Krambles Award

Winners of 2019 Krambles Awards Announced

Three UIC students representing the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs and the College of Engineering were awarded a 2019 Krambles Transportation Scholarship. The official announcement was made by Dr. P.S. Sriraj during the UTC and CUPPA Alumni Association Reception held January 13 during the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board.

Recipients for 2019 are:

  • Amy Hofstra, PhD Candidate, UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
  • Tim McMahon, Masters Candidate, UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
  • Ehsan Rahimi, PhD Candidate, UIC College of Engineering

The annual UIC George Krambles Transportation Scholarship Awards program was established to honor the accomplishments of a legendary Chicago public transit leader.  This year, the program is open to any PhD or Master’s degree candidate or undergraduate student in good academic standing within the University of Illinois at Chicago who plans a career in the transportation industry.

This year marks the 13th year the Krambles Scholarship program has been managed by the Urban Transportation Center. Scholarships will be awarded. All participants must demonstrate that he or she plans to pursue a career in some aspect of the transportation industry, such as planning, policy development, operations and management.

How to Participate:

Participants are required to prepare a PDF document that includes these four components.

  • Letter: Draft a letter of interest detailing why the candidate plans to pursue a career in transportation.
  • Resume/CV: Submit a current resume or CV, including Grade Point Average. Applicants must be in good academic standing.
  • Transcript: Submit an academic transcript from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • References: Furnish three references (name, email, phone and affiliation).  Two of the references should be from the academic community.

Judging Criteria:  All submissions will be judged on these three criteria:  a) The effectiveness of the candidate’s statement on pursuing a career in public transportation; b) The quality of the resume and academic standing of the student; c) The caliber of the references.

Submission Timeline: Students planning to participate in the 2019 Krambles Awards must submit the required document by November 30, 2019.

How to Enter: Candidates must submit all required materials in either print format to Dr. Paul Metaxatos, Urban Transportation Center, Suite 340 CUPPA Hall (m/c 357), 412 S. Peoria St., Chicago, IL 60607, or electronically as a single PDF document to  Questions should be directed to Dr. Metaxatos at (312) 996-4713 or Edward Bury at 312-413-1967 or

Scholarship Awards: Scholarship awards will be given based on the recommendations of the awards judging committee.

Announcement of Winners: Scholarship winners for the 2019 competition will be announced at the UTC and CUPPA Alumni Association reception January 13, 2020, held in conjunction with the Transportation Research Board 2020 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

UTC Working Paper Series: Winning papers and other selected papers will be considered for publication on the UTC web site in a future Working Paper Series.

Winners of 2018 Krambles Awards Announced

Two doctoral candidates, a master’s candidate and an undergraduate student were awarded scholarships for participating in the 2018 George Krambles Transportation Scholarship Awards managed by the Urban Transportation Center.

Recipients for 2018 are:

  • Sudheer Ballare. A PhD candidate in the UIC College of Engineering, Sudheer is in his final year of research and is studying solutions to urban logistics problems. He’s also working as a research assistant at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at the Ann Arbor, Michigan office. Upon earning his doctorate, Sudheer plans to pursue a career in urban logistics and sustainable transportation.
  • Emma Chapman. Prior to attending UIC to pursue a master’s of business administration degree in the College of Business, Emma held full-time positions with the Chicago Transit Authority and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, as well as an international engineering/design firm, a financial rating company and leading transportation research organization.  Emma is committed to a career in public transportation and is passionate about enhancing mobility options.
  • Anthony Misiak. Anthony, who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Urban Studies from the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, has completed successful internships with Metra and the Village of Schiller Park. He is committed to improving public transportation and plans to “reshape how we think about transit” and bring what was taught in the classroom to find real world solutions to transportation challenges.
  • Ali Shamshiripour. One of Ali’s long-term goals in life is to contribute to society through effective transportation engineering. He holds a master’s degree in transportation engineering from his native Iran and is in pursuit of a doctorate in that field through the UIC College of Engineering. He currently is president of the Institute of Transportation Engineers UIC Chapter.

Winners of 2017 Krambles Awards Announced January 8, 2018

Mohamadhossein Noruzoliaee and Fatemeh Nazari, 2017 Krambles Awards recipients, at the UTC and CUPPA Alumni Association Reception at the 2018 TRB Annual Meeting.

Three PhD candidates from the University of Illinois at Chicago were awarded scholarships for participation in the 2017 George Krambles Transportation Scholarship Awards. Announcement of the recipients was made January 8, 2018 at the UTC and CUPPA Alumni Association Reception held during the 2018 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting.

UTC Director Dr. P.S. Sriraj announced these Krambles Awards recipients at the reception:

Mohamadhossein Noruzoliaee for paper on“Modeling Travelers’ Adoption of Autonomous Vehicles and Transportation System Performance.”

Fatemeh Nazari for paper on: “Shared Mobility vs. Private Car Ownership: A Multivariate Analysis of Public Interest in Autonomous Vehicles.”

Jaeyong Shin for paper on: “The Role of Residential Location Choice on the Travel Behavior of Young Adults.”

About the 2017 Krambles Scholarship Awards Recipients

  • Mohamadhossein is working towards his doctorate in Transportation Engineering within the UIC College of Engineering.  His research interests include transportation systems networking and modeling and emerging urban mobility services.  He earned Krambles scholarships in 2015 and 2016.
  • Fatemeh Nazari is a PhD student studying within the UIC Department of Civil and Materials Engineering. In 2016, Fatemeh earned the David Boyce Graduate Award at UIC. Research interests include integrated transportation energy modeling and analysis.
  • Jaeyong Shin is pursuing his doctorate in Urban Planning and Policy through the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs.  He has been a research assistant on studies involving a model for simulating social exclusion and analysis using GIS.  Jaeyong was a Krambles Award scholarship winner in 2016.

About the Krambles Awards Competition

George Krambles

The annual Krambles Awards was established to honor the accomplishments of a legendary Chicago public transit leader.  In 2019, participation in the program became open to any UIC Ph.D. or Master’s degree candidate or undergraduate student who plans to pursue a career in public transportation.


Krambles Awards Archive Page

Visit the George Krambles Transportation Scholarship Awards Archive page to learn more about Mr. Krambles and past scholarship winners.