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Transportation Risk and Resilience Metrics

This research, addressing the areas of Inclusive Advanced Technology Application and Climate Resilient Infrastructure, will evaluate a set of proof-of-concept transportation resilience measures to determine their utility and scalability as state and local performance measures. The research will review the latest scientific literature on risk and resilience measures to catalog methodologies scoring road network assets based on road segment attributes, hazard intersections, network centrality, and accessibility.

Predicting urban stormwater flooding using geomorphic information

Stormwater flooding has emerged as a major challenge in urban areas due to its widespread and adverse impacts on transportation and the normal functioning of the economy. It can also cause loss of life. To predict the depth and duration of flooding at a specific locale, one could use the tools developed for river flooding (due to backwater). These include accurately mapping the terrain and running hydrologic software such as SWMM or HEC-HMS followed by hydraulic engineering software such as HEC-RAS. However, due to the high number of flooding locations, such a task is cost prohibitive.

Dr. Michel Boufadel

Dr. Michel Boufadel is a Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering and Director of the Center for Natural Resources at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (a top 100 University in the USA). Dr. Boufadel served recently on five National Academies committees in relation to oil spills (2012-2019). He also served on a committee by the Royal Society of Canada on “The impact and behavior of oil in aquatic environments”, and served on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board on natural gas extraction from shale formations (2011-2012).

Dr. Abolfazl Karimpour

Dr. Karimpour is an Assistant Professor at the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute. Prior to this role, he was the Manager and Assistant Research Profesor at the Center for Applied Transportation Science at the University of Arizona. He graduated from The University of Arizona with a Ph.D. degree in Transportation Engineering. His research interests are Traffic Operation and Safety, Traffic signal Optimization, Data Analytics, Public Transportation, and Smart Cities Transportation.

Performance Evaluation of Asphalt Mixtures Statewide

Currently, asphalt mixtures are design using volumetric concepts to determine optimum asphalt content levels with no means of verifying mixture performance prior to field production and placement. A new design methodology called Balanced Mixture Design (BMD) promotes the use of evaluating and design asphalt mixture using rutting and fatigue cracking methods and criteria to achieve an optimum asphalt content that will result in an asphalt mixture performing well in rutting and fatigue cracking scenarios – thereby “balancing” the asphalt mixture performance.

Reeves Whitney

Dr. Whitney started at Manhattan College as an adjunct instructor in 2007 for the Civil Engineering Department. After working in the industry and obtaining licensure as both a Professional Engineer and Structural Engineer, he joined the faculty full-time in the School of Engineering in 2011.

Juliette Spertus

Juliette Spertus is an architect, writer and curator. Her work focuses on the relationship between architecture and infrastructure and the possibilities for public space. Fast Trash is her first infrastructure exhibition. She previously worked as a project architect for Michielli Wyetzner Architects in New York and as a designer at Utile, Inc. in Boston. She completed a BA in art history at Williams College and received her professional architecture degree from l’Ecole d’Architecture des Villes et des Térritoires à Marne-la-vallée near Paris, France.

Underground Pneumatic Transport of Municipal Solid Waste and Recyclables Using New York City Subway Infrastructure

While Manhattan’s streets may be the most congested—and carbon-emitting—in the country, the subway system that runs beneath them offers an inspiring example of how efficiently—and with what minimal emissions of greenhouse gases—passengers can be transported. Although the collection and transport of municipal solid wastes produces only a fraction of the congestion and emissions on Manhattan’s surface, in absolute terms the hundreds of thousands of annual truck miles these wastes cause are nonetheless quite significant.

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