The Krambles Awards Remembered
Since it was managed by the Urban Transportation Center in 2006, the George Krambles Transportation Scholarship has been awarded to students who have gone on to productive careers in the transportation industry — just like the man the scholarship is named after. George Krambles, former Executive Director of the Chicago Transit Authority, served the region’s transit system for 43 years beginning with the Chicago Rapid Transit Company in 1937 as a student engineer. He graduated from the Electric Railroad Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1936 and was a good friend and supporter of the UTC.
The competition is open to any Ph.D. or second-year Master’s degree candidate student within the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, College of Engineering, College of Business Administration or College of Public Health who is studying transportation, or a UTC Graduate Research Assistant working during the Fall 2016 semester. Candidates earn cash prizes for completed research papers that address some aspect of public transportation.
For the 2016 competition, candidates must submit their application and abstract by June 17, and the required letter, resume/CV and research paper by October 7, 2016.
Here are some past recipients:
- Ahmadreza Talebian for “A Multi-Stage Approach to Air-Rail Competition: Focus on Rail Agency Objective, Train Speed and Station Access.”
- Mehran Fasihozaman Langerudi for “Resource Constraints in Mode Choice Models: A Mode Choice Model for Metropolitan Chicago.”
- Moyin Li for “Transit Use and the Work Commute: An Empirical Analysis of the Role of Urban Densities, Last Mile Problems and Personal Constraints on Mode Choice.”
- Yaye Keita for “Determinants of Transit Access by Car-Owners.”
- Kyle Bardo, for his paper: “Relationship Building with Freight Railroads Critical to Support Intercity Passenger Rail Development.”
- Jennifer Kane, for her paper: “Project History and Financial Analysis: Dulles Corridor Metro Rail Project.”
- Martin Menninger, for his paper: “Analysis of Ridership Projections for the CTA Red Line South Extension.”
- Adam Barnum published a paper on transit signal priority.
- Jake Rueter published a paper that focused on the global history of bicycle-sharing systems and their implementation and success in North American cities.