Research Team – Students

Current Post Docs

Dr. Einat Tenenboim

University: Georgia Tech
Degree Program: Postdoctoral Fellow
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Einat is a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. She works with Dr. Srinivas Peeta in this project on modeling ride-hail drivers’ behavior. Her research interests are: travel behavior analysis, discrete choice modeling, driving behavior and simulation, connected and autonomous transportation, and decision making.

Current Students

Abubakr Ziedan

University: University of Tennessee Knoxville
Degree Program: PhD in Transportation Engineering
Hometown: Khartoum, Sudan
Abubakr is a PhD student in Transportation Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and is working with Dr. Candace Brakewood. Abubakr has gained a wide and diverse professional experience in transportation engineering before he started his Ph.D. His research focuses on exploring the latest national transit ridership trends including the impacts of COVID-19 on transit ridership. He is also intrested in trends in transit ridership, transit planning and operations and transit mobile ticketing. He is also the 2018 recipient of the Donald C. Hyde Memorial Essay Scholarship presented by American Public Transportation Foundation.

Ashley Hightower

University: University of Tennessee Knoxville
Degree Program: Bachelors of Civil Engineering
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Ashley is an Undergraduate Research Assistant working for Dr. Candace Brakewood at the University of Tennessee. She does background research on studies that explore innovative, equitable solutions for mass transit, such as fare capping to increase ridership and to reduce the fare burden for those with low income. Her role in Dr. Brakewood’s T-SCORE research is to collect data on mobile fare payment applications. She is interested in the expansion of mass transit options in America including Transit Oriented Development and Mobility as a Service.

Bianca Mers

University: Georgia Tech
Degree Program: Masters of City and Regional Planning
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Bianca is a Master of City and Regional Planning student specializing in land use. She is assisting Dr. Kari Watkins on T-SCORE Center operations and research on the community analysis track. Bianca is passionate about the intersection of land use, zoning, and accessibility and hopes to create more just and liveable communities.

Christopher Day

University: Brigham Young University
Degree Program: BS in Civil Engineering, Transportation Emphasis
Hometown: Pelham, New Hampshire, USA
Christopher is currently studying Civil Engineering at Brigham Young University. He is a research assistant for Dr. Gregory Macfarlane, and more specifically, he is working on the Multi-Agent Simulation part of the T-SCORE project. He also enjoys playing sports, and his true passion is tennis.

Hongzhao Guan

University: Georgia Tech
Degree Program: Ph.D. in Machine Learning
Hometown: Beijing, China
Hongzhao is a Ph.D. student in the Industrial and System Engineering Department at Georgia Tech. He works with Dr. Pascal Van Hentenryck and is a member of the Socially Aware Mobility (SAM) lab. His research focus is to apply optimization and machine learning to solve problems in mobility.

Jawad Mahmud Hoque

University: University of Kentucky
Degree Program: PhD in Civil Engineering
Hometown: Pirojpur, Bangladesh adopted by Lexington, Kentucky
Jawad Hoque is a PhD candidate at the University of Kentucky. He is working with Dr. Greg Erhardt on the Multi-Agent Simulation and Optimization Track for T-SCORE. Jawad’s primary research focus is traffic forecast accuracy and transit ridership in the US, pre and post-COVID. Before starting grad school, he has worked for the World Bank in Bangladesh. He is an ardent reader of high-fantasy and can talk for hours on Targaryen, Manetheren and middle-earth history.

Nate Lant

University: Brigham Young University
Degree Program: Masters in Civil Engineering
Hometown: Draper, Utah
Nate is working with Dr. Greg Macfarlane as part of extending the simulation to the Salt Lake City Area. Nate’s research is specifically on the simulation of on-demand mobility for wheelchair accessibility. Nate enjoys golf, rock climbing, slalom skiing, and road trips to new destinations.

Nitesh Shah

University:University of Tennessee
Degree Program: PhD in Transportation Engineering
Hometown:Kathmandu, Nepal
Nitesh is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK) and a Graduate Advancement Training and Education (GATE) fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He also works with Dr. Chris Cherry and Dr. Candace Brakewood. Some of his research interests include micro-mobility, travel behavior, sustainability, and a big data approach in transportation.

Sarah Nastasi

University: Georgia Tech
Degree Program: Masters in Civil Engineering, specialized in Transportation Systems Engineering
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Sarah is working with Dr. Watkins in the Community Analysis Track to conduct a survey of transit agencies across the United States to better understand the constraints and opportunities they face. Outside of research, Sarah is an avid outdoorswoman. She’s passionate about sustainability and equal opportunities for communities. She is a member of the Georgia Tech rowing team and go on bike rides and hikes whenever she can.

Vedant Shriniwas Goyal

University: University of Kentucky
Degree Program: PhD Candidate

Vedant is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kentucky. He is working with Dr. Greg Erhardt on the Multi-Agent Simulation and Optimization Track for T-SCORE. In the initial project leading to the formation of the T-SCORE Center, Vedant has focused on using MATSim, an open-source large-scale agent-based transport simulation framework, on simulating the effect of strategies to increase transit ridership reallocating bus service.

His research interest lies in the area critical to tackling urban mobility, namely strategic public transportation policy, planning, and digitization. It stems from the Indian Cities he has worked and lived in, which are tackling their own set of urban transport challenges closely tied to their fundamental strengths – booming cities, a vibrant young workforce, and robust economic growth. Vedant has thirteen years of experience ranging from various aspects of transport planning in Asian countries, including preparing transport plans, public transportation planning, parking management and traffic studies, road safety audits, and the use of geospatial technologies. He has designed, developed, and conducted more than 25 training courses in sustainable urban transport targeting skill development of city officials, other public functionaries, and urban professionals working in urban transport arena.

Yufei Xu

University: Georgia Tech
Degree Program: Ph.D in Computer Science
Hometown: Taizhou, China
Yufei is a Ph.D. student in the Computational Science and Engineering program of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech. He is working for Dr. Srinivas Peeta as his GRA. He received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2019. His research interests include connected and autonomous vehicles and machine learning.