California State University, Sacramento
Ghazan Khan, Ph.D., associate professor of civil engineering at Sacramento State, is recognized for advancing the technological preparation of engineering students by engaging them in interdisciplinary research activities.
Dr. Khan collaborated with Sacramento State's Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS) to launch a 3-month demonstration of the Olli autonomous shuttle service on campus. While the autonomous shuttle provided mobility services on campus, Khan used it as a classroom-on-wheels for undergraduate and graduate students by exposing them to the state-of-the-art technology. The project was highlighted in the media, garnered recognition for the college and the university, and promotes Sacramento State as a leader in applied, innovative technologies.
Khan also led the redevelopment of the transportation engineering laboratory, a new hub for graduate student research, undergraduate student instruction and technical training for professionals in the transportation field. Through his engagement with local agencies, the lab has direct access to the Sacramento County Department of Transportation (SacDOT) Traffic Operations Center's real-time data stream of all county intersections. Khan incorporates these efforts in his classroom and engages many students within the College of Engineering and Computer Science in the high-impact practice of research-based learning with a focus on transportation safety and transportation asset management.
“Khan's teaching excellence and innovation in pedagogy has established him as valuable resource on curriculum matters within the college. It is his leadership and efforts outside the classroom in enhancing student learning which makes him stand out," says Kevan Shafizadeh, Ph.D., associate dean of Sacramento State's College of Engineering and Computer Science.