Transport Research Intern
The Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) is a not-for-profit organization based in New York City with offices in Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Guangzhou, Chennai, Jakarta, Buenos Aires, and Washington, DC. ITDP works to promote environmentally sustainable and socially equitable transportation policies and projects around the world, with an emphasis on developing countries. ITDP’s programs focus on bus rapid transit (BRT), cycling, walking, travel demand management, parking, and transit oriented development. More information about ITDP can be found at http://www.itdp.org.
AirSage is excited to announce recipients of the AirSage PASS: Professional Advancement & Success Scholarship. Funds are awarded exclusively to Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) members and support the continuing education and professional development of emerging leaders in the field of transportation planning.
Each quarter, AirSage awards scholarships for individuals with the drive to further develop their career through training, conferences, seminars or other methods of advancement. For more information on applying for the AirSage PASS, click here.
As a transportation planner/engineer at a global consulting firm, Parsons Brinckerhoff inAtlanta, Cherry believes AirSage PASS will help him impact smaller communities. Cherry’s award will cover the costs to attend the TRB Tools of the Trade Conference in Burlington, Vt. The three-day event will focus on transportation planning for small- and medium-sized communities.
“Much of the focus in transportation today is solving large-scale problems in urban areas. However, smaller communities support many of the nation’s critical universities, manufacturing centers, and farming communities… I am thankful that AirSage has the generosity and vision to support young professionals in their quest to learn.”
Today we talk to AirSage’s Matthew Martimo, VP of R&D. Matthew is an accomplished R&D executive and respected thought leader in the rapidly evolving big data and predictive analytics sectors with nine years of experience driving high-tech product development and revenue goals. We talk to Matthew about how AirSage’s innovative wireless signaling analytics has changed the transportation industry, the current state of population analytics, and where the transportation planning industry is headed. You can find out more about Matthew and AirSage at airsage.com
M: We work with cellphone carriers to place lat/long coordinates onto live events in their wireless network. We can then understand the population as a whole and its movements. We feed that population movement data back to the carriers, agencies, and enterprise to provide data products and services on “where and when” things happen.
Today we talk to uShip’s Timur Eligulashvili, VP of Commercial Products. Timur has over 10 years of experience in the transportation logistics industry. Before uShip he held several roles in logistics including analyst, sales, product manager, and even company founder. We talk to Timur about how uShip’s innovative marketplace has changed the logistics industry, the current state of shipper/carrier relationships, and where the logistics industry is headed. You can find out more about Timur and uShip at uship.com or catch their product offerings on A&E’s “Shipping Wars” on Tuesdays at 10/9c.
AP: What is uShip’s elevator pitch, i.e. what do you do (in 30 seconds or less)?
TE: We’re an online transportation marketplace that connects customers who want to ship things (i.e. shippers) and the service providers who deliver shipments (i.e. carriers). We offer an easy way for shippers and carriers to connect and transact online. Think eBay or Orbitz, but for shipping services.
The company was founded by our CEO Matt Chasen. Our company was born when he identified two problems he was having. The first problem was he wanted to ship an old dresser from his Grandmother’s house in the Midwest to Texas. They looked at all the usual suspects but couldn’t find a good price. All the carriers offered different prices for different services. The second problem occurred when Matt was working in Seattle before getting accepted into the MBA program at Austin. He packed up a truck with his wife and started driving down to Texas and thought about how he had extra space on his truck that wasn’t utilized. He thought about how he could have connected with someone who needed to ship something down to Texas so Matt could offset his own shipping costs or even make money. Along with his other co-founders, Matt then connected the dots at the UT-Austin MBA program. There are a lot of trucks out on the road today that aren’t fully utilized and have empty space that could be sold to people needing to ship something. That’s how the uShip idea was born.
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 93rd Annual Meeting is nearly here, and it’s time to start thinking about which sessions to go to! To get a head start, check out the link below, which includes all the TRB Young Member sponsored and related activities, including Transportation Camp 2014 and the Young Professionals’ Reception.