Student of the Year
Mid-America Transportation Center congratulates Kevin Schrum on being honored as this year’s MATC Outstanding Doctoral Student of the Year. Schrum is a civil engineering Ph.D. student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is currently in the 3rd year of his program. He has also received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UNL, all while remaining at or above a 3.5 GPA. Schrum currently works as a research assistant for UNL Nebraska Transportation Center’s Midwest Roadside Safety Facility (MwRSF), which is a position he has had since his time as an undergraduate.
The Nebraska Transportation Center (NTC) and Mid-America Transportation Center (MATC) congratulate Scott Sorensen as the 2012 MATC Master’s Student of the Year. The Omaha native is currently studying intelligent transportation systems engineering and community and regional planning at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Sorensen also received his bachelor’s degree from UNL.
MATC is pleased to announce that Cody Stolle has been named the PhD student of the year for 2010. A student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Cody Stolle is a graduate research assistant at the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility. During his time at MwRSF, he has taken on major roles in research projects funded by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), state departments of transportation, and several private companies. Findings from these research studies are already being implemented by several state DOTs. Stolle has authored more than ten research reports, two refereed journal articles and four conference papers. He is also a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Currently, he is conducting research for his dissertation on the modeling and optimization of cable attachment hardware for cable median barriers, as well as safety improvements for cable median barriers designed to reduce the number of critical injuries and fatalities resulting from cable median barrier impacts. Mr. Stolle will present his research at the University Research Technology Transfer Day at the U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters on April 6, 2011.
Benjamin Grone - UNL MS
MATC wishes to congratulate the Master’s Student of the Year, Ben Grone. Grone is a second year student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with an emphasis in transportation engineering. As an undergraduate, Grone received the prestigious NU Regents Scholarship and achieved a GPA of 3.96. During this time, he worked on a Nebraska Department of Roads’ stormwater quality study as an undergraduate research assistant. He recently completed work on a study sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Roads investigating nonintrusive detectors.
Grone is certified as a LEED Accredited Professional. He is a member of Chi Epsilon (the civil engineering honor society), the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association.
Nathaniel Burnett is a master’s student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research focuses on traffic operations and safety, specifically on dilemma zone boundaries and its effects on multiple vehicle crashes. He received a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Fort Hays State University. After graduation Burnett plans to pursue a career in the public sector.
Among the several academic awards Burnett has received, he has also been awarded UNL’s Larson Fellowship. He co-authored a paper on the effects of inclement weather on dilemma zone boundaries that was accepted for presentation at the 89th Annual TRB Meeting. He is currently president of the UNL student chapter of the Institute of Transportation
Lisa Beck is a graduate student in Civil Engineering from Leavenworth, KS. Lisa plans to graduate in May 2011 with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in concrete materials. Lisa's research focuses on two main objectives: demonstrate the affects of incorporation of several different types of recycled materials into concrete mixtures on a concrete structure’s resistance to deterioration due to freezing and thawing; and create a model of the effects of these materials on the strength, durability and permeability of concrete mixture that will enable better concrete mixture optimization and promote the utilization of more recycled materials into concrete. Through her work with concrete materials, Lisa hopes to both improve the durability and lower the cost of building and maintaining concrete structures throughout Kansas. Lisa was selected for this award due to her excellent academic performance, hard-working nature, willingness to help other students learn the processes of batching and testing concrete that their research requires and the leadership she has demonstrated throughout her time at Kansas State University.
MATC is proud to announce Robert Rescot as the 2008 student of the year. Rescot is a second-year Ph.D. student in transportation engineering at the University of Kansas (KU). He is originally from the St. Louis, Missouri area, and has previously received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in transportation engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Rescot is an ambitious student, active in all phases of academic life including teaching, research and service, in addition to working on his Ph.D. course work. With a clear goal in mind of one day becoming a professor, he recognizes the vital importance of demonstrating during his graduate work the ability to successfully balance research, teaching, and professional service requirements. Rescot is currently instructing several lab sections of a land surveying course, and guest lectures periodically in several other transportation courses. He has also taught classes in the usage of the VISSIM microsimulation software as well as the theory and application of microsimulation.
Maurice D. Cavitt is a Ph.D. student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Department of Industrial and Management System Engineering(IMSE). He holds a B.S.E.E. degree from Prairie View A&M University, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) located near Houston, Texas. Cavitt has been selected as the 2010 MATC Doctoral Student of the Year, an award which includes a scholarship and some travel funds to attend the 2010 Transportation Research Board meeting in Washington DC. "It is an honor and a great privilege to be recognized as the Mid-America Transportation Center (MATC) Doctoral student of the year. It is an awesome feeling to be acknowledged for my research efforts and it was exciting to be able to attend the 89th Annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) Conference. Being invited to the same conference as other great researchers and intellectual minds allowed me to network and see great research," states Cavitt. He would like to thank his professors, including Dr. Erick Jones, and his family for inspiring him to achieve this award.
Craig Schiller - UNL PhD
Craig Schiller is a PhD candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) whose research has focused on transportation data management, particularly as it applies to multimodal freight movements and the analysis of system performance. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. He plans to pursue an academic career after graduation.
His numerous academic awards include an Othmer Fellowship, UNL's most prestigious graduate student award. He is currently vice president of the UNL student chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and has served in several student leadership positions in Chi Epsilon and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Craig was selected for this award based on his academic excellence and the leadership qualities that he has continually exhibited throughout his college career. The Mid-America Transportation Center is pleased to select Craig Schiller as its 2007 Outstanding Student of the Year.