Letter From the Director
 
Dear Colleagues,

I write to you to share some very exciting news about ISTL. Our dear friend, great supporter, very active member of our External Advisory Board and extremely dedicated University at Buffalo (UB) alumnus, Dr. Stephen Still, announced on October 5th a $4 million gift to the UB's School of Engineering & Applied Sciences.  Steve's gift will create an endowment to support the work of ISTL. The University, in recognition of Steve's generosity, has decided to rename our Institute to the Stephen Still Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics (SSISTL). Once again, Steve has amazed us all with his extreme generosity and dedication to UB and to the field of transportation.

On behalf of all my transportation colleagues at UB, I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Still for this amazing gift, which, to quote the words of UB President Tripathi "will have a truly transformational impact - not only on the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, but also on students for generations to come."  We will do our best to make sure that his gift is most effectively utilized to advance cutting-edge transportation research at UB and to provide educational and training opportunities for future transportation leaders who can address our nation's vexing transportation challenges.
With Warm Regards,
     Adel Sadek
About Dr. Stephen Still

Dr. Stephen Still is a University at Buffalo (UB) alumnus who graduated with a bachelor's in civil engineering with a specialty in transportation planning in 1976 and went on to earn master's and doctoral degrees at Princeton University. Stephen has spent a prolific career in the field of transportation engineering in the airline industry, and then as the founder and manager of two successful companies -- Seabury Airplane Planning Group and Diio. Stephen serves on UB's School of Engineering & Applied Sciences Dean's Advisory Council and on the Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Advisory Board. He has volunteered and made gifts to the school, particularly to support scholarships and student clubs. Still also serves on the advisory board for this institute.
 
Early in his career, Stephen began giving back to UB, and has done so for almost two decades. On October 5, 2017, he gave $4 million dollars to the School of Engineering and Applied Science to support the institute that now bears his name. His gift helps fund research, program initiatives, equipment costs, and the work of graduate students studying transportation. 
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SSISTL & Transportation Informatics Tier I University Transportation Center Hosted
the CUTC 2017 Annual Summer Meeting
  
More than 135 transportation professionals from the academia and industry along with U.S. Department of Transportation and other transportation agency officials gathered for 2017 Annual Summer Meeting of the Council of the University Transportation Centers (CUTC) at downtown Buffalo on June 19th, 20th, & 21st, 2017.
 
The three-day event featured distinguished speakers including presentations, panels and guided discussions covering a broad range of topics related to transportation giving the opportunity to the attendees to exchange information and enhance collaboration between university transportation centers and the US Department of Transportation, and other government agencies.  Read More
New Interdisciplinary MS Program in Sustainable Transportation & Logistics

SSISTL is excited to welcome its first Fall 2017 students to its new Master's program in Sustainable Transportation & Logistics!
The program is jointly offered by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the School of Management (SoM), thus offering students a truly trans-disciplinary program that is distinct to UB.
 
Apply Now for Spring 2018!  For more information, visit our  Website  or Contact Us @  
istlgrad@buffalo.edu.
Featured Awards, Honors and Activities  
Prof.  Qiao named SUNY Distinguished Professor 

Chunming Qiao was one of three University at Buffalo faculty members to be named a State University of New York Distinguished Professor, the highest faculty rank in the SUNY system.

Qiao, professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is one of the world's leading authorities on network protocols and architectures, and the inventor of optical burst switching. He also has been at the forefront of pioneering research on integrated wireless systems that have revolutionized the smartphone industry and profoundly impacted the communication infrastructure of the internet, as well as that of video, multimedia and high-end digital services. Read More

Congratulations to SS ISTL's Core Faculty Dr. Natalie Simpson on being named Chair of the Department of Operations Management and Strategy! 

Dr. Simpson's Recent Publications

N.C. Simpson, Z. Tacheva and T.W. Kao, " Social Network Analysis in the Context of Humanitarian Logistics " - opening chapter in The Palgrave Handbook of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management (2017), Gyöngyi Kovács, Karen Spens, and Mohammad Moshtari, Editors, Palgrave MacMillan UK, Hampshire, pp 1- 39.
 
T.W. Kao, N.C. Simpson, W.T. Lin and B. Shao.  " Relating Supply Network Structure to Productive Efficiency: A Multi-Stage Empirical Investigation" , European Journal of Operational Research, 2017,Vol. 259 (2), pp. 469-485.
 
"Snowmageddon:The Logistics of Extreme Snowfall Events" - Invited presentation at the 28th Annual Meeting of the Production and Operations Management Society in Seattle, WA,  May 2017.
Congratulations to SSISTL's Affiliated Faculty Dr. Alex Anas on being  named Chair of the Department of Economics!

Dr. Anas' Recent Activities

Dr. Anas attended the 2017 annual International Transportation Economics Association conference in Barcelona, June 21-23, where he presented the paper " How and how much do public transportation megaprojects induce urban agglomeration? The case of the Grand Paris Project" co-authored with Huibin Chang of the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing. He presented the same paper at the First Workshop on Urban and Regional Economics, June 27-29, held in Bogota, Colombia and sponsored by the Universidad Javeriana and the Central Bank of Colombia at Cartagena. At the Bogota Workshop he also gave a keynote address titled " Perspectives on Transportation Economics".
 
Dr. Anas' research published in 2015 was cited in an article that appeared in the New York Times on August 10, 2017. Read More

Drs. He and Batta awarded an $369,965 NSF grant entitled " Collaborative Research: Advancing Supply Prepositioning for Emergency Preparedness by Social Sensing ".

Drs. Aref and He  awarded a $346,266 grant from Federal Rail Administration (FRA) entitled " Data-Driven Optimization and Planning of Multi-Component Track Responsive Maintenance with Defect Deterioration Modeling "


Dr. Krishna Rajan ScD, Erich Bloch Endowed Chair of the UB Department of Materials Design and Innovation (MDI) recently awarded a 2.4 million grant from Toyota Research Institute (TRI) for next generation materials research for autonomous vehicles. Read More

2017 UB National Summer Transportation Institute 
For the 4th year, UB hosted the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI). Organized by ISTL and TransINFO core faculty member Dr. Qing He and funded by FHWA and NYSDOT, the goal of NSTI is to educate the next generation of transportation professionals. Thirty local high school students participated in an innovative one-week summer educational program in transportation which consisted of lectures, projects, field trips and enhancement sessions. Read more 
Thank you to our funding sponsor

ISTL originated as an E-fund at the University at Buffalo. The fund invested in high-impact, high-return strategic initiatives responsive to NY SUNY 2020 and UB priorities and sought to support innovative university initiatives that accelerate UB's efforts to be recognized as one of the leading public research universities in the nation.  ISTL received permanent funding in 2017 to continue its cutting edge research.