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Jonathan Wood

TITLE

Faculty Affiliate, CTRE

PHONE

515-294-8103

EMAIL

jwood2@iastate.edu

ADDITIONAL ROLES

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, CTRE

About Jonathan

Dr. Jonathan Wood is a Faculty Affiliate with the Center for Transportation Research and Education and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University. His areas of research expertise include geometric design, transportation safety, crash testing and vehicle safety, real-world impacts of driver assistance technologies (DAT) and other vehicle technologies, connected vehicle and autonomous vehicle systems, statistical methods for improving the accuracy of estimates and reducing biases, public transportation, and human factors (e.g., driver, cyclist, and pedestrian behavior).

Before joining Iowa State University, he worked as a researcher/data scientist for Ford Motor Company from 2017-2020. He also worked as a part-time assistant professor at Wayne State University from 2019-2020, and as a full-time assistant professor at South Dakota State University from 2016-2017.

Mohamed Yamany

TITLE

Postdoctoral Research Associate, CTRE

PHONE

515-294-8103

EMAIL

myamany@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, CTRE

About Mohamed

Mohamed Yamany is housed at the Institute for Transportation, contributing to various research on transportation projects associated with the Center for Transportation Research and Education, particularly those related to infrastructure asset management.

Shari Butterfield

TITLE

Administrative Event Coordinator, LTAP

PHONE

515-294-1292

EMAIL

sharib@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, Iowa LTAP

About Shari

Ms. Butterfield is the administrative event coordinator for the Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program. Shari provides event coordination as well as administrative support to the program. The administrative event coordinator provides support to the LTAP staff with the coordination of events and workshops in the delivery of transportation training and outreach efforts to local agency officials.

Onur Bingol

TITLE

Postdoctoral Research Associate, CTRE

PHONE

515-294-8103

EMAIL

orbingol@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, CTRE

About Onur

Onur Bingol is housed at the Institute for Transportation, contributing to various research on transportation projects associated with the Center for Transportation Research and Education.

Aditya Raj

TITLE

Senior Systems Analyst, CTRE

PHONE

515-294-8103

EMAIL

aditya3@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, CTRE

About Aditya

Aditya Raj is housed at the Institute for Transportation, contributing to various research on transportation projects associated with the Center for Transportation Research and Education.

Darla Weeks

TITLE

Secretary, InTrans

PHONE

515-294-4983

EMAIL

dweeks@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans

About Darla

Darla Weeks is responsible for all administrative operations at the Institute for Transportation. She supervises front-office student employees, sets up meetings, coordinates food for gatherings, and orders and stocks supplies. Darla also coordinates travel, manages all parking permits and building access keys and fobs, and handles all mail and shipping for InTrans staff. 

Alireza Sassani

TITLE

Postdoctoral Research Associate, CTRE

PHONE

515-294-8103

EMAIL

asassani@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, CTRE

About Alireza

Alireza Sassani is housed at the Institute for Transportation, contributing to various research on transportation projects associated with the Center for Transportation Research and Education.

Roy Sturgill

TITLE

Construction Engineer, CMAT

PHONE

515-294-3933

EMAIL

sturgill@iastate.edu

ADDITIONAL ROLES

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, CMAT, CTRE

About Roy

Dr. Roy Sturgill is an accomplished researcher and has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on over a dozen research projects totaling over $1,500,000 (inclusive of both state and national funding). Before coming to ISU, he worked as a research engineer at the Kentucky Transportation Center at the University of Kentucky in their Construction Engineering and Project Management Program and as an engineer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, working in construction management and in highway design conducting constructability reviews.

Dr. Sturgill is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee on Construction Management, friend to the Information Systems in Construction Management Sub-committee, friend to the Standing Committee on Project Delivery Methods, and Committee Research Chair of the Standing Committee on Utilities. He is a licensed professional engineer in both Kentucky and Iowa and has held previous sustainability-related credentials (LEED GA and GreenRoads STP).

Monica Ghosh

TITLE

Communications Specialist, InTrans

PHONE

515-294-7668

EMAIL

monicagr@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans

About Monica

Dr. Ghosh is a communications specialist for the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) publications group. Her responsibilities include technical and public relations writing/editing as well as InTrans web development/maintenance. Dr. Ghosh is passionate about building nonnative scholars’ ability to self-identify and self-correct English grammar/phrasing errors in order to maximize their international research publication/citation potential.

Dr. Ghosh joined InTrans in April 2019, having taught nearly every Iowa State University writing and speaking/pronunciation course available to nonnative-English-speaking graduate students. Her materials/curriculum development experience includes not only redeveloping an Iowa State University online writing course and face-to-face English speaking/pronunciation course, but also establishing the popular Graduate College Center for Communication Excellence English Speaking Consultation service. Dr. Ghosh’s aim of optimizing learning via the application of language and learning research to teaching practice has also grounded her numerous English-teacher-training publications and book-length English Speaking Consultant training manual.

