Each year, ITS California offers 2 scholarships to students pursuing an education in a field that will have a future impact on intelligent transportation systems in our state. The scholarships, in the amount of $2,500.00, are offered to one post graduate student pursuing a masters or doctorate degree and to one veteran from our military services pursuing an ITS related education.
This year we did not have any applications for the veterans scholarship so ITS California elected to provide a second scholarship to a post grad student. The selections are based upon many factors:
1) The applicability of the student’s post graduate degree to Intelligent Transportation Systems in California
2) An essay by the applicant that includes ITS career objectives and particular interests in ITS
3) Transcripts of marks received in courses and a list of courses to be taken during the academic year.
4) Letters of reference from professors, mentors, managers, etc.
This year 2 students stood out from the many applications received.
The first award goes to Neda Massoud, a PhD candidate at UC Irvine. In her current studies, Neda is implementing a real-time peer-to-peer ridesharing system in the Los Angeles area as well as developing a mobile application that can be used to feed the transit system in the Los Angeles area for ridesharing. Neda published a paper that was presented last year at TRB. Her aspiration is to pursue a career as an academic in a research-based university and conduct research in the field of vehicle-to-vehicle communications. She received high recommendations from her academic advisors describing her as “a brilliant and exemplary student, and a tireless worker” and is “considered to be among the top 4 PhD students from among 22 PhD students (I have) advised over the last 24 years at UCI”.
Please join us in congratulating Neda Massoud as she accepts her scholarship.
The second scholarship award goes to Zoe Unruh, a student at UCLA pursuing a master degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Ms. Unruh’s focus is on public transportation/transit and in particular how planning our transportation infrastructure will affect societal and economic changes. Comments from those who provided glowing recommendations noted "Zoe’s tenacity, willingness, and capability prove that she is poised to make a great contribution to the field of transportation". Another stated, “Ms. Unruh entered our graduate program with an unusual level of professional planning experience for a master’s student. She has worked full-time as Transportation Planner with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority for four and a half years. This is no easy task combining a full time job and a full time masters degree”.
Please join us in congratulating Zoe Unruh as she accepts her scholarship.