2009-2010 Scholarship Competition Award Winners

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

Canadian Pacific Railway Scholarship ($4000)

Jean-Philippe Roy, L’Université du Québec

Jean-Philippe Roy is a PhD candidate in the field of Road and Pavement Management at École de Technologie Supérieure (Université du Québec) in Montreal under the supervision of Professor Gabriel J. Assaf. His PhD thesis consists in integrating economic, social and environmental benefits related to engineering and management indicators used in road transport management.

He has worked as a research assistant on several studies conducted for the Quebec Transportation Department (ministère des Transports du Québec). This experience has led him to publish a number of reports and give conferences on Vehicle Operating Cost Modeling in the field of Pavement Management as well as on Road Marking Performance and Safety. Since the last five years, he has worked as a university lecturer and as a teacher to students in Civil Engineering Technology as well as to construction workers. His working experience is related to civil engineering materials quality assessment and public infrastructures projects supervision and monitoring in Canada and overseas.

He expects to graduate in the winter of 2011.

CN Scholarship ($4000)

Sybil Derrible, University of Toronto

Sybil Derrible is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Professor Christopher Kennedy. Originally from St Pierre and Miquelon, he holds a M.Eng. with 1st class honours in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London; he has also studied Industrial Engineering at the Ecole Centrale of Lyon in France prior coming to Toronto. His area of study is Sustainable Urban Transportation, with a particular focus on Public Transit Network Effects and Design. His publications include “A Network Analysis of Subway Systems in the World using Updated Graph Theory” published in the 2009 Transportation Research Record, where he analyses the relationship between network design and ridership. Sybil also published the paper “Characterizing Metro Networks: State, Form, and Structure” in the journal Transportation. He expects to graduate in spring 2010.

Transport Canada Scholarship in Safety and Security ($6000)

Hossam Abdelgawad, University of Toronto

Hossam Abdelgawad is a PhD Candidate in the Urban Transportation Research Advancement Centre (UTRAC) at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto. Hossam joined the Department of Civil Engineering, Cairo University in 1999. In 2004, he completed his Bachelor degree with major in Highway and Traffic Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering. Hossam ranked the 2nd in his class with a GPA of 4/4. He accepted a Research and Teaching Assistantship offer upon his graduation, during which he completed his Master Degree in Highway, Traffic, and Airport Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt. Right after finishing his master, he was awarded the Connaught Scholarship from University of Toronto. Since then Hossam is pursuing his PhD in Transportation Engineering. Hossam is knowledgeable in both traditional traffic engineering as well as Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), a combination that gives him an edge in the Transportation industry. For his PhD research, Hossam is investigating advanced transportation modeling techniques to efficiently evacuate the population of the City of Toronto in severe evacuation scenarios. He has a wide experience in Traffic Management, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Multimodal Evacuation Planning, Optimization-Simulation Applications in Transportation, and Artificial Intelligence Applications in Transportation. The effort he is doing in his thesis work has been highly fruitful to date. He already published few journal papers and several conference papers.
Hossam is found to be very active in his community. He is the current President of the ITE Student Chapter at University of Toronto. He is also a Member of the Executive Committee of the Egyptian Student Association in North America (ESANA). In an episode that was partly shot at the University of Toronto’s ITS Centre, some of his work was featured in a recent CBC documentary titled “Living Cities: a Critical Guide” which part of “The Nature of Things with David Suzuki” series.

Transport Canada Scholarship in Safety and Security ($6000)

Cindy Marven, University of Victoria

I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Victoria, Victoria BC. I enjoy research that involves collaboration with the broader community to address questions and issues of shared relevance. My initial interest in the role of geographic information systems to support decisions and policy-development has broadened to include the use of spatio-temporal modeling and simulation for research problems situated in the marine environment, particularly, maritime risk and boating safety. My research project involves the development of a small recreational vessel (SRV) traffic trends model for the Southern Strait of Georgia off BC’s south-west coast. This area is popular with recreational boaters from Canada and the USA who share the waters with large commercial vessels, passenger ferries, cruise ships, military vessels, and others. The SRV traffic trends model will be developed in collaboration with maritime planners involved in boating safety, marine parks planning, and boaters with knowledge of the study area. It will be used to assess the utility of simulated data to support policy-making and planning; to provide a means for exploring changes or trends in SRV traffic patterns in terms of implications for search and rescue, boating safety, and marine parks planning; to study the effect of crowding or life-course changes on boating traffic, and to provide a case study of a collaboratively-developed simulation model for policy-making and planning.

Transport Canada Scholarship in Safety and Security ($6000)

Shakil Rifaat, University of Calgary

Shakil Mohammad Rifaat is a PhD Candidate in the field of Transportation Engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Calgary. He received Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and Master Degree in Transportation Engineering from the National University of Singapore. During the last three years of the Ph.D. program at the University of Calgary, he has served as a research assistant on several road safety projects under the supervision of Professor Richard Tay. These projects include the development of collision severity models, analysis of hit-and-run crashes, safety performance functions of intersections and roundabouts, and the safety effects of different neighbourhood designs and street patterns. As a result of these research projects, four papers were published in the premium journals such as Accident Analysis and Prevention, Journal of Advanced Transportation and Transportation Research Record. Several papers were also presented at prestigious national and international conferences like the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. The objective of his Ph.D. research is to examine the safety effects of different neighbourhood design and street patterns (urban forms) using different performance indicators as well as controlling for external influences such as traffic volume, land use, neighbourhood density and the economic, social and demographic composition. Using data from the City of Calgary, traffic safety performance functions employing the count data models, ordered and unordered response models will be estimated to provide policy makers with evidence based recommendations on the type of subdivision that is safer for Calgary and other rapidly expanding cities. His career goal is teaching and consultancy in the area of traffic safety.

Transport Canada Scholarship in Sustainable Transportation ($6000)

Jeff Pratte, University of Manitoba

I am currently completing my Master of City Planning at the University of Manitoba. Previously I graduated as a student of highest distinction from the University of Winnipeg with a B.A Honours in geography. My undergraduate thesis examined Minnesota’s state bicycle trails and their tourism potential.

My current research examines urban cycling policy and municipal bicycle master plans. Specifically, I am interested in the interplay between “soft” policy initiatives and infrastructure provision in increasing cycling’s modal share. This can help inform transportation planning craft and effective policy documents.

This summer I had the opportunity to work on the City of Winnipeg’s new long-term planning project. I have remained as a part time team member through the academic year.