TEACHING EXPERTISE

Based on my experience in transportation engineering, I am qualified to teach the following subjects: 1) transportation demand modeling, 2) highway/roadway design, 3) roundabout design and analysis, 4) traffic operations and design, 5) discrete choice analysis, and 6) GIS applications in transportation and land use.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE
In addition to advising senior design groups, supervising summer interns, moderating review sessions, guest lectures, and multiple laboratory/teaching assistantships, I also have had the opportunity to be full instructor for Traffic Operations and Design (CE241), a design-based elective at the University of Vermont in the Spring of 2011 and 2013.

Student Level:  Civil Engineering juniors, seniors, and some graduate students
Prerequisites:  CE133 – Introduction to Transportation Systems
Current Enrollment: 13 students

Mean Overall Student Rating of Course (5pt Scale): 3.9
Mean Overall Student Rating of Instructor (5pt Scale): 4.4
Mean Overall Student Rating of Course Difficulty (5pt Scale): 3.8

        CE241 COURSE SYLLABUS - 2013

This course is designed to familiarize students with advanced concepts relating to traffic engineering and capacity analysis, highway and intersection capacity, traffic analysis and simulation software, design and application of controls, and roundabouts and traffic calming. 

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
My teaching goals are to: make sure my students become independent thinkers and instill in them passion and curiosity about traffic and the transportation system; to create a learning environment where students want to be engaged and understand the importance of thinking big; to help students appreciate the importance of being interdisciplinary and foster a student-teacher relationship that is symbiotic.

INVITED COURSE LECTURES

Belz, N.P. (February 2011).  Complete Streets and Traffic Calming, Invited lecture for Sustainable Transportation Planning (ENVS 195 / NR 185 / CDAE 195), University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.

Belz, N.P. (March 2010).  Living with the Automobile:  Examing the Role of Complete Streets and Traffic Calming, Invited lecture for Transportation Planning (CDAE 295), University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.

Belz, N.P. (February 2010).  Identifying Additional Bus Routes in Chittenden County, VT:  A Transportation Application of GIS, Invited lecture for Transportation Planning (CDAE 295), University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.

Belz, N.P. (January 2007).  Applications of Intelligent Transportation Systems, Invited lecture for Urban Transportation Planning (CDAE 295), University of Maine, Orono, ME. 








NATHAN  P.  BELZ,  Ph.D.


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