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Mike McCoy

Mike McCoy
Position: 
Emeritus Director of ULTRANS
Mike McCoy is ULTRANS' Founding Director and Principal Investigator. He specializes in the development of information and models for studying and forecasting urban growth, transportation systems use, and environmental impacts including land, air and water. He has 35 years of experience in urban planning, land use and infrastructure planning policy, and data aggregation and distribution issues.

Mike McCoy is an information entrepreneur with 35 years of experience and three startups behind him. He specializes in the development of information and models for studying and forecasting urban growth, transportation systems use, and environmental impacts including land, air and water.

Mike McCoy founded the University of California, Davis Extension Land Use and Natural Resources program in 1982, an educational program brining thousands of land use and environmental policy and science professionals back to campus each year for continuing education. He also co-founded the Information Center for the Environment at U.C. Davis in 1994 along with his colleague, Professor James F. Quinn. The Center is a national node for biological information, hosting California’s drinking water safety data, California’s Environmental Quality Act Data, and is the home to numerous research projects involving species distribution, climate change and the environmental impacts of transportation.

Mike was named founding director of the Urban Land Use and Transportation Center (ULTRANS) at U.C. Davis in November 2008. ULTRANS is engaged in choice research for transportation mode selection, policy analysis for GHG reduction strategies, land use forecasting through advanced spatially disaggregate urban microeconomic modeling and recently completed the California Statewide Travel Demand Model, the first tour based statewide transportation activity model in the United States.

Susan Handy

Susan Handy
Position: 
Professor, Environmental Science and Policy; Director, Sustainable Transportation Center; Deputy Director, ULTRANS
Professor Handy is currently a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis, and the Director of the Sustainable Transportation Center (part of the Federal University Transportation Centers program). She is also the Deputy Director of the Urban Land Use and Transportation Center. Professor Handy's research focuses on the relationships between transportation and land use. She is particularly interested in the impact of land use on travel behavior and creating strategies for reducing automobile dependence.

Professor Handy teaches in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California at Davis. She has courses in the Environmental Policy and Planning major and in the Transportation Technology and Policy Program.

Susan Handy is also the director of the Sustainable Transportation Center, part of the federal university transportation centers program. Her research focuses on the relationships between transportation and land use, particularly the impact of land use on travel behavior, and on strategies for reducing automobile dependence. Her recent work includes a series of studies on bicycling in Davis, examinations of changing policies and practices in regional transportation planning, an exploration of the travel needs of recent immigrants in California, and a study of the effect of cul-de-sacs on children’s outdoor play.

Professor Handy serves on the Committee on Land Development and Transportation, the Committee on Women’s Transportation Issues, and the Committee on Transportation Education of the Transportation Research Board. She received her B.S.E. in Civil Engineering from Princeton University (1984), her M.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University (1987), and her Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley (1992).

Caroline Rodier

Caroline Rodier
Position: 
Associate Director
Dr. Rodier is ULTRANS' associate director and senior researcher for integrated modeling. Her major areas of research include transportation and land use planning and environmental policy analysis. Caroline leads a staff of 12 researchers in the development manages the development of two California statewide models, an activity based microsimulation travel model (CSTDM) and a spatial economic model (PECAS), as well as an activity based microsimulation travel model for the San Joaquin Valley region.

Caroline Rodier is the Associate Director of the Urban Land Use and Transportation Center (ULTRANS) at the University of California at Davis. Her major areas of research include transportation and land use planning and environmental policy analysis. Her interests include the development and application of land use and transport models. At ULTRANS, she manages the development of two California statewide models, an activity based microsimulation travel model (CSTDM) and a spatial economic model (PECAS), as well as an activity based microsimulation travel model for the San Joaquin Valley region. She previously served as a Senior Researcher at the University of California at Berkeley, where she evaluated behavioral effects of new transportation technology. She has designed and implemented research evaluation programs for transit and truck smart parking systems, shared-use low-speed modes, and automated speed enforcement systems. She is the Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Emerging and Innovative Public Transport and Technologies. She holds a B.A. in US History from Barnard College at Columbia University and a M.S. in Community Development and Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California at Davis.

