Radhameris (Radha) Gómez, a Ph.D. candidate in the Transportation Engineering group in the UMass Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, was recently awarded the 2015 Ann M. Hershfang Graduate Scholarship by the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Boston Chapter. The competitive Hershfang Graduate Scholarship is awarded to a woman enrolled in a transportation-related graduate program with plans to pursue a career in the transportation industry.
Gómez was selected for this award based on her research interests in vulnerable road users, her mentoring and leadership skills, and her continued involvement in the advancement of women in transportation. Gómez was one of the founding student members of the WTS-Boston, UMass Amherst Student Chapter.
As a Fulbright Scholar to Spain in 2013-2014, Gómez began her research on vulnerable road users and driver behavior at roadway-rail at-grade crossings. Today she is building on her Fulbright work while working on her dissertation at the Arbella Human Performance Lab at UMass Amherst.
In 2012 Gomez was named the Outstanding Student of the Year by the New England University Transportation Center. The award honors the center’s most outstanding student for his or her achievements and promise for future contributions to the transportation field. Ms. Gomez had previously received an Eno Transportation Foundation Fellowship, a fellowship from the National Science Foundation Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, a Thomas E. Desjardins Memorial Scholarship from the New England Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and a Best Research Presentation Award from the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, among other honors.
In addition to her research interests, Ms. Gomez has also been an active member of the UMass Student Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the New England Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
A native of the Dominican Republic, Ms. Gomez earned dual B.S. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she majored in civil engineering and psychology.
Ann Hershfang was the WTS-Boston president from 1985 to 1987 and served on the Board of Directors for Massport and the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. In the 1970s, Hershfang became the first woman in Massachusetts to be appointed to the board of a transportation agency. She is also the co-founder of WalkBoston and continues to lead efforts to improve pedestrian safety and walking conditions in Massachusetts. (July 2015)