Lecturer for Transportation, Technology and Policy, Fall 2020

May 2020

Direct link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03557

Candidates can apply during: 5/18/20-7/15/2020.


Transportation Technology & Policy (TTP) is an Interdisciplinary Graduate Group program offering Master’s and Ph.D. degrees. The TTP graduate curriculum draws on a multitude of academic disciplines and the group utilizes participating faculty and temporary faculty to staff courses to maintain a top-quality academic program.

Criteria for appointment and reappointment will be evidence of teaching excellence (or, for first-time, relatively inexperienced candidates, the potential for excellence) in terms of the ability to present course material effectively, e.g., stimulating interest in and critical thought regarding the subject matter. Expertise in the subject matter will be evaluated based on the candidates’ letter of interest, a current curriculum vitae, professional experience, teaching evaluations, training, and other evidence of professional attainment.


Courses Open for Recruitment, Fall 2020:

“Transportation Survey Workshop” – The course will cover travel survey and data collection methods commonly used in transportation planning and travel demand modeling, including travel and activity diaries, attitudinal, panel, computer, stated-response surveys. Discussion of sampling, recruitment methods, weighting and representativeness, experimental design and survey design issues, passively-collected (e.g. cell-phone) data and GPS-tracking data collection apps. Analysis methods, including factor, discriminant, cluster and latent class analysis.

Fundamentals of Transportation Technology” – This course will cover the fundamentals of transportation technology: How the technology works and how we evaluate this technology. Topics include Engines and Drive Trains across different transportation modes and segments, Fuels and Fuel Pathways, Emissions and After-treatment technologies, Efficiency and the fundamental forces (f=ma, friction, drag, basic thermodynamics) that affect it, Electricity (AC/DC, sources of generation, charging, how the grid operates), Batteries and other forms of energy storage, Recycling and Waste Management. We will learn methods to evaluate technology, such as well-to-wheels  Life Cycle Analysis, Total Cost of Ownership models, Fleet Turnover Models, Cost/benefit Analysis.  We will review examples of data collection technology such as GPS to collect location data, technologies, who is collecting it, and discuss technologic and ethical issues around it.

This is not an engineering course.  It presents a perspective on technology that is useful for understanding and addressing problems, without the hard math. We aim to understand how the technology works in different contexts, what are the strengths, the limitations, and the challenges of these technologies. What the trade-offs are. This course will prepare the student for a research and/or decision making career in industry, academia, non-profit, or government. This is emphasized through case studies of the interface between policy and science and homework questions and class examples specifically geared toward the understanding of technical vs. political difficulties and the interface between them.

See http://catalog.ucdavis.edu/programs/TTP/TTPcourses.html  for course descriptions.