Education


  • PhD, Applied Linguistics & Technology, Iowa State University, 2016
  • MA, Teaching English as a Second Language/Applied Linguistics, Iowa State University, 2009
  • BS, Secondary Education (English), Faith Baptist Bible College, 2003 


Professional Experience


Publications

Richards, M. & Cotos, E. (2019.) Segmental accuracy: A recommended training sequence for moving learners from accurate perception to accurate and automatic production in the stream of speech.

Richards, M. (2016). Not all word stress errors are created equal: Validating an English word stress error hierarchy. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

Richards, M. (2016). Teaching Tip: Transforming any text into an individualized segmental exercise via RelateWorldwide’s Pronunciation Highlighter. In J. Levis, H. Le, I. Lucic, E. Simpson, & S. Vo (Eds). Proceedings of the 7th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, ISSN 2380-9566, Dallas, TX, October 2015 (pp. 160-167). Ames, IA: Iowa State University.

Richards, M. (2016). Providing individualized homework and accountability for ITAs via Internet resources. In J. Levis, H. Le., I. Lucic, E. Simpson, & S. Vo (Eds).Proceedings of the 7th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, ISSN 2380-9566, Dallas, TX, October 2016 (pp. 245-257). Ames, IA: Iowa State University.

Richards, M. (2012). Helping Chinese learners distinguish English /l/ and /n/. In. J. Levis & K. LeVelle (Eds.). Proceedings of the 3rd Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, Sept. 2011. (pp. 161-167). Ames, IA: Iowa State University.

Richards, M. (2011). [Review of the book Insights into Non-native Vocabulary Teaching and Learning, edited by R. Chacón-Beltrán & M. del Mar Torreblanca-López]. System, 39, 582-584.

Richards, M. (2016). Developing academic vocabulary independently (DAVI): A usability study. (Unpublished master’s thesis). Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

Richards, M. (2009). Out of the classroom and into the community. MIDTESOL Matters, Winter 2008-2009, 5.

 

Grantwriting

ELO course development grant to substantially redevelop English 101D online for mass delivery. (2014). Iowa State University: Engineering-LAS Online, $9000.

 

Communicating with students and professionals sharing my field

Richards, M. & Cotos, E. (2018). When perception of suprasegmental meaning varies across languages, what is a teacher to do? Poster presented at the 10thPronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference. Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

Richards, M. & Cotos, E. (2018). Segmental accuracy: A recommended training sequence for moving learners from accurate perception to accurate (and automatic!) production in the stream of speech. “Teaching Tip” presented at the 10th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference. Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

Chukharev-Hudilainen, E. & Richards, M. (2017). Linguatorium: Research-Grounded Tools for Language Learning. TechExploration presented at the Technology in Second Language Learning conference at Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

Richards, M. (2016). Not all word stress errors are created equal: Validating an English word stress error gravity hierarchy. Poster presented at the 8thPronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference. University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Richards, M. (2015). Transforming any text into an individualized segmental exercise via RelateWorldwide’s Pronunciation Highlighter. “Teaching Tip” presented at the 7th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference. Texas A&M University, Commerce, TX.

Richards, M. (2014). A preliminary analysis of the word stress patterns of “New General Service List” vocabulary. Paper presented at the 6th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference. University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.

Richards, M. (2014). Introducing a suite of high-interest communicative activities for providing learners’ concentrated exposure to English word stress. “Teaching Tip” presented at the 6th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference. University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.

Richards, M. (2013). Providing individualized homework and accountability for ITAs via Internet and LMS resources. “Teaching Tip” presented at the 5thPronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference. Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

Richards, M. (2012). Optimizing the acquisition of AWL word stress patterns via a principled, Web-based, audio flashcard pedagogy. Paper presented at the 4thPronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching conference. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC.

Feng, H-H. & Richards, M. (2012). Needs Analysis and Course Development for EFL Engineering Graduate Students: A Case Study in Taiwan. Paper presented at the Symposium on Second Language Writing conference. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

Aist, G., Richards, M. & Sudhakar, P. (2012). Customizing Language-Learning Activities for Engineering Students via LADL. Paper presented at the Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium. University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN.

Aist, G., Richards, M. & Niedergeses, D. (2011). Introducing LADL: A Learning Activity Description Language. Paper presented at the Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium. University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.

Richards, M. (2008). Out of the Classroom and into the Community. Paper presented at MIDTESOL conference. Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA.

