Essam Radwan, Ph.D., P.E. , F. ASCE Executive Director of CATSS
As CATSS Executive Director, it gives great pleasure to update the transportation research and education community on the center’s recent activities. The center continues to witness moderate growth in graduate students’ enrollment, research associates, and Post Doctoral participation.
We revisited the center’s strategic plan and realized that we have to make some adjustments to the center’s strategic initiatives. The changes in the profession in terms of new technologies, safety and funding issues, and shortage in trained professionals have given us an opportunity to restructure the center to meet these new challenges. Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty continues to serve as CATSS Deputy Director. In August 2013 he was appointed to become the seventh chairman of the Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering Department. Five programs were crystallized to support the theme of the center and they are: Advanced Intelligent Transportation Technologies & Communications, Traffic Safety, Advanced Simulation Training & Transportation Applications, Congestion Pricing, and Transportation & Air Quality.
We continue to be an active player with the University Transportation Center (UTC) program of USDOT. Our center is a member of the National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management (NCTSPM) and we are starting the second year of this national center’s operation. Georgia Tech heads the consortium and other members of the team include Florida International University and University of Alabama at Birmingham.
I am honored to continue my affiliation with CATSS and invite you to share our excitement while we start our sixteenth year in operation. Please drop me a note or stop by to visit our labs and chat with our faculty, research associates, and students and witness tomorrow’s research and education being executed today.