Congratulations to doctoral students Jessica Lazarus and Emma Lucken and Transportation dual masters degree student Jeremy Halpern for being selected by the Board of Regents of the Eno Center for Transportation to participate in the 27th annual Eno Future Leaders Development Conference in Washington, DC, June 2 – 6. They are amongst 20 of the nation’s top graduate students in transportation to receive an invitation.
It is an honor to be sending three ITS Berkeley students, as each college within a university is limited to one nomination, however Lucken earned the Maggie Walsh, WTS International Board Chair Scholarship. Only one member of Women's Transportation Seminar is awarded the scholarship, and Lucken detailed her qualifications for the program, including accomplishments, demonstrated leadership ability, interest in national transportation issues, and potential to assume a senior role in a transportation-related organization in the future to earn the honor.
Lazarus is a recent graduate of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from UC Berkeley’s undergraduate program, and she is working on her PhD in Transportation Engineering with professors Susan Shaheen and Alex Bayen looking at the development of innovative shared-mobility services and their effects on the proliferation of multi-modal transportation in urban settings.
Lucken earned her BA in Environmental Science and Public Policy at Harvard University and her MS at UC Berkeley. She is currently working on a PhD in Transportation Engineering with professors Joan Walker and Susan Shaheen researching equity and environmental implications of mobility-on-demand initiatives.
Halpern earned his BS in Civil Engineering at Northwestern University and is in the Transportation Dual Masters program for City Planning and Transportation Engineering at UC Berkeley. He is advised by Professor Emerita Betty Deakin and Professor Daniel Rodriguez while he studies bus rapid transit project delivery, travel demand modeling, and the development of emerging mobility partnerships to serve older adults and people with disabilities.
The Future Leaders Development Conference will provide a first-hand look at how transportation policy is developed and implemented, and they will meet with top government officials, leaders of associations, and members of Congress and their staff. The conference allows participants to see how the nation's transportation policies are debated, shaped, formed, and ultimately adopted and applied. Upon completion of this intensive program, they will be better equipped to understand the policy-making process that will become increasingly more important as they pursue a career in transportation.
The Eno Center for Transportation (Eno) was founded in 1921 by William Phelps Eno (1859-1945), who pioneered the field of traffic management in the United States and Europe. Mr. Eno sought to promote safe mobility by ensuring that traffic control became an accepted role of government and traffic engineering a recognized professional discipline. Eno focuses on all modes of transportation, with the mission of cultivating creative and visionary leadership for the sector. We pursue this mission by supporting activities in three areas: professional development programs, policy forums, and publications. Eno is a non-profit charitable foundation and often works in partnership with government agencies, professional organizations, and other private organizations.