 

Communicating with students and professionals not sharing my field

As Postdoctoral Fellow and Graduate Peer Mentor at Iowa State University’s “Center for Communication Excellence”:

  • Title:Postdoctoral Writing Consultant (Mentees: International/domestic postdocs)
  • Title: English Writing Consultant (Mentees: Primarily international graduate students)
  • Title: English Speaking Consultant (Mentees: Primarily international graduate students)
  • Title: English Speaking Consultation Program Developer (Mentees: International/domestic English Speaking Consultants)

As sole instructor at Iowa State University:

  • English 101D: Academic English 2 for graduate students (face-to-face course about research writing)
  • English 101D: Academic English 2 for graduate students (online course about research writing)
  • English 150: Critical thinking and communication (Freshman composition)
  • English 180D: Advanced communication skills for international teaching assistants
  • English 180A: English pronunciation for international teaching assistants
  • English 99S: Strategies for nonnative speakers of English — Academic speaking and pronunciation

As teaching assistant at Iowa State University (with Dr. Karina Silva):

  • English 518: Teaching English as a second language — Methods and materials

As sole instructor at Iowa State University’s “Intensive English and Orientation Program”:

  • Advanced English listening, speaking and pronunciation
  • Community Interaction Class

As sole instructor at Xiamen City University/Xiamen Educational College (Xiamen, Fujian, P.R. China):

  • Business English
  • Pronunciation
  • Oral English
  • Listening and speaking

Awards and Honors


  • Research Excellence Award, Iowa State University Graduate College (Department of English), 2017.
  • Teaching Award, Iowa State University Graduate and Professional Student Senate, 2016.
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Iowa State University Graduate College (Department of English), 2016.
  • Best Student Poster, Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference, 2016.
  • Travel Award, MIDTESOL conference, 2008.
  • “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges,” 2002-2003.


Guillermo Basulto-Elias

TITLE

Assistant Scientist, CTRE

PHONE

515-294-8103

EMAIL

basulto@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, CTRE

About Guillermo

Guillermo Basulto-Elias is a postdoctoral research associate at the Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University. He has experience on statistical computing, data visualization, generalized linear mixed effects models, nonparametric statistics, machine learning, and stochastic processes.

In recent years, he has worked on nonparametric models of data with measurement error and forensic statistics, which include footwear analysis, models for speaker recognition, and design and supervision of shoe prints forensic database. More recently, he has worked on software development for generating reports of crashes, and statistical models for traffic data, including linear mixed effects models, hierarchical Bayesian models, and functional data analysis.

Education


  • PhD, Statistics, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2016
  • MSc in Probability and Statistics, Center for Research in Mathematics (CIMAT), Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico, 2011
  • BS in Mathematics, University of Guanajuato (UG), Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico, 2009

Professional Experience


  • Postdoctoral appointment, Institute for Transportation, Ames, IA, 2019–Present
  • Postdoctoral appointment, Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) at Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2016–2018
  • Graduate Assistant, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2011–2016

Selected Talks and Posters


  • Poster at 10th International Conference on Forensic Inference and Statistics, Minneapolis, MN, on Shoe matching based on image cross-sectioning. Joint work with Martin Silerio. 2017.
  • Poster at Joint Statistical Meetings, Seattle, WA, on Poverty Determinants in the US. Joint work with Natalia da Silva. 2015.
  • Invited talk at XIII Probability and Statistics Workshop at CIMAT, Guanajuato, Mexico. Statistical Learning of Machine Learning? 2015.
  • Invited talk at XIII Probability and Statistics Workshop at CIMAT, Guanajuato, Mexico. Complex Data Visualization in R. 2015.
  • Invited talk at the 2nd. Conference of the International Society for Non-parametric Statistics, Cadiz, Spain. A nonparametric estimator and bootstrap confidence bands for the Kolmogorov canonical measure. Joint work with Víctor Pérez-Abreu and Miguel Nakamura. 2014.
  • Poster at the International Society for Bayesian Statistics Meeting, Cancun, Mexico. Measurement error and compliance with physical activity guidelines in the US. Joint work with Brenna Curley and Alicia Carriquiry. 2014.
  • Invited talk at Prudsys User Days Conference, Berlin, Germany. DMC 2014 Solution. Joint work with the winning team of the 2014 Data Mining Cup: Fan Cao, Xiaoyue Cheng, Marius Dragomiroiu, Jessica Hicks, Cory Lanker, Ian Mouzon, Lanfeng Pan and Xin Yin. 2014.

Publications


  • Goswamy, A., Hallmark, S., Basulto-Elias, G., and Pawlovich, M. (2019) Safety Evaluation of Stop-Sign Mounted Beacons—A Cross-Sectional Study. Journal of Transportation Technologies, Vol. 09, No. 01.
  • Basulto-Elias, G., Carriquiry, A., De Brabanter, K. and Nordman, D. (2017) “fourierin”: An R package to compute Fourier integrals. The R Journal, Vol. 9, No. 2.

Awards and Recognition


  • Member of the winning team of the 2014 Data Mining Cup organized by Prudsys AG, 2014
  • Second runner-up of Sotero Prieto Award to the best undergraduate thesis in Mathematics of Mexico. Given by the Mexican Mathematical Society, 2010
  • Third place by Francisco Aranda Award to the best undergraduate thesis in Statistics of Mexico. Given by the Mexican Statistics Association, 2010
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