2018-2019 Scholarship Recipients

CTRF wishes to thank the sponsors of the current scholarship program, without whom these awards would not be possible. They include CN, Transport Canada, and other corporate and individual contributors. Thank you.

Dylan Stafford – University of Manitoba (Unable to Accept)
Nazmul Arefin Khan – Dalhousie University
Mehdi Jourabchi – Wilfrid Laurier University
Seiran Heshami – University of Calgary
Sami Hasnine – University of Toronto (Unable to Accept)
David Copp – University of New Brunswick
Iman Ashtiani – Concordia University


CN Scholarship $6,000

Iman Ashtiani – Concordia University


Transport Canada Scholarship $6,000

Nazmul Arefin Khan – Dalhousie University

Nazmul Arefin Khan is a PhD student in the Department of Civil and Resource Engineering at Dalhousie University. He received his MASc. in Civil Engineering from Dalhousie University and BSc. in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). His research interests include, travel demand modelling, travel behaviour analysis, integrated urban modelling, sustainable transportation, travel impacts of new information and communication technologies, smart growth, transportation data collection and survey methods. Nazmul’s PhD research focuses on developing an agent-based travel demand microsimulation modelling system to forecast individuals’ daily activity-travel pattern in Halifax, Canada. Nazmul is involved in developing advanced activity-based econometric micro-models by adapting various activity settings and temporal-spatial constraints. His research also includes implementing the micro-models within the proposed modelling system to simulate individuals’ daily activity engagement and associated travel decisions at a 24-hour temporal scale. This simulation tool will assist to examine the effectiveness of different strategies, such as congestion pricing and flexible work schedules. The proposed model will be integrated within the integrated Transport Land-Use and Energy (iTLE) model to forecast traffic flows, emission and energy consumption.

Nazmul has been demonstrating his research excellence by publishing multiple journal articles and presenting his research results in different international conferences. As the recognition of his scholarly excellence, he has been awarded multiple scholarships during his graduate studies including Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Graduate Scholarship, Glendon McCormick Research Scholarship, and WCTR PhD Prestige Grant, among others. In addition, Nazmul is also very active in various transportation communities. He is a member of multiple research associations, and a regular reviewer of a number of journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings. Nazmul envisions to be either in academia or consultancy firm, and contribute in shaping a better future for the transportation research and professional community.


Transport Canada Scholarship $6,000

David Copp – University of New Brunswick

The title of this Master’s thesis is Planning for Autonomous Vehicles in the Transportation of Rural Seniors. This research will make use of existing Volunteer Driver Program (VDP) travel data from New Brunswick, which details the trip information for its users, who are primarily rural seniors in need of transportation assistance. This trip information will be analyzed to determine common trip characteristics that are suitable for autonomous vehicles to replace VDP trips. Stated choice surveys will be developed and distributed to participants to determine factors and conditions required for the successful implementation of autonomous vehicles. These surveys will serve as a platform for developing a logistic regression model to express how rural senior mode choices change under varying conditions (price, trip duration, etc.), and what the potential modal share for autonomous vehicles will be for these populations.


Transport Canada Scholarship $6,000

Mehdi Jourabchi – Wilfrid Laurier University

Mehdi Jourabchi is a PhD Candidate in Operations and Supply Chain Management program at Wilfrid Laurier University. He received his B.Sc. degree in Information Technology Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST). He also holds an M.Sc. degree in Engineering Management from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). To support his PhD studies, Mehdi won an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) in 2016. In 2017, he was awarded a P&G Centre for Business & Sustainability (P&G-CBS) Research Grant Award and a Supply Chain Management Association of Ontario (SCMA ON) Achievement of Excellence Scholarship.

In his current research, Mehdi is developing an economic model to analyze the environmental aspects of the Logistics Service Provider (LSP)-shipper interface. His game-theoretic analysis examines the impacts of regulatory measures and consumers’ environmental preferences on the parties’ environmental decisions, both in isolation and when they coordinate their supply chain. His target is to explicate the gap between the parties’ environmental performance and the desired state of the supply chain channel they constitute. He also aims to characterize conditions under which misalignment of the parties’ emissions targets can decrease, with the ultimate goal of identifying, and jointly achieving, sustainability in the supply chain.


Transport Canada Scholarship $6,000

Seiran Heshami – University of Calgary

 

Seiran Heshami received a BSc. degree in Civil Engineering and MSc degree in Executive management in Kurdistan, Iran, and worked as a Transportation Engineer, Project Manager, and Entrepreneur for more than 10 years. During her professional career, she contributed to more than 30 Transportation design and construction projects including roads and highways, intersections and interchanges, and bridges. However, she decided to deepen and widen her knowledge in Transportation Engineering by pursuing graduate studies in Canada. Thus, she started my education at the University of Calgary in 2014 and received an MSc degree in Transportation Engineering in 2015. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in Civil Engineering at the University of Calgary and conducting research in Transportation group under supervision of Dr. Lina Kattan.

Traffic congestion on urban freeways causes delays, emissions, reduced road safety and degradation of infrastructure. Traffic flow efficiency has shown to be improved substantially through integrated traffic control; however, the effect of uncertainties in travel demand and infrastructure capacities and travelers’ responses have not been considered. Seiran’s research objective is to enhance existing traffic control methods to reduce congestion effectively within urban freeway corridors by developing an integrated and proactive freeway control strategy while considering uncertainties in traffic demand and supply. In this research, she has developed a mathematical model that is formulated as a multi-objective optimization problem based on a cooperative algorithm. The optimality of traffic operations is obtained by minimizing the probability of traffic breakdown; and minimizing the total travel time, while considering the stochastic nature of the bottleneck capacity.