2011 Student of the Year

2011 NCTR Student of the Year Enrique Gonzalez-VelezEnrique Gonzalez-Velez is a Doctoral Candidate student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of South Florida. He is employed at USF’s Center for Urban Transportation Re-search (CUTR) as a Graduate Research Assistant in the ITS Traffic Operations and Safety group and has worked with the NCTR for several semesters. Through his studies and work, he has developed an impressive set of credentials, worked on several safety topics, and has a solid track record of presentations and papers.

Prior to joining USF, Enrique earned a Master of Science degree at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and received the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation fellowship for a Hispanic Serving Institution. During his Ph.D. studies at USF, he received the South-eastern Transportation Center Outstanding Student Award for Region 4, the Anne Shanklin Brewer Scholarship from the Intelligent Transportation Society of Florida, and the Georgia Brosch Memorial Transportation Scholarship from CUTR.

In the past year, Enrique has assisted in the research of several NCTR projects, including Moving the Bus Safely Back into Traffic and Evaluation of Camera-Based Systems to Reduce Transit Bus Side Collisions. Both of these projects proved, through rigorous field testing, that accidents and traffic delays could be reduced through the use of new equipment and technology on transit buses. He presented the results of his research at two professional conferences in 2010 and presented the findings at the TRB Annual Meeting in 2011. He has been an active member of the ITE Student Chapter, serving in several officer positions. In addition, he is a Young Member of the TRB Committee on Visibility (AND40) and the Transportation Safety Council of ITE.

Enrique hopes to perform more research in transit safety and has a strong interest in the evaluation and implementation of new technologies that can be used to improve the operation and safety of the transit industry.