Heng Wei, PhD, Honored with COTA Outstanding Leadership Award

UC engineering professor is recognized for numerous achievements and his longstanding leadership role in the Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA).

Professor Heng Wei, PhD

Professor Heng Wei, PhD

Heng Wei, PhD, Associate Professor of Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management, was recently honored with the Outstanding Leadership Award by the Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA) for his significant leading contributions to the rapid development and growth of the COTA society.  

Wei’s award is just one indicator of his numerous efforts to better industry and education alike.

Professor Wei has served on the COTA Board of Director (BOD) since he was first elected in January 2008. Later, Wei was elected as the President of COTA in January 2012.

During his two-year presidency, Wei has successfully organized and chaired a number of international conferences, workshops, and symposiums. The success of those scholarly activities has greatly raised the international reputation and influence of COTA in the transportation field.

Established in January 1996, COTA is a non-profit professional organization registered in the State of Maryland, USA. Its mission is to promote communications between transportation professionals in China and countries all over the world. COTA organizes two major conferences each year -- one is the International Conference of Transportation Professionals (CICTP) to be held in China each summer.  The other is COTA winter symposiums in conjunction with the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in January in Washington D.C.

Under Professor Wei’s leadership, the CICTP has become one of the highest-quality and largest scholarly transportation conferences in China with sponsorships from TRB, ASCE T&DI and Elsevier.

He initialized several special events that have since become spotlights of the conference, typically including TRB Standing Committee Chairs Forum, COTA-World Bank China Transport Forum, and COTA Education Workshop.

Those programs have greatly promoted the CICTP to be an internationally recognized and respected event, which has successfully attracted many prestigious international scholars and experts to the conference.

The CICTP has become more than just a conference- not only a platform connecting professionals in China and other countries, but also an event that has a tremendous impact on those who attend.

Heng Wei has served as the Conference Chair for the CICTP in both 2012 and 2013, Chair of the Organizing and Executive committee for the CICTP  in 2010 (formerly ICCTP 2010), Chair of the Academic Committee for the CICTP in 2011 (formerly ICCTP 2011), and Chair of the Advisory Committee for the CICTP in 2014.

Meanwhile, he has served as the Editor-in-Chief for the proceedings of the CICTP in 2010, 2012 and 2013.  Moreover, Wei has worked with TRB ABE90 committee to successfully establish the ABE90-COTA China Conference Planning Subcommittee ABE90(3), which has contributed plenty to the COTA Winder Symposiums during TRB Annual Meetings in the past few years.

To date, Dr. Wei has organized and chaired 31 conferences or sessions, symposiums or workshops for mostly influential transportation related associations, including TRB, IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS), INFORMS, Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference (OTEC), and COTA.

Professor Heng Wei has proven his strong leadership skills and has put them into action, causing real change and benefiting COTA since 2008.