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Hesham Rakha, director of the Center for Sustainable Mobility at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), has been awarded with the 2021 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Outstanding Research Award for his contributions to large-scale transportation system optimization, modeling, and assessment.

“The research performed by Dr. Rakha, and the Center for Sustainable Mobility, continuously advances our understanding of transportation systems,” said Zac Doerzaph, VTTI executive director. “His findings often identify strategies for improving performance as shared within his numerous publications and within industry best practices. Having the opportunity to work with Hesham is always an insightful experience, and I am excited to follow the ongoing positive impacts he is making on the transportation industry.”

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About VTTI: The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) conducts research to save lives, time, and money and protect the environment. As one of six premier research institutes created by Virginia Tech to answer national challenges, VTTI is continually advancing transportation through innovation and has affected public policy on national and international levels.

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