Tara Rodrigues was selected as NCTR’s 2012 Student of the Year. She served as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida beginning in 2009 and since then, completed a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) degree and successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Licensure Exam. Tara also completed her Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering (MSCE) in 2012.
Ms. Rodrigues played a major role in collecting, preparing, and summarizing data used in the NCTR project “Improving Value of Travel Time Savings Estimation for More Effective Transportation Project Evaluation.” She has also worked on an evaluation of the Los Angeles Orange Line bus rapid transit (BRT) system and has gained significant expertise with the National Transit Database (NTD) by annually collecting and compiling NTD data for each reporting transit agency in Florida. As NCTR Student of the Year, Ms. Rodrigues received a $1,000 award and was sponsored to attend the TRB Annual Meeting in January 2012. Tara hopes to work as a professional engineer and continue to collaborate with her peers to research innovative ways to improve our society’s infrastructure, help create a sustainable world, and enhance the global quality of life.