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Civil Engineering Graduate Student Selected Student of the Year by National Transportation Body

November 02, 2017

University of Idaho Civil Engineering master's student Regan Hansen of Firth, Idaho, has been selected to receive the 2017 Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) student of the year award. U of I's National Institute of Advanced Transportation Technology is a member of the regional University Transportation Center (UTC) known as PacTrans.

Hansen's graduate research is focused on investigating the effects of roadway geometry on drivers' choice to pass on rural two-lane highways using driving simulation. More broadly he is interested in finding ways to leverage big data from connected vehicles, intelligent transportation systems, mobile technology, etc., to improve the safety and operational performance of our transportation systems.

"Regan's exemplary achievements, both in the classroom and in his commitment and service to his fellow students and community, reflect highly on his character and work ethic and make him a worthy candidate for this award," wrote Kevin Chang, assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Hansen's graduate advisor.

Hansen will receive his award in at the annual CUTC awards banquet in January 2018 in Washington, D.C.

PacTrans is a coalition of transportation professionals and educators from U of I, Oregon State University, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, University of Washington, and Washington State University.

The CUTC was established to promote university research, education, workforce development and technology transfer as essential to the nation's transportation system.

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