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Appendix C Peer Review Panel Biographies

Chandra Bhat, University of Texas

Dr. Chandra Bhat is an international expert in the area of travel demand modeling and travel behavior analysis. His substantive research interests include land-use and travel demand modeling, activity-based travel modeling, policy evaluation of the effect of transportation control and congestion pricing measures on traffic congestion and mobile-source emissions, marketing research of competitive positioning strategies for transportation services, use of non-motorized modes of travel, and physical health and transportation. He serves or has served on the peer review panels for examining the models of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) in the Washington D.C. area, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) in the Los Angeles area, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the North Jersey Regional Transportation Model Enhancement Project (NJRTME), and the East-West Gateway Council of Government in the St. Louis area.

Mei Chen, University of Kentucky

Mei Chen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at University of Kentucky. Her research interests include transportation systems analysis, network modeling, integrated land use and transportation planning, simulation and forecasting. She has served on the panels of two TCRP Synthesis, and is currently a member of the TRB Committee on New Transportation Systems and Technology and Committee on Transportation in the Developing Countries.

Jerry Everett, University of Tennessee

Jerry Everett is a Research Director at the University of Tennessee Center for Transportation Research located in Knoxville, TN. In his current position Jerry serves as the Program manager, for the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office, he performs research and provides management oversight for NHI training course development in the areas of highway safety, traffic operations and planning/environment. He has worked professionally in transportation and air quality planning for 18 years. Prior to returning to UT, he served as a community planner in the Metropolitan Planning Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in Washington, D.C.

Brian H. Y. Lee, University of Vermont

Dr. Brian H. Y. Lee is an Assistant Professor in Transportation Systems at the University of Vermont; his primary appointment is in the School of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering Program, and his secondary appointment is in the Transportation Research Center. He received his Doctorate degree from the University of Washington in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Urban Design and Planning in 2009, his M.S. degree from Northwestern University in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2003, and his Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of British Columbia in Civil Engineering in 2001. He is an applied researcher with expertise in transportation and land use analysis and empirical modeling. He has keen interests in multimodal transport and a record of interdisciplinary collaborations on policy-relevant projects.

Matt Noonkester, Seven Hills Town Planning Group

Matt Noonkester has 14 years of progressive planning experience managing projects that help local, regional, and state government officials tackle difficult public policy planning issues. He has extensive experience using geographic information system (GIS) software to measure the built environment and leading community groups through a scenario planning process. Mr. Noonkester is certified by the software developer for CommunityViz® as a classroom instructor, and routinely speaks at professional conferences, expert panel sessions, and technical user group meetings on the topic of scenario planning and CommunityViz software. He has also partnered with staff and elected officials throughout the United States to prepare regional growth studies, comprehensive plans, small area plans, corridor studies, capital improvements plans, land development regulations, urban design guidelines, development impact fee ordinances, and other special studies consistent with state law and community context.

Guy Rousseau, Atlanta Regional Commission

Guy Rousseau is the Surveys & Transportation Model Development Manager for the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), the MPO for Atlanta, Georgia, which he joined in 1998. He is responsible for model development activities for the 4-step trip-based model, the activity-based model and the population synthesizer, for modeling the impact of Regional Transportation Plans and Transportation Improvement Programs, coordinating the travel model with the land use model, providing model results for air quality emissions for conformity and attainment of clean air goals, and obtaining data for the modeling process through household travel surveys, transit on-board surveys and other surveys. He is extensively involved with the Transportation Research Board and TMIP, and is a member of the NYMTC Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for their recent household travel survey.


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Updated: 3/25/2014
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