Hello dear reader. My name is Aly Tawfik. I am a Transportation Engineering PhD candidate at Virginia Tech. Hopefully, I will defend my dissertation and earn my long sought PhD title in January 2012. I cannot know the reason that brought you to my humble page and intrigued you to read about me; however, I am honored and happy you are here. I hope you will find my modest blog useful, entertaining, or just not-so-disappointing at the very least. Please bare with me as I have just started this blog and I will be improving it regularly.