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COTA Board of Directors Election 2014


COTA BOD Election 2014 Result

Dear COTA Members and Friends:

The online election of 2014 COTA Board of Directors was closed at 12:00 AM (Eastern Time) on December 23th. The election results are downloaded from the E-Voting site and shown as follows:

COTA Regular BOD Member:

Candidate Name Percent Rank
Dr. Haizhong Wang 21.3% 1
Dr. Xiaokun Wang 20.8% 2
Dr. Shanjiang Zhu 20.8% 2
Dr. Lei Zhang 19.8% 4
Dr. Guohui Zhang 16.5% 5

COTA Student BOD Member:

Candidate Name Percent Rank
Ms. Yi Liu 61.2% 1
Mr. Wenbo Zhu 38.8% 2

Bases on the above result, Dr. Haizhong Wang, Dr. Xiaokun Wang, Dr. Shanjiang Zhu, and Dr. Lei Zhang are elected as BOD members; and Ms. Yi Liu is elected as the student BOD member. They will serve on the BOD for two years starting from the time of the COTA BOD meeting on January 12, 2014 during 2014 TRB Annual Meeting.

Please join us in congratulating the selected BOD members. We wish their great success in their future endeavor to serve on the COTA BOD.

We also thank Dr. Guohui Zhang and Mr. Wenbo Zhu for their strong enthusiasm and willingness to provide service to COTA. And we all best wish they continue to support COTA in the future.

Also, special gratitude goes to all COTA members who have casted their ballots during their busy schedules.

Finally, special gratitude goes to all COTA members who have casted their ballots under their busy schedules.

                                    Election Committee of 2014
                                    Chinese Overseas Transportation Association

Dear COTA Members:

This web page is dedicated to the COTA BOD members election 2014.

Election Period: Dec. 2nd 2013 12:00 AM (Monday) - Dec. 23rd 2013 12:00 AM (Monday)

On-line Election (E-Voting):

COTA continues to take advantage of the on-line E-Voting tool (http://www.ballotbin.com/) to run the BOD election.

The on-line E-Voting system ensures the privacy of each voter (e.g., nobody, including the election administrator, will be able to view the voting result and the voter status while the election is still open, and the E-Voting system does not record any information of who voted for whom). For additional information regarding the privacy issues of the on-line E-Voting system, please check the Privacy Statement and the FAQ for voters at the E-Voting hosting website.

Voting Guidance:

1. Only active COTA members are eligible to vote (active COTA members are those who have registered and paid the 2013 COTA membership fee by October 1, 2013).
2.  Voting reminders will be sent out to each voter before the election strats and ends.
3. Once the election begins, each voter should receive an email notification directly from the E-Voting system with the on-line voting web link. (Please pay attention to your mail box and make sure it will not go to you junk mail box) By clicking the web link, and following the instruction, you can cast your ballot.
4. You can vote any time during the election active time window. The E-Voting system only allows you to vote once.
5. After the election ends, COTA Election Committee will announce the election outcome as soon as possible.
6. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the election administrator at cotawebmaster@cota-home.org.

For questions regarding the nomination or election, please contact the Election Committee.

                                    Chinese Overseas Transportation Association

COTA BOD Candidates

COTA has four regular BOD member vacancies to fill in. We have the following five eligible applicants:

