Alejandro Henao named 2015 Student of the Year
Alejandro Henao, a transportation engineering PhD student in civil engineering at the University of Colorado-Denver, was named 2015 Student of the Year. Henao is president of the Institute of Transportation Engineers Student Chapter 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. Alejandro holds an MS in civil engineering from CU Denver and a BS in civil engineering from 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.
The USDOT's University Transportation Centers program recognizes students of the year for each region at the Annual Council of University Transportation Centers Winter Banquet held in conjunction with the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting each January in Washington, DC. The $1,000 award is based on accomplishments in research, academic performance, professionalism and leadership.
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