Kara Kockelman, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, is the recipient of the James Laurie Prize for innovative data acquisition and analysis efforts as well as outstanding contributions to the study of highway safety and crash occurrence, travel behavior, vehicle and driver characteristics, road pricing, spatial statistics, and energy and climate issues, all of which provide guidance for transportation planners and policymakers. Kockelman is a professor and E.P. Schoch Professor in Engineering in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas, where she teaches engineering courses in transport data acquisition and analysis, transport economics, probability and statistics, and the design of ground-based transportation systems. An accomplished researcher, educator, and engineer, Kockelman has attained national and international prominence through her technical and professional contributions. Her primary research interests are the statistical modeling of urban systems (including models of travel behavior, trade, and location choice), energy and climate issues (vis-à-vis transport and land use decisions), the economic impacts of transport policy, and crash occurrence and consequences. Primary and co-author of over 115 archival articles across a variety of subjects, all of which involve transportation-related data analysis, Kockelman has conducted research for the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Cooperative and Strategic Highway Research Programs, the University Transportation Centers program, the North Central Texas Council of Governments, and the Texas and Oregon Departments of Transportation. In addition to receiving ASCE’s Harland Bartholomew Award and Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, Kockelman was presented the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, U.C. Berkeley’s University Medal, MIT’s Technology Review Top 100 Innovators award, the Council of University Transportation Centers’ inaugural Young Faculty Award, the Regional Science Association International’s Hewings Award, and the Women in Transportation Seminar Heart of Texas chapter’s Woman of the Year award.
Kockelman Earns the ASCE James Laurie Prize
April 7, 2014