Teaching

My absolute favorite part about being a Professor is teaching students.

I generally teach one graduate course in the Fall semester and two undergraduate courses in the Spring semester.

Fall Semester

CE 392M Public Transportation

The goal for CE 392M is to characterize public transportation modes in terms of their most appropriate urban area applications.  This goal includes being able to conceptually plan and design integrated public transportation systems, that is, systems including multiple modes.

Each student will be expected to develop a semester project and present the results in written and oral form during the last week of class.  A possible list of project topics is provided, however, students may, with instructor approval, choose topics that are not on the list.

Spring Semester

CE 321 Introduction to Transportation Engineering

The goal for CE 321 is to provide you with a fundamental understanding of transportation system planning, design, and operations. We begin the course by diving into basic traffic operations topics such as traffic flow, intersection design, freeway analysis, and traffic simulation. After the mid-term exam, we’ll talk about facility design for various types of facility classes, including the design of bicycle facilities and mass transit systems.

CE 367T Traffic engineering

The goal for CE 367T is to learn how to characterize traffic flow on arterial streets as well as freeways, including the roles of traffic control devices for interrupted as well as non-interrupted flow regimes.  This course has CE 321 as a prerequisite. By the end of this course, you should know how to identify the reasons for flow restrictions (bottlenecks) and how to design cost-effective bottleneck solutions.

Other Important Information

The University of Texas at Austin provides, upon request, appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities.   For more information, contact the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, 471-6259 (voice) or 232-2937 (video phone) or http://diversity.utexas.edu/disability/.

Web-based, password-protected class sites will be associated with all academic courses taught at The University.  Syllabi, handouts, assignments, and other resources are types of information that may be available within these sites.  Site activities could include exchanging emails, engaging in class discussions and chats, and exchanging files.  In addition, electronic class rosters will be a component of the sites.  Students who do not want their names included in these electronic class rosters must restrict their directory information in the Office of the Registrar, Main Building, Room 1.  For information on restricting directory information, see the Undergraduate Catalog or go to:  http://catalog.utexas.edu/general-information/.

College of Engineering Drop Policy

Undergraduate StudentsFrom the 1st through the 12th class day (4th class day in the summer sessions), an undergraduate student can drop a course via the web and receive a refund, if eligible. From the 13th (5th class day in the summer sessions) through the university’s academic drop deadline, a student may Q drop a course with approval from the Dean, and departmental advisor

Graduate Students: From the 1st through the 4th class day, graduate students can drop a course via the web.  Beginning with the 5th class day, graduate students must initiate any adds or drops in their department.  Graduate students can drop or add a class until the last class day with permission from the departmental Graduate Advisor and the Dean.  Graduate students with GRA/TA/Grader positions or with Fellowships may not drop below 9 hours in a long session.

Academic Integrity

Sharing of Course Materials is Prohibited: No materials used in this class, including, but not limited to, lecture hand-outs, videos, assessments (quizzes, exams, papers, projects, homework assignments), in-class materials, review sheets, and additional problem sets, may be shared online or with anyone outside of the class unless you have my explicit, written permission. Unauthorized sharing of materials promotes cheating. It is a violation of the University’s Student Honor Code and an act of academic dishonesty. I am well aware of the sites used for sharing materials, and any materials found online that are associated with you, or any suspected unauthorized sharing of materials, will be reported to Student Conduct and Academic Integrity in the Office of the Dean of Students. These reports can result in sanctions, including failure in the course. For additional information, see the Dean of students’ website and University General Information Catalog at: http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/conduct/ and http://catalog.utexas.edu/general-information/appendices/appendix-c/student-discipline-and-conduct/.

 Wearing Masks

Wearing a recommended protective face mask at all times when inside university buildings will be mandatory except when alone in a private office, eating in a campus dining facility or when students are in their own residence hall rooms. UT will encourage compliance by increasing awareness and fostering a spirit of cooperation.  Students who refuse to follow directives to wear a mask will be referred to Student Conduct and Academic Integrity in the Office of the Dean of Students for disciplinary action. More information on how you can help keep our campus healthy this Fall can be found here: “Protect Texas Together.” 

Class Recordings

Class recordings are reserved only for students in this class for educational purposes and are protected under FERPA. The recordings should not be shared outside the class in any form. Violation of this restriction by a student could lead to Student Misconduct proceedings.

COVID Caveats

To help keep everyone at UT and in our community safe, it is critical that students report COVID-19 symptoms and testing, regardless of test results, to University Health Services, and faculty and staff report to the HealthPoint Occupational Health Program (OHP) as soon as possible. Please see this link to understand what needs to be reported.  In addition, to help understand what to do if a fellow student in the class (or the instructor or TA) tests positive for COVID, see this University Health Services link.

Accommodations

The University of Texas at Austin provides, upon request, appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities.   For more information, contact the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, 512-471-6259 (Videophone: 512-410-6644) or http://diversity.utexas.edu/disability/.

Religious Holidays

A student who misses classes or other required activities, including examinations, for the observance of a religious holy day should inform the instructor as far in advance of the absence as possible, so that arrangements can be made to complete an assignment within a reasonable time after the absence.

Course Instructor Survey/Evaluation

An evaluation of the course and instructor will be conducted at the end of the semester using the approved UT Course/Instructor evaluation forms.

Emergency Preparedness Plan   

Emergency Preparedness means being ready. It takes an effort by all of us to create and sustain an effective emergency preparedness system. You are your own best first responder. Please use https://preparedness.utexas.edu/welcome-emergency-preparedness as a resource to better understand emergency preparedness at the university, and how you can become part of and contribute to the preparedness community. To monitor emergency communications for specific instructions go to utexas.edu/emergency. To report an issue (none emergency) call 512-471-4441. In case of an emergency, call 911.

Other recommendations regarding emergency evacuation from the Office of Campus Safety and Security, 512-471-5767, https://financials.utexas.edu/avp-campus-safety include:

  • Occupants of buildings on The University of Texas at Austin campus are required to evacuate buildings when a fire alarm is activated. Alarm activation or announcement requires exiting and assembling outside (across the bridge).
  • Familiarize yourself with all exit doors of each classroom and building you may occupy.  Remember that the nearest exit door may not be the one you used when entering the building.
  • Students requiring assistance in evacuation shall inform their instructor in writing during the first week of class.
  • In the event of an evacuation, follow the instruction of faculty or class instructors. Do not re-enter a building unless given instructions by the following:  Austin Fire Dept., The University of Texas at Austin Police Dept., or Fire Prevention Services office.
  • Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL) 512–232-5050. For more information visit the BCAL website: http://www.utexas.edu/safety/bcal/
  • Link to information regarding emergency evacuation routes and emergency procedures can be found at:  utexas.edu/emergency

All other university policies not explicitly included here can be found on the General Information Catalog: http://catalog.utexas.edu/general-information/.

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