In July 2019, Center GRA Eric Childress presented at the 31st Annual American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Conference.
This summer the Center bid farewell to two longtime staff members. First, Lisardo Bolaños completed with his PhD and returned back to his home country of Guatemala. Lisardo contributed to many research documents and publications on P3s. As a longtime GRA for the Center he became a regular face at many conferences. He will be missed. We suggest keeping an eye out for his future activities – there is no doubt he will be up to great things!
Second, we bid farewell to Motoki Murayama. Moto was a visiting scholar from NEXCO-Central, a Japanese major expressway company, and as a representative of the company. Moto was an important part of the team at the Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy from 2016-2019 and he will be missed. He has moved on to his next position and we are grateful for the ongoing support and relationship built between George Mason University and NEXCO-Central.
Hyun Ju (Monica) Kim and Daniel Grimaldi join the Center this year as researchers. Hyun Ju is a doctoral candidate working on safety net programs, gender equality, and household decision-making models. Daniel is a first year PhD student. Originally from Brazil, Daniel previously worked in finance.
“U.S. Surface Transportation Public–Private Partnerships: Objectives and Evidence—Extended Findings” was published in the Transportation Research Record, following presentation at the 2019 TRB meeting. The paper is the second stage of analysis undertaken as part of the Evidence project.
Bolaños, L., Transue, M., Wheeler, P., & Gifford, J. (2019). U.S. Surface Transportation Public–Private Partnerships: Objectives and Evidence—Extended Findings. Transportation Research Record. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198119858280
The Center is please to welcome our new Graduate Research Associate, Eric Childress. Eric is a first year Public Policy Ph.D. student at the Schar School of Policy and Government. His research interests include international development, international trade, financialization, and public finance. Before coming to the Schar School, Eric served as a proposal manager for various international development firms. He earned his M.A. in International Commerce and Policy at the Schar School in 2016, and a B.A. in History from Ferrum College in 2012.
Eric grew up in Arlington, VA and is well acquainted with the transportation problems that the region has grappled with. His professional experience spans international development, domestic fiscal and monetary policy, and federal contract preparation. At the Schar School, Eric has focused his efforts on international trade and development issues; he is particularly interested in how developing economies can adopt trade policies which maximize their development potential. In his spare time, Eric is an avid fisherman and can frequently be found exploring the waterways around the Northern Virginia region.