Feras El Zarwi PhD received the Honorable Mention distinction in the prestigious 2017 Eric Pas Dissertation Prize competition sponsored by the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR).
His dissertation is entitled: "Modeling and Forecasting the Impact of Major Technological and Infrastructural Changes on Travel Demand." Feras's faculty adviser is Joan Walker.
The IATBR Board constituted the Eric Pas Dissertation Prize in 1998 as a way to keep his memory alive and recognize the best dissertation each year in the field of travel behaviour research. Eric was a gifted educator at Duke University. In addition to his own direct contributions to the travel behavior field, Eric contributed to the field by shaping, influencing and encouraging the work of several other colleagues and students.
Congratulations to Feras on this high achievement. The Pas competition receives many strong dissertations.
Previous Honorable Mentions from UC Berkeley:
2015: André Carrel, "Travel satisfaction surveys meet mobile phone and vehicle tracking: Linking individual experiences to travel habit changes with panel data," University of California, Berkeley, USA, advisor: Prof. Joan Walker.
1998: Kara M. Kockelman, "A Utility-Theory-Consistent System-of-Demand-Equations Approach to Household Travel Choice," University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA, advisor Prof. Mark Hansen.