Dr. Kockelman's

fabulous Co-pilots 

- Past & Present, at Work & Play   


PICTURED BELOW - Standing, left to right: Saurabh Kumar, Rui Gao, Takuya Maruyama, Parents of Xiaokun Wang, Xiaokun Wang, Kara Kockelman, Natalia Ruiz-Juri, Steve Boyles, Jared Heiner, Varun Valsaraj, Shadi Hakimi; Seated, left to right: Jason Lemp, Brenda Zhou, Zheng Li (photo includes graduates, friends & family) May 2007

PICTURED ABOVE: Xiaoxia Xiong, Yiyi Wang, Kara Kockelman, Aria Berliner, Donna Chen (seated), & Dan Fagnant (2012)

PICTURED Above - Seated, left to right: Shadi Hakimi,  Jun Kweon, Kara Kockelman, Kaethe Podgorski; Standing, left to right: Surabhi Gupta, David Suescun, Shashank Gadda, Pradeep Gulipalli, Jianming Ma, Xiaokun Wang, Michelle Bina, Brenda Zhou, Sukumar Kalmanje, Jamie Reckinger (2005)

current GRADUATE students:

Mr. Dasmeet Gandhi, MS Student
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Originally from Odisha, India, Dasmeet received his BS in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IITG), near Calcutta. He previously served as a research assistant at IITG, where his work focused on calibrating traffic flow models using macroscopic data. He is working on TxDOT- and NSF-sponsored projects relating to self-driving, shared, and electric vehicles for more sustainable and healthy cities. 

Mr. Tianxin Li
ECJ  6.512

A visiting PhD student from October 2014 through October 2016, Tianxin received his bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering (2009) and started the doctoral program in Transportation Engineering at Southwest Jiaotong University. He is working on TxDOT-sponsored projects relating to connected and autonomous vehicles, while focusing on the safety implications of different CAV technologies and the travel demand, traffic, and other implications of shared AV fleets. He has served as a teaching assistant to Dr. Kockelman's graduate courses in transport economics and travel demand forecasting. He officially becomes a full-time graduate student at UT Austin in January 2016.




Mr. Benjamin Loeb, MS Student

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BBen received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Prior to coming to UT Austin in 2015, he worked for the Maryland DOT, served as a Teaching Assistant for statistics at UMBC, and worked as a math tutor off campus. He was awarded UT Austinís Talbot S. Huff Fellowship and is working on TxDOT-sponsored projects relating to connected and autonomous vehicles. His research focuses on the behavioral and traffic implications of different CAV technologies, including the benefits of shared AV (SAV) fleets.




Mr. Aqshems Nichols, Undergradate RA
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A fifth-year undergraduate in civil engineering, Aqshems is serving on Dr. Kockelman's connected & autonomous vehicles research projects for the Texas DOT.  A native of Austin, Texas, Aqshems is focused on crash implications of smart-vehicle technologies. He was the top student in Dr. Kockelman's capstone design course in Spring 2015, and is now taking her graduate course in Transportation Economics.



Dr. Yanhong Yin, Visiting Scholar (& Asst Professor of Transportation at Ningbo University)
ECJ 6.512

A visiting scholar from November 2014 through November 2015, Yanhong has been an assistant professor at Ningbo University since 2012. She received her bachelor's degree in Transportation Planning and Management at Chang'an University (2003), master's degree in Road and Railway Engineering at Tongji University (2008), and doctoral degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Kumamoto University in Japan (2012). Her research emphasizes regional transportation planning and energy use, including acceptability of more sustainable urban design. She is investigating the willingness of residents to pay of residents for different types of neighborhoods.




Many undergraduate students have worked & are working on research projects under Dr. Kockelman's supervision.  These include Aqshems Nichols, Kevin Pappas, Zelleny Lozano, Brad Caponigro, Lewis Clements, Matt Reiter, Rydell Walthall, Brice Nichols, Jonathan Lumang, Jay Chmilewski, Amy Neskar, Joy Chen, Anne Hulsey, Andrea Debee, Charlotte Whitehead, Matt Bomberg, Melissa Thompson, Robin Lynch, Kristin Donnelly, Travis Dunn, Mike Reyes, Iris Lin, Alexander Marks, Curtis Bouldin, Renee Pean, Daisy Esquivel, Jeff Easton, Victor Long, Atul Magoon, and Sze Ki (Silky) Wong.

past GRADUATE students - and their new coordinates...

Mr. Prateek Bansal
MS Civil Engineering, 2015
Parkley Solutions

Ms. Michelle Bina
MS Civil Engineering, 2005
Cambridge Systematics
Oakland, CA 94607

Dr. Donna Chen
PhD Civil Engineering, 2015
Assistant Professor of CE
University of Virginia

Ms. Patricia Delgado
MS Civil Engineering, 2004

Dr. Dan Fagnant 
MS & PhD Civil Engineering, 2011 & 2014
Assistant Professor of CE
University of Utah

Mr. Christopher Frazier   
MS Civil Engineering, 2004
PB Consult (Planner II)
Albuquerque, NM 87109
(505) 878-6533

Mr. Shashank Chowdary Gadda
MS Civil Engineering, 2006
Credit policy/Risk Analyst
HSBC Card Services
Salinas, CA

Mr. Pradeep Gullipali 
MS Civil Engineering, 2005
Marketing and Planning Systems
Waltham, Massachusetts


