CEGE student advances her transportation career
Margaret "Maggie" Wilson, who received her B.S. in civil engineering during autumn commencement, has been awarded the 2016 Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) Sharon D. Banks Memorial Scholarship. The award is given annually to a female student pursuing studies in transportation or a related field. Ms. Wilson will be presented with the scholarship, in Febuary, 2017, at the organization's Central Region Conference in Columbus, Ohio.
Maggie is currently serving an internship with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), where she is able to cultivate her interest in both transportation engineering and in public service. "I love the challenges of such a highly interdisciplinary field, where you have to balance technical constraints with policy, political, and environmental interests. Transportation infrastructure is a big part of what makes cities functional and safe, so I feel that I’m working on something important" she states.
She plans to immediately pursue a master's degree in civil engineering with a focus on transportation. "The growth of intelligent and autonomous transportation systems makes now an exciting time to be part of this field" says the Columbus, Ohio native, who adds that she hopes to remain a Buckeye while pursuing her graduate studies.
Founded in 1977, WTS is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women. Its 6,000-plus members participate in professional development programs, networking opportunities and mentoring activities.
The scholarship honors Sharon D. Banks, chief executive officer of AC Transit in AlamedaContra Costa County, California. As its CEO throughout most of the 1990’s, Banks led the agency in a pioneering effort to introduce cultural and organizational changes aimed at motivating the public-transit work force. She was a member of the WTS Advisory Board.
Additional information for this article was provided by WTS, Women's Transportation Seminar.