2014-2015 Scholarship Competition Award Winners

CTRF wishes to thank once again the  sponsors for the current scholarship program, namely Canadian Pacific Railway, CN, Transport Canada and many other individuals.

  • Lindsay Matthews – University of Waterloo (unable to accept)
  • Charles Burke – McMaster University
  • Stewart Jackson – University of Waterloo
  • Darren Proulx – Simon Fraser University
  • Justin Tyndall – University of British Columbia
  • Stephen Wilkins – University of New Brunswick


CN Scholarship $6,000

Stephen Wilkins, University of New Brunswick

The study of noise sources from aircraft is becoming increasingly important as stricter noise regulations for aircraft are being implemented around the world. As Canada is one of the largest manufacturers of civilian aircraft, the need to remain on the cutting edge of aircraft design is of great importance for the Canadian transportation industry. My research focus throughout my PhD has been on stochastic estimation techniques, and their applications to the study of aero-acoustic noise sources pertaining to leading edge slats on aircraft wings. Upon the completion of my doctorate, I would like to continue my research into both stochastic estimation and aero-acoustics, as these areas will remain important and exciting for years to come. I plan to seek employment in consulting or an industry based research setting for several years before returning to academia to teach at the university level. I believe this professional experience will compliment and enhance my academic pursuits greatly. This industrial experience will enable me to tailor my research to satisfy current industrial needs, and it will also allow me to more effectively connect the questions found in a textbook to workplace applications and provide a more well-rounded educational experience for my students.

Transport Canada Scholarship in Safety and Security $6,000

Charles Burke – McMaster University
Charles Burke is a PhD Candidate in Transportation Planning at McMaster University’s TransLab. He is interested in modelling the impacts of capacity reductions on the road network due to planned and unplanned road closures. His goal is to uncover ways to limit the social and economic strain of such closures by identifying the road links that, when lost, increase congestion the least. The results of his findings can be applied to optimizing road construction and demolition projects as well as preventing economic loss when facing transport hazards like accidents and weather events.

Transport Canada Scholarship in Safety and Security $6,000

Stewart Jackson – University of Waterloo

Stewart’s field of research is in ITS, and more specifically the implications of emerging
technologies on transportation efficiency and safety. His current focus and final thesis topic will involve wearable, non-invasive human biometric sensors as measurements of stress, drowsiness, and focus while driving. Physiological data, in conjunction with invehicle parameters and ambient traffic and weather will be collected and analyzed for recognizable patterns on an individual level.

Transport Canada Scholarship in Sustainable Transportation $6,000

Darren Proulx – Simon Fraser University
Darren has a unique background combining six-years of technical mechanical engineering, multi-discipline project coordination, and urban transportation planning and research experience. He is passionate about contributing to the understanding and development of integrated multi-modal urban mobility networks. He wants to foster more physical activity and sustainable land uses and economics. Darren aspires to secure a role as a part of an innovative and dynamic private or public corporation making bold moves in adopting new ways of thinking about mobility and the related technologies. He is currently working on his Simon Fraser University – Master of Urban Studies thesis and expects to finish in 2014-2015 year. His research project uses visualization, bivariate and multivariate linear regression analysis of the 2013 Capital Bikeshare trip data and explore statistical relationship between cycling rates, traffic separated cycling facilities and all-day 15 minutes or better frequency transit services.

Transport Canada Scholarship in Ecomonics, Efficiency and Competitiveness in Transportation $6,000

Justin Tyndall – University of British Columbia

Justin holds graduate degrees in both Economics and Urban Planning and is currently a PhD student studying Urban Land Economics at the University of British Columbia. His research centers on quantitative analysis of urban systems and neighborhoods, including research into the relationships between transportation systems, housing markets, and job markets. Justin is also interested in the connection between urban sprawl and social networks in North American cities.