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2016-2017 Officers

Ellen Nightingale

Second year Master’s student under the direction of Dr. Savolainen. She is a two-time winner of the FHWA’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Fellowship for her award-winning research on cable median barrier in Iowa. Nightingale is also the current President of the Transportation Student Association (TSA). With her strong leadership abilities and vision for success, TSA has taken up new endeavors like the Concrete Night, Adopt-A-Road, and most notably the inaugural ITE Midwest Student Leadership Summit. Nightingale is a current engineering fellow in the Trinect program, teaching engineering in 4th grade Des Moines classrooms weekly. During her time at Iowa State, she has held leadership positions in the CCEE Graduate Student Council, Tau Beta Pi, and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Student Activities. Her personal interests include aviation, traveling, singing, and growing along a spiritual journey rooted in her Catholic faith.

Bijan Vafei
Vice President

MS student under Dr. Peter Savolainen, whose research is examining the safety and operational impacts of rumble strips on roads with narrow right-of-way. Mr. Vafaei is currently vice president of the Transportation Student Association and he served as technical chair for the Institute for Transportation Engineers Midwest Student Leadership Summit.

Niloo Parvin

Niloo Parvin has been a TSA member since fall 2015 when she first came to US to begin her Master’s. After a year of active membership in TSA, she was elected to serve as TSA treasurer. Experiencing transportation difficulties in her home country, Iran, got her interested in studying transportation engineering hoping one day she could help improve things. Niloo’s research under Dr. Omar Smadi is mainly focused on transportation safety providing GIS-based performance of crash analyses as part of Iowa Traffic Data Service. Her thesis involves investigating into level of safety of roads with a systematic approach through RAP Start Rating method.

Anjana Avr

Anjana joined TSA as a student member in August 2015, when she started her graduate studies at ISU. Anjana holds the position of Secretary for this academic year. She has joined here as a master’s student under the guidance of Dr. Anuj Sharma. Her area of interests include traffic operations and traffic simulation studies. She is graduating in May 2017 and looking forward to explore the transportation industry as a professional.

Amir Hosseini
Social Chair

Amir is a second year PhD student working under supervision of Dr. Omar Smadi. He got his Master degree from Cleveland State University in Transportation Engineering. After coming to Iowa State University he joined to TSA and started his work as a social chair. His Master thesis was collecting data from the driving simulator in real-time and doing safety analysis, but after coming to ISU he started working in Asset Management filed to expand his experience in all transportation fields.

Cami Liu
Engineering Student Council Representative

Qilin Liu, also known as Cami, is a first year Master’s student under the direction of Dr. Hallmark. She is known for being the president and founder of International Students Association Club in her undergraduate year. Her interests in transportation engineering grew rapidly while apart of the TSA, participating in speaker meetings as an under grad. Cami became an Engineering Student Council Representative due to her prior experience in founding & operating the International Student Association Club. Her area of transportation interest is identifying vehicle conflict in intersections while under different circumstances.

Steven Younkin
Recruitment Chair

After growing up in Ames, Iowa, received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in Civil Engineering. After 2 year of undergraduate research and a guided study under Dr. Peter Savolainen, he is continuing into the 2nd year of his master’s degree. He has been the teaching assistant for the senior level highway design class. His thesis is titled, “Development of a Project-Based Learning Approach for Highway Design.” Additionally, he is pursuing a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems.