Winners Announced for The George Krambles Transportation Scholarship Awards 2014


These UTC student researchers were recipients of the 2014 George Krambles Transportation Scholarship Awards.


Ahmedreza Talebian, for “A Multi-Stage Approach to Air-Rail Competition: Focus on Rail Agency Objective, Train Speed and Station Access.”


Mehran Fasihozaman, for “Resource Constraints in Mode Choice Models: A Mode Choice Model for Metropolitan Chicago.”


Moyin Li, for “Transit Use and the Work Commute: An Empirical Analysis of the Role of Urban Densities, Last Mile Problems and Personal Constraints on Mode Choice.”


Yaye Keita, for “Determinants of Transit Access by Car-Owners.”


In the image above, from left: Mehran Fasihozaman, Yaye Keita and Moyin Li. Missing: Ahmedreza Talebian.


Congratulations to these student scholars as well as the others who worked hard in submitting an application and participating in the 2014 Krambles Awards. Watch for information soon on how to apply for the 2015 competition.


The annual Krambles awards competition was established to honor the accomplishments of a legendary Chicago public transit leader.  The competition is open to any Ph.D. or second-year Master’s degree candidate student within the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, College of Engineering or College of Business Administration who is studying transportation, or a UTC Graduate Research Assistant working during the Fall 2014 semester.  All submissions must be related to some aspect of public transit, such as: Planning, policy, operations and management.  All participants must demonstrate that he or she plans to pursue a career in the transportation industry.



UTC Student Researchers Showcase Projects at UPP Reception May 8

Four UTC graduate student researchers were among the dozen graduating Master's degree students who showcased final projects May 8 at a reception held in the UIC Student Center East by the CUPPA Department of Urban Planning and Policy.


Here's a breakdown of researchers and projects presented:

1. Alexandra McNally, MUPP. Economic Benefits of Truck to Rail.

2. Martin Menninger, MUPP, A Chicago Truck "Scorecard ."

3. Jennifer Kane, MUPP, Private Profit and Public Benefit in the Revitalization of the Washington, D.C, Union Station."

4. Jane Wilberding, MUPP, Parking and Transportation Management Strategies at UIC."


Congratulations to all UTC student researchers who earned graduate degrees during the commencement ceremony held May 9 at the UIC Forum.



Shown above: Edward Bury, UTC Cordinator of Public Information, Executive Director Steve Schlickman, Martin Menninger, MUPP, Jane Wilberding, MUPP and Alexandra McNally, MUPP.


Student Researcher Takanori Sakai on PresentationTeam at February Symposium

UTC student researcher Takanori Sakai, who is working toward his Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Policy, was part of a three-person team that delivered a presentation February 26 at the University of Southern Mississippi.


The presentation, "Findings from Tokyo Metropolitan Freight Survey: Reality of Goods Movement and Its Implications," was delivered at the Logistics, Trade and Transportation Symposium at the University's Gulfport campus.


Other presenters were Dr. Kazuyak Kawamura and Tetsuro Hyodo.


Please click here to download a PDF copy of the presentation.


The two-day symposium was also sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE).


Krambles Scholarship 2013

The Urban Transportation Center is pleased to announce the winners of 2013 The George Krambles Transportation Scholarship Awards. These three student researchers were awarded cash scholarship awards.


1. Kyle Bardo, MUPP, for his paper: "Relationship Building with Freight Railroads Critical to Support Intercity Passenger Rail Development."


2. Jennifer Kane, UTC Graduate Research Assistant, for her paper: "Project History and Financial Analysis: Dulles Corridore Metro Rail Project."


3. Martin Menninger, Graduate Research Assistant, for his paper: "Analysis of Ridership Projections for the CTA Red Line South Extension."


The annual Krambles awards competition is open to any Ph.D or Master’s degree candidate student within the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs who is studying transportation, or a Graduate Research Assistant at the Urban Transportation Center during the Fall 2013 semester.  All participants must demonstrate that he or she plans to pursue a career in the transportation industry


Congratulations to these student researchers for their outstanding contributions to the industry and the Urban Transportation Center.



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