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Pacific Risk Management 'Ohana (PRiMO) Conference, Honolulu, Hawai'i
August 8, 2018

The Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency participated in a session during the Pacific Risk Management 'Ohana (PRiMO) conference. The session focused on the assessment and enhancement of resilience in transportation networks and systems in coastal and island environments.

Dr. Brian Wolshon provided an onverview of resilience from a transportation perspective and highlighted findings from research that have been conducted by the Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency. Dr. Anurag Pande, professor at Cal Poly, described a recent effort to develop a high-level transportation resilience “primer” to be used by top-level transportation agency officials to integrate resilience into agency business practices. Ms. Nelida Herrera presented the findings from a recent research project on resilience of marine transportation systems sponsored by the Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center (MarTREC). Dr. Scott Parr, professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, concluded the session with an overview of research projects conducted in maritime transportation using simulation and highlighted future research efforts.

Engineering a Generation
June 14 and July 10, 2018

The Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency hosted a session of hands-on activities for the LSU Recruiting into Engineering High-Ability Multicultural Students (REHAMS) summer camp on June 14th, 2018 and the LSU Halliburton Xploration Camp Inspiring Tomorrow's Engineers (XCITE) summer camp on July 10th, 2018. The REHAMS summer camp is offered every year to rising 11th and 12th grade students. The XCITE summer camp is also offered every year to rising 9th-, 10th-, and 11th-grade female students. These summer camps provide an opportunity to explore, create, and compete in a variety of engineering and college preparatory activities to encourage interest in a career in STEM - Click Here to find out more.

During the sessions hosted by the Gulf Coast Center, the students planned, designed and built a city using toothpicks and gummies. They also used paper roads to create a transportation system that provided accessibility and connectivity. To mimic the planning and design of real cities, the students were limited by design constraints, time, and resources. For example, students needed to design their cities around hypothetical lakes, rivers, wetlands, underground pipelines, street light poles, and trees. Their structures also needed to support the weight of a book without failing.

Dr. Wolshon was excited to note that “the sessions that we host every summer are one of the highlights of our annual calendar of UTC-sponsored activities! USDOT UTC support gives us the opportunity to reach out to local youth in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana region and it is truly an honor and a privilege for both Nelida and I to and encourage the development the next generation of transportation engineers and planners. We hope that our work will ignite a passion for the field and, hopefully one day, even inspire some of them to pursue a career in transportation engineering – or other STEM fields.” The session we hosted during the LSU REHAMS summer camp was possible through the support from the consortium of Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions (CM2). The session we hosted during the LSU XCITE summer camp was possible through the support from the Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center (MarTREC).

XCITE summer camp, Photo Credit: Sarah C. Jones

REHAMS summer camp, Photo Credit: Gabrielle Taylor

Dr. Brian Wolshon's Distinguished Seminars at Beihang University, Beijing, China
June 2018

Dr. Wolshon visited the School of Transporation Science and Engineering at Beihang University in Beijing, China. During his visit, he gave a series of graduate seminars related to Transportation System Planning & Management for Emergency Evacuations; Roadway Design and Highway Safety; and Traffic Control and Operations in the United States.

Engineering a Generation
June 16 and July 16, 2015

LSU’s College of Engineering in partnership with the Gulf Coast Center hosted two pre-engineering camps for high-school students: REHAMS, or Recruiting into Engineering High Achieving Multi-Cultural Students, sponsored by Shell Oil, and Xcite!, the eXploration Camp Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers, for girls, sponsored by Fluor Corporation. Both camps were meant to give groups of students typically underrepresented in engineering the opportunity to gain exposure to the field. Activities included industry field trips to the Shell Oil Company refineries in Convent and Geismar and a “Rebuilding the City” New Orleans tour hosted by the Army Corps of Engineers. But, perhaps even more valuable were the daily presentations that gave students the opportunities to rub shoulders with professional engineers, develop mentoring relationships and gain a first-person perspective on this potential career path. Interested? Click Here to find out more!.


The LSU Math Circle will be held June 8th - July 3rd, 2015.
June 8 through July 3, 2015

Established in 2006, the LSU Math Circle summer enrichment program is a four-week summer program at LSU geared toward rising 9th-12th graders interested in investigating concepts in mathematics that are not usually introduced at the high school level. The program focuses on developing problem-solving abilities, critical thinking, and logical reasoning by exposing the students to interesting problems and ideas in various branches of mathematics, including combinatorics, number theory, probability, topology, and dynamical systems. LSU math graduate students and undergraduates lead campers through the process of thinking logically and creatively to solve these problems. In addition to working on problems, participants also attend lectures by LSU professors and enjoy recreational trips to local scientifically-based industries and research centers. The program runs from 9am to 4:30pm on weekdays. Need an Application? Click Here .