Ms. Surabhi Gupta
MS Civil Engineering, 2005
San Francisco

Ms. Shadi Hakimi
MS Civil Engineering, 2005
URS Greiner, Austin TX


Mr. Jared Heiner
MS Civil Engineering, 2003
Austin, Texas

Ms. Ling Jin 
MS Civil Engineering, 2003
Hexagon Transportation Consultants
San Jose, CA

Mr. Siva Karthik Kakaraparthi  
MS Civil Engineering, 2009
HSBC Bank, Chicago, IL

Mr. Sukumar Kalmanje  
MS Civil Engineering (& MPA), 2005
KPMG, San Francisco

Mr. Mobashwir (Moby) Khan

MS Civil Engineering, 2012
Cambridge Systematics
Oakland, California


Mr. Sriram Krishnamurthy 
MS Civil Engineering, 2003
Tiger Analytics
Chennai, India


Mr. Saurabh Kumar  
MS Civil Engineering, 2007
Cambridge Systematics, Austin TX

Dr. Young-Jun Kweon
PhD Civil Engineering, 2004

Virginia Transportation Research Council
Charlottesville, VA

Dr. Jason Lemp 
PhD Civil Engineering, 2009
Cambridge Systematics, Austin TX

Dr. Jianming Ma 
PhD Civil Engineering, 2006
Texas Department of Transportation
Austin, Texas

Ms. Laura McWethy
MS Civil Engineering, 2006
Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
Bethesda, MD  20814

Mr. Sashank Musti
MS Civil Engineering, 2010
Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
Oakland, CA

Mr. Brice Nichols
MS Civil Engineering, 2013
Portland Sound Regional Council (PSRC), Seattle WA

Mr. Binny Paul
MS Civil Engineering, 2011
PB, New York City

Ms. Kaethe Podgorski
MS Civil Engineering, 2005
PBS&J Austin TX

Mr. Anant Pradhan
MS Civil Engineering, 2002
Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
University of Chicago Business School
Deceased, January 2007 (We miss you, Anant!!)

Ms. Jamie Reckinger
MS Civil Engineering, 2005
Kimley-Horn and Associates
Austin, Texas

Ms. Natalia Ruiz-Juri
MS Civil Engineering, 2004
The University of Texas at Austin, PhD Candidate
ECJ 6.508

Mr. Brent Selby
MS Civil Engineering, 2011
Cambridge Systematics, Chicago, Illinois

Mr. Raheel Shabih
MS Civil Engineering, 1999
Port Authority of New York-New Jersey 

Mr. Brian ten Siethoff
MS Civil Engineering, 2001
Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
New York, NY

Dr. Sivaramakrishnan Srinivasan 
MS Civil Engineering, 2000 (PhD 2004)
Assistant Professor
The University of Florida, Gainsville

Dr. Issam Srour
MS Civil Engineering, 2002
PhD in Construction Engineering & Project Mgmt., 2005
Assistant Professor
Engineering Management Graduate Program
The American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Ms. Sumala Tirumalachetty   
MS Civil Engineering, 2009
Centre for Emerging Markets Solutions

Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India

Dr. Cara (
Xiaokun) Wang
PhD Civil Engineering, 2007
Assistant Professor

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Troy, NY


Dr. Yiyi Wang
PhD Civil Engineering, 2013
Assistant Professor

Montanta State University
Bozeman, MT

Ms. Xiaoxia Xiong
MS Civil Engineering, 2012
Teaching Assistant, School of Transportation
Ningbo University of Technology, China

Dr. Yong Zhao
PhD Civil Engineering, 2003
Sr. Transportation Planner, Jacobs Engineering
Austin, TX

Dr. Brenda (Bin) Zhou
PhD Civil Engineering, 2009
Assistant Professor, Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, CT

More Photos...

PICTURED ABOVE - Standing, left to right:  Brent Selby, Binny Paul, Sashank Musti, Jason Lemp & Dan Fagnant; Front Seated, left to right: Yiyi Wang, Kara Kockelman & Sumala Tirumalachetty

PICTURED ABOVE - Back row, left to right:  Jason Lemp, Shashank Gadda, Brenda Zhou, Laura McWethy, Zheng Li; Front Row, left to right: Annette Perrone (admin. assoc.), Stephen Boyles, Tian Huang & Jianming Ma

PICTURED ABOVE - Jun Kweon, Issam Sour, Ling Jin, Yong Zhao, & Kara Kockelman (2000)

PICTURED BELOW - Kara Kockelman, Sukumar Kalmanje, Steve Rosen, Jianming Ma (1st photo), Cara Wang (2nd photo), Jianming Ma (3rd photo), Yiyi Wang & son Aaron (4th photo)


PICTURED BELOW - Racquetball tournament at Gregory Gym; Peter Pan miniature golf outing


PICTURED BELOW - Enjoying Mangia's pizza at Peter Pan minigolf; Flag Football Champs with Xiaokun Du & Xiaoxia Xiong (Nov. 2010)


PICTURED BELOW - Binny Paul, Moby Khan, Shoupeng Tang, Tim Dietrich & Dan Fagnant chowing down at Double Dave's Pizza; Donna Chen, Jian Xu, Kara Kockelman & Brice Nichols at UT's Underground Bowling Alley (Nov. 2012); Jian, Brice, Dan & Amy (& Sam), Kara K., & Donna with twin bowlers at UT's Underground (Nov 2012); Dan Fagnant & K Kockelman on UT Breezeway for Daily Texan article on shared autonomous vehicles (April 2014)