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LTC Student Research Challenge

The LTC Research Group Challenge Project will find creative solutions to difficult questions surrounding the Inland Empire transportation system. Research will be conducted by multi-disciplinary teams of students from the three major public universities in the region. This project will get regional students (undergraduate and graduate) from CSUSB, Cal Poly Pomona, and UC Riverside to think innovatively, learn research techniques, and find solutions to the tough transportation related questions facing the region.

Specific Research Program Outputs:

To find innovative solutions to problems and questions surrounding the IE transportation system. Each project will address some or all of the following:

  • mobility;
  • climate change/pollution reduction/community adaptation;
  • new industries/entrepreneurship based in transportation technologies;
  • smart city technologies;
  • international and domestic impacts/forces on the system to understand ; and
  • transportation cybersecurity in the public sector

2020 LTC Research Challenge Group

Christian Lua

Christian Lua is currently a proud CPP Bronco in his final year at Cal Poly Pomona as an urban and regional planning undergraduate and is the first in his family to attend a university. Born and raised in the Inland Empire, Christian has seen how the Inland Empire is growing and developing rapidly. With his other interests related to his current major like architecture, environmental studies, and policy, he hopes to bring his interests and utilize his planning background to the LTC research with his team. In the planning field, he has experience as an intern in public health planning with Riverside County’s Riverside University Health System (RUHS).

He is currently an intern with the City of Anaheim working on projects with the departments of Community and Economic Development and Planning, and currently is the University Liaison with the American Planning Association – Inland Empire Section (IES-APA). In his free time, he enjoys hiking, going to the beach, playing soccer, and spending time with his friends and family.

Nicole Aquino

Nicole Aquino is a fourth-year civil engineering student at Cal Poly Pomona interested in the transportation and traffic engineering industries. She is an active member of her campus community, serving as Cal Poly Pomona’s ASCE Vice President Internal and ITE Membership Chair. Nicole is also a Civil Engineering Intern at WSP USA where she works on rail projects, and she is looking forward to working as a Student Research Assistant at CSUSB’s Leonard Transportation Center and learning more about the transportation industry!

Vanessa Gonzalez

Vanessa Gonzalez holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Affairs from University of California, Riverside, as well as an M.A. in Social Science and Globalization from California State University, San Bernardino. For most of her academic career she has focused on the politics that drive international relations. However, she has begun to shift that focus towards applying her analytical skills towards micro-level issues that affect our local politics and communities. As a future educator and resident of the Inland Empire, Vanessa recognizes the importance of establishing equitable and sustainable transportation solutions for all in the region.

Marven Norman

Marven Norman is an Inland Empire native and has spent many years traveling around the region by bike, bus, car, foot, and train. He has been more closely involved in bicycle and pedestrian advocacy for many years and takes an avid interest in sustainable transportation and urban design. As a graduate of California State University, San Bernardino, Masters of Public Administration Program, he is focused on good and effective government and brings a wealth of perspectives and viewpoints to the team in the search for answers to the issues which face our growing region. 

Oscar Corona

Oscar Corona is a recent graduate from University of California, Riverside (UCR), with a bachelor's in Philosophy. He was formerly an intern at the Office of Sustainability at UCR and a Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow where he focused on the subject of transportation. His favorite hobbies include playing music, board games and cruising around on his skateboard. As a resident of the IE he is excited to work on this research with the potential to help the transportation network of the area