3rd Annual YPT Award Winners

Announcing the 3rd Annual YPT Award Winners!

First, we want to congratulate Bridgette Carbajal and her team for winning the Young Professionals Transportation Project of the Year Award.

The California Road Charge Pilot Program

The team of young professionals from CalTrans including Brady Tacdol, Nadiya Chumak, Bridgette Carbajal, Deanne Gabrik and Stephanie Sanfilippo implemented a 5,000 participant road charge pilot project to inform a potential alternative to the state gas tax to finance transportation projects. California’s Road Charge Pilot Program is the largest pilot to-date, offering participants the option to choose from one-of-six manual to automated reporting methods.

Second, we want to congratulate Sam Blanchard for winning the Young Professionals Excellence in Innovation/Research of the Year Award.

samblanchard_urbanaccess_example

For his Masters Thesis at UC Berkeley, Sam developed an open source tool called UrbanAccess, that can be used to create multi-modal transportation networks for use in multi-scale (e.g. address to metropolitan scale) transit accessibility analyses.

UrbanAccess provides a generalized, computationally efficient, and unified accessibility calculation framework by linking tools for:

1) network data acquisition, validation, and processing from disparate General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) data to represent the transit network and OpenStreetMap data to represent the pedestrian network;

2) computing an integrated pedestrian and transit travel time weighted network graph; and

3) computing network accessibility metrics.  Example of typical use cases include measuring the total number of jobs accessible in a metropolitan region at the Census block by transit at a particular time of day or measure the change in accessibility resulting from planned transit improvement projects.

UrbanAccess will be made available for free public use in February. This research will be presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board and a portion will be published in the Transportation Research Record.

Additionally, we would like to give a shout-out to the impressive submissions we received this year. From community engagement and bike racks in Pioneer Square in Seattle, to accessible transit route sheets in Baltimore, to incorporating Complete Streets and green principles in Campbell, California; this year saw the highest participation and the most diverse submissions. Thank you all for everything you do for transportation.

Each winning team will receive a happy hour at their local chapter sponsored by YPT International, a plaque recognizing their achievement, and a year of free YPT membership. Every application we received was outstanding, and we hope we will see even more applications next year!

Please join us in congratulating our winners!

2017 YPT Award

2017 YPT Award Applications due Dec. 31, 2016 at 11:59pm

Dear Members,

Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) was created to fill the void presented to young professionals in the large, established transportation organizations. YPT aims to give young professionals the opportunities to take leadership roles, participate in networking events, and grow their careers. As part of that effort, YPT has established an annual awards program that aims to go beyond the standard “Emerging Star” category that is often the only category that YPT members would be eligible for in other organizations.

To learn about previous award winners, please click here.


Award Categories

YPT Awards are presented annually. This year, there are two award categories that will be presented:

Young Professionals Transportation Project of the Year – An award for a project that had/is having a significant impact and where young professional(s) played a significant role. Projects will be evaluated by their impact for the transportation industry or local transportation system and the roles that young professionals played in them. All project types are eligible from studies and designs that are being implemented to finished products already being used.

Young Professionals Excellence in Innovation/Research of the Year – An award that will go to a product, paper, invention, etc. in the transportation industry where young professionals played a significant role. This will be judged based on what the innovation/research is and what role young professionals played. All types of innovations and research are eligible.

Prize

Winners of each award will receive a happy hour at their local chapter sponsored by YPT International, a plaque recognizing their achievement, and a year of free YPT membership.

Eligibility

Only YPT members are eligible to apply for an award. If you are not currently a member and wish to apply, please sign up for $20 at https://my.yptransportation.org/join.

How to Apply

To apply for an award, submit your application to admin@yptransportation.org. All applications are due by 11:59PM Eastern Time December 31st, 2016. Applicants are allowed to submit additional materials (such as project samples) as attachments to their application forms. Please send any attachments as a single packet in pdf form. If you wish to submit applications for both categories, please submit separate forms for each category. Applications can be submitted by an individual or by a team. To be eligible, submissions have to relate to work performed or finished in the last three years.

2016 YPT Award Application

1. What category are you applying for?

  •  Young Professionals Transportation Project of the Year
  •  Young Professionals Excellence in Innovation/Research of the Year

2. General Information:

Name(s):
Email address:
Mailing address:
Phone number:

3. Description of project/innovation/research (maximum of 1000 words)

4. Description of the outcomes or impacts for the transportation industry or local transportation system(s) from the project/innovation/research (maximum of 250 words)

5. Description of the roles and contributions of young professionals (does not have to be just YPT members) to the project/innovation/research (maximum of 250 words)

6. Additional information for consideration (maximum of 250 words)

7. Please list and describe all attachments


Winner Notification

Over the coming weeks, a panel will evaluate the applications and announce the winners during the YPT Reception at the TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 8, 2017. Immediately thereafter, we will notify the winners by email and announce the winners on the YPT International website and social media accounts.


Thanks and Good Luck!

Student Paper Competition: SHRP 2 Safety Data Bonanza

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is sponsoring a paper competition for university students to propose research projects using the SHRP 2 Safety Data, the Naturalistic Driving Study data, and Roadway Information Database. Abstracts should be submitted electronically to SHRP2@nas.edu and are due on September 11, 2015.

Selected students will be invited to present their research at a special poster session at the 2016 TRB Annual Meeting, January 10-14, 2016 in Washington, DC. The TRB Annual Meeting program is expected to attract 12,000 transportation professionals from around the world. In addition, selected students will be awarded the opportunity to write a paper for consideration of inclusion in a special edition of TRB’s Transportation Research Circular.

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2015 Young Professional Events

In the upcoming weeks, there are three conferences of interest to Members and Friends of YPT. Here you can find one-stop event information and links to these worthwhile conferences and events.

 

4th Annual Transportation Camp

Saturday, January 10, 2015

George Mason University Founders Hall
3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201

Hosted by:
George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs

The “unconference” is designed to bring together transportation professionals, technologists, and others interested in the intersection of urban transportation and technology. Anyone who wants to improve mobility is welcome! 

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