Curriculum Vitae

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EDUCATION

Laurea di Dottore (Doctoral Degree) 1997, Political Sciences, Universitá degli Studi di Sassari, Italy.
M.A. 2000, Economics, University of South Florida.
Ph.D. 2010, Economics, University of South Florida.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Research Associate Professor: Jan. 2012 – Present
USF College of Civil Engineering | Center for Urban Transportation Research

  • Direct recipient of more than $2.6 million in grant-funded research.
  • Developing and implementing the performance measurement and evaluation support plan (PMESP) of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program – Phase 2: Tampa Site.
  • Managing the economic evaluation of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) urban circulator and streetcar investments.
  • Evaluating the return on investments of transportation demand management (TDM) programs.
  • Contributing to national and international cross-university research collaboration.
  • Invited as expert panelist on national and international transport conferences.

Senior Research Associate: July 2005 – Dec. 2011
Center for Urban Transportation Research

            • Exercised project management duties of a $4.2 million research portfolio.
            • Supervised team of research associates and graduate research assistants.
            • Conducted economic impact analysis of:

        –   America Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Tiger Grants.
        –   Airport operation and freight movement.
        –   State tolling agency work plans.
        –   Fixed-route public transportation system.
        –   Transportation infrastructure improvements.

            • Led implementation of dynamic carsharing pricing pilot project under U.S. Department of Transportation Value Pricing Pilot Program (VPPP).
            • Designed a framework to evaluate cost feasibility of alternative fuels for mass transit.
            • Created a standard approach to evaluate costs and benefits of transportation demand management (TDM) initiatives.
            • Implemented an analytical polycentric-based model of residential location and travel demand within an activity-based framework.
            • Led design and deployment of BuFFeT© (Bus Fleet Fuel Evaluation Tool) a cost-feasibility sketch-planning model to assist mass transit agencies nationwide in the evaluation of alternative fuels.
            • Developed TRIMMS™ (Trip Impacts of Mobility Management Strategies), a benefit-cost analysis model to evaluate a broad range of transportation demand management strategies.
            • Presented study findings at stakeholders board meetings and public hearings and forums.
            • Participated as TDM expert panelist in international conferences on mobility management.

 Research Associate: Dec. 2002 – July 2005
Center for Urban Transportation Research

                  • Performed project management duties for a $3.1 million research portfolio.
                  • Direct recipient of $360k in research grants.
                  • Managed team of graduate research assistants.
                  • Conducted research on dedicated truckway lanes on the highway system.
                  • Developed a real options approach to estimate benefits of transportation research for the Florida Department of Transportation.
                  • Formulated a nonparametric model to analyze local paratransit market and fare structure.
                  • Defined a project prioritization methodology to evaluate Florida’s general aviation airport security enhancements.

Visiting Research Associate: Aug. 2001 – Dec. 2002
Center for Urban Transportation Research

                  • Formulated input-output model for toll bridge authority investment evaluation.
                  • Conceived policy plans to analyze the economic cost of delaying transportation infrastructure investments.
                  • Conducted statistical analysis and econometric modeling of travel behavior.
                  • Designed business survey for impact analysis.

Research Assistant: Aug. 2000 – July 2001
Center for Urban Transportation Research

                  • Redacted technical reports and drafted presentations on transportation trends and policy issues.
                  • Prepared written analyses and reports for publication under the supervision of senior research associates.
                  • Compiled, reviewed, and assessed information from academic journals, market sources, and government reports.

Graduate Teaching Assistant: Aug. 1999 – Aug. 2000
Department of Economics, University of South Florida

                  • Assisted in correcting and grading exams, preparing and administering class material.
                  • Conducted laboratory research.

Economist : Feb. 1998 – Aug. 1999
U.S. Africa Education Foundation, Tampa, Florida

                  • Monitored current regional events to identify emerging economic trends and issues.
                  • Compiled, updated, and analyzed regular releases of economic data.
                  • Assisted the economics team in conducting economic research and developing appropriate software and database infrastructure.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

                      • Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences:

       – Transportation Demand Management Committee (ABE50), Committee Member
       – Transportation and Economic Development Committee (ADD10), TDM committee liaison
       – Traveler Behavior and Values Committee (ADB10)

                      • International Association of Travel Behavior Research
                      • International Transportation Economics Association
                      • World Society for Transport and Land Use Research
                      • Southern Economic Association – Member

REFEREE ACTIVITY

                      • Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
                      • Transportation: Planning – Policy – Research – Practice
                      • Journal of Public Transportation
                      • International Journal of Sustainable Transportation
                      • Praeger Publishing. Book Chapter Review: Public Economics: The Government’s Role in American Economics

OTHER ENGAGEMENTS

            • Teaching Adjunct, Department of Economics . Subjects: Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Econometrics, International Economics, Intermediate Price Theory, Managerial Economics
            • Internal Award Program Review Board, Faculty Senate Research Council, University of South Florida