Kersavage awarded Intelligent Transportation Society of Pennsylvania Scholarship

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Kristin Kersavage, a doctoral candidate in transportation engineering at Penn State, was recently selected as the recipient of the 2017 Intelligent Transportation Society of Pennsylvania Annual Scholarship.

The $2,500 scholarship is awarded to an individual in an undergraduate or graduate program who has a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better and who completes an application and essay defining their career goals and educational objectives as they relate to the use of technology in the transportation industry. The individual must also be a U.S. citizen attending a college or university in Pennsylvania and must demonstrate exemplary aptitude in the areas of civil and/or electrical engineering in the transportation industry.

“It meant a lot to me when I received the email that I had won the scholarship,” Kersavage said. “I was excited and truly honored to be recognized for the hard work I’ve put into achieving my educational and career goals.”

Kersavage said the scholarship will help her financially as she pursues her doctorate at Penn State. It will also provide a valuable networking opportunity with professionals in the transportation industry.

Kersavage’s research focuses on roadway geometric design, speed management and safety data analysis.

“The areas of my research focus all contain different technologies to make transportation networks more efficient and improve safety in an effort to reduce crashes and save lives,” she said. “Technology is an important aspect in my educational objectives, to research new and innovative transportation engineering solutions, to enhance the transportation field and to improve the safety of our country’s transportation infrastructure.”

Kersavage became interested in this research because she’s always wanted to pursue a career that helps people and can improve their lives in some way and transportation engineering allows her to do that.

Upon receipt of her degree, she hopes to continue her transportation engineering research, either in academia or for a private engineering company. 

Kersavage received her bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

The goal of the Intelligent Transportation Society of Pennsylvania is to promote, enhance, educate and advance the use of technology to create a more economical, efficient and environmentally sound transportation system in Pennsylvania.

Ph.D. candidate Kristin Kersavage was recently awarded the 2017 Intelligent Transportation Society of Pennsylvania Annual Scholarship. Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

Last Updated April 19, 2017