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MPC Students from University of Utah Picked for Exclusive Leadership Development Program

Posted: Mar 31, 2016

A current MPC student and a former MPC student, both from the University of Utah, were recently chosen to be part of the Eno Future Leaders Development Conference in Washington, D.C., in June.

Ivana Tasic, a Ph.D. in civil and environmental Engineering at the University of Utah, is the winner of the Charles William Koch Award which recognizes exceptional academic achievement and leadership qualities in a student specializing in transportation operations. Tasic's academic program and research focus is on urban multimodal transportation. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Institute of Transportation Engineer Transportation Research Board and the Women's Transportation Seminar's "Transportation YOU" program, which supports young women in transportation. Tasic also served as a Transportation Research Board (TRB) ambassador for the 2014 TRB Annual meeting and is involved with four TRB standing committees as a paper reviewer. Her research includes quantifying the traffic impacts of Traffic Oriented development, Crash Modification Factors for Intersections and a Light Rail Transit Analysis in Salt Lake City. Tasic holds a diploma in traffic and transport engineering from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and a master's degree from the University of Utah.

Jonathan Wood, an M.S. and B.S. graduate in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Utah and MPC Student of the Year in 2013, is the winner of the Dr. Thomas D. Larson Fellowship, which recognizes an individual who is enrolled in a Ph.D. program in transportation and reflects Dr. Larson's commitment to improving the transportation field. He is currently a graduate student instructor in civil engineering at Penn State University. This year he was named Student of the Year from the Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Center. He received the Dwight D. Eisenhower Fellowship from the Federal Highway Administration and a Distinguished Teaching Fellowship from the Penn State College of Engineering. He is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Associated General Contractors. His research interests include transportation safety, highway and street design, roadside design, econometric modeling, reliability theory and optimization applications.

Tasic and Wood will be among 20 of the nation's top graduate students in transportation who will receive a first-hand look at how national transportation policies are developed. Students selected as "Eno Fellows" come to Washington, DC, for a week in the spring of meetings with federal officials and leaders of business and non-profit organizations. Nominees demonstrate leadership ability and the potential to assume a senior role in a transportation-related organization in the future.

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