Dr. Brian Wolshon Showcases the Gulf Coast Center for Audiences in Sydney, Australia
April. 08, 2015

Professor Wolshon’s presentation included an overview and history of the general concepts and practices used for evacuation in the United States, the history and development of the Louisiana evacuation plan, particularly how research conducted at LSU was able to support and improve the development the New Orleans freeway contraflow plan. He also highlighted a recent U.S. DOT supported project that applied the state-of-the-art traffic simulation modeling for future evacuation plan assessment and improvement. As part of this work, a regional multimodal model for the southeast Louisiana highway network was developed to replicate the temporal and spatial travel movements of metropolitan New Orleans prior to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The goal of this presentation was to highlight the state of evacuation planning practice in America, lessons learned from Katrina and Gustav, and what professionals from other regions of the world can learn from practices in Louisiana and the United States. For more infomation Click Here!.


Caitlin Brown Receives Recognition for Her Outstanding Research!
April. 17, 2015

Caitlin Brown received the Outstanding Student Research Award from the LSU Life Course and Aging Center, April 17, 2015. Caitlin's presented thesis research titled "Do People with Aphasia Interpret Road Signs Differently than People without Aphasia?" This research came from a larger study being conducted by Dr. Neila Donovan and colleagues, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders funded by the Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency.


Gulf Coast Center Director, Brian Wolshon to Speak at This Year’s TEDxLSU
Feb. 28, 2015

Civil Engineering Professor and Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency, Dr. Brian Wolshon will be speaking at this year's TEDxLSU event, to be held on February 28, 2015. TEDxLSU is a platform to bring local, regional, and statewide communities together; to spur discussion and dialogue about real issues; and to generate big ideas that will move the state of Louisiana forward, forming a better way of life for the people of our great state. For more information and to purchase tickets for this year's event Click Here.

The Gulf Coast Center is Proud to Partner with the Baton Rouge STEM-EXPO
Feb. 28, 2015

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Expo, hosted by Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School in Baton Rouge will be held Feb. 28, 2015. The Center’s own Dr. Parr will be participating as an expert judge. The theme of the 2015 expo is “Homegrown STEM in Louisiana.” The expo, an innovative alternative to traditional science fairs, will include demonstrations, games and robotics from students across Louisiana, a news release from Lambert Media said. Interested students can Click Here to register for free.


The Gulf Coast Center Makes a BIG Splash at the 94th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board
January 15, 2015

The Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency made a great showing at the 94th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board, held in Washington, D.C. The event showcased research from several of the Center’s researchers, showcasing the latest advancements in emergency transportation planning, operations, modeling, and safety. This year the Gulf Coast Center hosted two sessions, one workshop, and for the very first time, a Standing Committee meeting. A special thanks goes out to all the people at TRB who made this year’s success possible!

Gulf Coast Center for Evaucation and Transportation Resiliency Takes Part in the CityLab Program
Sept. 28, 2014

Hosted by The Atlantic in partnership with The Aspen Institute and Bloomberg Philanthropies, CityLab is one of our most innovative programs of the year, bringing together 300+ of the world’s top mayors, urban experts, city planners, writers, technologists, economists, and designers. The goal of the 3-day program is to foster constructive dialogue and create scalable solutions for city leaders to share with their constituencies across the world. For more infomration, Click Here.


Traffic and Evacuations the Focus of the LSU Science Café
August 26, 2014

BATON ROUGE – One of the biggest complaints of modern life is traffic. Contrary to popular opinion, however, there is a rhyme and reason to the way that traffic moves on roads. In fact, there is an entire field of science and engineering that looks at how different designs and control techniques influence driver behavior and how that, in turn, impacts the safe and efficient movement of vehicles in cities throughout the world. Brian Wolshon, Edward A. Karen Wax Schmitt Professor in the LSU Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, is a researcher, teacher and practitioner of traffic engineering. He will share basic principles of traffic movement and his research into evacuations at Science Café on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Chelsea’s Café, located at 2857 Perkins Road in Baton Rouge. Doors open at 5 p.m. for food and networking, and the talk will start at 6 p.m. For more infomration, Click Here.

Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency Teamsup with XCITE to Increase Female Interest in Engineering Fields
July, 2014

In an attempt to generate higher female interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, the College of Engineering Office for Diversity Programs hosts the annual eXploration Camp for Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers, or XCITE. This summer program is targeted at rising ninth- and tenth-grade female students to introduce them to the field of engineering. Attendees participated in hands-on demonstrations, field trips and networking with female industry professionals. For more infomration, Click Here.


Calling All LSU Research Facility and Staff! The 2014-2015 RFP is Here!
July, 2014

The CETR invites all interested faculty and research staff of LSU to submit proposals to pursue new and innovative research related to evacuation and resilient transportation systems. The call for proposals is intended to support research, education, and technology transfer projects. This program seeks primarily to support graduate students as well as faculty and staff salary for a 12 month period at funding levels up to $49,999. For more details, view the RFP Here.

Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency Partners with REHAMS
June, 2014

Over the past 36 years, the Recruitment into Engineering High Ability Multicultural Scholars (REHAMS) program has provided pre-college students an opportunity to explore engineering through a holistic overview of the field by presenting both the academic structure and career possibilities. High school students from all races and backgrounds are welcome to participate in the REHAMS program. REHAMS is more than a summer camp, it is a summer experience! Underwritten by Shell, Fluor, ExxonMobil and Dow. For more infomration, Click Here.


