TRC’s Past Students of the Year

Previous Winners of the TRC Student of the Year

Each year at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) annual meeting in January, one student from each US Department of Transportation University Transportation Center is recognized as the most outstanding student of the year. The TRC is proud of the students who have been thus recognized, representing the interdisciplinary nature and excellence of the program at the University of Vermont.

2014

Harvey_profile_Photo-185x300Chester Harvey graduated in 2014 from UVM where he received his Masters in Natural Resources from the Rubinstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.  Chester was also a graduate research assistant at the Transportation Research Center and a graduate fellow in the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics.   He now works for the TRC as a researcher, and will be honored, with students from around the country, at this year’s Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) award dinner at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington DC.  Each University Transportation Center nominates a student for the award.  In the case of the Transportation Research Center, Chester was nominated by his faculty adviser, Dr. Lisa Aultman-Hall.

2013

Student of the Year Nathan ReignerCongratulations to Nathan Reigner, the University of Vermont Transportation Research Center 2014 Student of the Year.  Nathan is a PhD. candidate with the Park Studies Laboratory in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. His research focuses on informed transportation management in the context of parks and public lands, in particular looking issues of crowding, conflict and carrying capacity.  Read more here.

2012

Photo: Feralio accepts his award, presented by Greg Winfree, Deputy Administrator of RITA.Tyler Feralio has been named the University Transportation Center 2012 Student of the Year. Tyler Feralio received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2004 and 2005, respectively. His thesis work involved computational modeling of an internal combustion engine. He then worked at Honda Research and Development as a design engineer in the chassis group. From there he transitioned to designing aftermarket suspensions for all terrain vehicles for a small company in the northeast. Read more here.

2011

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Jonathan Maddison has been named the University Transportation Center 2011 Student of the Year. As a UTC Scholar, Maddison’s research focuses broadly on the social construction of knowledge around transportation policy issues. Working closely with his research advisor Dr. Richard Watts, Maddison conducted novel research that applies political science and media theories to understand how transportation issues are framed in the national news media. This research has resulted in two journal articles where Maddison is the lead author (Source Diversity in News Media Coverage of Motor Vehicle Emissions 2000-2008; and The Technology Fix as a Frame in Media Debates about Tailpipe Emissions). “The TRC gave my advisor and I the support to study transportation from an alternative perspective; it’s not every day that transportation researchers study the social construction of transportation policy,” he stated. Read more here.

2010

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Story and photo by Jody Ciano

Each year at the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Annual meeting in January, one student from each UTC throughout the United States is recognized as the most outstanding student of the year. This year, at the 90th TRB annual meeting held in Washington, DC, Nathan Belz, a Doctor of Philosophy candidate in Civil Engineering, won this prestigious award. Read more here.

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