The Center for Urban Transportation Research saw a great deal of success this past year, thanks to Dr. Bertini and his students. In October, he took part in the ITS World Congress in Singapore. During his time there, Bertini was invited to give a guest lecture at TUMCREATE and moderated a discussion entitled “Enabling Automated and Integrated Urban Public Transport Service.” In November, three of his transportation students received the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship.
On January 2nd, 2020, Dr. Philippidis was awarded a fellowship to work with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki by the Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program. For the fellowship, he will travel to Greece and work on the development of sustainable algae technology. "The project is expected to lead to joint intellectual property development, student training in cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, peer-reviewed publications. and future external funding to strengthen the research and educational links between the United States and Greece."
In December, the PCGS Sustainable Tourism concentration became an official member of the Center for Responsible Travel’s Academic Affiliate Program. The relationship was developed by Cassie McCabe (’19), who did her internship at the organization in Washington, DC, during the fall of 2019. Dr. Brooke Hansen then registered the Sustainable Tourism program with CREST and participated in the first national meeting in early January. The focus for the affiliates for 2020 will be on climate change, culminating in a summit for World Tourism Day Sept. 27, 2020. Dr. Hansen will be leading a multi-regional research and grant writing team to look at coastal vulnerabilities, adaptation, and resilience.
In December, ABC Action News published an article featuring one of our professors. Dr. Culhane has been living off the grid for the past 20 years. Through recycling all of their waste and their usage of bio-digesters and solar panels, he and his wife are able to live off of 100% clean energy at their farm. "The fact that on a teacher's salary we can live completely off-grid, causing harm to no one and taking care of the burden of people's wast and turning them into valuable things, makes me feel dedicated and hopeful," Culhane said to ABC Action News.