The Center for Transportation Research has established itself as a go-to source for information, research, and expertise in all areas of transportation. In 2014, CTR established its Fellows program to recognize some of the people who have helped advance that work. The program’s purpose is to recognize and improve collaboration among faculty across the university who are focused on transportation-related research.
“Our goal is for faculty fellows to play an active role in our center, helping provide new ideas and initiatives,” said David Clarke, director of the program and a research associate professor of civil and environmental engineering. “At the same time, we realize that working together across departments is often the key to success, so we foster that as well.
“Members of the 2021 class bring innovative perspectives to transportation research through their expertise in transportation equity, GIS modeling and visualization, intelligent transportation technologies, supply chain management, neural engineering, brain-computer interface, computational physiology, and Alzheimer’s care. In this class, we introduce our second Student Fellow, Pankaj Dahal.”
– Dr. David B. Clarke, CTR Director
Dr. Courtney Cronley is an Associate Professor in UTK’s College of Social Work. Her research spans transportation equity, feminist geography, and access to opportunities for individuals experiencing homelessness, poverty, and housing disruption. She teaches graduate-level courses in applied statistics and research methods. She is a faculty liaison for the National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services and leads the UT AccessKnox Community of Scholars. She presents nationally and internationally on transportation equity and community-based planning, and currently co-leads a study of latent transportation demand among families facing economic and housing insecurity.
Mr. Pankaj Dahal is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil & Environment Engineering, and he is also pursuing his Master’s in Statistics from Haslam College of Business. He graduated with a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. His research interests include GIS for transportation planning, GIS modeling and visualization, data mining and statistical analysis, machine learning, and deep learning. Most recently, he has been assisting Dr. David Clarke to study railroad traffic flows within the U.S. Among his contributions, he updated the UT rail network, prepared data sets using the Carload WayBill sample, and ran the RAILNET model to produce results.
Dr. Asad Khattak is Beaman Distinguished Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UTK. He serves as the Associate Director for the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety—a competitively awarded US Department of Transportation National University Transportation Center. His research focuses on intelligent transportation technologies, transportation safety, and sustainable transportation. Dr. Khattak received his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University. He is Editor of Science Citation Indexed Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems and Associate Editor of International Journal of Sustainable Transportation.
Dr. Alex Rodrigues is a Senior Lecturer of Supply Chain Management in the Haslam College of Business at UTK. Dr. Rodrigues has published in supply chain management and logistics journals. He is co-author of the book Business Logistics: The Brazilian Perspective. He has also acted as the chief editor of the journal Latin American Business Review between 2012 and 2014. His teaching and research interests involve: Global logistics strategy and operations; Global/national logistics expenditures and performance indexes; Humanitarian/disaster relief logistics; Supply chain disruptions; Inventory strategy and deployment; and Empirical/theoretical modeling of supply chains.
Dr. Xiaopeng Zhao is a professor of mechanical, aerospace, and biomedical engineering at UTK. Dr. Zhao’s teaching and research interests include neural engineering, brain-computer interface, social robotics, Alzheimer’s care, machine learning, artificial intelligence, computational physiology, and dynamics and control. He is the director of the One UT Collaboration and Innovation Grant on Detection, Care and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease. He has served as the faculty lead for the Brain Computer Interface Community of Scholars at the University of Tennessee since 2018.