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  • August 3, 2015




    Tia Claridge

    Noureddine Elmehraz

    Jana Huss

    Tyagi Ramakrishan

    Brentin Mosher

    Steven Stopiak

    Phil Winters

    Kristine Williams

    Sara Osman

    Yerrapati Raviteja

    Valeria Compte

    Ratna Seethala

    Xuehao Chu

    Alex Henry

    Sean Barbeau

    LaToyia Fipps


    CUTR Anniversaries

    Xuehao Chu — 22 yrs

    Lisa Staes — 17 yrs

    Sisinnio Concas — 15 yrs

    Diana Byrnes — 12 yrs

    Achilleas Kourtellis —11yrs

    Reena Raturi — 9 yrs

    Ela Bialkowska-Jelinksa – 3 yrs

    Jodi Godfrey – 3yrs

    Cagri Cetin — 1 year

    Abhishikth Pasupuleti — 1 yr

    CUTR will recognize Bill Johnson, Florida Secretary of

    Commerce, President & CEO, Enterprise Florida, Inc. at

    CUTR’s annual Transportation Achievement Awards event on

    November 2, 2015 at the USF Marshall Student Center,

    Tampa Main Campus. This year’s keynote speaker is

    Jim Boxold, Secretary of FDOT. This award is presented annually

    to an individual who has made significant contributions to the transportation field.

    Bill Johnson became President and CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc. on March 2, 2015

    following a 35-year career with Miami-Dade County government. Governor Scott

    appointed Bill to lead the agency that is the state’s principal economic development

    organization serving as a public- private partnership between Florida’s business and

    government leaders. The position also serves as Florida’s Secretary of Commerce.

    During his tenure with Miami-Dade County, Bill served in a number of executive positions

    including eight years as Director of PortMiami; and, as an Assistant County Manager, he

    had oversight of Miami International Airport. Bill also served as Director of the Miami-

    Dade Water & Sewer Department and has had management responsibility for a number of

    the County’s large infrastructure projects including construction of the American Airlines

    Arena and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

    A native of Akron, Ohio, Bill holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the

    University of Tennessee and has served in a number of leadership roles in business, mari-

    time and economic development organizations at the national and international levels.

    Previous award recipients include: Jim Sebesta, Florida Transportation Commissioner

    and former State Senator, A. Wayne Rich, former Chairman, Orlando-Orange County

    Expressway Authority, Jose Abreu, former Secretary of the Florida Department of Trans-

    portation and Director, Miami International Airport Director, Florida Senator Malcolm

    Beard, Ben Watts, former Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida

    Senator James T. Hargrett, Jr., Bob Burleson, President of Florida Transportation

    Builders’ Association, James Ely, former Executive Director of Florida’s Turnpike Enter-

    prise, K. Earl Durden, Chairman, CEO, and Director of Rail Management Corporation,

    U.S. Representative John Mica, David Brown, former chair of the Florida Transportation

    Commission, and Don Crane, former President of Floridians for Better Transportation.

    Contact Grace Hunt at for more details on registering for this event.

  • AEGIS Timesheets

    Pay period 7/31/15 to 8/13/15

    AEGIS submission date is Tuesday,

    August 11 at 10 am.

    Pay period 8/14/15 to 8/27/15

    AEGIS submission date is Tuesday,

    August 25th at 10 am.

    Pay period 8/28/15 to 9/10/15

    AEGIS submission date is Tuesday,

    September 8th at 10 am.

    Alma Mater Days


    PRIDE: Wear your favorite college t-

    shirt, sweatshirt, and the like (must

    display the College’s logo or name)

    the first Friday of every month.

    Friendly banter on performance of

    affiliated sports teams or alumni news

    is also highly encouraged. If you want

    to add a banner or anything to your

    door, that’s great too. Dress code

    restrictions on sleeveless shirts,

    shorts or sandals will remain en-

    forced. Jeans can, of course, be worn

    (with a reminder that a contribution

    ($1) is appreciated).

    GO BULLS!!!

