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METRANS and USC ITE Host Metro CEO Stephanie N. Wiggins

Monday, January 31, 2022

On Wednesday, November 3, METRANS and the USC Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Chapter hosted Stephanie N. Wiggins, CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), to share her professional experience in the transportation sector and to discuss the current state of and future plans for Metro. Metro is a public transportation agency which serves as the transportation planner and coordinator, designer, builder, and operator for the county of Los Angeles. ...

UCLA's Julene Paul Awarded PSR Doctoral Student of the Year

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Julene Paul is this year’s PSR student of the year. Julene is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies from Harvard University and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Rutgers.    Julene’s initial interest in transportation began while studying urban policy as an undergraduate. In her coursework, she found transportation to be ...

Justine Johnson tapped to lead Mobility Engagement at Ford Motor Company

Monday, January 24, 2022

USC Price Alum Justine Johnson was recently promoted to Head of Mobility Engagement in Southern California and Southwest US at Ford Motor Company.  We congratulate her, highlight her achievements to date, and look forward to the new contributions she will make to the transportation industry.  We also take this opportunity to thank her for all she does for METRANS PSR students, as a mentor, speaker, and friend.   Justine Johnson, Head of Mobility Engagement in Southern ...

PSR Students Awarded Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships

Monday, January 24, 2022

We are pleased to congratulate the PSR students who received Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) Graduate Fellowship awards for academic year 2021 – 2022.  Students were notified of their awards in December.    Each year, DDETFP awards numerous merit-based fellowships in several categories to students in transportation-related degree programs.  This year, 15 PSR university students were awarded DDETFP Graduate Fellowships, which provide ...

NCST hosts USC's Hilda Blanco: Optimizing Opportunities for Housing from Failing Shopping Malls

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

On December 2, 2021, the University of California, Davis-led National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) hosted a webinar, Optimizing Opportunities for Housing from Failing Shopping Malls, featuring the research of Dr. Hilda Blanco, with guests Casey Kempenaar and Meghan Huber. Dr. Blanco is Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington’s Department of Urban Design and Planning and a researcher with METRANS Transportation Consortium at USC. Casey Kempenaar is the Community Development ...

NAU's Katherine Riffle named PSR Master's Student of the Year

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Each year the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) University Transportation Center (UTC) selects students of the year in the categories of doctoral, master’s, undergraduate, and non-degree/community college students.  These are in addition to the PSR US DOT Outstanding Student of the Year Award.   Katherine Riffle, Master of Science in Civil Engineering, Northern Arizona University   We are pleased to congratulate Katherine Riffle for being awarded PSR UTC Master’s ...

Newsletter Lead, Issy Serna: The Man, the Legend, a Job Well Done

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Isidoro “Issy” Serna discovered his interest in urban planning at a USC Price School of Public Policy information session, and his passion for the field has only grown since then. Not only is Issy a first generation college student but he is taking it one step further; he is now pursuing the prestigious progressive degree  - concurrent studies in the Bachelor in Science in Urban Studies and Planning and Masters in Urban Planning.  Until recently, he did all of this while also ...