It is with the utmost excitement and admiration that we announce Cambridge Systematics’ Pragun Vinayak, travel demand modeler, is this year’s recipient of the Milton Pikarsky Memorial Award for his thesis, “Accounting for the Multi-Dimensional Dependencies Among Decision-makers Within a Generalized Model Framework: An Application to Understanding Shared Mobility Service Usage Levels.”

Vinayak prepared this thesis while receiving his master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, where he focused his research on the development of advanced econometric frameworks to understand the ramifications of emerging shared-mobility trends on activity-travel patterns and travel behavior.

“I’m honored to have been selected to receive the Milton Pikarsky Memorial Award,” said Vinayak. “I have applied much of the research and findings from my thesis to my work at Cambridge Systematics with the goal of helping transportation agencies prepare and embrace new technology.”

The prestigious Milton Pikarsky Memorial Award is given annually for the best doctoral dissertation and master’s thesis in the field of science and technology in transportation studies. Vinayak will receive the award on January 12, 2019 at the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) banquet at the TRB Annual Meeting.

Click here for more information on CUTC’s awards program.