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ASCE-T&DI 2019 Jack E. Leisch Fellowship Awarded to Faaiqa Atiyya Shaw

Thursday, May 16, 2019

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ASCE's Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) is pleased to congratulate Faaiqa Atiyya Shaw, a Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech studying Transportation Engineering and Psychology, for winning the 2019 Jack E. Leisch Fellowship Award. The Jack E. Leisch Fellowship  is a memorial to the outstanding professional accomplishments and contributions of Jack E. Leisch, M. ASCE, to the fields of geometric design, traffic engineering, and transportation planning.

Ms. Shaw's research spans behavioral modeling, human factors engineering, and engineering education. She is motivated by a desire to better understand transportation system users, and aims to achieve this through improved measurement of behavior and performance. Broadly, she hopes that her work will shed light on how the built environment influences safety, mobility, and quality of life for all system users. Outside of research, Atiyya is an avid reader, design enthusiast, and writer, who dreams of having her non-research writing published one day.

Ms. Shaw holds a Bachelor of Science degree (2014) and Master of Science degree (2016) in Civil Engineering, as well as a Master of Science degree (2018) in Psychology, from Georgia Tech, where she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering. She's a National Science Foundation fellow, an Eisenhower fellow, and has also earned fellowships from the International Road Federation and the Eno Center for Transportation. She holds an advanced certificate for teaching from Georgia Tech's Center for Teaching and Learning, sits on two Transportation Research Board committees, and is a reviewer for several journals. At the institutional level, Atiyya has served on several School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and College of Engineering (COE) committees, and has held leadership roles with student chapters of Women's Transportation Seminar and the American Society of Highway Engineers. She has also engaged in numerous activities involving K-12 outreach and research.

Atiyya is focused on developing a research career that prioritizes transportation system users as the most important element of transportation systems, a priority that Jack E. Leisch, one of the most pivotal figures in U.S. transportation history, also shared. She is greatly inspired by the incredible work that Jack Leisch accomplished through his belief that roadway design must occur from the standpoint of the user of the facility, and hopes that her work will continue the incredible legacy that Jack Leisch began almost a century ago, a legacy that continues to influence the design and operations of transportation systems worldwide. 

Atiyya follows in the footsteps of one of her advisors, Dr. Michael P. Hunter, who was the second person to receive the Leisch Fellowship, during his Ph.D. program almost 20 years ago. In 2006, Pete Jenior, a student of Dr. Hunter's continued this tradition, receiving the Leisch Fellowship that year.

Congratulations to Ms. Shaw for receiving this prestigious fellowship award.