International Association for Travel Behaviour Research

(IATBR)

 

ERIC PAS (1948-1997):

HIS LIFE AND PROFESSIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS

Eric Pas was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and received his Bachelor and Masters degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Cape Town. He proceeded to earn his doctorate from Northwestern University in 1980, and subsequently began teaching at Duke University.

Eric's primary teaching and research interests were in the areas of activity-travel pattern analysis, time-use research, and travel demand modeling and forecasting. He was the author or co-author of more than 60 papers in the area of travel demand analysis and urban transportation planning. He served as an advisor to Federal, State, and Metropolitan Planning Organizations. He chaired the Transportation Research Board's Task Force on Transportation Modeling Research Needs and the Boardís Committee on Passenger Travel Demand Forecasting during the 1990s. Eric also served for several years on the editorial boards of Transportation, Transportation Research A, and the Journal of Advanced Transportation, and he was a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Travel Behavior Research.

Eric was among those who laid the foundations for, and contributed substantially toward, advanced research topics in the activity-based modeling approach to travel demand analysis. He strived to integrate developments in the social sciences, such as those in time use research, sociology, psychology and micro-economic theory, with transportation behavior analysis. He took it upon himself to assess and reflect, on a periodic basis, the developments in the field of travel behavior and time-use analysis. In doing so, he focused on how recent developments fit within the larger framework of human activity behavior and, sometimes, questioned in a constructive manner some of the directions of the current research. His periodic reflections became synonymous with wafts of refreshing intellectual breeze, providing new directions for research and spurring more creative work in the field.

Eric was also a truly gifted educator. Students at Duke University voted him to be the recipient of the Earl I. Brown II Outstanding Civil Engineering Faculty Award in 1983 and the School of Engineering Faculty Teaching Award in 1989. Eric was the Civil Engineering Departmentís Director of Undergraduate Studies from 1991 to 1995.

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. The IATBR Board decided to constitute the Eric Pas Dissertation Prize as a way to keep his memory alive and recognize the best dissertation each year in the field of travel behaviour research.

 

ERIC PAS DISSERTATION PRIZE

AWARD SELECTION COMMITTEES

 

2009: Abolfazl (Kouros) Mohammadian (Chair),

 

2008: Shlomo Bekhor (Chair), Abolfazl (Kouros) Mohammadian, ...

 

2007: Harry Timmermans (Chair), Shlomo Bekhor, Abolfazl (Kouros) Mohammadian, Ram Pendyala, ...

 

2006: Sean Doherty (Chair), Harry Timmermans, Shlomo Bekhor, Ram Pendyala, Hani Mahmassani, John Polak, Michel Bierlaire, Satoshi Fujii, Kai Nagel, Charles Raux, Geert Wets

 

2005: Gerd Sammer (Chair), Sean Doherty, Ram Pendyala, Kay Axhausen, Michael Bell, Peter Bonsall, Martin Lee-Gosselin, Jean-Loup Madre, Andres Monzon, Kai Nagel, Juan de Dios Ortuzar, Tomas Sanchez, Peter Stopher

 

2004: Anthony Richardson (Chair), Gerd Sammer, Sean Doherty, ...

 

2003: Eric Miller (Chair), Anthony Richardson, Geoff Rose, Peter Bonsall, Theo Arentze, Ram Pendyala

 

2002: Tommy Garling (Chair), Eric Miller, Anthony Richardson, ...

 

2001: Sergio Jara-Diaz (Chair), Tommy Garling, Eric Miller, ...

 

2000: Patricia Mokhtarian (Chair), Sergio Jara-Diaz, Tommy Garling, Eric Miller, Taka Morikawa

 

1999: Peter Jones (Chair), Patricia Mokhtarian, Sergio Jara-Diaz, Kay Axhausen, Ryuichi Kitamura

 

1998: Hani Mahmassani (Chair), Peter Jones, Patricia Mokhtarian, Sergio Jara-Diaz, Ryuichi Kitamura