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Transportation infrastructure

At UC Irvine, scientists are using cutting-edge technology to study vehicles and highway network, as well as improve California’s transportation system by making travel more efficient and environmentally safe.

March 2006

Researchers at the Institute of Transportation Studies focus on urban traffic analysis, intelligent transportation systems, public transit, the demand for alternative fuels, urban planning and public policy. Faculty and students from several disciplines including engineering, social sciences, social ecology, management, and information and computer sciences conduct the research. The internationally recognized institute is part of the University of California Transportation Center, one of 10 federally designated centers for transportation research and education. For more information on the center and its activities contact Wilfred W. Recker at (949) 824-5642 or visit
Additional contact: Jennifer Fitzenberger at (949) 824-3969 or

Transportation modeling for more effective traffic management

Wilfred W. Recker, a civil engineering professor, directs the Institute of Transportation Studies. His research includes transportation modeling, travel behavior, traffic engineering and advanced transportation management systems. He has written more than 100 research articles and served as principal investigator on several research projects in travel-demand modeling and transportation-systems engineering. He also heads the California Advanced Transportation Management Systems Testbed research program, which supports research on the development of intelligent transportation systems. Recker can be reached at (949) 824-5642 or
Additional contact: Jennifer Fitzenberger at (949) 824-3969 or

Transportation Finance and Design

Marlon G. Boarnet is a professor and chair of planning, policy and design, and a research associate of the Institute of Transportation Studies. Boarnet has participated in detailed studies of Orange County toll roads, and he is familiar with California’s public finance and transportation planning systems. In his recent research, Boarnet has examined how the built environment can encourage physical activity, including an evaluation of the effectiveness of California’s Safe Routes to Schools program. Boarnet is co-author of Travel by Design, the first systematic assessment of attempts to solve transportation problems through neighborhood design. Boarnet can be reached at (949) 824-7695 or
Additional contact: Christine Byrd at (949) 824-9055 or

Transporting Goods More Efficiently

Amelia Regan, an associate professor of computer science and civil and environmental engineering, researches transportation logistics, freight and fleet management, and systems that combine several carrier methods for a single shipment. She develops mathematical ways to help trucking and delivery-fleet operations run smoother. She also studies handling times. Regan is conducting several studies of the impact of information technologies on freight transportation industries. Currently, her focus is on the trucking and air-cargo industries. Regan can be reached through Jennifer Fitzenberger at (949) 824-3969 or

The National Fuel Cell Research Center was the first university fuel cell research program established in the United States and is recognized as the foremost fuel cell systems research program in the nation. The center was instrumental in locating Orange County’s first hydrogen fueling station on the UCI campus. The station is part of the California’s hydrogen highway infrastructure and is used by a variety of manufacturers to fuel hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. In 2002, the center started the Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle Deployment Program with Toyota. Under the program, the center deploys Toyota FCHVs to companies – and now the city of Irvine – to gauge what drivers think about the new technology. The center also administers ZEV.NET, which stands for Zero-Emission Vehicle, Network-Enabled Transport. Participants reserve electric vehicles online and share them throughout the day, reducing the number of cars on the road. For more information about the NFCRC and its projects, contact Scott Samuelsen at (949) 824-1999, ext.118 or visit

Fueling the Future

Scott Samuelsen, a professor of mechanical, aerospace and environmental engineering, directs the National Fuel Cell Research Center and the Advanced Power and Energy Program. His research focuses on combustion for stationary applications and propulsion. Samuelsen also studies fuel cell systems and hydrogen infrastructure for mobile hydrogen-fueled combustion and fuel cell vehicles. Samuelsen directs research on advanced coal and natural gas power plants for the coproduction of electricity and hydrogen for the U.S. Department of Energy. He also serves on the Implementation Advisory Panel for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s California Hydrogen Highway Network. Samuelsen can be reached through Kathy Haq at (949) 824-1999, ext.118, or
Additional contact: Jennifer Fitzenberger at (949) 824-3969 or


Engineering Infrastructure with Earthquakes in Mind

Masanobu Shinozuka is Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is a world-renowned expert in earthquake and structural engineering. Shinozuka’s research includes risk assessment of water, electrical power and transportation networks and analysis of the socioeconomic impacts of natural disasters. He also has an interest in advanced technologies such as remote sensing and geographic information systems for disaster assessment and mitigation. His work plays a part in earthquake engineering for buildings and bridges. Shinozuka can be reached at (949) 824-9379 or
Additional contact: Jennifer Fitzenberger at (949) 824-3969 or

Related Links

Institute of Transportation Studies


National Fuel Cell Research Center



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