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Students of the Year

Each year at the annual winter meeting of the Transportation Research Board, the department honors the most outstanding student from each participating UTC for his/her achievements and promise for future contributions to the transportation field. The Students of the Year are selected based on their accomplishments in such areas as technical merit and research, academic performance, professionalism, and leadership. Continuing the tradition of One DOT, the Department also honors a student from the Air Transportation Centers of Excellence Program, sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration. In this section we list the students who have achieved this honor in 2007 and 2008, along with a brief description of their areas of research.

2008 Outstanding Students of the Year

Eddie Arpin
ITS Institute, University of Minnesota
Area of Research: Research on developing a vehicle positioning system to work in urban environments.

Sean J. Barbeau
National Center for Transit Research, University of South Florida
Area of Research: Intelligent mobile systems.

Christo Brehm
Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium, University of Oregon
Area of Research: Community planning and landscape architecture.

Sam Cheung
University of Rhode Island Transportation Center, University of Rhode Island
Area of Research: Effective deployment of dynamic messaging signs.

Krista Citron
Southeastern Transportation Center (Region 4), University of Kentucky
Area of Research: Transportation systems management.

Stephen J. Damin
Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Center (Region 3), The Pennsylvania State University
Area of Research: Traffic operations, transportation planning, transportation safety, and roadside design and management.

Angelica J. Daniel
National Transportation Center, Morgan State University
Area of Research: Highway design.

Duane Davis
Alaska University Transportation Center, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Area of Research: Merging fundamental concepts from both mechanical and civil area engineering, seeking to understand changes in material performance behavior in the arctic, and using those observations to provide useful solutions.

Phillip R. Donovan
FAA Center of Excellence for Airport Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Area of Research: The influence of offset wheel loads on the strength and durability of unbound aggregate layers in airport pavements.

Aaron Elias
University of Florida University Transportation Center, University of Florida, Gainesville
Area of Research: International construction practices; transportation/land development issues.

Daniel J. Findley
Center for Transportation and the Environment, North Carolina State University
Area of Research: Transportation engineering.

Nancy A. Gallagher
Transportation Research Institute, University of Michigan
Area of Research: Examining the relationship of psychosocial influences (such as self-efficacy), neighborhood environmental influences, and mobility limitations on neighborhood walking in older adults.

Adam Gardner
National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research, University of Southern California
Area of Research: The potential for additional privatization in the airport and aviation industry.

Brian Geiger
University Transportation Center, Kansas State University
Area of Research: Light rail in the Kansas City area.

Russell Griffin
University Transportation Center, University of Alabama, Birmingham
Area of Research: Trauma epidemiology.

Matthew Hardy
George Mason University - Transportation and Economic Development Research Center, George Mason University
Area of Research: Metropolitan planning and modeling of interdependent public policies.

Nicholas Harker
National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology, University of Idaho
Area of Research: Engine design, development, and calibration for ethanolgasoline blended fuels. This work is focused on improving emissions, efficiency, and power output.

Salvador Hernandez
NEXTRANS (Region 5), Purdue University
Area of Research: Freight transportation systems and logistics.

Doug Houston
University of California Transportation Center (Region 9), University of California, Los Angeles
Area of Research: Temporal and spatial distribution of diesel truck traffic on surface streets in adjacent communities.

David S. Hurwitz
University of Massachusetts Transportation Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Area of Research: Static and dynamic evaluation of the driver speed perception and selection process.

Daniel Krier
Oklahoma Transportation Center, University of Oklahoma
Area of Research: Focus on the response of integral abutment bridges to thermal loading events, considering soil-structure interaction effects.

Melanie Kueber
University Transportation Center for Materials in Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure, Michigan Technological University
Area of Research: Technologies to allow the use of high carbon fly ash in transportation infrastructure.

Wayne Leighty
UC-Davis Transportation Center, University of California, Davis
Area of Research: Modeling of Energy Production Decisions: An Alaska oil case study.

