Severin Martinez (MURP ’16) has won the 2017 Neville Parker Award for the best transportation policy & planning capstone project in the U.S. from the Council of University Transportation Centers. Mr. Martinez’s project, entitled ‘Who Wins When Streets Lose Lanes? An Analysis of Safety on Road Diet Corridors in Los Angeles’ analyzes the effectiveness of road diets in changing the rates of collisions, injuries, and severe and fatal injuries on five streets in the City of Los Angeles. Mr. Martinez is UCLA’s 12th transportation policy and planning student to win an award for the best capstone, thesis, or dissertation from the Council of University Transportation Centers since 1998. He is currently a Transportation Planner for the California Department of Transportation. Mr. Martinez will receive his award and honorarium at the CUTC Banquet at the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, DC in January.
UCLA Luskin student Zoe Unruh (MURP ’16) has been selected for this distinguished award. Please join us in congratulating Zoe for receiving this recognition.
The American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) awards sixteen scholarships each year to students pursuing careers in public transportation. The Jack R. Gilstrap Scholarship is awarded to the student whose application received the overall highest score.
APTF seeks to support the next generation of transit leaders by providing scholarship and engagement opportunities. So far, APTF has awarded over $700,000 in scholarship to more than 200 students in an effort to help prepare transit’s emerging leaders for the challenges of the 21st Century.
We are happy to announce three awards in transportation scholarship given over the summer of 2015 to doctoral and master’s degree students in transportation at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. These distinguished awards celebrate each student’s contribution to advancing the study of transportation planning.
Please join us in congratulating Kelcie Ralph (PhD ’15), awarded the Barclay Gibbs Jones Dissertation Award for Best Dissertation in Planning from the Association of Collegiate School of Planing, as well as Zoe Unruh’s (MURP ’16) scholarship from the Intelligent Transportation Systems of California, and Casey Osborn’s (MURP ’15) honors for her paper submission to the Transportation Planning Division of the American Planning Association’s 2015 Student Paper Competition.
Carole Turley Voulgaris (PhD Candidate) was selected to attend the 23rd Annual Eno Future Leaders Development Conference. Each year, the Eno Center for Transportation invites America’s top graduate students in transportation-related fields to spend a week in Washington, DC, to learn how transportation policies are developed from those who develop them.
Three of our outstanding doctoral students have been awarded prestigious Eisenhower Fellowships from the U.S. Department of Transportation: Anne Brown, Jaimee Lederman, and Kelcie Ralph. These fellowships help to fund students’ doctoral studies, including funding to present their research at the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, DC
The Los Angeles section of the American Planning Association (APA) has chosen to honor the Luskin Center’s Southern California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan and Atlas with the 2013 Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice. The award is given annually to a planning tool or project that represents a significant advancement to a specific type of planning practice. The Plan and Atlas were selected on criteria including originality and innovation, transferability, effectiveness, quality of analysis and graphic design. The award will be presented at the APA Los Angeles section ceremony June 13 in San Gabriel, CA.
The American Planning Association (APA) has awarded the prestigious National Planning Achievement Award for Best Practice to the Model Design Manual for Living Streets. Ryan Snyder Associates, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and UCLA’s Luskin Center and Lewis Center produced this manual with dozens of experts from across the country to provide guidance for cities seeking to update their existing road standard manuals with updated techniques and concepts. These techniques seek to ensure that all users of the streetscape, including pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders, can travel safely and comfortably. The manual also includes concepts for thinking holistically and sustainability about streetscape designs and retrofits. Colleen Callahan, deputy director of the Luskin Center, managed the section with tips and tools for creating streetscape ecosystems that are socially vibrant, economically strong and environmentally sustainable.
This year, three transportation students were awarded an Eisenwhower Fellowship: Chelsea Richer, Benton Heimsath and Carole Turley. The national Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program awards fellowships to students pursuing degrees in transportation-related disciplines. The federal program awards approximately 150 to 200 Fellowships each year based on funding availability. Awards can range from a few thousand dollars to covering full tuition and research costs. Fellows submit — and often present — their research at the annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting in Washington D.C.
2013 WTS Scholarship Recipients
The WTS Foundation awards scholarships to women who are pursuing careers in transportation through undergraduate and graduate programs. The scholarships are competitive and based on the applicant’s specific transportation goals, academic record and transportation-related activities or job skills. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Local Chapters may have additional requirements (such as personal interviews or higher GPA).
This year, three UCLA transportation students received WTS Scholarships.