Davis Chacon Hurtado
Assistant Research Professor | Human Rights Institute
Davis Chacon-Hurtado joined UConn as part of collaboration between the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the School of Engineering, and HRI. Over the next year, Davis will work with a number of faculty on campus to advance efforts to build an Engineering for Human Rights program.
Davis completed his PhD in Transportation and Infrastructure Systems at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in 2018. His dissertation looked at the role of transportation infrastructure on building economic resilience in the U.S. Great Lakes Regions. He grew up in Cusco, Perú where he obtained his B.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of San Antonio Abad of Cusco. He also earned an MSCE degree from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.
His scholarship has appeared in the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Transportation Research Record, and the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems. His research interests include the evaluation of transportation systems; transportation planning; economic resilience; environmental justice, equity, and human rights; GIS-based spatial analysis, and sustainable transportation planning in developing countries. Davis was awarded the College of Engineering Outstanding Service Scholarship at Purdue University (2017), the Eldon J. Yoder Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Transportation Engineering (2017), and the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University (2018). In his free time, Davis enjoys traveling, hiking, and cooking with friends.