Introducing Our 2017 NITC "Student of the Year": Jordan Preston, Oregon Tech
Jordan Preston, co-terminal BS/MS candidate in civil engineering at Oregon Tech, has been selected as the 2017 NITC university transportation center “Student of the Year.”
She'll be recognized at the upcoming annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). Check out what else is happening with NITC and TREC at TRB 2018.
Jordan has been involved with NITC since she arrived on campus, and is now in her third year in an executive role in the NITC-funded Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Chapter. She has since been hired on as a Research Assistant on two NITC projects:
- Instructional Modules for Obtaining Vehicle Dynamics Data with Smartphone Sensors
Working with NITC research Roger Lindgren, Jordan is developing a series of learning modules for students to gather vehicle operating dynamics data with their smartphones and other sensors to apply in roadway design. The goal? Offer an engaging and interactive way to learn about vehicle response data in an introductory junior-level course.
- Rethinking Streets for Bikes
More recently, Jordan has been hired on to support Dr. Marc Schlossberg, NITC researcher at University of Oregon, and Lindgren on an exciting multi-campus project: the second volume of a visual, evidence-based book on street retrofits. This time, the focus is bicycle-oriented. Download a free (PDF) or purchase a print copy of the 1st volume here.
Building upon her NITC experience, her graduate project is an alternatives analysis for a complete streets redesign of a key, car-centric corridor connecting the Oregon Tech campus to the downtown business district. This evaluation will incorporate design principles from a summer bicycle transportation course in Europe that was led by Dr. Schlossberg in 2017.
Outside of the world of academia – over the last six years, Jordan has been spending her summers as a Transportation Intern at the WA Department of Transportation. Her work with the WSDOT has taken her through three offices including design, construction, and program management. With her rigorous academic plan, she aims to graduate in Spring of 2018.
We’ll be hearing more from Jordan next month to recap her experience as a student at TRB and her next career steps!
Jordan is the 12th student of the year (see past students here) since TREC established its university transportation center in 2006. She is being recognized at the Council of University Transportation Centers 2018 Annual Awards Banquet in Washington, D.C. in January 2018, where she's also attending the Transportation Research Board annual meeting.