Commencement Ceremony 2015

Big congratulations to our newest M.S. and Ph.D. graduates, honored in this year’s commencement!

These distinguished graduates have earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Transportation Technology and Policy. During their time at UC Davis, they have published research on topics ranging from car dealers and the plug-in electric vehicle market to commute behavior changes, taxicab transportation in Colombia, and much more.

ITS-Davis seeks to produce thoughtful and educated leaders ready to make an impact on transportation and energy research and policy. ITS-Davis Director Dan Sperling said: “Our most notable and enduring accomplishment is the nurturing and training of incredibly passionate and accomplished graduate students. To this highly talented 2015 class of students I simply say, the future is in good hands—your own.”

Students who seek degrees with ITS-Davis come from all over the world to work with renowned professors. Yuche Chen (pictured, top left), who earned his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering said that “UC Davis provided a solid foundation and network for me to get involved in the whole research community. There’s no better place to pursue a career in transportation, energy, and environmental analysis.” Chen is taking a position as a research engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Hydrogen Technologies and Systems Center in Golden, Colorado. “This is the biggest achievement of my life. I’m speechless,” said TTP Ph.D. graduate Alvaro Valencia Rodriguez. After graduation, he hopes to become a professor at Andes University in his home country of Colombia.

The UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies is looking for talented individuals interested in leading the future of sustainable transportation.  ITS-Davis offers a unique program in Transportation Technology and Policy, and engages with graduate students in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and other related departments. Read all about graduate transportation education at UC Davis and watch a short video about the program by clicking here.

Photo: (Left to right) Top – Yuche Chen, Eric Cahill, Prof. John Harvey, Kevin Fang, Wei Ji, Abdulkadir Bedir, Susan Pike, Cheng Zhuo. Bottom – Prof. Yue Yue Fan, Prof. Alissa Kendall, Juhong Yuan, Prof. Susan Handy, Duaa Gettani, Alvaro Valencia Rodriguez, Bo Wu. Photo Credit: Gene Ang