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Several ITI Affiliated Students Receive Awards

Several ITI-affiliated students at Northwestern University have recently won a variety of prestigious awards. These undergraduate and graduate students work closely with ITI-affiliated faculty in the completion of their coursework, research, and extracurricular projects and activities.

Zitao Zhang, a second-year Civil Engineering graduate student in transportation, won the ASCE Illinois Section Transportation Engineering
Scholarship. Mr. Zhang is a graduate of Tsinghua University in Beijing and was the first undergraduate president of the ASCE Student Chapter in mainland China. In the summer of 2008, Mr. Zhang will be an intern with Northwest Airlines.

Mark Ahasic was selected for an Eno Leadership Conference Fellowship Award. The Eno Leadership Conference selects a group of top transportation graduate students to come to Washington D.C. to learn about the United States’ transportation policy process by meeting with key government, association, and industry leaders. Mr. Ahasic, a former JetBlue employee, is a student in Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a graduate of Northwestern University’s Industrial Engineering program. He is also currently serving as the Chair of the Northwestern University Transportation Club.

Pattharin Sarutipand, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Ph.D. candidate working with ITI researcher Professor Pablo Durango-Cohen, won an International Road Federation Executive Leadership Fellowship. This award brings together outstanding international students to foster the importance of leadership while developing a better understanding of the transportation industry in the United States as well as the benefits and merits of the International Road Federation. Executive Fellows are nominated by their professors and must demonstrate great educational accomplishments as well as a strong desire to use their education in their home countries.

Emily Kushto, a first-year Civil Engineering graduate student in Transportation, won a scholarship from the Illinois Section of the Institute Of Transportation Engineers. Ms. Kushto is a graduate of Bucknell University and a registered professional engineer. Ms. Kushto previously held the position of Senior Engineer at Edwards and Kelcey in New York.

Mackenzie Nicholson, a senior Civil Engineering student, and Laura Riegel, a senior Industrial Engineering student, received scholarships from the Women’s Transportation Seminar. Ms. Nicholson has worked for Kittelson Associates in Portland as well as for a consulting firm in Australia. Ms. Riegel completed an undergraduate research study examining the carbon footprint of logistics operations at
Philips Electronics.