Student Profiles

Master's | PhD

Master's Students

Kexin Ren
Kexin Ren began her MSc in September 2015 under the supervision of Dr. Kim. She received her BSc from Southeast University. Her research focus is on transportation planning. Her interests include photography and linguistics. Her favorite mode of transportation is transit. Kexin can be reached at
Kathy Hui Kathy Hui is currently a Masters student at the University of Alberta with Dr. Amy Kim. She conducted her undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo in Environmental Engineering. Her interest in transportation was sparked by a mixture of unreliable bus commutes, amazing transit systems in Asia, and Tom Hank's performance in The Terminal. Her specific interests lie in transportation planning & policy, intercity travel, and airports. Kathy can be reached at
Yunzhuang Yunzhuang Zheng began his Master’s program in Transportation Engineering in September 2014 under the supervision of Dr. Kim. His research focuses on transportation planning and freight transportation. He previously obtained his Bachelor’s degree at Southeast University in China. He enjoys reading, movies, swimming, and badminton. He can be reached at

Matt Woo started his MSc in September 2015 under the supervision of Dr. Kim. His current research pertains to regional transportation planning and demand management. Matt's hobbies include skiing, rock climbing, hiking and tennis. Hiss preferred mode of transportation is cycling. Matt can be reached at


Chenhao Wang started his studies as a master's student in September 2014 under the supervision of Dr. Qiu, and he undertook his bachelor degree at Tongji University in China. His research focus is Intelligent Transportation Systems, particularly cellular probe technology. During his spare time, Chenhao enjoys playing badminton, biking, and travelling around the world. Chenhao can be reached at

Lian Lian Gu began her MSc in September 2016 under the joint supervision of Dr. Qiu and Dr. Kwon. She received her Bachelor of Engineering from Jilin University in China. Her current research pertains to winter road maintenance and location optimization of ITS facilities. She enjoys dancing, travelling and photography. Lian can be reached at
Ai Teng Ai Teng began her MSc. in September 2015 under the supervision of Dr. Tony Qiu. She received her Bachelor of Engineering from Jilin University in China. Her research focuses on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). Ai's hobbies include swimming, skiing and skating. She can be reached at
Kasturi Kasturi Mahajan began her MSc in September 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Amy Kim. She received her Bachelor of Engineering from Nagpur University in India. She enjoys painting, biking and photography. Kasturi can be reached at
Danyang Danyang Sun began his MSc in September 2015, under the direction of Dr. El-Basyouny. He completed his BSc at Southeast University, China in 2014 and then worked as staff for Student Affairs at Southeast University from 2014 to 2015. At present, his main research focus is traffic safety analysis. He enjoys playing basketball and watching movies. He can be reach at
Difei Difei He began his master’s studies in September 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Qiu. His research focuses are urban transportation data analysis and GPS data processing. He completed his BSc in Urban Planning at University of Alberta. He enjoys basketball, soccer, and skiing. His favourite mode of transportation is high-speed railways. Difei can be reached at


PhD Students

Suliman Gargoum earned his BSc degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the UAE University in 2012 and his Master’s degree from the University of Alberta (UofA) in 2015. He is currently a Research and Teaching Assistant at the UofA, while also working towards obtaining a PhD degree. Before joining the U of A, Suliman worked as a Research Assistant at the UAEU and as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Benghazi. Suliman has been part of a number of research projects at the UofA including work with the City of Edmonton’s Office of Traffic Safety, Edmonton’s Police Service, and Alberta Transportation. He has also worked on a number of internal research projects sponsored by NSERC. Suliman has also authored a number of refereed journal and conference papers. His research interests lie in a broad range of topics including remote sensing, automated image analysis, statistical modelling, traffic safety and Intelligent Transportation Systems. Suliman can be reached at
Jiangchen Li
Jiangchen Li is a PhD student who has been working with Dr. Qiu since January 2015. His research interests include wireless communication, connected vehicles and traffic control. His BEng and MSc are from Huazhong University of Science and Technology's School of Optical and Electronic Information. Jiangchen's interests include jogging, table tennis, movies, and video games. Contact Jiangchen at
Yang (Naomi) Li has been a PhD student in Transportation Engineering program at University of Alberta since September 2014, working under the joint supervision of Dr. Kim and Dr. El- Basyouny. Her current research focuses on developing resource allocation and scheduling strategies for speed management programs. Naomi can be reached at
Mudasser Seraj
Mudasser Seraj started his MSc in Transportation Engineering in Fall 2014. After finishing his MSc, he started his PhD in Fall 2016. His supervisor is Dr. Qiu. Mudasser's existing research focuses on Variable Speed Limit (VSL) control freeway corridors. He completed his BSc in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). He enjoys playing cricket, travelling and reading. His favourite mode of transportation is walking. Mudasser can be reached at
Can Zhang
Can Zhang began his PhD studies in September 2015 under the supervision of Dr. Qiu. His research interests include ITS technologies and traffic modelling. Can completed his BSc and MSc in Mathematics at Nanjing University. He enjoys playing basketball, cycling and travelling. Contact Can at
Chen Qiu

Chen Qiu began his PhD studies in September 2015. His supervisor is Dr. Qiu, and his research interests include data analysis of traveller behaviours and Intelligent Transportation Planning and integration of transportation and urban land use. He completed his BSc at Tsinghua University in Beijing and MSc at National Taiwan University in Taipei. He enjoys soccer, astronomy and travelling. His favourite mode of transportation is cycling. Chen can be reached at

Yuwei Bie began her master's studies in September 2014 under the supervision of Dr. Qiu. Her research focuses are freeway Variable Speed Limits (VSL) and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) data analysis. She completed her BSc and MSc at Peking University in China. Her hobbies include sports, movies, and travelling. Her favourite mode of transportation is transit. Yuwei can be reached at


Amr Shalkamy got his BSc and MSc from Cairo University in 2012 and 2015 respectively. He has been a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Karim El-Basyouny since September 2016. Amr is working as a Teaching and Research assistant at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta. Amr is experienced in the design and planning of highways, airports and road networks, as he worked with Dar-Alhandasah-Cairo (one of the top 10 world Engineering consultants) for 4 years before joining the University of Alberta in 2016. He has worked on remarkable infrastructure projects such as the Dubai and Al-Maktoum International Airports. He has also authored two publications as a results of his masters work. His current research focuses on traffic safety, remote sensing, LiDAR data extraction and application methodologies, and highway geometric design. Amr can be reached at


Mostafa Tawfeek graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt (2010), and got his MSc degree in Transportation Engineering (2014). Mostafa worked as a transportation engineering teaching assistant for Ain Shams university, El-Sherouk Academy, and Canadian International college in Cairo, Egypt. Moreover, he participated in several surveying and transportation projects in Egypt and several structural engineering projects in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Mostafa joined the transportation group at U of A as a graduate research and teaching assistant in Sept. 2014. He has also been involved in several research projects related to traffic safety and connected and autonomous vehicles. Mostafa's research has been presented at several international and national conferences. In addition, he was a member of the planning team of the first connected vehicle test bed in Canada. Mostafa's research interests include traffic microsimulation modelling, connected and autonomous vehicles, intelligent transportation systems, naturalistic driving data, sustainable transportation and traffic safety.

Active in his community, Mostafa has volunteered as a board member of the Institute of Transportation Engineering (ITE) student chapter at U of A and the treasurer of the Egyption Student Association (ESA). Currently, he is a representative of the graduate student on the FGSR council, a member of the GSA Award Selection Committee, and a volunteer in the Office of Sustainability at U of A.

Mostafa can be reached at