Jose Holguin-Veras, Ph.D., P.E.
William H. Hart Professor
Director of the Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment (CITE)
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Work phone: 518-276-6221
Professor Holguin-Veras’s research emphasizes: the integration of state of the art economic principles into transportation modeling, so that a complete picture could be developed on the broader impacts of transportation activity on the economy and the environment; and the study of the behavior of the participating agents to support sustainable policies. His work includes a broad spectrum of research tracks ranging from: basic research on transportation modeling, research on the behavioral responses of agents to pricing and other sustainable policies, research on simplified modeling techniques, i.e., to estimate demand using secondary data. The latter techniques are bound to benefit developing countries because they minimize the need for expensive data collection efforts. His leadership positions at key international research organizations include: Vice-President for Logistics of the Pan-American Conferences of Traffic and Transportation Engineering, Elected Member of the Council for the Association for European Transport, member of the International Organizing Committee of the City Logistics Conferences, member of three Technical Committees and invitational Task Forces on freight modeling at the Transportation Research Board. He is member of a number of editorial boards, Review Chair for freight transportation at the Transportation Research Board, and Transportation Editor at Networks and Spatial Economics.
- Ph. D., University of Texas at Austin, 1996
- Magister Scientiarum, Universidad Central de Venezuela, 1984
- Civil Engineer, Magna Cum Laude, Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, 1981
Fellowship,awards, and distinctions
- Recipient of the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (2001).
- Recipient of a Proclamation from the City Council of New York honoring his research accomplishments and contributions to local communities (April 17, 2001).
- Recipient of the Milton Pikarsky Memorial Award, 1996 (Council of University Transportation Centers).
- Recipient of the 2006 Robert E. Kerker Research Award in recognition of Excellence in Research of Special Importance to Practitioners and Scholars of Public Administration and Policy in New York State for his paper entitled “The Truth, the Myths and the Possible in Freight Road Pricing in Congested Urban Areas”.
- Recipient of the 2006 School of Engineering Research Award, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
- Recipient of the 2007 University Transportation Research Center Best Paper Award for the paper entitled "An Investigation on the Effectiveness of Joint Receiver-Carrier Policies to Increase Truck Traffic in the Off-peak Hours" (Parts I and II), together with Michael Silas, John Polimeni, and Brenda Cruz.
- Honorary Professor, Daliang Jiaotong University, August 16, 2010
- William H. Hart Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2010.
- State Academy for Public Administration, 2006.
- International Road Federation (IRF), 1991
- Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), 1989
- Organization of American States (OAS), 1982-1984
- Magna Cum Laude (Civil Engineering), Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, 1981
- Listed in Who’s Who in America (since 2001), and Who’s Who in Engineering Education (2005)
Editorial Boards, Conference Chairmanship, Leadership Positions
- President of the Pan-American Transportation and Traffic Engineering Conferences (2010-present)
- Council of the Association for European Transport (Elected Member) (2005-2011)
- Vice President of the Pan-American Transportation and Traffic Engineering Conferences (2005-2010)
- Chairman of the XIII Pan American Conference of Traffic and Transportation Engineering, Crowne Plaza Albany, September 27-29 2004
- Chairman of the Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute on Transportation Sciences (PASI-TS), Toluca and Queretaro, Mexico July 24-August 7th 2005
- Member of the Executive Board of the City University of New York’s University Transportation Research Center (since 2002).
- Member of the Advisory Board of the University of Vermont’s Transportation Center (since 2006).
- Member of the Conference Program Committee of the National Urban Freight Conference (February 1st-3rd, 2006, Long Beach California)
- Member of the Organizing Committee of the 3rd International Conference on City Logistics (Madeira, Portugal 2003)
- Member of the Organizing Committee of the 4th International Conference on City Logistics (Lankawi, Malaysia 2005)
- Associate Editor of Transportation for Network and Spatial Economics (2003-present)
- Associate Editor of Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice (since 2008).
