The award recognizes outstanding teaching, research and service by a new tenure track faculty member in transportation. It is one of the most prestigious awards that a junior faculty can win in the transportation field in North America.
Wang received his Ph.D. in transportation engineering at the University of California, Irvine, in 2001 and joined the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering in Fall 2008. Prior to the current position, Wang was an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin–Superior for four years and a researcher at the National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison for two years. In 2006, Wang was named Wisconsin Teaching Fellow by the University of Wisconsin System.
Wang has conducted research primarily in freight logistics and intelligent transportation systems. His research interest is in examining the transportation system in a stochastic and dynamic setting and on a network in order to improve the system efficiency, reliability, and sustainability. Wang currently chairs the Freight Planning and Logistics Committee, and chairs several subcommittees, of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. His research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Department of Transportation, the Department of Army, the Transportation Research Board, and other sources.
CUTC represents more than 85 centers, more than 130 member universities and all the major transportation programs across the country. Wang will be presented a plaque and a cash stipend of $2,000 at the CUTC annual banquet on Jan. 21 in Washington D.C.
Wangs recognition came shortly after his first graduate student Kai Yin won the 2010 CUTC Pikarsky Memorial Award that recognizes an outstanding M.S. thesis in transportation.