Alan T. Brownlee

Position: 
TBD
Affiliated Organizations: 
Dr. Alan Brownlee has over 35 years of experience in both Canada and the UK. He specializes in the areas of travel forecasting, assessment of transportation needs, and development of transportation plans for urban areas.

Ph.D., P.Eng.
Alan has over 35 years of experience in both Canada and the UK. He specializes in the areas of travel forecasting, assessment of transportation needs, and development of transportation plans for urban areas. He has been responsible for the completion of a variety of transportation planning projects in Canada and the UK He is recognized as one of the leading practitioners in practical travel demand modeling in Canada, and has co-authored several papers on the application of these models in the urban Canadian context. In particular, he has had direct responsibility for the development and use of a significant number of multi-modal regional travel models, sub-area traffic assignment models, and corridor traffic microsimulation assignment models. The sub-area and corridor traffic assignment models have been used to assess detail traffic operation of existing and proposed developments and alternative network configurations. This work has included interaction with members of the public and elected officials. In addition, he is recognized as a leader in the field of estimation of vehicle emissions. He is Co-Chair of the Alberta Clean Air Strategic Alliance Vehicle Emissions Team, and is an advisor to Alberta Infrastructure on transportation climate change issues. Alan is also General Supervisor of Forecasting and Assessment at the City of Edmonton, and is president of his own consulting company.

John E. Abraham

Position: 
TBD
Affiliated Organizations: 
John is a principal with HBA Specto, INC. in Calgary.

Ph.D., P.Eng.
John has expertise in developing and calibrating models to provide computer simulations that are both accurate and practical for analyzing policy and scenarios. His development and use of models has focused on understanding and measuring the relationship between the transportation system and the larger community, and modeling these relationships in land use transport interaction models. He is an expert on survey techniques for understanding preferences, measuring tradeoff rates and predicting behavior. Surveying projects include surveys to predict mode choice in Phoenix, Ohio, Calgary, Edmonton and Kathmandu (Nepal), and surveys to understand broad citizen preferences in Calgary and Edmonton. Modeling projects include land use and transportation models of the Sacramento region and the State of Oregon, a model of the demand for passenger traffic on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, a model of cyclists preferences for Edmonton a mode choice model for Kathmandu, Nepal and a review of the land use model of Auckland, New Zealand. As a volunteer, John has worked with stakeholder groups and community associations, and is chair of the Calgary Alternative Transportation Co-operative. John is also president of T. J. Modelling Ltd.

John Douglas Hunt

Position: 
TBD
Dr. Doug Hunt is a professor of Transportation Engineering at the University of Calgary and president of Hunt Analytics Incorporated.

Ph.D., P.Eng.
Doug is an internationally recognized and widely published expert in land use and transport interaction modeling. He has about 15 years of experience in transportation demand modeling and land use transport interaction modeling in Europe, the United States and Canada. He has assisted in the successful development of multimodal transportation models or land use and transportation interaction models for various cities, including: London, Edinburgh, Dortmund, Naples, Dublin, San Diego, Sacramento, Phoenix, Edmonton and Calgary. He was a special modeling advisor to Union Railways, the British Rail subsidiary developing the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, for 4 years. He has also worked on regional transportation and land use models for Oregon, Sweden, Southeast England and Central Chile. His special expertise is in the design and calibration of these models, developing them so that they can be used to examine policy alternatives involving such things as infrastructure development, alterations in land use regulations, changes in transportation conditions (including operations, tariffs and user costs) and new economic and fiscal arrangements. His experience in both private consulting and university teaching and research make him a powerful communicator with a broad understanding of both the technical issues and the practical constraints involved in real-world modeling work. Doug is a professor of Transportation Engineering at the University of Calgary and president of Hunt Analytics Incorporated.

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