- Chair of the Review Committee (Editor) for the Freight Transportation Planning and Logistics Committee (Transportation Research Board) (2001-2007)
Areas of proficiency
- He is in charge of one of the largest research groups on humanitarian logistics that specializes in the integration of social science and engineering research, and the integration of field work, characterization, and mathematical modeling of the various aspects of the relief efforts. This group has conducted path breaking field research on Katrina, Haiti, Japan, Joplin and many other disasters.
Freight transportation modeling and economics
- Recipient of two national awards: (a) the Milton Pikarsky Memorial Award, from the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) in 1996; and (b) the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2001, for his contributions to intermodal transportation modeling and transportation economics. Leader in the area of freight behavior, and freight demand modeling.
Transportation Planning/Intelligent Transportation Systems
- Proficient in the use of demand models for policy analysis and transportation system planning. Major role in three national transportation plans and fifteen major urban and regional transportation studies. Highly proficient in the use of advanced modeling techniques, ranging from Random Utility Models, to Land-Use transportation models, and traditional UTPS approaches, including network applications to transportation problems.
- Strong background in transportation economics, having performed cutting edge research on road pricing (optimal tolls, behavioral responses from both passengers and freight, development of comprehensive policies), the economic evaluation of more than a thousand hundred transportation projects, including land use projects, transit projects, freeways, two suburban and interstate highways, port projects, rail projects, and rural roads. Has conducted advanced research on price differentiation theory and congestion pricing application to container terminals. Has been consultant for the major international companies and international organizations.
- Strong background in the areas of: highway design, demand forecasting and economic analysis of urban highways and rural roads. Participated in planning and design of three freeways, two intercity roads, two hundred rural roads, airports, rail and maritime projects in a number of different countries. International consultant in the area of Infrastructure Planning and Modeling. Implemented Pavement Management Systems.
- Proficient in traffic engineering and traffic flow theory. Experience in intersection control, traffic signalization and coordination. Participated in two traffic signal coordination studies and advised eight different municipal planning organizations.
- Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (since July 2006), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (joint with Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems)
- Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2002-2006), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (joint with Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems)
- Associate Professor of Civil Engineering (2001-2002), The City College of New York.
- Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering (1998-2001), The City College of New York.
- Visiting Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, The City College of New York (1997).
- Visiting Professor, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (1996-1997).
- Adjunct Professor of Transportation Economics and Transportation Planning (1984-1991), and Port Engineering (1989-1991), Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo.
- Lecturer of Urban Transportation Planning at the Graduate Course in Transportation Planning, Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo 1985-1986.
- Acting Head, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Jan. 2008-July 2009)
- Deputy Director of the Transportation Planning Directorate, Ministry of Public Works, October 1986-August 1987.
- Academic Coordinator of the Graduate Course in Transportation Planning, Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo 1985-1986.
- Head, Transportation Planning Department, Ministry of Public Works, 1984-1986.
- Head of the Special Studies Unit, Ministry of Public Works, Jan. 1981-Aug. 1984.
At the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute:
- Co-Chair of the 175th Anniversary Committee (since August 2009)
- Member of the Task Force on the Environmental Engineering Program (since August 2009)
- Acting Department Head (December 2007-June 2009)
- Member of the Executive Committee of the Rensselaer’s RAMP-UP (Reforming Advancement at Rensselaer) project
- Member of the School of Engineering Future of Engineering Committee (since December 2006)
- Member of the Department Head Chair Committee (July 2005-August 2009)
- Member of the Graduate Program Committee at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (since July 2002)
- Chairman of the search committee for the geotechnical engineering faculty position (March 2003-March 2004)
- Member of the Space Allocation Committee at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (since July 2002)
At The City College of New York:
- Member of the CCNY Vice-President for Facilities Search Committee (February 2002)• Member of the CCNY President’s Task Force on Community Outreach (December 2001-July 2002)
- Doctoral Committee (2001- July 2002)
- Member of School of Engineering Dean Search Committee (December 1999-June 2000)
- Curriculum/ABET Committee (1997-2000)