Juan C. Lopez
Institute for Multimodal Transportation, Jackson State University
Area of Research: Design of road and highway networks and evacuation strategies.

Wesley Marshall
Center for Transportation and Urban Planning, University of Connecticut
Area of Research: Transportation planning, safety, and sustainability.

Hugh Medal
Mack-Blackwell Rural Transportation Center, University of Arkansas
Area of Research: Multi-objective simulation optimization: A comparison of methods.

Sandy Mehlhorn
Center for Intermodal Freight Transportation Studies, University of Memphis
Area of Research: A method for prioritizing highway routes for reconstruction after a natural disaster.

Alberto E. Miranda
Center for Transportation and Materials Engineering, Youngstown State University
Area of Research: New materials for lightweight braking systems in vehicles.

Nadereh Moini
Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Area of Research: Modeling the interrelationship between vessel and truck traffic at marine container terminals.

Michael S. Murphy
Center for Transportation Infrastructure and Safety, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Area of Research: Understanding of fiber reinforced polymer applications for shear strengthening of concrete bridge girders, including: experimental testing of full scale reinforced concrete and prestressed concrete bridge girders.

Lakia Mustipher
James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center, South Carolina State University
Area of Research: Evaluating transportation equity in Orangeburg, SC; understanding the burdens of the disadvantaged.

Michelle Oswald
University of Delaware - University Transportation Center, University of Delaware
Area of Research: Evaluating the current state of BOSFOLK (Boston-Norfolk) transportation corridor and indicators of resiliency.

Brad Peot
National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education, University of Wisconsin-Superior
Area of Research: Freight logistics, especially mode utilization on the movement of materials for the logging industry.

Scott Porter
Utah Transportation Center, Utah State University
Area of Research: Mode utilization on the movement of raw materials for the logging industry.

Phillip Reich
Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology, Northwestern University
Area of Research: Marketing, as relating to transportation.

Robert Rescot
Mid-America Transportation Center (Region 7), University of Kansas
Area of Research: Highway and work zone operations, traffic flow theory, highway safety, simulation modeling, and roundabouts.

Aaron D. Rodgers
Hampton University Transportation Center, Hampton University School of Engineering and Technology
Area of Research: The implementation of changes that would decrease the rates of accidents and incidents caused by human fatigue.

Heather Rothenberg
New England University Transportation Center (Region 1), University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Area of Research: Transportation safety and transportation policy examining areas such as teen driver policy, older driver safety, injury outcomes from crashes, and commercial vehicle safety.

Raymond Salvano
The Mineta Transportation Institute, San Jose State University
Area of Research: Freeway and local transit improvement projects.

Michael Sawaya
Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University
Area of Research: Evaluating the demographic and genetic benefits of wildlife crossing structures for grizzly and black bear populations in the Bow Valley of Banff National Park, Alberta.

Christian Sax
The Midwest Transportation Consortium, Iowa State University
Area of Research: Urban transportation safety.

Sarah Schafer
UTC at the University of Toledo, University of Toledo
Area of Research: Maritime and intermodal transportation freight flows.

Ben Sperry
University Transportation Center for Mobility, Texas A&M University
Area of Research: An investigation of induced travel at mixed-use developments.

Chad Stripling
Mountain - Plains Consortium (Region 8), South Dakota State University
Area of Research: The structural performance of prestressed self-consolidating concrete bridge girders made with limestone aggregate.

Jim Sullivan
University of Vermont National Transportation Center, University of Vermont
Area of Research: Network robustness and focused on evaluation of an overall transportation system for performance in times of disruption.

Elsa Tedla
UTC for Alabama, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Area of Research: A comparison of AIMSUN and SimTraffic for congested arterial segment.

Laurel VandePutte
Michigan-Ohio Transportation Center, University of Detroit Mercy
Area of Research: Evaluation of the SCATS Control System.

