Nov. 4, 2020
Daeyeol Chang, a civil and environmental engineering doctoral student, recently received second place in the research poster competition at this year’s virtual Missouri Highway Safety and Traffic Conference.
Chang’s research topic was “Taking the Freeway: Inferring Evacuee Route Selection from Survey Data.” This topic strongly related to the conference’s goal of moving Missouri toward safer roads.
“Specifically, my topic dealt with hurricane evacuation modeling for route choice between freeways versus non-freeway routes,” Chang said.
Disasters such as floods, tornadoes and hurricanes affect traffic flow for people leaving or emergency crews going on rescue assignments. Chang stated one small road accident could cause a chain reaction and reduce capacity across road networks.
“As an engineer, I am responsible to mitigate adverse effects during emergencies,” Chang said.