When awarded last year’s internship, Yaxin Zhang
was a third year Ph.D. student in the Grove School
of Engineering at CCNY, with a specialization is transportation. Prior to coming to CCNY, Yaxin completed her undergraduate program at Taiyuan Industrial College in China where she studied polymer materials and engineering. She then received a master’s degree in logistics and operations management from Cardiff University in the UK.
While studying at Cardiff University, Yaxin began to see
“connections” that influence transportation performance
such as the relationship between growth of e-commerce
and traffic congestion. She also realized that awareness of environmental, social, and behavioral science issues is required in order to plan and manage transportation operations.
The understanding of the multiple, connecting issues together with an interest in making things work more efficiently led Yaxin to her current studies at the Grove School where she has been able to apply a variety of research methods, survey techniques, and analytical approaches. Her research area was mainly focused on e-commerce, city logistics, and parking activity in New York City.
Yaxin’s September 11th Memorial Program planning project was titled Analyzing Freight Congestion and Transportation Performance Measures Using National Performance Measurement Research Data Set (NPMRDS). During her internship, she assisted NYMTC staff by using real-time probe data to produce more accurate congestion analyses in the NYMTC planning area. The project focused on the use of NPMRDS, which is used to assess the performance of the nation’s roadways.