Civil Engineering Senior Selected to Participate in Prestigious Undergraduate Transportation Scholars Program (UGTSP)

Parker Moore, a Civil Engineering Senior, has returned from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) after participating in the 2013 Undergraduate Transportation Scholars Program, which is a 10-week summer research intern program at Texas A&M University for juniors and seniors across the nation.

“I am proud that Parker Moore was selected as the first student from our Civil Engineering Program to participate in this prestigious Scholars Program. The selection was based on the applicants’ academic performance and their career path. Parker’s studies especially in the transportation area are impressive and made it possible for him to successfully compete nationally.” said Dr. Junan Shen, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering.

“It is our Departmental policy to encourage students to engage in practical work and gain hands-on experience during their undergraduate education. Competitive internships, such as the one Parker participated in at TTI are excellent opportunities for our students and the Department. Through such opportunities, students gain the confidence and experience that employers are seeking, while our new Civil Engineering program gains national recognition” said Dr. Mike Jackson, Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Management.

“It was a great experience, designed to help the participants to obtain the necessary preparedness to pursue graduate studies in Transportation Engineering. The project I participated in is part of a TxDOT project to improve trip generation rates using workplace and special generator surveys. I conducted analyses of survey data for traffic impact studies for new land development projects. I appreciate the opportunity I had with the help of our Department faculty members and chair’s recommendation” said Mr. Moore.

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