Honorable Honorary Members
TOMNET has a special designation for those who contributed to the center during its formative stages when they were employed at TOMNET consortium institutions. They have since left these institutions and joined other universities that are not directly members of the TOMNET university consortium. These individuals are designated as Honorable Honorary Members, and continue to be connected with TOMNET researchers through a number of collaborative endeavors.
Alex Karner, PhD
Alex Karner was an Assistant Professor in the School of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech when TOMNET was formed. In Fall 2017, he moved to the University of Texas at Austin and became an Assistant Professor in Community and Regional Planning. His work critically engages with the practice of transportation planning to achieve progress towards equity and sustainability. Dr. Karner develops innovative methods for analyzing the performance of integrated transportation-land use systems in the areas of civil rights, environmental justice, public health, and climate change. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia Tech in the Fall of 2015, Dr. Karner served as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Transport Engineering and Logistics at Universidad Católica de Chile and in the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. Dr. Karner has his PhD and Master’s degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Davis, and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto. More…
Abdul R. Pinjari, PhD
Associate Director of TOMNET
Abdul Pinjari was an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida (USF) when TOMNET was formed. In the Summer of 2017, he joined the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore, India as an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil engineering and as Director of the Center for Infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation, and Urban Planning (CiSTUP). Dr. Pinjari is an expert in econometric choice modeling and statistical modeling of disparate transportation data sources, and several of his contributions have made their way into regional transportation modeling practice. He has done extensive work on the analysis of activity-travel behavior and values. He has published numerous articles in leading transportation journals and written book chapters on advanced travel demand modeling. Dr. Pinjari has served as a member of Transportation Research Board committees on Transportation Demand Forecasting (ADB40) and Travel Forecasting Resources (ADB45). He serves on the editorial boards of Transportation Research Part B, Transportation, and Journal of Choice Modelling. Dr. Pinjari has his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, his Master’s from the University of South Florida, and his Bachelor’s from the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras. More…