New Sustainable Transportation Book

15 07 2015

I’m pleased to announce the publication of our new book on “Sustainable Transportation: Indicators, Frameworks, and Performance Management.”

This book is the result of six years of collaboration between Dr. Henrik Gudmundsson (Technical University of Denmark), Dr. Greg Marsden (University of Leeds), Dr. Josias Zietsman (Texas A&M University), and I. It draws from decades of collective experience in the areas of sustainable development and sustainable transportation, focused on research, teaching, and practice.

The book is intended to provide students and practitioners with a deep understanding of the basic concepts of sustainability as well as a coherent framework for how to apply them consistently in the context of transportation planning, management, and decision making at different levels.

A version of the book will also be published by Samfundslitteratur for the nordic market.


In the coming weeks we will launch a book website that will contain additional information and updates.

MUS Research in Burkina Faso

1 07 2015

On Sunday, our research team – consisting of Emily Van Houweling, Sophie Wenzel, Nicholas Polys, Paige Williams, and I – arrived in Burkina Faso to study the water accounting process developed by Winrock International as part of their Multiple-Use Water Services (MUS) project. Our team will be here for two weeks, during which we will visit project communities and identify opportunities to further advance the water accounting process by drawing on the unique skill set of the research team.

Emily Van Houweling, Sophie Wenzel, Paige Williams, Ralph Hall, and Nicholas Polys

Emily Van Houweling, Sophie Wenzel, Paige Williams, Ralph Hall, and Nicholas Polys

Winrock’s MUS project is one of several funded by the USAID WA-WASH (West Africa Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene) Program. The WA-WASH program focuses on increasing sustainable access to safe water and sanitation and improved hygiene in Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Niger. The program is a complex endeavor that includes some thirteen partners and is led by Florida International University (FIU).

This research expedition was made possible by a grant from Virginia Tech’s Institute for Environment, Culture, and Environment.

Fall 2015 – Certificate Courses

4 06 2015

Originally posted on Virginia Tech Graduate Certificate in Global Planning and International Development Studies:

If you are a graduate student who is planning to obtain the Certificate in Global Planning and International Development Studies, please consider taking one or more of the following courses during the fall 2015 semester.

Core Class:

  • UAP 5764G International Development Policy and Planning

Elective Classes:

  • PHS 5004 Fundamentals of Public Health
  • PHS 5224 Comparative Health Systems
  • PHS 5314 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • BC 5144 Sustainable Infrastructure Systems
  • UAP 5864 Topics in Transportation Policy and Planning
  • UAP-5534 Nonprofit Leadership & Governance

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2015 Graduate Commencement

17 05 2015

20150515_130223_840v2On Friday, May 15, I had the pleasure of hooding Dr. Yehyun (Hannah) An during the 2015 Graduate Commencement Ceremony in Cassell Coliseum. The video below (taken through Google Glass) provides a unique faculty perspective of the event that includes the moment I hood Hannah.

This year Prof. Charles Nichols composed Commencement Address, for double brass quintet, for the ceremony that was performed by the Virginia Tech Brass Ensemble (Prof. Jay Crone, Conductor).

Working Group Discussion ‒ Developing Countries

8 05 2015

Please find below the presentation I will give during the working group discussion on “Developing Countries: Challenges on the Path to Sustainability,” at the TRB conference on Transportation for Sustainability.


Please click on the image below to access the shared Google Doc that we will use during the working group discussion from 10:15am to 12:00pm on Friday, May 8, 2015.


2015 ID Studio Presentations

6 05 2015

This year, 13 students took part in my International Development Planning Studio and developed 13 high-quality project proposals. The studio was supported a range of international development experts at Virginia Tech, who worked closely with the students to challenge and refine their ideas and help them develop the wide-range of skills needed to create an international development project proposal. I’d especially like to thank Bill Anderson, John BrowderEmily Van Houweling, Susan Marmagas, Kurt Richter, Kerry Redican, Keith MooreJames ForemanSophie Wenzel, and Shantal Hover for the expertise they brought to the studio.

18I have listed below the titles of the student proposals to provide an indication of the range of subjects that the students explored this semester.

  • Increasing Livelihood Opportunities and Productivity for Tuvalu’s Outer Islanders
  • Foundation of a Sanitary Pads Manufacturer in Makoko, Nigeria
  • The DTaP Project: Minimizing the incidence of Bordetella pertussis in Sokoto, Nigeria, through a vaccination and infectious disease education intervention
  • Addressing the High Incidence and Case-Fatality of Human Rabies in the Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Safe and Affordable Drinking Water in Santa María del Carbón, Honduras
  • Statelessness: Improving access to citizenship for stateless Dominicans of Haitian descent living in the Dominican Republic
  • Veron Mobile Clinic Project, Veron, Dominican Republic
  • Development Proposal to Reduce Iodine Deficiency in Nampula Province, Mozambique
  • HIV Prevention among Women in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Proposal for Addressing Poverty in the Department of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
  • Scaling up sanitation demand in iganga district: A proposal for improved sanitation and hygiene
  • Improving the Access and Quality of Education in rural areas of China
  • Defensive Driver Education Program to Reduce Road Deaths in Georgetown, Guyana

The images below were taken during the last two studios when the students formally presented and defended their proposals to a panel of international development experts.

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Run in Remembrance Through Glass

30 04 2015

The video below provides a first-person view of the Virginia Tech 3.2-Mile Run in Remembrance that was held on Saturday, April 18, 2015. The video was taken using Google Glass.


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