Sherrell Lall has been selected by the National Center for Transit Research as their Student of the Year for 2013. Sherrell, who maintains a 3.89 GPA, is graduating in December of 2013 with a dual Masters Degree in Civil Engineering and Engineering Management. During her tenure at USF, she has served as Secretary of the USF Student Chapter of ITE, and has been an active member of a number of professional associations including the USF Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. She has also been active in a number of community service agencies. Sherrell coauthored two professional papers and made three presentations in professional forums.
In addition to her high achievements in class, Sherrell has been a co-principal investigator on three research projects funded by the Florida Department of Transportation including “Landscaping of Highway Medians and Roadway Safety at Intersections,” “Florida Minority Taskforce on Occupant Protection,” and “Improved Traffic Control Measures to Prevent Incorrect Turns at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings.” In the last project, she conducted an extensive literature search, analyzed large databases, helped determine the intersections to study, and generated potential treatments to improve safety for trains and other vehicles at railroad crossings. Sherrell has always produced high quality and timely work, has set a wonderful example for her peers, and exhibited professionalism and leadership. We also join in Sherrell’s happiness in being sworn in as a U.S. citizen this year.