AMHERST, Mass. - Paul Shuldiner, professor of civil engineering at the University of Massachusetts, has been named director of the UMass Transportation Center. Joseph I. Goldstein, dean of the College of Engineering, announced the appointment.
"Dr. Shuldiner has been a substantial contributor to the College for many years and has an excellent reputation in the area of transportation research," said Goldstein.
The Transportation Center was established in 1995 to promote research and outreach activities across the University in all aspects of transportation. Recent projects have included environmental studies such as assessments on eroding storage tanks, the use of recycled materials in highway construction, transportation policy research on the participation of underserved communities in transportation decision-making, and safety studies such as the evaluation of three-dimensional "Do Not Enter" signs.
As director, Shuldiner is responsible for creating an awareness of the center both on and off campus, strengthening the foundational ties with the Massachusetts Highway Department and other state agencies, and assisting faculty members in developing research in transportation. He has been the acting director of the center since February and was named director in early November.
His research includes the application of video technology to transportation planning and traffic management. His recent work, supported by the National Science Foundation, includes the installation of an automated travel time monitoring system in the Hadley-Northampton Route 9 corridor to inform motorists of traffic conditions affected by the reconstruction of the Coolidge Bridge. He will continue to teach transportation courses and to coordinate the transportation program of the civil and environmental engineering department.
Shuldiner has been a faculty member in the civil and environmental engineering department at UMass since 1971. He also served as director for the UMass Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Science, Technology and Society Program; chief of transport systems planning in the Federal Railroad Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation; a member of the Presidential Design Awards Jury of the National Endowment for the Arts; and deputy director of the National Transportation Study conducted by the National Academy of Sciences.