Ivan Vlahinich
Infrastructure Technology Institute, Northwestern University
Area of Research: The behavior of cementbased and other heterogeneous materials.

James Wagner
UTC at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology
Area of Research: Impact of the location of new schools on transportation infrastructure and finance.

Kari Watkins
Transportation Northwest (Region 10), University of Washington, Seattle
Area of Research: Sustainable transportation and transportation choices.

Cameron Williams
Southwest Region University Transportation Center (Region 6), Texas A&M University
Area of Research: The development of an automated method for identifying nopassing zones on rural highways using GPS.

Felix J. Zuniga
Leonard Transportation Center, California State University, San Bernardino
Area of Research: Technology and transportation in the Inland Empire.

2007 Outstanding Students of the Year

Amanda Gale Adams
Oklahoma Transportation Center, University of Oklahoma
Area of Research: Sulfate induced heave in lime stabilized soils.

Mesgana Ayele
The National Transportation Center, Morgan State University
Area of Research: Traffic engineering.

Gregory A. Barding, Jr.
Leonard Transportation Center at California State University, California State University, San Bernardino
Area of Research: Alternative energies for transportation, specifically, proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells.

Timothy J. Bates
Center for Materials in Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure, Michigan Technological University
Area of Research: The effects of potassium acetate deicer on Portland cement concrete airport pavements.

Natalie Beck
Small Urban and Rural Transit Center, North Dakota State University
Area of Research: Evacuation Simulation: Utilizing evacuation behavior models with traffic simulation to more effectively simulate an evacuation.

Shane D. Boone
Utah Transportation Center, Utah State University
Area of Research: Development of an increased understanding of the dynamic behavior of concrete subjected to a variety of loading conditions using new tools and automated techniques.

Andrew F. Braham
FAA Center of Excellence for Airport Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Area of Research: The use of blended recycled foundry sand in hot mix asphalt.

Brandi Childress
The Mineta Transportation Institute, San Jose State University
Area of Research: Public transportation management.

Samir Dhar
University Transportation Center at the University of Toledo, University of Toledo
Area of Research: Transportation planning/GIS.

Monique Ellis
National Center for Transit Research at CUTR at the University of South Florida, University of South Florida
Area of Research: Public transportation policy issues.

Oren Eshel
Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium, Portland State University
Area of Research: Regional planning techniques.

Sean Fergus
National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research, California State University, Long Beach
Area of Research: Transportation and international trade.

Eric Fitzsimmons
Center for Transportation Research and Education (CTRE) at Iowa State University, Iowa State University of Science and Technology
Area of Research: The effectiveness of Iowa's automated red light running enforcement programs.

Megan Brett Gaudet
New England University Transportation Center (Region 1), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Area of Research: The harmonization of air navigation user fees in the north Atlantic.

Mason Gemar
Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Center (Region 3), The Pennsylvania State University
Area of Research: Modeling of the effects of wide edge lines on driver behavior.

Nikolas Geroliminis
University of California Transportation Center (Region 9), University of California, Berkeley
Area of Research: Management of traffic in urban centers.

John Gregory Green
The Transportation Research Center, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Area of Research: Trip generation prediction in a rapidly-developing metropolitan area with the incorporation of disaggregate accessibility measures.

Karen Greenwalt
University Transportation Center for Work Zone Safety and Efficiency, Cleveland State University
Area of Research: Analysis of work zone crash data to determine contributing factors to crashes occurring in those zones.

Genesis Harrod
Center for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation (CMS) at the University of Florida, University of Florida
Area of Research: Transportation and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

David J. Holdener
Center for Transportation Infrastructure and Safety, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Area of Research: Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) bridge applications.

William A. Holloway
National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education, University of Wisconsin
Area of Research: Freight transportation and urban planning; low cost strategies for expanded truck parking in major metropolitan areas.

