Nexus alumnus, and new father, Nebiyou Tilahun was recently appointed to an assistant professor position at the University of Illinois at Chicago:
Dr. Tilahun is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2010. His research interests are in transportation planning, travel behavior, the study of travel for social activities, and the use of agent based models for transportation planning applications. His dissertation, Matching Home and Work: Job Search, Contacts and Travel, developed a framework for work trip distribution from the perspective of the job search process. Between May 2009 and December 2011, he successively held postdoctoral researcher positions at the Urban Transportation Center (UIC) and the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs (UMN) working on issues related to Job Access and Reverse Commute and Human Services Transportation (at UIC), and linking transit accessibility to the regional economy in the Twin Cities (at UMN). As a graduate student he was a member of the NeXuS research group. Previously he also worked as a Transportation Engineer at the Washington State Department of Transportation (2001-2002). Dr. Tilahun's Civil Engineering studies started in Ethiopia at Addis Ababa University’s Faculty of Technology. During the Fall of 2012 he will be teaching UPP 502 Planning Skills: Computers, Methods and Communications and UPP 562: Urban Transportation III: Laboratory.