Michael Mauch

Assistant Research Engineer

109 McLaughlin Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
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Biography

Dr. Mauch is an Assistant Research Engineer at UC Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) and California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH).  Dr. Mauch supports all phases of research projects including proposal writing, designing and performing technical analysis, developing and delivering presentations and project management, and is responsible for crafting complete reports of research findings.  Dr. Mauch specializes in transportation data analysis, applications programming, mathematical model building, and travel demand forecasting.  Dr. Mauch’s current research collaborator at CA PATH is Professor Alexander Skabardonis.  Recent and ongoing projects include:

  • Meeting the SB-1 Transportation Systems Performance Goals
  • Congestion-Responsive On-Ramp Metering: Recommendations toward a Statewide Policy
  • Caltrans US-101 Corridor Performance Assessment, Phase I
  • Caltrans Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) Model Development and Research Support
  • Caltrans Weave Analysis (TID 1934) Project
  • Caltrans Congestion-Responsive On-Ramp Metering: Before and after Studies
  • Caltrans Adaptive Coordination Algorithm for Arterial Traffic Signals

From 2002 to 2007, Dr. Mauch served as a Senior Development Engineer with UC Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) and California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH).  He also has considerable consulting experience in transportation planning and modeling.  In addition, Dr. Mauch supervised and mentored junior researchers and graduate student researchers.  Relevant research projects included:

  • Caltrans Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) Evaluations, Phase III, IV, and V
  • Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) I-710 Big-Rig Demonstration Program Evaluation
  • Highway Traffic Data Sensitivity Analysis
  • Finding and Analyzing True Effects of Non-recurrent Congestion on Mobility and Safety
  • Caltrans Bay Area Incident Response System (BAIRS) Cost Effectiveness Evaluation
  • A Planning Analysis for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Deployment in Western Riverside County

Dr. Mauch earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Marquette University in 1982, a B.S in Computer Science from Chapman University in 1988, a M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA in 1996, a M.S in Civil Engineering from U.C.  Berkeley in 1999 and a PhD in Civil Engineering from U.C. Berkeley in 2002.  His doctoral thesis focused on identifying and quantifying the properties of start-stop waves in congested freeway traffic.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

LECTURER

University of California at Berkeley, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering:

  • Engineering 07, Introduction to Computer Programming for Engineers (Summer 2012)
  • Engineering 77, Introduction to Computer Programming for Engineers (Spring 2005)
  • Civil Engineering 259, Public Transportation Systems (Spring 2004)

Sacramento State University, Department of Civil Engineering:

  • Civil Engineering 101, Computer Applications in Civil Engineering (Fall 2014, Fall 2011 & Fall 2008)
  • Civil Engineering 263, Traffic Flow Theory (Fall 2007 & Spring 2011)

University of California at Davis, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering:

  • Civil Engineering 161, Transportation System Operations (Fall 2003)

INSTRUCTOR

University of California at Berkeley, Technical Transfer Program:

  • Multimodal Transportation Operations: Evaluation Methods & Performance Measures (May 2017)
  • Traffic Operations and Highway Capacity Analysis (March 2014)
  • Freeway Operational Elements and Basic Freeway Capacity Analysis (Sept & Oct 2005)
  • Fundamentals of Traffic Engineering (June 1998, June 2000 & October 2000)
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems Deployment Analysis System Pilot Program (March 2001)

GRADUATE STUDENT INSTRUCTOR

University of California at Berkeley, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering:

  • Civil Engineering 153, Transportation Facilities Design (Spring 2001)
  • Civil Engineering 150, Transportation Engineering (Spring 1999 & Spring 2000)
  • Engineering 77, Introduction to Computer Programming (Spring/Fall 1997 & Spring 1998)

University of California at Los Angeles, Department of Urban Planning:

  • Urban Planning 220A, Quantitative Analysis I (Fall Quarter 1995)
  • Urban Planning 220B, Quantitative Analysis II (Winter Quarter 1996)

PUBLICATIONS

Evaluation of Methodologies for Analyzing Freeway Ramp Weaving
Presented at the 94th TRB Annual Meeting, January 2015
Transportation Research Record 15-5137, Transportation Research Board
Alex Skabardonis and Michael Mauch
 
Validating the Cost-Effectiveness Model for California’s Freeway Incident Management Program
Transportation Research Circular, Issue E-C197, 2015, pp 179-191
Michael Mauch, Alex Skabardonis and Lisa Davies
 
The Components of Congestion: Delay from Incidents, Special Events, Lane Closures, Weather, Potential Ramp Metering Gain, and Excess Demand
Transportation Research Record #1959, Transportation Research Board
Jaimyoung Kwon, Michael Mauch and Pravin Varaiya  (2007)

Freeway Service Predictor Model: Methodology and Implementation
Presented at the 83rd TRB Annual Meeting, January 2004
Lisa Davies, Michael Mauch and Alex Skabardonis (2004)

Freeway Traffic Oscillations: Observations and Predictions 
Transportation and Traffic Theory in the 21st Century,
Proceedings of the 15th International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory  (pages 653-673)
Michael Mauch and Michael J. Cassidy  (2002)
 
Stochastic Duration Models of Bridge Deck Deterioration
ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems
Michael Mauch and Samer Madanat  (2001)
 
An Observed Traffic Pattern in Long Freeway Queues
Transportation Research, Part A, Policy and Practice, Volume 35A - number 2
Michael J. Cassidy and Michael Mauch  (2001)
 
