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Graduate Student of the Month
Emmanuel (Manny) James is this month’s Graduate Student of the Month, from the College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences. Manny has done exceptional work thus far as a graduate student, particularly in terms of research and publication as well as involvement with student organizations.
In the past few months, Manny has co-authored two peer-reviewed journal publications (one published in Advances in Transportation Studies, and one in press in the SAE International Journal of Advances and Current Practices in Mobility). He was also selected as a Transportation Research Board (TRB) 2021 Minority Student Fellow (one of only 25 students selected across the country), and in August 2020 he submitted a paper based on this work as lead author for presentation at the TRB 2021 Annual Meeting, which is the premier international conference in the field of transportation research.
Manny has also taken a leading role in a current research project addressing pedestrian safety in Phoenix and recently co-presented preliminary results of this work to the project sponsor (City of Phoenix). Additionally, he is assisting with two other current research projects funded by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Notably, in the past few weeks, he was able to jump in and immediately contribute to one of them, the Automated Detection of Traffic Sensor Malfunctions project, by summarizing the research methodology for a presentation to the project sponsor later this month.
Throughout all his research activities, Manny has found the time to also help mentor both incoming graduate students and undergraduate research assistants. In addition to his research work, Manny has taken a leading role in the NAU Student Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), and he currently serves as the chapter Treasurer.
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