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By University Advancement and Communications Posted: June 7, 2022 9:00 a.m.

Duha, the recent winner of the Saskatchewan Section of Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers Student Technical Presentation Competition where she presented research in on-demand transportation.
Duha, the recent winner of the Saskatchewan Section of Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers Student Technical Presentation Competition where she presented research in on-demand transportation. Photo: Duha Abdullah

Knowledge has the ability to create confidence, and in the case of fourth-year Environmental Systems Engineering student Duha Abdullah, it can create opportunities as well.

Abdullah is coming off a recent win at the Saskatchewan Section of Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers Student Technical Presentation Competition where she presented her on-demand transit service research.

“I was a little surprised that I won,” Abdullah said. “The judges said I was extremely familiar with the material I was presenting, which was due to two reasons: excellent supervision and plenty of knowledge. My supervisor, Environmental Systems Engineering assistant professor Dr. Yili (Kelly) Tang, prepared me very well for the presentation, and the knowledge was what gave me the confidence to present well.”

Since October, 2021, Abdullah had been working with Dr. Tang as a research assistant where she dedicated her time to using modelling and quantitative data analysis to assess the costs and benefits of autonomous vehicles and on-demand transit systems.

“Duha is one of the best undergraduate students I have ever supervised. She has demonstrated high-level research skills in engineering and science, and also presented her critical thinking and excellent communication skills during her work in my laboratory,” said Dr. Tang, who noted that during her research activities at Mobility Technology Group, Abdullah has won the University of Regina Retirees Legacy Scholarship competition and has one paper in publication process for the annual conference of Canadian Society of Civil engineering. “She works hard, and submitted solid and insightful academic work.”

Kelly Tang
Dr. Yili (Kelly) Tang was Abdullah’s supervisor when the two worked together researching in on-demand transit systems.
Photo: Kelly Tang

The goal of the research Dr. Tang and Abdullah undertook is to help create better public transportation for passengers, the City, and the Environment.

“In public transportation, each and every bus follows a specific route, where it has to pass by all stop stations, this could be time-consuming to all passengers. Buses also follow a specific schedule, making it a must for passengers to get their rides according to these strict schedules,” Abdullah explained. “But with the in-demand transportation service, the bus will only initiate a trip when someone orders the service, and it won’t have to go on the same specific road, it will go directly to the drop off location. This will bring verity of benefits to the table including shortening travel and wait time for passengers and reducing air and noise pollution.”

Abdullah has parlayed her hard work and success, with help and encouragement from her professors, into an internship with Teck Resources Limited in Vancouver, a company that has been employing U of R students since 2013. She will be back at the U of R in the fall to complete her undergrad.  

“There are lots of environmental-related-issues happening in the world right now, and as environmental engineers it’s our responsibility to create solutions,” she said. “When I finish my degree I will dedicate my time and efforts to be part of the solution.”

As part of our [2020-25 strategic plan All Our Relations, or kahkiyaw kiwȃhkomȃkȃninawak] in Cree, The University of Regina commits to bolstering our education and research activities to positively influence a culture of sustainability through Environment & Climate Action.