Candidate Name Current Position Current Affiliate Endorsement
Dr. Haizhong Wang Assistant Professor Oregon State University Dr. Jianming Ma, Texas Department of Transportation (BOD)
Mr. Jun Wang, Appalachian Regional Commission (MEM)
Dr. Yinhai Wang, University of Washington (BOD)
Dr. Xiaokun Wang Assistant Professor Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Dr. Xuegang (Jeff) Ban, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (MEM)
Dr. Henry Liu, University of Minnesota (BOD)
Dr. Jianming Ma, Texas DOT (BOD)
Dr. Guohui Zhang Assistant Professor University of New Mexico Dr. Xiaoyu (Cathy) Liu, University of Utah (MEM)
Dr. Jianming Ma, Texas Department of Transportation (BOD)
Dr. Yinhai Wang, University of Washington (BOD)
Dr. Lei Zhang Associate Professor University of Maryland Dr. Xuegang (Jeff) Ban, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (MEM)
Dr. Henry Liu, University of Minnesota (BOD)
Dr. Yinhai Wang, University of Washington (BOD)
Dr. Shanjiang Zhu Assistant Professor George Mason University Dr. Xuegang (Jeff) Ban, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (MEM)
Dr. Clara Fang, University of Hartford (BOD)
Dr. Henry Liu, University of Minnesota (BOD)

COTA has one student BOD member vacancy to fill in. We have the following two eligible applicants:

Candidate Name Current Position Current Affiliate Endorsement
Yi Liu Ph.D. Candidate University of California, Berkeley Dr. Hubo Cai, Purdue University (BOD)
Rui Guo, University of South Florida (MEM)
Qing Wang, University of South Florida (MEM)
Wenbo Zhu Graduate Student University of Washington Dr. Jianming Ma, Texas Department of Transportation (BOD)
Mr. Jun Wang, Appalachian Regional Commission (MEM)
Dr. Yinhai Wang, University of Washington (BOD)
(BOD) - Current COTA Board Member (2013)
(MEM) - Current COTA Member (2013)

Dr. Haizhong Wang

Assistant Professor
School of Civil and Construction Engineering
Oregon State University
Email: Haizhong.Wang@oregonstate.edu
Web: http://cce.oregonstate.edu/node/163

Introduction:

Dr. Haizhong Wang is an Assistant Professor of Transportation Engineering within the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. Dr. Wang received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Applied Mathematics and Civil Engineering (Transportation), and B.S. and M.S. degrees from Hebei University of Technology and Beijing University of Technology, China. Dr. Wang has published over 20 journal and major conference papers. He is very active in serving a wide variety of professional organizations and committees.

Experiences with COTA:

Dr. Wang is an active participant of Chinese communities. He started his COTA involvement as a student back to 2004 when COTA held the annual conference at Beijing Jiaotong University. Through his service as a student board member in 2008 and an associate area editor for CICTP 2011 and CICTP 2012, session chair for CICTP 2013, China, he developed a better understanding about the mission and scope of COTA. He would like to challenge himself to apply the board membership to serve COTA and promote the collective successes that COTA accumulated over the years.

Commitments to COTA:

He hope to contribute to COTA in the following manners:
(1) Help organize and contribute significantly in carrying out tasks associated with the Annual TRB symposium and CICTP conference series in China;
(2) Assist president and vice-president to coordinate and synthesize information to communicate with COTA community;
(3) Volunteer to contribute in subcommittee.

"If I were provided an opportunity to serve COTA, I would like to make my contribution through working closely with other COTA board members to make every effort to achieve the goals and objectives of COTA. "

Candidate Informaton

Dr. Xiaokun Wang

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Email: wangx18@rpi.edu
Web: http://faculty.rpi.edu/node/1075

Introduction:

Dr. Xiaokun Wang is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Assistant Director of the Center of Excellence on Sustainable Urban Freight Systems (COE-SUFS) Funded by Volvo Research and Education Foundation (VREF). She received her BS degree in Civil Engineering with an outstanding medal from Tsinghua University (2001) and the award of “Most Distinguished Graduate of Beijing.” She received her MS (2003) in Transportation Engineering from Tsinghua University and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, during when she received numerous prizes and scholarships. After graduation, she worked for Bucknell University as an Assistant Professor for three years, and joined Rensselaer in 2011.

