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CSULB Takes Center Stage at METRANS’ National Conference

Published: October 15, 2009


The Third METRANS National Urban Freight (NUF) Conference will be held Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 21-23, at Hotel Maya in Long Beach. The conference brings together researchers and practitioners from North America, Europe and Asia to examine the impacts of goods movement and international trade in metropolitan areas with a full and diverse array of speakers, panels and presentations.

There will also be a pre-conference workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., sponsored by the University of Wisconsin’s National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) and METRANS Transportation Center. For information, see CFIRE Web site.

“The NUF Conference focuses on the urban aspects of goods movement, a major research area for METRANS,” said Thomas O’Brien, METRANS associate director for Long Beach Programs and director of research, Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) at CSULB. “It is the only conference devoted to freight issues in metropolitan areas and it draws individuals from throughout the U.S. and abroad. Participants include professionals in the fields of academics, industry and government.”

“This year’s NUF has significant European representation,” said Marianne Venieris, METRANS deputy director and executive director of CITT. “Professor Eddy Van de Voorde from the University of Antwerp will deliver the keynote and speak of port competition from an international perspective.” Van de Voorde’s work covers the international trade spectrum, from the maritime sector to air transport, and his efforts in the areas of economics and policy on behalf of a number of European government institutions and private companies make him uniquely qualified to provide an international perspective on urban freight issues.

James Hankla, former president of the Port of Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, will participate in a special interview session during lunch on the second day of the conference.

In addition, there will be sessions to highlight METRANS’ new comparative research collaboration on major ports and regions and to discuss freight and livability issues. A special panel of industry experts will provide attendees with valuable insight into the way that industry uses freight-related research coming out of universities. Other sessions will cover environmental issues and mitigation, new modeling and simulation methods, and operational strategies for increasing efficiency of goods movement systems.

With more than 100 presenters at the conference, CSULB will be represented by the following:

• Economics graduate student Christopher Malatesta presenting “Accident Rates and Safety Policies for Trucks Serving the San Pedro Bay Ports” on Oct. 21 at 1:30 p.m. He co-authored the paper with Seiji Steimetz (Economics) and Steven Yamarik (Economics).

• College of Engineering’s Hamid Rahai presenting “Development of a Portable Remote Sensing System for Measurement of Diesel Emissions from Passing Diesel Trucks” on Oct. 21 at 10:30 a.m. Co-authors are Bei Lu (Engineering) and graduate student Victor Muro (Engineering).

• Economics’ Guy Yamashiro on “Port Forecast for Southern California” on Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m. The paper was co-authored by Kristen Monaco (Economics).

• Rahai presents on “Assessment of a Ring Injector for Reducing Diesel NOx Emissions” on Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m.; co-authors are Shahab Moayedian and undergraduate student Rogelio Rosas (Engineering).

• Rosas presents “Development and Assessment of a Humid Air System for Diesel NOx Reduction,” on Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m.; co-author is Rahai.

• Computer Engineering and Computer Science’s Shui Lam on “Modeling Demurrage Cost in Container Shipments” on Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m.; co-authored by Burkhard Englert (Engineering).

• College of Engineering’s Hen-Geul (Henry) Yeh on “Soft Defined Radio Communications for Interoperability” Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m.; co-authors are Engineering’s Hsien Yang Yeh and Charles Van Houten.

• College of Engineering’s Anastasios Chassiakos presents “Modeling and Mitigating Port Disruptions” on Oct. 22 at 10:30 a.m.; co-authors are Hossein Jula (Penn State-Harrisburg), USC’s Hwan Chang and Petros Ioannou.

• College of Engineering’s Shui Lam on “The Use of XML for Port Communications” on Oct. 22 at 3:30 p.m.; co-author is Englert.

• Economics’ Wade E. Martin on “A Regional Multi-sector CGE Model of Southern California: Evaluating Climate Change Regulation” on Oct. 22 at 3:30 p.m. The co-authors are Monaco and Free University of Brussells’ Ali Bayar.

CSULB is well represented as session moderators with the list including Engineering’s Reza Toossi, Lam, Rahai, and Chassiakos; Economics’ Joseph Magaddino, Steimetz, and Martin; CITT’s O’Brien; Information Systems’ Khosrow Moshirvaziri; College of Continuing and Professional Education’s Mat Kaplan; and Health Sciences’ Javier Lopez-Zetina.

Additional information about the conference is available at or by e-mailing

–Shayne Schroeder