Kara Kockelman

Kara  Kockelman
Professor, Fariborz Maseeh Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Phone: +1 512 471 0210
Email: kkockelm@mail.utexas.edu

The Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, Kockelman is a registered professional engineer and holds a PhD, MS, and BS in civil engineering, a Masters of City Planning, and a minor in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. She has received numerous fellowships and awards, including the NSF CAREER Award for faculty research and teaching (2000-2005), the NSF and Berkeley Fellowships for graduate study (1993-1998), the Tiebout Prize for best paper in regional science (1998), the U.C. Transportation Center "Student of the Year" Award (1998), and the University Medal from U.C. Berkeley as the "most distinguished graduate" among its body of 5,300 undergraduates (1991). Between her undergraduate and graduate studies, Kockelman worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the rural Andean region of Ecuador, managing the construction of potable water systems and other sanitation infrastructure. Kockelman's primary research interests include the statistical modeling of travel behavior and location choice, the connection between urban form and travel, and urban planning and policy-making. She has taught classes in transportation systems, transport economics, transport data acquisition and analysis, and geometric design (at U.T.) and statistics (at U.C. Berkeley). Dr. Kockelman is the author of numerous published papers, including the following: "A Model for Time- and Budget-Constrained Activity Demand Analysis" (Transportation Research B), "Changes in the Flow-Density Relationship due to Environmental, Vehicle, and Driver Characteristics" (Transportation Research Record No. 1644); "Travel Behavior as a Function of Accessibility, Land Use Balance, and Land Use Mixing" (TRR No. 1607); "The Effects of Location Elements on Home Purchase Prices and Rents" (TRR No. 1606); "High-Speed Rail for California: A Cost-Benefit Analysis" (Berkeley Planning Journal). Kockelman sits on the Transportation Research Board's Committee on Transportation and Land Development and its Sub-Committee on Integrated Transportation and Land-Use Modeling, and she is a member of NCHRP Panel 8-37 ("Statistical and Methodological Standards for Metropolitan Travel Surveys") and TCRP Panel B-19 ("Providing Transit Options for Older Americans").