Dr. Yongping Zhang is an Associate Professor of Transportation Engineering in the Civil Engineering Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. From 2009 to 2015, Dr. Zhang worked as Senior Transportation Modeler for the Southern California Association of Governments in developing and applying travel demand models to support the Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy, including various regionally significant projects. From 2007 to 2009, he was a Senior Transportation Analyst for Wilbur Smith Associates, specializing in congestion pricing and tollway studies. Dr. Zhang currently serves as the Research Coordinator of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Transportation Planning Analysis and Application.
Dr. Cheng has consistently focused his research on statistical modeling and machine learning and their application in multimodal traffic operation, safety and planning. Over the past fifteen years, Dr. Cheng has published numerous highly-cited papers in a wide range of prestigious transportation-related journals. He has been invited to serve on a couple of journal editorial boards. One of the papers won him a nationally recognized award presented by TRB Committee on Safety Data, Analysis, and Evaluation due to his creative hot spot evaluation methods using safety performance functions.
Carol Kachadoorian has a breadth of knowledge and experience in community-based active transportation planning. Her work focusing on mobility and wellness for older adults includes a multi-year North American survey of older cyclists and the need to revise long-standing perceptions of older adults. Carol understands how both big data and personal experience influence infrastructure changes that make travel by all modes safe, accessible, and comfortable for all ages and abilities. She is the Executive Director of the nonprofit dblTilde CORE, Inc. (pronounced double tilde core) and a Research Associate of the Mineta Transportation Institute in San Jose, California.