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Civil Engineering Ph.D. Candidate Takes First at 2010 National Rural Intelligent Transportation System Conference

October 28, 2010

This past summer, undergraduate and graduate students were invited to submit an original written paper on rural intelligent transportation systems to the 2010 National Rural Intelligent Transportation System (NRITS) Conference.  Papers were reviewed and scored by transportation industry leaders active in the field of rural ITS.  University of Wyoming, College of Engineering and Applied Science Ph.D. candidate Vijay Sabawat received first place honors for his submittal.

Vijay is from Hyderabad, India, and is seeking a Ph.D. in civil engineering working under the direction of Dr. Rhonda Young in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering (transportation). His current research is on a Variable Speed Limit Decision System for the Elk Mountain Corridor. The objective of this project is to develop a control strategy for implementing variable speed limits on I-80 corridor between Laramie and Rawlins. He is past secretary of ITE and member of the MILAAP Indian Community. He is also a member of UW's best dance crew (Team name Sukrithi) that won the title from the 2010 UW Friday night fever dance competition. Upon graduating, he plans to work in the U.S for a few years and after gaining some valuable work experience, travel back to India and assist in furthering development of that country.

Conference winners each received: a cash scholarship; a plaque; registration; per diem; and transportation to attend the conference held August 1-4th in Huntington, West Virginia. Sponsored by the United States Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative, Technology Administration (RITA) through the ITS Joint Program Office, this award reflects RITA’s continued commitment to encouraging and facilitating student involvement in the transportation field.


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