    Alma Mater Days:

     August 7

     September 4

     October 2

     November 6

     December 4


    Chanyoung Lee recently hired Francisco (Paco) Rodriguez and

    Eeaman Iranmanesh . Welcome!

    Christine Epps joins CUTR as a Training Support Specialist

    for the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) team.

    Christine was most recently the Education Coordinator and

    Senior Research Compliance Administrator for the USF Insti-

    tutional Review Board. She has extensive experience in

    planning and coordinating educational activities and events,

    handling registrations of participants, and creating informa-

    tional materials. Prior to this, Christine served as a research

    principal investigator for USF Louis de la Parte Florida

    Mental Health Institute (FMHI). The TDM group is thrilled to have her on their

    team to work on the TDM training contract, Best Workplaces for Commuters, and

    the annual TDM Summit. Christine enjoys riding her bicycle and is working up the

    nerve to bike to work. Maybe when the summer rain, heat and humidity subside,

    she will give it a try! Welcome!

    Tia Claridge is a graduate student from the Bahamas pursuing

    her MS degree in Urban and Regional Planning; she is expected

    to graduate on August 8th. She is currently working on a model

    curriculum for a multimodal transportation course under the

    direction of Kristine Williams, AICP.

    Rui Guo is a Postdoc Scholar who received her PhD in Civil

    Engineering with a concentration in Transportation at USF this

    past May. She received her MS in Civil Engineering at USF and

    her BS degree in Transportation Engineering from Southeast

    University, Nanjing, China. During her study at USF, she

    worked as a Graduate Research Assistant in Dr. Yu Zhang’s

    research group; she did her internship in Albeck Gerken, Inc. on

    modeling and data analysis and she was also involved in multi-

    ple traffic operation projects as a Graduate Research Assistant

    at CUTR. She presented her studies on urban traffic and airport operations at TRB

    and published several research papers in the Transportation Research Part C peer-

    reviewed journals . Her research interests focus on traffic control and operations,

    intelligent transportation system (ITS), transportation safety, transportation sustain-

    ability in urban and air transportation. She will be working with Dr. Pei-Sung Lin

    with the ITS, Traffic Operations and Safety Program. Welcome!


    August 4 CUTR Managers’ Meeting, CUT207, 1:30 pm

    August 12 CUTR Advisory Board teleconference, CUT102, 9:00 am

    August 18 CUTR Staff meeting, CUT102, 9:00 am

    September 7 USF Holiday — Labor Day


    August 20 A New Set of Equations to Address Urban Transportation: $ In = $ Out = Tolling for Transit,

    Presenter: Joe Waggoner, Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority

    September 3 Technology Application among Florida Community Transportation Coordinators,

    Presenter: Nevine Georggi


    Steve Reich presented “Integrating Transit with Managed Lanes Projects” at the IBTTA Summit on All-Electronic

    Tolling, Managed Lanes & Interoperability in Miami. Hosted by the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, the three-day

    summit focused on the technology, business rules, and policies needed to achieve nationwide interoperability of all-

    electronic toll (AET) collection systems. It also addressed the latest developments in managed lane projects, the migra-

    tion to AET, sustainable transportation, and customer demographic changes.

    Alexandria Carroll will be graduating with a MS in Urban and Regional Planning; she

    accepted a faculty position at CUTR with the Planning and Corridor group;

    Cagri Cetin will be graduating with a MS in Computer Science; he will continue to work with the

    TDM group and pursue a PhD in Computer Science;

    Valeria Compte will be graduating with a BS in Health Science with a concentration in

    Biological Sciences. She will continue to work with the ITS group; she would like to find a job as a

    field biologist or botanist at one of the State Parks.


    Left to Right: Dr. Seckin Ozkul, Matt Weaver, Ron Chin, Chester Chandler, Dr. Pei-Sung Lin

    Personnel from the Florida Department of Transportation, District 7: Ron Chin, Traffic Operations Engineer,

    Chester Chandler, ITS Program Manager, and Matt Weaver, Safety Engineer came to CUTR to meet with

    Dr. Pei-Sung Lin and Dr. Seckin Ozkul. They visited the USF Research Park lab to