Her primary research interests include travel behavior analysis, travel demand forecasting, spatial econometrics, freight transportation, and the statistical modeling of urban land use systems. In the last three years, she has been PI or Co-PI of more than ten research projects, with topics ranging from spatial econometrics to freight agent behavior exploration. Dr. Wang has published over thirty papers on peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

Experiences with COTA:

Dr. Wang has been active in the Chinese transportation research community. She is member of the Organizing and Executive Committee, the Academic Committee, and area editor for the 2012 COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals (CICTP 2012, Beijing) and helped edit numerous papers. She served as session chair for the 16th COTA Annual Winter Symposium in January 2013, and chaired the Education & Scholarship Development Workshop during the 13th CICTP conference (CICTP2013, Shenzhen). She is currently organizing the 17th COTA Annual Winter Symposium to be held in Washington D.C. in January, 2014.

Commitments to COTA:

"The vision of COTA is consistent with my own career goal – to contribute to the transportation research community, and to promote transportation development, especially in China. Therefore, I sincerely hope that I can join the COTA BOD and will feel honored to contribute to COTA’s continuing success."

" I am responsible, resourceful, and cooperative. If I am elected to serve on the COTA BOD, I will make my best effort to accomplish my tasks and collaborate with other board members to continue COTA’s successful growth. In particular, I will try my best to promote more interaction and collaboration between Chinese transportation professionals and transportation professionals across the world. With rich professional service experience, especially experience with organizing activities involving Chinese transportation professionals, I am confident that I will add values to the COTA BOD."

Candidate Informaton

Dr. Guohui Zhang

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
University of New Mexico
Email: guohui@unm.edu
Web: http://www.unm.edu/~guohui

Introduction:

Dr. Guohui Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2008. Dr. Zhang’s research focuses on large-scale transportation systems modeling and simulation, congestion pricing, traffic detection and sensor data analysis, and sustainable transportation infrastructure design and maintenance. Dr. Zhang has published nearly 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, and technical reports and presented his research contributions numerous times at prestigious international and national conferences.

Experiences with COTA:

Dr. Zhang has actively participated in various COTA activities since 2004 when he pursued his Ph.D. study at the University of Washington. He served as a member on the Organizing and Executive Committee and a session chair for 12th COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals (CICTP 2012) in Beijing, China. He shared his research and education experience with young scholars and students via the CICTP 2012 Professional Development Forum, and the CICTP 2013 Education and Scholarship Development Workshop. Dr. Zhang also served as an area editor for the 9th International Conference of Chinese Transportation Professionals (ICCTP 2009) in Harbin, China.

Commitments to COTA:

He hope to contribute to COTA in the following manners:
(1) Enhance the collaborations within and outside of COTA communities.
(2) Promote the participation of world-wide transportation professionals and students in COTA activities.
(3) Increase the COTA visibility and footprint at prestigious transportation conferences, workshops, symposiums, and forums world-wide.
(4) Contribute to the development of the COTA Academic Affairs Committee and Technical Committee.

Candidate Informaton

Dr. Lei Zhang

Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Maryland
Email: lei@umd.edu
Web: http://www.lei.umd.edu/

Introduction:

Dr. Lei Zhang is an Associate Professor and Director of Transportation Engineering Program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tsinghua University, and his M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering and Applied Economics and a Ph.D. degree in Transportation Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Zhang has published more than 130 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers on transportation planning, transportation economics and policy, travel behavior, transportation data and survey methods, and traffic operations. He directs the USDOT National Center for Strategic Transportation Policies, Investments and Decisions that involves seven member universities. Dr. Zhang is the PI on 37 externally funded research projects with more than $17 million in total funding. Dr. Zhang is a Member of four Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committees, and the General Secretary of the World Society on Transport and Land Use Research. He recently served as the Chair of the Transportation Science and Logistics Cluster of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, and Chair of several international conferences and USDOT Expert Panels. Dr. Zhang is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the TRB Fred Burggraf Research Award, and several international best paper awards.