LSU Shows Their Support for the Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency
June, 2014

LSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has put together a video highlighting the impact of the Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency's contribution to the state of Louisiana. View the Video Here.

39th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop
June 22-25, 2014

Dr. Brian Wolshon and Scott Parr presented research on the simulation and analysis of evacuations in megaregion scale networks at the 39th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop. Since 1975, the Natural Hazards Center has hosted the Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop for 400 federal, state, and local emergency officials; representatives of nonprofit and humanitarian organizations; hazards researchers; disaster consultants; and others dedicated to alleviating the impacts of disasters.

LSU and New Orleans: Partners for Continued Growth
June 20, 2014

LSU's innovative research, creative scholarship, and dedicated outreach provide solutions that support the economic and cultural growth of New Orleans. In this video, Dr. Brian Wolshon discusses critical research performed at the Center showcasing the ways in which LSU efforts supports emergency preparedness planning and response in New Orleans. View the Video Here.

Local Radio Station WGSO 990 AM Features Evacuation Research
June 7, 2014

All Things Local presents the Transportation Hour with Dr. John Renne and special guest, Dr. Brian Wolshon to discuss the up upcoming hurricane season and preparedness. Listen in Here.

WVLA-TV Channel 33 Interviews Dr. Brian Wolshon on Hurricane Preparedness
June 6, 2014

Dr. Brian Wolshon was interviewed by WVLA-TV Channel 33 on the research conducted by the Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency to alleviate some of the burdens of hurricane evacuation. View the Video Here.

The CUTC 2014 Summer Meeting is Here!
June 2-5, 2014

The Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency is a proud participant in the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) 2014 annual meeting. The CUTC was established in 1979 by the major transportation research centers and institutes in the United States. CUTC provides a forum for the Universities and Centers to interact collectively with government and industry.

The Future of Evacuations in the Climate Change Era, The Atlantic
May 27, 2014

Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency is reatured in an article published in the Atlantic. Dr. Brian Wolshon was interviewed by the Atlantic on the research conducted by the Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency. Read the Article Here.

Transportation Research Board 93rd Annual Metting
January 12-16, 2014

The 93rd meeting of the Transportation Research Board was great success for the Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resilience. Four center funded research projects were presented and two were accepted for publication in Transportation Research Record. Director Dr. Brian Wolshon chaired the Emergency Evacuation Task Force and was privileged to sponsor both a Lectern Session and a Poster Session. The titels of the projects presented at this years TRB can be found below. Congratulations to you all!

Assessment of Impacts of Merge Configuration, Traffic Density, And Distance Between Traffic Signs near Freeway Work Zones on Drivers' Response

Effects of Varying Work Zone Configuration, Distance Between Traffic Signs, and Individual Differences on Drivers' Perceived Workload

Experimental Modeling of the Effects of Hurricane Wind Forces on Driving Behavior and Vehicle Performance

Distracted Driving, Inattentional Blindness, and Analysis of Failed Pedestrian Detection

Congratulation to our Graduate Student Scholarship Winners!
January 2014

The Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency is honored to announce the Graduate Student Scholarship winners for this year. The center received more scholarship applications this year than ever before. With this said, we would like to thank you all for your participation, you did not make the selection process easy for the advisory board! We would like to acknowledge our winners:

Jose Rodriguez studying under Dr. Sherif Ishak
Nelida Herrera studying under Dr. Brian Wolshon
Mahmoud Shakouri and Karthy Punniaraj studying under Dr. Fereydoun Aghazadeh.

2014 National Evacuation Conference
January 7-10, 2014

The Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency along with our cosponsors at the University of New Orleans and Stephenson Disaster Management Institute held the 2014 National Evacuation Conference in New Orleans this January. The conference brought together professionals, academics, nonprofits and for-profit organizations, consultants, emergency managers and transportation planners to discuss evacuation planning for cities and regions across the United States. The purpose of the conference was to foster an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas surrounding a broad range of evacuation issues, particularly mass evacuation prompted by disasters. For more information please visit the conference website at:


2013 SWUTC Dr. William J. Jarris Award to the Outstanding Doctoral (PhD) Student
December 2013

Justin Ericson, a PhD student at Louisiana State University, received the 2013 Dr. William J. Jarris Award to the Outanding Doctoral (PhD) Student. Justin was honored for his research involving driver error and failed pedestrian detection. He was recognized for his accomplishments at the TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Doctoral Candidate Justin Ericson Presents at the annual Psychonomics Society meeting in Toronto, Canada
November 14, 2013

This week Justin Ericson is traveling to Toronto, Canada to present his work on Inattentional Blindness in Simulated Driving Environments at the annual Psychonomics Society meeting. He has collaborated on this project with Dr. Melissa Beck, Scott Parr, and Dr. Brian Wolshon. The information from his project will demonstrate how some psychological constructs can be applied to realistic driving environments. We wish him the best of luck and safe travels. For more information on Psychonomics please visit www.psychonomic.org, for this project please visit:

Inattentional Blindness in Simulated Driving Environments

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