Gender, Race, and Travel Behavior: An Analysis of Household-Serving Travel and Commuting in the San Francisco Bay Area
Transportation Research Record #1607, Transportation Research Board
Michael Mauch and Brian D. Taylor (1997)

 

RESEARCH REPORTS (WITH UC BERKELEY ITS/PATH)

San Francisco Bay Area US-101 Existing Conditions, ITS Assets, and Active Transportation and Demand Management Assessment
California PATH Research Report, UCB-ITS-PRR-2017-xx 
Research Client: California Department of Transportation
Benjamin McKeever, Michael Mauch and Alex Skabardonis (2016)
 
Congestion-Responsive On-Ramp Metering: Before and After Studies – Phase 1
California PATH Research Report, UCB-ITS-PRR-2016-01 
Research Client: California Department of Transportation
Michael Mauch, Xiao-Yun Lu and Alex Skabardonis (2016)
 
Weave Analysis Performance Matrix Refinement
California PATH Research Report,UCB-ITS-PRR-2014-06
Research Client: California Department of Transportation
Alex Skabardonis and Michael Mauch (2014)

Validating the Cost Effectiveness Model for California’s Freeway Incident Management Program
Research Client: California Department of Transportation
Michael Mauch and Alex Skabardonis (2015)

California’s Freeway Service Patrol Program, Management Information System Annual Report
Research Client: California Department of Transportation
Michael Mauch and Alex Skabardonis (multiple updates: 2004 – 2017)
 
California FSP Beat Evaluation Model, Methodology and Parameter Estimation
Research Client: California Department of Transportation
Michael Mauch and Alex Skabardonis (multiple updates: 2004 – 2017)
 
User Guide and Documentation for the FSP Beat Evaluation Models
Research Client: California Department of Transportation
Michael Mauch and Alex Skabardonis (multiple updates: 2004 – 2017)
 
Los Angeles County Metro Big Rig Freeway Service Patrol Evaluation for Interstate 710 & State Route 91 in Los Angeles
Research Client: Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Caltrans
Michael Mauch and Alex Skabardonis (2009)
 
Evaluation of the Bay Area Incident Response System (BAIRS)
California PATH Research Report, UCB-ITS-PRR-2006-01 
Research Client: California Department of Transportation
Michael Mauch, Koohong Chung, Soyoung Ahn, and Alex Skabardonis (2006)

Baseline Evaluation of the Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) I-710 Big-Rig Demonstration Program
Research Client: Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Caltrans
Michael Mauch, Soyoung Ahn, Koohong Chung, and Alexander Skabardonis (2005)

Synthesis and Development of Strategic Plan; Planning Analysis for Bus Rapid Transit Deployment Project
Research Client: Riverside Transit Agency, Riverside, California
Michael Mauch (2004)

Phasing of Design, Technological, and Operational Features; Planning Analysis for Bus Rapid Transit Deployment Project
Research Client: Riverside Transit Agency, Riverside, California
Jill Y. Liu, Allison Yoh, and Michael Mauch (2003)

Evaluation Current Transit Service and Forecast of BRT Demand in Western Riverside County; Planning Analysis for Bus Rapid Transit Deployment Project
Research Client: Riverside Transit Agency, Riverside, California
Michael Mauch (2003)

 

RECENT PRESENTATIONS

An Empirical Examination of Freeway Travel Reliability
Presented: ITE Western District 2017 Annual Meeting; published in conference proceedings
Michael Mauch (2017) 
 
Freeway Ramp Weave Performance Analysis
Presented: ITE Western District 2016 Annual Meeting; published in conference proceedings
Michael Mauch and Alex Skabardonis (2016)
 
Validating the Cost Effectiveness Model for California’s Freeway Incident Management Program
Presented: 2014 Traffic Flow Theory Summer Symposium; published: conference proceedings
Michael Mauch, Alex Skabardonis, Lisa Davies (2014)
 
Weave Analysis Performance Matrix Refinement – Final Presentation to Caltrans
Research Client: California Department of Transportation
Michael Mauch and Alex Skabardonis (2014)

Developing Dwelling Unit Equivalence (DUE) Rates Using an Activity Travel Demand Model
Presented: ITE Western District 2013 Annual Meeting; published in conference proceedings
Michael Mauch, David Tokarski  (2013)

Moving Goods, Creating Jobs: Planning Portland Region Corridors for Economic Growth
Presented: ITE Western District 2012 Annual Meeting; published in conference proceedings
Chris Maciejewski, Michael Mauch, Lynda Tang, Sittipan Sittikariya, Sarah Abbot  (2012)

 

EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Engineering – Civil and Environmental Engineering (2002)
University of California at Berkeley
Concentration: Traffic Operations; Transportation
Dissertation Title: Analysis of Start-Stop Waves in Congested Freeway Traffic
Minors: City and Regional Planning;  Statistics

M.S. in Civil Engineering (1999)                                      B.S. in Computer Science (1988)
University of California at Berkeley                          Chapman University, Orange California              
Concentration: Transportation

M.A. in Urban Planning (1996)                                        B.S. in Civil Engineering (1982)
University of California at Los Angeles                    Marquette University, Milwaukee Wisconsin 
Concentration: Transportation                                     

 

CONSULTING EXPERIENCE

Senior Analytics Consultant (2016 – Present)
Iteris, Berkeley, California 94704 
 
Senior Consultant (2014 – 2016)
System Metrics Group, San Francisco, California 94108 
 
Senior Transportation Data Analyst (2005-2014)
DKS Associates, Sacramento, California 95826 
 
Senior Travel Demand Modeler (1988 – 1998)
Crain & Associates, Los Angeles, California 90025