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2012 Naomi Ledé Oustanding Masters Student Award

Chelse L. Hoover Selected to Receive 2012 Naomi Ledé Outstanding Masters Student Award

2012 Naomi Lede Award Winner Chelse Hoover

Chelse Hoover

Ms. Chelse Hoover entered Texas Southern University in the fall of 2007 and graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering Technology, Cum Laude in the spring of 2011. Immediately after graduating, Ms. Hover was accepted into the Transportation Planning and Management graduate program at TSU where she is expected to graduate with her Masters degree in May 2013. As an incoming college freshman, Ms. Hoover was not exactly sure what major she wanted to pursue; but she knew whatever major she chose to study had to be in high demand and have the ability to afford her limitless opportunities. During her undergraduate career she received two internships; in which her most memorable internship was revising highway plans for KBR’s transportation department. That summer internship is what encouraged her to pursue the Transportation Studies program at TSU. She realized that the number of female transportation experts was scarce, thus she figured that her background in engineering and a masters degree in planning would set her apart from many of her peers. As she quickly approaches graduation, Ms. Hoover is currently working on her masters thesis, The Characteristics of VSP with Respect to Delay Time in the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria Area, and she is also looking for career opportunities pertaining to transportation planning and transit oriented development.

This award is presented annually by the SWUTC and comes with a $1,000 cash award.