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The Transportation Engineering Program (TEP) at the University of Maryland provides its students with in-depth knowledge of the range of topics that are of importance to the field from the more traditional areas of transportation planning, travel behavior, traffic operations, safety, and design to system optimization, transportation economics and policy, infrastructure vulnerability and protection, emissions estimation and sustainability analysis. With expertise in all transport modes, our students are trained to tackle problems involving both passengers and freight that arise along our roadways, airways, railways and waterways, as well as in their intermodal components. The problems that arise in the interdisciplinary field of transportation are complex and continue to change in character with changes in society, technology and the environment. TEP recognizes that to develop professionals who are capable of analyzing and solving these difficult problems, our students must master material in many disciplines, including for example mathematics, computer science, architecture and urban planning, operations research and management science, logistics, economics and psychology. With this training and an emphasis on both academic education and professional development, our graduates are now: professors and researchers at universities and research institutes in the U.S. and abroad; industry experts in local, national and international firms; and local, state and federal government officials.

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Thomas JacobsThomas Jacobs is the director of the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology (CATT) where he is responsible for the management of the Center’s components and its more than 80 employees and part-time student employees. He has been with CATT since 1999 and in that time has led the Capital Wireless Information Net (CapWIN) Program, overseen development of the CATT Lab, provided ongoing assistance to various Maryland State Highway Administration CHART Program initiatives, and participated in numerous National Cooperative Highway Research projects. Mr. Jacobs has more than 18 years of professional experience, all of which has been in the domain of Management and Operations and Intelligent Transportation Systems. His areas of interest include traffic incident management, traveler information systems, regional information sharing systems, systems engineering, mobile data communications, performance measures, integrated corridor management, commercial vehicle operations, distance learning, technology transfer, and planning for operations. Tom received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of South Carolina and his Master of Science degree in Engineering concentration in Transportation Engineering from the University of Maryland.


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