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2013 SWUTC Naomi Ledé Outstanding Masters Student Award

Christina Bernardo Selected to Receive 2013 Naomi Ledé Outstanding Masters Student Award –

Chrissy Bernardo

Christina Bernardo

Christina Bernardo joined the MS program at UT Austin in Fall 2011, after completing her BS degree at Northwestern University (NU). The recommendation letters from her professors at NU that accompanied her application for graduate study at UT were nothing short of glowing. Chrissy lived up to the expectations we had of her when she joined our program. She brought a very high degree of motivation and dedication to her academic pursuits, and combined this with a spirit of camaraderie toward her fellow students. The result is a graduate student who exhibited extraordinary academic/research and teamwork skills. In her MS research, Chrissy examined the time-use pattern (and resulting activity-travel implications) of adults in dual-earner households with and without children. A paper based on this work was presented at the 2013 TRB annual meeting and is under review for publication in Transportation Research Part B’s special issue on Time Use Analysis. She also has a book chapter on non-motorized travel in the forthcoming Handbook of Sustainable Travel. Chrissy also contributed to the community and assumed a leadership role during her graduate studies at UT. She served as the Vice President of the UT student chapter of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS).

After completing her master’s at UT, Christina has begun her career in transportation planning and demand modeling at Parsons Brinckerhoff in New York. She is currently working on a major update to the activity-based travel demand modeling system for the New York City region.

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