C2SMARTER Wins USDOT Tier 1 UTC Designation Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

C2SMART Center is proud to announce that its proposal to form the Connected Communities for Smart Mobility Toward Accessible and Resilient Transportation for Equitably Reducing Congestion (C2SMARTER) Center was selected for funding by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). C2SMARTER is one of just twenty centers selected for Tier 1 University Transportation Center (UTC) designation under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) by U.S. DOT. The awards, announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, provide $435 million to form UTCs around the country.

Daniel Vignon

Daniel Vignon is currently pursuing his PhD in Civil Engineering and MA in Economics at the University of Michigan. Under the supervision of Professor Yafeng Yin, his research seeks to inform the design, regulation and operation of emerging mobility services and of smart infrastructure systems. Drawing from his background in both engineering and economics, he models and analyzes the interactions of these systems with different markets, studies their impact on social welfare, and designs policies to maximize welfare. He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Eugene Vinitsky

Eugene Vinitsky has a PhD in controls and optimization from UC Berkeley’s Mechanical Engineering department. Prior to that, he received his MS in physics from UC Santa Barbara and a BS in physics from Caltech.

Bingqing Liu and the Transportation Revolution

“Transportation,” says Bingqing Liu, “can be revolutionary.” For Liu, the rapidly changing nature of transportation systems is its biggest draw — as early as high school, she was fascinated by how quickly transportation technology was evolving.

Ding Wang on Curiosity in Research

Curiosity got the better of Ding Wang. She first became interested in transportation as an undergraduate, but it wasn’t necessarily the nuts and bolts that first captured her interest – it was people.

Semiha Ergan on Engineering’s Role in Everyday Life

Dr. Semiha Ergan first fell in love with civil engineering as sixth rader in the Republic of Turkey, on a field trip to see Anitkabir, the mausoleum of the country’s the first president and founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The tomb, an imposing structure seated at the end of a long walkway, hypnotized her.

Srushti Rath

Srushti Rath Research Assistant, C2SMART Srushti Rath is a Ph.D. candidate at New York University (NYU) Tandon School of Engineering and a research assistant at the C2SMART Tier 1 University

Lamia Iftekhar

Lamia Iftekhar Visiting Scholar Lamia Iftekhar is an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North South University (NSU), Dhaka, Bangladesh, where she has been serving since September

Bekir Bartin

Bekir Bartin Associate Professor, Özyeğin University Dr. Bekir O. Bartin is a full time associate professor at Özyeğin University. Prior to his current position he was the founding chair at Civil Engineering