MUP students recognized for transportation work

Several urban planning students have been recognized recently for their work in transportation. Dave Ginsberg (MUP ’14) won first place in the APA Transportation Planning Division’s student paper competition. His paper “Crossing a Contested River: Assessing Options for Trans-Hudson River Infrastructure by Considering Conflicting Politics, Funding Sources, and Lead Agencies” explored the events that led to the demise of the ARC Tunnel, a rail tunnel between New York and New Jersey that would have relieved a severe transit bottleneck beneath the Hudson River. The award came with a $1,000 prize and the opportunity for Ginsberg to describe his paper at the 2014 APA national conference in Atlanta.

Phillip Baker  (MUP ’14) was invited to attend the 22nd annual Eno Leadership Development Conference in Washington, DC, in June. The Eno Center for Transportation, a non-partisan transportation think tank, selects 20 graduate students each year to meet with national transportation officials and members of Congress, participate in a mock congressional hearing and discuss career planning with the Eno Board of Directors. Baker said he was humbled to be selected. “I’m looking forward to taking in as much as humanly possible from the experience and seizing every opportunity to help improve our transportation policies.”

Ted Conrad, Ed Meng, and Ginsberg (all MUP ’14) won University Transportation Center Fellowships, awarded by the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. The $10,000 fellowship recognizes students with excellent academic records and a strong interest in transportation and infrastructure.