A big congratulations to Aqshems Nichols on being named the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety (CSCRS) Student of the Year! CSCRS selected Nichols as its outstanding student as part of a U.S. Department of Transportation program. The program honors students from University Transportation Centers who demonstrate exemplary academic performance, research, leadership, professionalism, and the potential for future contributions in the transportation field.
Aqshems is a doctoral student with a focus on Transportation Engineering, advised by CEE professors Joan Walker and Susan Shaheen. His research investigates the relationship between transportation access and community college students' educational outcomes. During his time at the Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC), Aqshems worked on research projects, including a study examining the implications of pluralistic ignorance on safety, short video productions, including one on the perceptions of safety, and an evaluation of active transportation safety.
Jill Cooper, co-director of SafeTREC, spoke highly of him in her nomination: "All of Aqshems' work at SafeTREC has furthered awareness of the Safe Systems approach. His ability to translate academic concepts into vernacular language is superlative. He is an outstanding student, researcher, and colleague."
Check out the full story on the SafeTREC website to learn more about Nichol's dissertation and CSCRS!