Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Two University of New Orleans Students Win National Awards in Transportation

Two University of New Orleans graduate students and researchers for the Merritt C. Becker, Jr. UNO Transportation Institute recently won 2014 Council of University Transportation Centers' National Student Awards.

University of New Orleans doctoral student Kyle Griffith recently won a 2014 Council of University Transportation Center National Student Award. Kyle Griffith

Kyle Griffith and Lucien Bruno are being recognized by the Council of University Transportation Centers and the USDOT Office of the Assistance Secretary for Research and Technology for outstanding accomplishments in the field of transportation research and education.

"The Merritt C. Becker, Jr. UNO Transportation Institute congratulates Kyle Griffith and Lucien Bruno for their exemplary work in the field of transportation research and education," said John Renne, director.

CUTC is a membership organization of university-based transportation research and education programs that provides a forum for universities and learning centers to interact collectively with government and industry. CUTC membership represents over 90 of the nation's leading university-based transportation research and education programs. Collectively, CUTC members have advanced the state-of-the-art in all modes and disciplines of transportation. In doing so, the membership of CUTC has made significant and lasting contributions to the nation's mobility, economy, and defense.

The Merritt C. Becker, Jr. UNO Transportation Institute (UNOTI) is proud to be a member of three university-based transportation centers – Maritime Transportation Research & Education Center, Southwest University Transportation Center, and the University of Maryland National Transportation Center, Renne said.

Lucien Bruno, who received a Master's degree in Urban Planning and Studies from the University of New Orleans in spring 2014, recently won a national award in transportation. Lucien Bruno

Kyle Griffith, who is pursuing his Ph.D. in urban studies with a focus on freight transportation planning and economic development at UNO, will represent The Maritime Transportation Research & Education Center, as the consortium's Outstanding Student of the Year. Griffith will receive the award at the CUTC annual banquet on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in Washington, DC.

Lucien Bruno, who received his master of Urban and Regional Planning at UNO in spring 2014 will receive the Southwest University Transportation Center's Dr. Naomi Ledé Award as Outstanding Masters Student. Bruno is now with Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates in Seattle, where he primarily works on planning efforts for public transit systems.

The Merritt C. Becker University of New Orleans Transportation Institute focuses on the role of transportation in creating a sustainable, livable and resilient future. Faculty and staff associated with the institute are recognized for their expertise in transportation policy, maritime and port planning, evacuation planning, transit and streetcars, bicycle and pedestrian planning, and transit-oriented development.

 

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