Melissa Paciulli, a Ph.D. candidate in Transportation Engineering in our Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, recently received the Women in Transportation (WTS) Boston Ann M. Hershfang Graduate Scholarship. She was also nominated for the Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship, offered through WTS International. The Hershfang Graduate Scholarship is awarded to a woman currently enrolled in a graduate program within a transportation-related field with plans to pursue a career in the transportation industry. Puciulli is the program manager for the Massachusetts Cooperative Research Program (MCRP) and has been instrumental in working with WTS-Boston to establish the organization’s first student chapter here at UMass Amherst. In addition, she was elected the first student chapter president.
The MCRP within the University Transportation Center at UMass Amherst supports the Massachusetts Transportation Research Program and facilitates the use of the resources of the multiple campus system of UMass and other state colleges for transportation research, technology transfer, and technology implementation.
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, as well as serving as undersecretary for the MassDOT. She was also the co-founder of Walk-Boston and is still a leader in the effort to improve pedestrian safety and walking conditions. (July 2011)