2015 Scholarship Recipients



Ms. Fartash was the recipient of the first place scholarship award. She is in the United States to study for her PhD at Florida International University and is currently a Graduate Assistant.  To illustrate the broad base of her experience, prior to coming to the US, while still working on her Masters, she was employed at Rahbord Taraddod (RTF) Consulting Engineering Co, Tehran, Iran.  One of her interesting and informative projects was, the “Reduction of Traffic Air and Noise Pollution in Tehran Using Innovative Technologies and Intelligent Transportation Systems.”

Since beginning her studies at FIU, she has authored several high level studies, including one entitled, “Utilization the HCM Urban Facility Procedures for the Estimation and Real-Time Prediction of Travel Time with Consideration of Rain Impacts.” which was presented to the Transportation Research Board.  She is highly recommended by her professors and maintaining a distinguished academic performance.


Md. Shahadat Iqbai (FIU) (tie for second) Prior to coming to the US, he was a Research Engineer at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. His main project was the “Development of a Microscopic Traffic Simulator with Mixed Traffic Simulation Capability for Evaluation of Alternative Transport Options for Dhaka City.

Currently, he serves as a Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant at FIU, working on his PhD. His current body of work includes projects such as, “Decision Support Systems for Transportation System Management and Operations (TSM&O)” and “Framework to Support Transportation Agency ITS Infrastructure and ITS Legacy Decisions with Consideration of Connected Vehicle Deployment and Autonomous Vehicle and Automated Vehicle Initiatives.


Mohsen Parsafard (tie for second) is a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of South Florida working on his Dissertation for his Doctorate.
In addition to the dissertation, he is working on few different projects funded by National Science Foundation and local-level agencies (e.g., state DOTs) such as: “The Mobility and Safety of Walk-and -Ride Systems”, “Interdependent Facility Location Design with Probabilistic Disruptions” and “TimeGeography-Based Mobility Measures for Geo-tagged Twitter Data.”

One of his most recent projects is a paper published in Transportation Research Part B, entitled, “Stop-and-go traffic analysis: Theoretical properties,


Trang Luong (USF Master’s Candidate) was awarded third place.  According to Ms.Luong’s professors, she is an outstanding student,with strong analytical skills, exemplary work ethic, high levels of energy and enthusiasm,and a laser focus on advancing her professional career. She has taken every opportunity to either intern or volunteer on different research projects, both at the University of South Florida as well as outside the university, including an internship in Germany (for which she learned German prior to going). Her resume includes an impressive set of awards she has received, including winner of 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) New Faces of Civil Engineering and the USF only “Most Outstanding Student for the Class of 2015.”

Her story is truly one of sacrifice and challenges met and exceeded.

Ms. Lisa Yttri (Manatee County) – Ms. Yttri has progressively enhanced her level of knowledge with the network administration for the Regional Traffic Management Center (RTMC). Using good problem solving skills, Lisa performs technical, professional and analytical project work in the administration of the RTMC computer application environment.

Recently, Ms. Yttri helped in the implementation of a complete functional Backup Traffic Management Center, added to the existing RTMC network.

Ms. Yttri is currently assisting in the implementation of the proposed University Parkway fiber optic connectivity and Adaptive Traffic Control System projects; she is also assisting Manatee County with the installation and configuration of the BlueTOAD.  This award will help Lisa attain her certification as a, “Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA),” in Windows Server 2012.