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Feng-Bor Lin to be Named Professor Emeritus at Clarkson University

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Feng-Bor Lin will be named professor emeritus at Clarkson University's 124th Commencement on May 13. He will be honored for 43 years of exemplary service to the University.

Feng-Bor LinAn internationally recognized scholar and transportation engineer, Lin came to Clarkson in 1974 and single-handedly developed a graduate program in transportation engineering. He is perhaps the first Clarkson faculty member to have received the National Science Foundation Initiation Grant for new faculty, which later evolved into the NSF CAREER research awards.

“My transportation research involves high transportation areas, to develop techniques and models for planners and designers. For many years, researchers have been working to develop a menu of tools for transportation engineers to apply. Quite often, we don't know what to do unless we have a tool to look into the future,” he explains.

Accordingly, his research interests include Intelligent transportation systems, traffic control and surveillance, capacity and level-of-service analysis, and analytical and simulation modeling of traffic systems operation. Similarly, his teaching interests are traffic engineering, transportation systems design, traffic flow theory and applications, advanced traffic engineering, and modeling and systems analysis.

While the Potsdam area doesn't pose much of a problem for commuters, Lin has seen an increase in traffic over the years, even with occasional tie-ups. Still, it's easy here, he says.

“Before I came here, I lived in Pittsburgh for almost six years. I don't like the city. You can't even find a parking space. Every day, finding a place to park is a headache,” he notes. “Things are much better here.”

Outside of northern New York, Lin has provided his expertise as a member of transportation boards. He served as chairman of the Transportation Research Board's Subcommittee of the Committee on Expert Systems from 1991 through 1993, and as the chairman of Transportation Research Board's Signal Systems Committee Task Force on Research Problem Statements from 1994 through 1999.

He also has served on the editorial advisory board of Transportation Research, Review Board of Transportation Planning Journal, Transportation Research Board Task Force on Traffic Models, and the Transportation Research Board’s committees on Highway Capacity and Quality of Service, Traffic Control Devices, Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics, and Traffic Signal Systems.

At present, he is leading an effort to update the 2011Taiwan Highway Capacity Manual, which provides analytical and simulation tools to facilitate the planning, design, and operational analysis of highway facilities.

At Clarkson, he was actively involved teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and in transportation research. Lin taught more than 5,000 undergraduate students, and he was recognized three times for the quality of his teaching by Clarkson's Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering.

He authored 75 peer-reviewed journal papers, 30 peer-reviewed conference papers, three manuals, and 41 technical reports. His scholarly work has raised the name recognition of Clarkson among transportation professionals. Two of his papers were cited by the Transportation Research Board as papers of significant contribution. Another paper was given a second-place award by the Association of Transportation Professionals in Taiwan.

As for his future, Lin is only retiring from teaching. He is involved in research projects that will continue for a few years.

“I'm very relaxed but still pretty busy,” he says. “It's time for a new generation to take over.”

Lin received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from National Taiwan University, his master of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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