Yuri Mereszczak is currently working at
Kittelson and Associates, Inc., engineering consultants.
Yuri began working on transportation
research in NIATT as a civil engineering undergraduate after
he identified civil engineering as the exciting and
challenging field in which he would make a career. He
received his B.S. in May 2003 from the University of Idaho
and his MSCE in the spring of 2005.
NIATT was part of a national team
funded through the National Cooperative Highway Research
Program to study roundabouts (traffic circles) in the U.S. A
member of the field data collection team, Yuri spent two
months during the summer of 2003 traveling to over 30
roundabout sites around the country. The work involved
setting up cameras to record the flow of traffic in the
roundabouts. During the following months, he was also part
of the student team that extracted data from over 131 DVDs
that were recorded in the field.
During the summer and fall of 2004,
Yuri had an opportunity to gain “real world” experience by
working in the Baltimore office of Kittelson & Associates.
At Kittelson’s, he assisted with data analysis of the
roundabout field data. He has also worked on H-Signal timing
along Maryland State Highway 97, a roundabout feasibility
study in Grants Pass, Oregon, research for the Insurance
Institute Highway for Safety comparing signalized
intersections for roundabouts, and several access management
and traffic impact studies for different developers in both
Washington and Oregon.
Yuri's paper, “Incorporating
the Effect of Exiting Vehicles in Critical Gap Estimation at
U.S. Roundabouts,” was presented at the 85th Annual
Transportation Research Board Meeting.
words of advice
to potential graduate students . . .
1998--Andrew A. Miller