Experiences with COTA:

"I have had the honor and pleasure to serve on the COTA Board of Directors (BOD) since January 2010. My primary contribution to the COTA community include organizing COTA Winter Symposia at TRB, organizing COTA-ITE Joint Session at ITE annual meetings, chairing the 2013 OTA Summer Conference, serving as the Secretary and then Academic Committee Chair on the COTA BOD, and promoting COTA to all stakeholder groups and external partners internationally. During my four-year tenure on the BOD, I have enjoyed working with a group of like-minded colleagues and friends. Service on various COTA events and activities has proved invaluable in my development as a transportation professional. I have benefited both professionally and personally from many people I have come to meet or deepen friendship with during these events. My term on the COTA Board ends this year, and I have decided to run for the BOD membership again to continue serving this great organization."

Commitments to COTA:

"My envisioned commitment if I am re-elected to the BOD include at a minimum:
(1) Continue serving COTA Board and Members as Academic Committee Chair or in another position on the Board as seen fit by the COTA President;
(2) Continue serving as the DC local liaison for COTA;
(3) Continue providing support and assistance to the organization of COTA Winter Symposia and reception events at TRB;
(4) Continue serving COTA and its members in other activities both proactively and if called for by the Board;
(5) Establishing COTA Technical Committees in various specialty areas and help Technical Committee Chairs recruit members;
(6) Help COTA grow as a professional organization by more actively involving international chapters, student chapters, and building strong ties with government and non-government agencies in China and U.S.;
(7) Continuously strengthening the ties between COTA and professional organizations and publishers such as ASCE, TRB, IEEE, Elsevier etc.."

Candidate Informaton

Dr. Shanjiang Zhu

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering
George Mason University
Email: szhu3@gmu.edu
Web: http://civil.gmu.edu/people/shanjiang-zhu/

Introduction:

Dr. Shanjiang Zhu is an Assistant Professor of Transportation Planning and Engineering at the George Mason University. He graduated from Tsinghua University with a B.S degree in 2003 and a M.S in 2005. During 2001-2003, he studies at the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, in France, as a dual-degree student. He obtained his Ph.D. degree at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 2010 and worked two years as a Research Scientist at the University of Maryland before joining GMU. Dr. Zhu is experienced in travel demand modeling, travel behavior analysis, GPS-based travel survey method, integrated transportation planning and simulation models, traffic incident management, and transportation economics. He was a leading investigator in the study of traffic and behavioral reactions to the I-35W Bridge Collapse in the Twin Cities, Minnesota and the integrated travel demand and simulation analysis of the Inter-County Connector in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area. Dr. Zhu is PI at GMU of the newly founded TransInfo UTC that focuses on big data studies in transportation. He has also been funded by Virginia OTP3 to investigate potentials of multi-modal P3 projects in corridor development. Dr. Zhu is a champion of multi-disciplinary research approach. He holds three Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering, Automatics, and Applied Economics, respectively.

Experiences with COTA:

Dr. Zhu has been an active COTA member since he was a Ph.D student. He helped to organize the COTA dinners and receptions during the TRB annual conference. He has also contributed to the COTA symposium and served as the area editor of the proceedings of COTA annual conference. Given the strategic location of GMU in the Washington D.C. suburban, Dr. Zhu looks forward to making continuous contributions to COTA in the future.

Commitments to COTA:

"In my career, I have benefited significantly from COTA. I feel it is time for me to give back and make more contributions to the organization. I believe my experiences serving in COTA events and my strong passion for its future growth make me a strong candidate for the COTA BOD."

Candidate Informaton

Yi Liu

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of California, Berkeley
Email: liuyi.feier@gmail.com

Introduction:

Yi Liu is a PhD candidate in the Transportation Engineering in University of California, Berkeley. She received the M.S. degree in Geotechnical Engineering in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the B.S. degree from Hydrology and Hydropower Engineering in Tsinghua University. Her research focuses on air traffic management, airport surface management, and aviation economics. Liu is the author of over 10 peer-reviewed journal papers, conference papers and technical reports. Liu co-organized the 5th International Conference on Research in Air Transportation in 2012 and served as a session chair at Informs in 2013. Liu received one of ten research stipends awarded nationally as part of the Graduate Research Award Program on public sector aviation issues in 2012 and won Leadership Legacy scholarship, San Francisco Chapter in 2013.

