Two SC State students to be honored at national transportation conference

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

ORANGEBURG, SC – Two SC State students – Paul M. Huggins and Shaun C. Hemingway – will be among a select group of students from the United States and abroad to be honored at a national transportation research conference that typically draws 10,000 attendees each year.

Huggins and Hemingway will be recognized before the large international group at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) on Saturday, Jan. 20, and Tuesday, Jan. 23, respectively, in Washington, D.C.

The TRB Annual Meeting program covers all transportation modes, with more than 2,800 presentations in 500 sessions addressing topics of interest to all attendees – policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions.

Paul M. Huggins, TRB Outstanding Student of the Year
Paul M. Huggins, a graduate student in the Master of Science in Transportation program, will be recognized as TRB Outstanding Student of the Year on Saturday, Jan. 20. Huggins is among 30-plus students worldwide to receive accolades at the conference.

As a graduate student in SC State’s transportation program, Huggins is conducting research in the area of transportation of hazardous materials with emphasis on the safe transport of spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste.

His studies have direct relevance to his full-time employment in Nuclear Planning for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). At DHEC, he provides transportation emergency radiological response and preparedness training to first responders and assists with nuclear emergency planning for fixed nuclear facilities and local governments in South Carolina.

Shaun C. Hemingway, Eisenhower Fellow
Shaun C. Hemingway, a senior Civil Engineering Technology major, has been chosen by TRB’s Transportation Research Committee to present his research findings from a pool of students from across the nation and international community.

Hemingway will make a formal presentation on his research on “The Environmental Benefits of Hydroelectric Vehicles” on Tuesday, Jan. 23. He represents SC State among 44 other universities with students whose research projects were chosen to receive national recognition.

The mission of the Transportation Research Board – one of six major divisions of the National Research Council – is to promote innovation and progress in transportation through research. TRB fulfills this mission through the work of its standing committees and task forces addressing all modes and aspects of transportation; publication and dissemination of reports and peer-reviewed technical papers on research findings; management of cooperative research and other research programs; conduct of special studies on transportation policy issues at the request of the U.S. Congress and government agencies; operation of an on-line computerized file of transportation research information; and the hosting of an annual meeting that typically attracts 10,000 transportation professionals from throughout the United States and abroad. The program is supported by state transportation departments, the various administrations of the U.S. Department of Transportation and other federal agencies, industry associations and other organizations and individuals interested in the development of transportation.