The Anne Brewer Scholarship Program
Be the First to Assist Tomorrow’s Leaders of ITS!
ITS Florida is pleased to announce the formation of the Anne Brewer Scholarship Program. Anne was a great ITS visionary and leader. The ITS Florida scholarship program renamed in her honor will serve to assist future ITS leaders in Florida and serve as a lasting memory of Anne’s contributions to ITS.
There will be different sponsorship opportunities available under the Anne Brewer Program. Firms interested in making a smaller contribution can jointly cosponsor a scholarship or donate toward the existing Anne Brewer Scholarship Award.
Ling Wang – University of Central Florida
Ms. Wang is graduate student pursuing a Ph.D in Transportation Engineering at the University of Central Florida with a focus on transportation safety. She currently has a perfect 4.0 GPA. She has numerous academic awards. Among the most prestigious was the China National Scholarship which is granted only to the top 1% of undergraduates. Her family came from modest means, but she has made the most of her talents along the way by winning numerous scholarships including one from ITS Florida today. She is currently studying real-time crash prediction and microscopic simulation for expressways and submitted a paper on this topic that was published at 2014 TRB Annual Meeting. Her goal is to reduce crashes by the use of these complex models. She is currently working on projects for FDOT and CFX as a research assistant at UCF. Both projects focus on using ITS for proactive traffic system management.
Jiawei Wu – University of Central Florida
Mr. Wu is completing his MS in Transportation Engineering at UCF and has been admitted to the Ph.D Program. He currently has a 3.75 GPA. His MS Degree thesis is related to analyzing and assessing taxi drivers’ behavior and performance in large city driving. He designed the full experiment and extracted data for the full analysis which is a talent that few graduate students according to his advisor (Dr. Essam Radwan). He is currently working on two research projects that require knowledge of GIS and has been instrumental in developing computer code to streamline data processing. He has also volunteered his time for numerous social causes during his studies toward his BS Degree in China. He co-authored a paper titled “ Effectiveness of Variable Message Signs on Driving Behavior Based on a Driving Simulation Experiment”. The use and effectiveness of VMS is important to all of us in the ITS community.
Somaye Fakharian Qom – Florida International University
Ms. Fakharian is an FIU graduate student pursuing a Ph.D in Transportation Engineering with a focus on ITS under the supervision of Dr. Mohammed Hadi. She currently has a 3.71 GPA and led the formation of the Women in Transportation (WTS) Chapter at FIU earlier this year. She currently serves as the founding President of the organization. She received the prestigious Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program Achievement Award for the 2013-14 Academic Year. She is working on a Research Project that is entitled “Performance Measurements of Transportation Systems based on Fine Grained Data Collected by AVI and AVL Systems” and has had five papers published in the ITS field including two at TRB 2014 and 2015. She also has solid work experience including a recent effort with District 6 on a Pedestrian Priority Zone Project in downtown Miami. She is a shining star and a great example to women trying to pursue a career in transportation engineering.
The fourth Anne Brewer scholarship award for 2014 is the newly created Erika Ridlehoover-Birosak Technical/Training Scholarship. The scholarship recipient of this award was:
Denita Jones – Pinellas County Traffic
Ms. Jones has a traffic studies and signal timing background and was shifted to the Traffic Management Center 6 years ago. She has used her previous talents to become one of the lead operators and provides oversight and scheduling for the TMC. Pinellas County has one of the most robust Arterial Advanced Traffic Management System / Advanced Traveler Information (ATMS/ATIS) Systems in Florida and the operation of the TMC for incidents is critical to efficiently operating the transportation network. Ms. Jones has been a key player in developing the operating staff, TMC operating procedures and maintaining the computerized traffic signal systems. She is currently taking courses to enhance her management skills by taking project management and administrative courses.
Mr. Tolga Ercan is a Master of Science in Civil Engineering student from the University of Central Florida. He received the Anne Brewer scholarship in the academic category.
Mr. Robert Woda of TransCore is the first-ever recipient of the Anne Brewer Scholarship Program in the technical training category.
Ms. Eileen Cabrera was the winning recipient of the Anne Brewer Scholarship. Eileen received her undergraduate degree from Florida International University (FIU) in December 2011. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree from FIU, and is expected to graduate August 2013. Her work experience includes interning for the City of Sunrise, FL, Utilities Department, Florida Department of Transportation District 4, and the FIU ITS laboratory. She has a career interest in ITS and TSM&O. She would like to apply new technologies to roadway systems to improve mobility, safety, and the environment.
