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Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering Group: Transportation Engineering
Description: Dr. Stephen Wong is recruiting graduate students to conduct innovative research in transportation resilience, sustainability, and equity at the University of Alberta to start Fall 2022.


Funding will be available through multiple pathways, including opportunities for a research
assistantship and/or teaching assistantship. The students will be part of the newly formed Resilientand Sustainable Mobility and Evacuation (RESUME) Group.


Research Areas: Candidates are expected to have experience or strong interest in one or more
of the following research areas:

  • Evacuations from large-scale natural hazards, resilience of transportation systems, and/or
    emergency operations involving transportation;
  • Human behaviour and choice-making in transportation engineering and planning, including
    methodologies related to discrete choice modeling;
  • Low-carbon and sustainable transportation design and planning, especially shared mobility,
    public transit, biking, and walking;
  • Equitable transportation for disadvantaged and underserved populations.
    Qualifications
  • Completed or about to finish Bachelor’s (for M.Sc. applications) or Master’s degree (for
    Ph.D. applications) in Civil and Environmental Engineering or related fields;
  • Interest or experience in one or more of the above research topics and experience in
    quantitative methods and data collection;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including technical writing experience;
  • Requirements from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
    Additional Considerations
  • Those who are underrepresented in engineering are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Those with a strong interest/experience in public policy, urban planning, community
    engagement, and equity-centered engineering are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Those with a background in transportation planning and governance are especially
    encourage to apply.
    Application Process
    All interested applicants must fill out this form (https://forms.gle/ws9MwGVyTPXzjNVk7) between
    January 1, 2022 and four weeks prior to the application deadline) with the following information to
    be considered for a support letter:

  • Current CV
  • English test scores (if from a country where English is not an official language)
  • A writing sample as a first author (e.g., journal article, short report, thesis, etc.)
  • Statement of research experiences, interests, and plans (1-2 pages)
  • Statement of personal history (1-2 pages)
    More detailed information on the statements are available in the form. If you are unable to fill out
    the form, please email me at stephenwong@ualberta.ca. Top candidates may be interviewed via a
    video call. Selected candidates will be offered a letter of support to complete their application to the
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (more info here). A letter support does not
    guarantee acceptance to the program as the University of Alberta makes the final decision about
    admissions. Exceptional M.Sc. students may be invited to also complete their Ph.D. at the
    University of Alberta.

About
Dr. Stephen Wong
Dr. Stephen Wong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental at theUniversity of Alberta. Dr. Wong’s research focuses on the intersection of evacuations, decision-making, and shared mobility and works to create more resilient, environmentally friendly, and equitable transportation systems. Dr. Wong has also conducted research on smart charging programs for electric vehicles, automated vehicle policymaking in the United States, mobility on demand (MOD) ridehailing and microtransit pilots, and scenario planning-based recovery of public transit and shared mobility from COVID-19. Dr. Wong received his Ph.D. in Transportation
Engineering from UC Berkeley in December 2020.

Resilient and Sustainable Mobility and Evacuation (RESUME) Group

The RESUME Group is a collaborative collection of researchers and students at the University of Alberta working to build more resilient and sustainable transportation systems in Canada and beyond. To tackle both the cause and effect of climate change, the Group employs a mixed-method
research approach and brings together diverse fields of engineering, social science, and public policy to guide governments and practitioners in decision-making, planning, and preparedness. The Group is committed to compassionate research, collaboration, and mentorship that promotes diversity and inclusion at our university and in the communities we serve.

University of Alberta
The University of Alberta is one of Canada’s top universities and among the world’s leading public research-intensive universities, with a reputation for excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering, and health sciences. Our students choose from 400
undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 faculties. With over 100 years of history and 250,000 alumni, the U of A is known globally for equipping graduates with the knowledge and skills to be tomorrow’s leaders. Home to nearly 40,000 students, including more than 7,000 international students from over 150 countries, the U of A fosters a supportive and multicultural atmosphere within a vibrant research environment. The U of A is located in Edmonton, Alberta, a dynamic city with one million residents and the major hub for Alberta’s thriving energy industry.

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