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2013 TURF Presentations

2013 Transportation Fellows Present Summer Research Findings

Six students who received 2013 Transportation Undergraduate Research Fellowships (TURF) from the Center for Transportation and Livable Systems, present their research findings below.  Students Bryan Blanc, Joseph Buyonje, Eamon Flannery, Michael Gangi, Nicholas Langer, and Edwin Olivos received TURF honors this year, conducting independent research on a variety of topics with their CTLS research advisors.

Transportation Undergraduate Research Fellowship (TURF) grants are awarded annually by the  Center for Transportation and Livable Systems (CTLS). The TURF program is designed to give Engineering students a chance to conduct intensive research as undergraduates under the guidance of University of Connecticut  faculty members and CTLS-affiliated researchers. Each student selected as a Fellow receives $2,000 to pursue individual research projects which begin in June and last through August.

 

Bryan Blanc and Michael Gangi collaborated on their TURF research, “The Effects of Urban Fabric Changes on Real Estate Property Tax Revenue: Evidence from Six American Cities” under the guidance of Civil and Environmental Engineering associate professor Norman Garrick.

Abstract: This study analyzed the changes in urban fabric in six small American cities over fifty years and quantified the resulting changes in tax revenue.

Blanc and Gangi TURF Poster

 

Joseph Buyonje conducted his research titled “Red Light Running Analyisis” under the guidance of Civil and Environmental Engineering professor John Ivan.

Abstract:  Cities and towns often try to control the number of accidents at intersections by installing traffic lights. The installed traffic lights guide traffic bringing about less commotion and accidents. However, many drivers stubbornly do not obey the traffic signals, driving through these intersections when the signals are red. Indeed, across the nation, red light running has been a cause of serious intersection safety issues. On many occasions, this risky and dangerous behavior by these disorderly drivers leads to accidents whose severity can vary from personal injury to those involving fatalities.

Buyonje TURF Poster

 

Eamon Flannery conducted his TURF research, “Safety Evaluation of Pedestrian Accommodation at Signalized Intersections in Connecticut” under the guidance of Civil and Environmental Engineering professor John Ivan.

Abstract:  The goal of this study is to collect and analyze pedestrian behavior from intersections with both concurrent and exclusive pedestrian timing.  This will be done by comparing pedestrian signal compliance at intersections with different characteristics. Conclusions about how the safety of pedestrians could be improved based on analysis of data are presented.

Flannery TURF Poster

 

Nicholas Langer pursued his TURF research topic, “Risk Assessment of Hazardous Materials Transportation Routes” under the guidance of Civil and Environmental Engineering associate professor, Nicholas Lownes.

Abstract:  This project implements a risk measurement associated with the transportation of hazardous materials (hazmat). The risk measure was applied to two routes located in the city of New Haven, Connecticut. The factors contributing to the risk measurement are population and the vehicle accident rate.

Langer TURF Poster

 

Edwin Olivos conducted his TURF research, “Database Component Development for the tHUB Title VI Project” under the guidance of Computer Science and Engineering professor Dong-Guk Shin.

Abstract:  The objectives of this work are to learn about data collection, analysis and database concepts (MSQL Server 2008), assist graduate  researchers and faculty with construction of t-HUB database components and investigate procedures for sampling, testing, checking and visualizing data, as well as verifying the correctness of database tables.

Olivos TURF Poster

 

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