Ms. Rui Guo was the runner-up recipient of the Anne Brewer Scholarship. Rui received her undergraduate degree from Southeast University in China, and her Master of Science degree from the University of South Florida (USF). She is currently pursuing a PhD at USF. Rui has work experience with CUTR and as an intern with Albeck Gerken, Inc. Her career goal is to engage in original applied research and development projects involving intelligent transportation systems. Her most recent technical interests include: Identifying Time of Day Breakpoints based on Non-Intrusive Data Collection Platforms, Estimating Benefits of Traffic Signal Retiming in Non-Peak Hours, and Optimization for Sustainable Traffic Signal Control
Mr. Mohamed Ahmed is currently obtaining his PhD in Transportation with an area of concentration of Applications of ITS in Traffic Safety. He is currently enrolled at University of Central Florida where he earned his Masters in 2009. His current GPA is 3.85. He has been a Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant since 2008 and in the fall of 2010 received the “Graduate Teaching Assistant Award”. He has served as the instructor or record for Surveying for undergraduates and continues to work towards making the students enjoy surveying field work. He has practical experience working for more than 7 years in different highway projects on a national and international scale with special emphasis on planning, design, evaluation and rehabilitation of highways.
Mr. Nagesh Nayak is currently pursuing his PhD in Civil Engineering and Transportation with research interests in Airport Capacity, economics and planning. Prior to starting at the University of South Florida, he graduat-ed from the University of Mumbai, India. He has been a Research Assistant and Co-Instructor since 2008. He was awarded the Graduate Research Award and has achieved an outstanding GPA of 3.8 in his endeavors in the field of transportation. He has won the Fred Buggarf Award in 2010 and was the 2009 Anne Brewer Annual Scholarship winner.
Ziqi Song was presented his award at Transpo2010. He is currently obtaining his PHD in Transportation with graduation within sight. Prior to starting at the University of Florida he received degrees from the University of Hong Kong, again specializing in Transportation. He has been a Research Assistant and Co-Instructor since 2006.
Mr. Lu Ma was unable to attend Transpo2010 as he was in the Netherlands and will be presented his award following his return. He is currently obtaining his PHD specifically in Travel Demand Modeling, related to Impact Land Use of Transportation. He is currently enrolled in the University of Florida and has been a Research Assistant since 2007.
Hany Hassan is working on his PhD at the University of Central Florida. He is working on a Florida Department of Transportation Research Project with Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty that involves safety and ITS aspects.
Chowdhury Siddiqui finished his Masters in Transportation and will be continue to work toward a PhD in Transportation at the University of Central Florida. He is working under the direction of Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty on a Florida Department of Transportation Research Project that involved both safety and ITS components.
Ms. Xiaoyu Zhu joined the PhD program in Transportation Engineering at the University of Florida in 2007 with a minor in Statistics. She has been involved in several safety studies some of which have been published by the Transportation Research Board.
Nagesh Nayak was presented with the top award for 2008. He is a graduate student at the University of South Florida (USF) pursuing a Master of Science in Civil Engineering. Mr. Nayak is the Marketing Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers Student, Chapter at USF and a member of the ITE at USF. His area of concentration is transportation engineering and his expected date for graduation is Summer 2010. As a future transportation engineer, “he wants to apply his knowledge and expertise to confront the traffic challenges in the State of Florida and develop sustainable solutions that are beneficial to our communities.”
Enrique Gonzalez-Velez is a doctoral candidate at University of South Florida (USF). His area of concentration is transportation engineering and his expected date of graduation is Spring 2010. Mr. Velez is a member of the National Scholars Honor Society. He is currently a research assistant with the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) and has previously served as a teaching assistant at the University of Puerto Rico.
Patricio Alvarez is a doctoral candidate at Florida International University (FIU). His area of concentration is transportation engineering and his expected date of graduation is December 2010. Mr. Alvarez is very active in professional organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Chi Epsilon the National Civil Engineering Honor Society and he serves as the Vice President of the FIU ITE student chapter. He earned the Outstanding Masters Graduate Award from the College of Engineering and Computing at FIU in 2008.
Vikash V. Gayah from the University of Central Florida was awarded the ITS Florida Scholarship.
Hamza-Lup was awarded the ITS Florida Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement.