Reza Farzaneh, Ph.D, P.E.
Phone: (512) 407-1118
Dr. Farzaneh is an Associate Research Scientist at Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), a part of The Texas A&M University System. As a researcher in the Air Quality Program, he serves as principal investigator and key researcher on a wide variety of technical and policy research projects.
Dr. Farzaneh has worked on a wide variety of transportation air quality, traffic flow analysis, and transportation research project during his eight years of experience. Dr. Farzaneh’s participation in research involves a variety of in-use emissions impact evaluations, transportation air quality policy analysis, biodiesel emissions, transportation sustainability, and air quality-related projects. Many projects have resulted in scientific journal papers and conference presentations.
During his career, Dr. Farzaneh has conducted research projects concerning air quality, traffic flow analysis, and transportation modeling. His wide range of experience includes transportation air quality policy analysis; analysis of emissions reduction strategies; corridor level freight air quality analysis; development of emissions collection studies; emissions analysis; performance measurement; and transportation sustainability. Dr. Farzaneh has authored numerous journal papers and conference presentations on traffic flow modeling and transportation air quality topics.
Prior to joining TTI, Dr. Farzaneh worked for several years as a Senior Research Associate and a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for Sustainable Mobility at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), where he was actively involved in research projects in the areas of traffic flow modeling, transportation safety and traffic operations for Virginia Department of Transportation and FHWA. Dr. Farzaneh has also several years of experience as a consultant in his home country of Iran, where he worked as a civil engineer.
Tara Ramani P.E.
Assistant Research Engineer
Ms. Ramani is Assistant Research Engineer in TTI’s Air Quality Program, in the Environment and Air Quality Division. Ms. Ramani has worked on numerous projects involving transportation sustainability, performance measurement, planning, air quality and emissions analyses, and emissions testing. Her particular areas of interest and expertise are in sustainability and performance measurement for transportation, and transportation planning and air quality issues. Ms. Ramani is the Principal Investigator and key researcher on a number of state and national projects on a range of topics related to transportation, sustainability and air quality. She is active in the Transportation Research Board as a member of two committees, and is also a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Mr. Johnson has worked for the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) for over 15 years and has held numerous positions at TTI during that time. Currently, Mr. Johnson is a Research Specialist in the Air Quality Program at TTI where he manages the Environmental and Emissions Research Facility (EERF), located on the RELLIS Campus of Texas A&M University. The EERF facility is a state of the art environmentally controlled test facility allowing for emissions testing of vehicles under controlled environmental conditions.
During his time at TTI, Mr. Johnson has worked on a wide variety of projects, collecting and analyzing emissions data for various types of vehicles, including both on and off road studies. These projects have included testing within the EERF facility, as well as many projects where the testing is conducted in the field during normal in-use operations of the test vehicle. He is currently focused on the expanding testing that is being conducted at the EERF, including the development of test protocols for Auxiliary Power Units as well as inter-modal trailers for temperature sensitive shipments.
Associate Research Scientist
Dr. Birt is an Associate Research Scientist at Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), in the Environment and Air Quality Division. His current research interests include strategies for information transfer and decision support, and systems modeling.
Dr. Birt is an ecologist and systems modeler. He has worked on a variety of problems focused upon the management of ecological systems. These have ranged from Africanized Bees in urban ecosystems, decision support tools for pecan growers, irruptive forests pests, environmental influences on wine grapes, and the sustainability of rangelands. These problems, although diverse, share characteristics that make them particularly suited to research methods that involve custom computer or mathematical models, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Web based Information Technology. Dr. Birt has authored numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters in the field of ecology. He is currently interested in the transfer of domain theory from the Ecological to Transportation arenas, and vice versa.
Before joining TTI in 2014, Dr. Birt was an Associate Research Scientist at the Knowledge Engineering Laboratory, in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M (8 years). He also worked for 4 years at Syngenta AG (UK) as an environmental risk assessor, developing custom models to demonstrate the environmental safety of pesticides to government regulators. He obtained his PhD from Birmingham University (U.K.), and a B.Sc. degree from Reading University (U.K.).
Assistant Research Scientist
Assistant Transportation Researcher