr. Celeste Chavis, associate professor, is jointly appointed in the Departments of Transportation & Urban Infrastructure Studies and Civil Engineering at Morgan State University. She is currently serving as Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies for the School of Engineering. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (2012) in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Maryland. Since joining Morgan in 2013, Dr. Chavis has been PI or co-PI in research awards totaling approximately $14M. Her research focuses on transportation operations, safety, and performance metrics for multimodal transportation systems through an equity lens.

  • Kay Fitzpatrick, Ph.D, P.E., PMP, Senior Research Engineer/Program Manager/Regents Fellow, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX

    Kay Fitzpatrick is a Senior Research Engineer with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Her research interests include pedestrian treatments, roadway geometric design, traffic control devices, roadway safety, and the effects of posted speed limits on safety and operations. Her work has influenced changes in the TxDOT Roadway Design Manual, FHWA MUTCD, and the AASHTO Green Book.

  • Brian Tefft, Senior Researcher, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Washington, D.C

    Brian Tefft, RSP1, is a Senior Researcher with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in Washington, DC. His research uses state-of-the art statistical methods to quantify traffic safety problems and evaluate the effectiveness of countermeasures. He conducts and manages research on a wide variety of traffic safety topics including distracted, drowsy, and impaired driving; teenage drivers; senior drivers; advanced vehicle technologies; and pedestrian safety. Mr. Tefft holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Brown University.

  • Douglas Phillip Cobb, Ph.D, P.E., PTOE, RSP2I, Traffic Safety Engineer, Burgess and Niple, Miami, FL

    Dr. Douglas Cobb is a professional engineer, professional traffic operations engineer, and level two road safety professional with focus in infrastructure. Dr. Cobb has over 10 years of experience including traffic operations, bicycle and pedestrian planning, safety engineering and human factors. Dr. Cobb’s expertise lie within safety engineering and he has worked heavily with local, state, and federal agencies including VDOT, FDOT, ODOT, FHWA, NCHRP, and NHTSA. Dr. Cobb currently resides in Miami, Florida working as a Traffic Safety Engineer with Burgess and Niple, Inc.

  • Hisham Jashami, Ph.D, RSP1, Assistant Professor, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

    Dr. Hisham Jashami is an Assistant Professor (Sr Res) of Transportation Engineering in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU) and a certified Road Safety Professional Engineer and data analyst. Prior to his appointment at OSU, Hisham worked as a Research Associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan State University. His research has been focused on topics related to transportation safety, human factors, driving & bicycling simulators, autonomous vehicle simulation, and data analysis. During the course of his academic career, Dr. Jashami has worked on externally funded research from agencies including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, the Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans), and various State Departments of Transportation. He has been practicing as a civil and transportation engineer for over 15 years.

August 3, 2022
Wed 9:00 AM CDT

Duration 1H 30M

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