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Student of the Year Award
2015-2016 Recipient

Alejandro Henao

Henao is a transportation engineering Ph.D. student in civil engineering at the University of Colorado-Denver. He consistently demonstrates excellence in research, leadership, professionalism, and overall academic performance. Henao is president of the Institute of Transportation Engineers Student Chapter at the University of Colorado-Denver and student leader of the active communities/transportation research group. For his dissertation, he is evaluating the accuracy of new information technologies and analyzing the travel behavior impacts of such technologies and evolving transportation services.

Henao holds an MS in civil engineering from CU Denver and a BS in civil engineering from the CU Boulder. He received the Eisenhower Fellowship, an NSF Bridge to Doctorate Program Fellowship, and an NSF IGERT Fellowship. Henao worked extensively on the Mountain-Plains Consortium project, "Building a Framework for Transportation Resiliency and Evaluating the Resiliency Benefits of Light Rail Transit," and has published several papers in peer reviewed journals and presented this work at numerous national conferences. His other research topics include: transportation infrastructure investments, mode share changes, and parking around sporting event stadiums.

Henao plans to continue to conduct research focused on creating more sustainable and equitable places with respect to active transportation, multimodal and intermodal options, information technologies, and evolving transportation modes. Outside of his studies, he spends time with his wife and two boys. His favorite activity is to play, watch, and coach fútbol (a.k.a. soccer).

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