ASCE has honored Hai Yang, Ph.D., C.Eng, M.ASCE, with the 2020 Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Award for his leadership in the fields of transportation network modeling and transportation economics and for his extraordinary record in both research and mentoring.
Yang’s career has been exceptional in terms of its impact. He is universally acknowledged as one of the most influential transportation researchers in the world. He has achieved this recognition with an impressive publication record based on outstanding research, a reputation as a first-rate mentor and educator, and exceptional editorial expertise.
He has clearly established himself as a top authority in transportation network analysis and transportation economic analysis. His work on on-demand transportation (including ridesharing services such as Uber and traditional taxi services) has been highly influential and has been adapted to both public and private sectors to improve the operations and efficiencies of such service. The quantity and quality of his published work have altered the course of transportation research throughout the world.
Yang has been a selfless mentor to his many students. He has graduated Ph.D. students who have won numerous awards and gone on to have their own highly successful academic careers. There is no doubt that Yang is a deeply committed educator, with very measurable and recognized impact.
The Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Award recognizes the best example of innovative or noteworthy planning, design or construction of transportation facilities.