C2SMART Deputy Director and Student Win Council of University Transportation Center Awards
The Council of University Transportation Centers honored C2SMART Deputy Director Joseph Chow with the New Faculty Award and Ph.D. Kun Xie with the Exceptional Doctoral Dissertation award. Deputy Director Joseph Y.J. Chow — who heads the school’s Behavioral Urban Informatics, Transport and Logistics (BUILT) Laboratory — received the group’s Cambridge Systematics New Faculty Award, given annually to a tenure-track faculty member who demonstrates excellence in classroom teaching and makes important contributions to research in the transportation field.
Director Kaan Ozbay’s former doctoral student Kun Xie, who accepted a faculty post at the University of Canterbury after earning his degree from NYU Tandon, received CUTC’s Milton Pikarsky Memorial Award for his dissertation: “New Opportunities in Urban Safety Analytics Using Advanced Quantitative Methods and Big Data.” In it, he points out that traffic crashes result in approximately 1.24 million deaths globally each year and are projected to be among the five leading causes of death by 2030 unless urgent actions are taken.