Clifton D. Hulitt
Institute for Intermodal Transportation, Jackson State University
Area of Research: Construction monitoring of fabric systems to reduce reflective cracking.

Eric Jackson
The Connecticut Transportation Institute, University of Connecticut
Area of Research: Improving traffic simulation models and emissions models using on board vehicle dynamics data.

Mary A. Leary
The Center for Transportation and Economic Development, George Mason University
Area of Research: Policy interactions or policy chasms: State elder mobility policy, practice and long-term care reform.

Xiugang Li
The Southwest Region University Transportation Center (Region 6), Texas A&M University
Area of Research: Performance assessment and comparison between fixed and flexible transit services for different urban settings and demand distributions.

Guillermo Madrigal
National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology, University of Idaho
Area of Research: How cycle failure can be used as a performance measure.

Darren N. Moore
The Ohio Transportation Consortium, University of Akron
Area of Research: Transportation safety.

Kevin D. Moriarty
University of Massachusetts Transportation Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Area of Research: Modeling the impacts of highway work zone strategies along interstates in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Jennifer A. Pazour
Mack-Blackwell Rural Transportation Center, University of Arkansas
Area of Research: A national high-speed rail system for freight distribution.

LaTonya Peeples
James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center at South Carolina State University, South Carolina State University
Area of Research: A comparative study on high fatality rate on rural two-lane highways in the states of South Carolina vs. Georgia.

Kelly Pitera
Transportation Northwest (Region 10), University of Washington
Area of Research: Resiliency in the Transportation network of supply chains.

Michael Rakauskas
The National Center for ITS Implementation Research, University of Minnesota
Area of Research: Human factors issues.

Benjamin Reim
University Transportation Research Center (Region 2), City University of New York, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Area of Research: A behavioral investigation on automobile user's response to time of day pricing.

William Rhodes
Alaska University Transportation Center, University of Alaska-Fairbanks
Area of Research: Integrated vegetation management along Alaska's highways.

Craig Schiller
The Mid-America Transportation Center (Region 7), University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Area of Research: Transportation data management in the context of data collection and use.

Christopher Schroeder
The Michigan-Ohio University Transportation Center, University of Toledo
Area of Research: Investigating both experimentally and theoretically the noise and vibration characteristics of hydraulic hybrid vehicles.

Jeffrey Sharkey
Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University
Area of Research: Radio network design for rural intelligent transportation systems using artificial intelligence.

Benjamin Layman Shepherd
The Mountain - Plains Consortium (Region 8), University of Utah
Area of Research: Real-time modeling for training new operators.

Amy E. Thompson
The University of Rhode Island Transportation Center, University of Rhode Island
Area of Research: Extensions of the fuzzy analytic hierarchy process (F-AHP) with applications for global supply chain and logistics designs.

Nathan Tregger
Infrastructure Technology Institute, Northwestern University
Area of Research: Optimization of a minimal compaction energy slipform concrete.

Elaine Wang
University of Vermont National Transportation Center, University of Vermont
Area of Research: Decision-making in public policy processes around energy and transportation policy.

Kyle Warta
University Transportation Center, Kansas State University
Area of Research: Civil engineering.

Stephanie Victoria Watson
University Transportation Center for Alabama - University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama-Birmingham
Area of Research: Transportation infrastructure resilience and disaster preparedness education in Alabama.

Jonathan Weinert
Transportation Center at the Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis
Area of Research: The dynamics of markets for electric two wheeled (E2W) vehicles in China.

Sarah Weissman
Center for Advanced Infrastructure & Transportation, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Area of Research: Traffic safety through streamlining transportation systems design.

Jennifer Mae Wieland
Southeastern Transportation Center (Region 4) - University of Tennessee/Knoxville, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Area of Research: The health of bus operators at a regional transit agency in North Carolina.

Meghan Wieters
University Transportation Center for Mobility, Texas A&M University
Area of Research: Integrating walking for transportation and physical activity for sedentary office workers in Texas.