Nick Fournier named the SaferSIM UTC Outstanding Student of the Year




UMass Amherst student Nick Fournier was recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as the Safety through Simulation (SaferSIM) University Transportation Center (UTC) Outstanding Student of the Year during the  96th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. Through this award the U.S. DOT “honors the most outstanding student from each participating University Transportation Center (UTC) for his/her achievements and promise for future contributions to the transportation field. Students of the year are selected based on their accomplishments in such areas as technical merit and research, academic performance, professionalism, and leadership.”

Nick is a PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering and is also pursuing a dual Master’s degree in Transportation Engineering and Regional Planning. His research focus is on bicycle safety, sustainable transportation, and mobility on demand. He is also currently an intern for the U.S. DOT at Volpe, the National Transportation Systems Center. Nick has also previously won the International Institute of Transportation Engineering Daniel B. Fambro Student Paper Award for his paper titled: “A Seasonal Bicycle Demand Model Using a Sinusoidal Function,” which has been published in Transportation Research Part D and is also the recipient of the 2015 and 2016 Dwight D. Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship.

Congratulations to Nicholas for all his achievements.