Please Read Before Contacting Me About an Assistantship

Current Opportunities: I do not have any research opportunities available until Fall semester 2022, as I am planning to be on sabbatical for the 2021-2022 academic year.​

Best Practice Information: I encourage prospective students with interests to apply big data and systems modeling techniques to inform the planning, design, and operation of transportation and cyber systems to contact me to discuss graduate research opportunities. My research is focused at the intersection of transportation engineering, systems modeling, economics, cybersecurity, policy, and several other fields. Therefore, if programming in a new language, building new models, and understanding the implementation of the research you conduct interests you, my research group will probably be a good fit for you. But before contacting me about graduate study opportunities and to improve the likelihood that I will reply to your inquiry, consider all of the following:


  1. I post and maintain current open graduate research assistantship opportunities supported by funded projects at the top of this webpage. I may have additional opportunities (not listed) for projects whose funding could be awarded within the time frame you plan to start graduate study. I am also willing and excited to work with students who bring their own funding, e.g., through a:

  2. I respond to inquiries when a prospective student describes their research interests and explains how their interests fit with my research work. Don't just say you are interested -- tell me why you are interested, how you fit with my existing projects, and what the benefit will be for my research program should you join! In short, what will you will bring to the table?


  3. Civil and Environmental Engineering and graduate school websites contain general information about graduate admission requirements and deadlines and how to apply. The Civil and Environmental Engineering website also contains information on other faculty. You should review the specialties of all the faculty and only contact faculty whose research activities directly match your interests.


  4. Do not ask me if I think you have the credentials to be admitted -- that is a decision for the admissions committee and no one can answer that question without seeing your entire application.


  5. I do not respond to generic requests as well as all form letters sent to multiple professors. You need to first take the time to look at my research and tell me how my research fits your interests (see #2) before I will take the time to read and respond to your email.


  6. My research requires students to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with diverse technical and non-technical audiences and stakeholders. You must demonstrate ability to communicate effectively. You may also submit samples of your writing such as a BS or MS thesis, peer-reviewed journal articles, or engineering reports.