Executive Board Fall 2019


Dr. Robert L. Bertini

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Bertini, currently Director of the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) and professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at USF is the chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Operations Section (AHB00), overseeing 13 committees and one task force. He serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society. Dr. Bertini received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, where he developed an online multimodal transportation data repository that is a platform for performance measurement, modeling and prediction. The recipient of many awards, he received the DeFazio Transportation Hall of Fame Award and was invited to deliver the Ogden Lecture at Monash University in Australia.

Dr. Pei-Sung Lin

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Pei-Sung Lin is the Faculty Advisor for ITE Student Chapter. Dr. Lin is the program director of ITS, Traffic Operations and Safety at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) in the University of South Florida. He obtained his Master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and Doctoral degree from the University of Florida. He has more than 24 years of combined public sector, private sector, and academia experience in ITS, Traffic Signal Systems, Traffic Engineering and Operations, Traffic Safety and Transportation Planning.

Yu (Crystal) Wang


Crystal (Yu) Wang is the President of USF ITE. She joined the chapter in 2015 when she first transferred to the field. She contributed her enthusiasm and vigor to the chapter as the Director of Communication and then the Vice President during these years. As a student, Crystal is concentrating on her study and research as well. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in transportation engineering at USF. Her primary interest includes fundamental theories, modeling, and validation in optimizing and controlling traffic systems including connected autonomous vehicles (CAV). She is experienced in applying traffic flow theory, control theory, data analytics, deep reinforcement learning and operation research methods.

Rakesh Rangaswamy

Vice President

Rakesh Rangaswamy was appointed in 2018 as Research Assistant under Dr. Sara Hendricks for Travel Demand Modeling (TDM) team at Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) and currently working under Dr.Lin for ITS Team. Rakesh primary research interests are in intelligent transportation systems, multimodal transportation, and planning and operation safety.

Hualong Tang

Vice President

Hualong Tang is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at USF. He joined USF in Spring 2017. He is working as a research assistant with Dr. Yu Zhang and conducting projects related to air transportation. His research interests focus on air transportation system performance measurement and management, airport design, management, and operation, and environment and energy efficiency.

Andrew Gray


Andrew Gray is a junior majoring in civil engineering with a minor in economics. His interests include pedestrian and bike safety, as well as crash data analysis.

Lori Palaio


Lori Palaio is currently pursuing a degree in Master of Science in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Transportation. She graduated from the University of South Florida and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in December of 2018. She is doing research under the advisor-ship of Doctor Robert Bertini, where she investigates mobility trends of different bike-share systems. She hopes to advance her knowledge in the transportation profession.

Brian Staes

Director of Events and Outreach

Brian Staes, E.I., is a graduate research assistant in the Bertini Group at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR). He is currently working on large scale evacuation highway performance standards and campus mobility modeling. He graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) with a bachelor’s in civil engineering in 2018. While attending FGCU he was an engineering teacher’s assistant and an active member in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). His area of focus for his master’s is transportation engineering.

Fidelis Victor Almeida de Souza

Director of Marketing

Fidelis Souza is currently a M.S. student in civil engineering at the University of South Florida. He earned his bachelor's of civil engineering from Centro Universitário de Brasília, Brazil, 2018. His interests are air transportation and traffic management.

Tyler Roessler


Tyler Roessler is currently a senior undergraduate student majoring in Civil Engineering with a concentration in geotechincal and transportation engineering. He works at the Center for Urban Transportation as a student assistant in the Transit Safety and Workforce Development group under Jodi Godfrey. He is from Tampa and started studying at USF in 2015.

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