Ph.D Student receives ITS World Congress Award

February 19, 2015


Congratulations to Mr. Mizanur Rahman, Civil Engineering Ph.D student, who received the first place award from the Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) of America World Congress for his essay entitled “A Dynamic Routing Strategy in a Cooperative Vehicle Environment”. Rahman received a $1500.00 award, was featured in the final program for the congress and presented his paper at the 2014 ITS World Congress in Detroit. Sponsored by the Southwest Research Institute, the Student Essay Competition is designed to encourage student interest and future participation in the development of ITS solutions. The objective of the international essay competition is to provide an opportunity for today’s transportation and engineering students to apply their knowledge in a thought-provoking and enjoyable competition and to build awareness of ITS as a career path with unlimited potential.

“The student essay competition encourages students around the United States to take a more active interest in the application of advanced technologies to transportation by challenging them to focus their concepts and ideas. We are proud to be a part of this ITS America initiative to foster and encourage the advanced technology consultants and solution providers of tomorrow,” said Dr. Steven W. Dellenback, PMP, executive director in SwRI’s Automation and Data Systems Division.

“Unfortunately, non-recurring traffic incidents cause one quarter of all traffic congestion in the United States,” Mr. Rahman says. “Dynamic routing strategies in a cooperative vehicle environment can not only relieve congestion in case of a major incident on the roadway, but also can lead to economic savings, energy conservation, environmental benefits, and improved health and safety.”

His Ph.D. research is focusing on traffic flow modeling in connected vehicle environment that will help assist transportation planners to operate transportation systems more efficiently, reduce travel delay and reduce greenhouse gas emission.

“The award was a pleasant surprise for me,” says Mr. Rahman, adding it was Dr. Mashrur Chowdhury, advisor of Mr. Rahman, who encouraged him to apply in this student essay competition. He is now working as Graduate Research Assistant in Intelligent Transportation System Laboratory at Clemson University.