Students Win Transportation Scholarships
USC Viterbi and School of Policy, Planning and Development are tapped by group’s L.A. and Orange County chapters.
Six of the students are with the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the other two are enrolled in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development. They competed against students from area universities for scholarships from one or both of the seminar’s Orange County and Los Angeles area chapters.
James Moore, professor with the Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the School of Policy, Planning, and Development, said the showing for USC was remarkable.
“This is an intense competition because students from several universities are involved,” he said. “USC might, in a typical good year, have one winner in each competition. Eight students winning 10 scholarships is an unprecedented sweep.”
The scholarship competitions in Los Angeles and Orange County are separate. Moore said USC students entering the contest typically are part of the Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering; the Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; the School of Policy, Planning and Development; and the USC Marshall School’s Department of Information and Operations Management.
One of the Women’s Transportation Seminar’s goals is to provide greater opportunities for women in the transportation industries through professional development and mentoring. Scholarships provided by each chapter range between $2,000 and $5,500.
“It’s basically to help further their educational and professional goals and to give them a little extra push in a field that’s typically dominated by men,” said Lynn Gilbert, scholarship chair with the Orange County chapter.
In some cases, the winners received scholarships from both Orange County and Los Angeles. They are:
Lily Aung, an undergraduate in the Astani Department (Orange County).
Tianqi Gao, an undergraduate in the Epstein Department (Los Angeles).
Viridiana Martino, an undergraduate in the Astani Department (Orange County and Los Angeles).
Janelle Patterson, an undergraduate in the Astani Department (Orange County).
Catherine Ricafort, an undergraduate in the Epstein Department (Orange County and Los Angeles).
Nora McIntyre, a master’s student studying structural engineering in the Astani Department (Orange County).
Mohja Roads, a doctoral student at the School of Policy, Planning, and Development (Orange County).
Yin Wan, a doctoral student in the School of Policy, Planing, and Development (Orange County).
Aung, along with Astani Department undergraduate Alan Huynh and SPPD undergraduate Marie Valentine, was selected by USC earlier this year to attend the California Transportation Foundation’s annual education symposium and mock response-to-proposal exercise in Monterrey.
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