2015 NCTSPM Annual Report

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Sahar Ghasemi, a doctoral candidate originally from

Iran, is working with Dr. Amir Mirmiran on the project,

“Innovative Modular High Performance Lightweight Decks for Accelerated Bridge Construction,” which will develop

materials to allow for heavier loads on existing bridges and extend the bridges’ service lives. Sahar has been involved in two other bridge engineering research projects in the last two years.

Franklin Gbologah completed his doctoral degree in Fall

2015. His research focused on the impacts of illumination levels on nighttime safety at roundabouts. His research results were chosen as one of three best papers at the

Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) 4th International

Roundabout Conference, and were subsequently presented on a TRB national webinar that commemorated 20 years of

roundabout design and was the most attended TRB webinar to date. Franklin is currently working to expand the research to include stop-control and uncontrolled intersections. His

awards include National Society of Black Engineers Board of Corporate Affiliates Scholar, the Georgia Tech Tower Award, and an Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship.

Aaron Greenwood, the 2015 NCTSPM student of the

year, completed his doctoral degree in Fall 2015. Aaron

investigated how drivers perceive traffic control devices in

work zones. He is also involved in the projects “Cooperative

Vehicle-Highway Automation (CVHA) Technology: Simulation of Benefits and Operational Issues” and “Factors Influencing Visual Search in Complex Driving Environments.” Aaron is a recipient of a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

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