USQ graduate named Young Researcher of the Year

USQ graduate Jason Keys is on the road to success
University of Southern Queensland graduate Jason Keys is on the road to success after jointly receiving the Australian Road Research Board’s (ARRB) Young Researcher of the Year award for 2012.

Mr Keys, who graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) earlier this year, received the award at the 25th ARRB Conference held in Perth late last month.

He was recognised for his paper “The Effects of Improved Vehicle Technology on the Design of Acceleration and Deceleration Lanes at Freeway Entry and Exit Ramps” that he undertook for his final project in 2011 under the supervision of Professor Ron Ayers.

‘I put a lot of time and work into that paper and it’s paid off,’ Mr Keys said.

‘I was pretty wowed to be announced as the Young Researcher of the Year and I’m quite proud of my effort.’

Mr Keys said he planned to continue his research further.

‘The standards for acceleration and deceleration lanes lengths on freeways are based on older technology,’ he said.

‘Vehicles have improved a lot and are constantly improving so I’ve looked at how to update the lanes to suit new technology, but more work needs to be done.

‘I’d like to keep going with my research and I’ve also considered pursuing a Masters degree but I’m still deciding for now.’

Mr Keys is currently based in Newcastle, New South Wales and works with Roads and Maritime Services. 

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