Commitments to COTA:

(1) Promote connections between students and advanced researchers within and outside COTA communities.
(2) Work on membership development.
(3) Help organize COTA conferences, workshops and forums.
(4) Contribute to the continuing success and growth of COTA.

Candidate Informaton

Wenbo Zhu

Graduate Student
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Washington
Email: wbzhu@uw.edu

Introduction:

Wenbo Zhu is currently a graduate student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Washington (UW). Wenbo has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, and another bachelor’s degree in economics from Tsinghua University (2013). Wenbo is now working as a research assistant in the Smart Transportation Applications and Research Laboratory (STAR Lab) at the UW. During his undergraduate study at Tsinghua University, Wenbo participated in several research programs, including Student Research Training (SRT) program, Challenge Cup, and some other academic competitions.

Wenbo is an active participant and contributor in multiple social services. His experiences include senior year class monitor, officer in the department’s Student Union, organizer of the department’s basketball league, internship in Beijing Traffic Management Bureau and teaching assistant for World Bank Internet Course of Transportation. After joining the UW STAR Lab, Wenbo is also actively involved in Chinese community services, he is now working as an officer of the Chinese Student and Scholar Association (CSSA) in UW.

Commitments to COTA:

" As a student member of the Board of Directors, if I will be elected, I am committed to dedicating my time and energy to promote COTA sponsored student programs or activities, and help grow the body of student members. I will be willing to collect and produce news and articles about Chinese students' activities and career development related information for COTA newsletters and E-News. Moreover, I will be happy to assist faculty at the University of Washington to establish a regional COTA student chapter to attract more students' involvements in COTA's activities and services, and create more opportunities of enhancing communications among student members and COTA's influence on local students. I am optimistic and cooperative, and always ready to accept constructive suggestions to improve the student program of COTA."

Candidate Informaton


Call for Nominee for 2014 COTA Board of Directors

Dear COTA Members and Friends:

The Board of Directors (BOD) of Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA) is seeking highly-qualified candidates to fill in FIVE (5) vacant positions, which include ONE (1) Student Member position. The new positions will take effect on January 12, 2014 at the COTA BOD meeting in Washington DC during the 2014 TRB annual meeting. If you desire to be part of our BOD with strong willingness to contribute to the continuing success and growth of COTA, please send your self-nomination information to the 2014 COTA Board Member Election Committee that consists of the following members:

The deadline for nomination is Friday, November 22.

Each nominee must obtain endorsements from at least three active COTA Members, including at least one current BOD Member. Each nominee must submit a written statement (no more than 2 pages) stating his or her qualifications and envisioned commitment for the position.

To be an eligible candidate for election, the nominee must be a COTA Member who has paid 2013 Annual membership by October 1, 2013. For other eligibility requirements, please refer to

http://www.cota-home.org/Docs/ByLaw/Current/COTA%20ByLaws_2011-11-10.pdf.

According to COTA ByLaw 4.1.1, “no more than one (1) candidate from the same organizational entity is permitted to run the election at one time. No candidate is allowed from an organizational entity that currently has an active BOD member who will continuously serve after the election. Former BOD Members and Members who have been ever dismissed from the Association, at the judge of the BOD, are not eligible for election.”

The nominee will be informed if he or she is eligible and becomes a candidate for the election. The election will be held online between December 1 and December 20, 2013.

For questions regarding the nomination or election, please contact the Election Committee.

                                    Yu Zhang, Heng Wei, Yafeng Yin, and Ken Yang
                                    Election Committee of 2014
                                    Chinese Overseas Transportation Association