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2017 Jack E. Leisch Fellowship Awarded to Danielle Berman

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Danielle Berman

Ms. Danielle Berman, an integrated undergraduate / graduate Civil Engineer degree student at Pennsylvania State University, is the 2017 winner of the Jack E. Leisch Fellowship Award.  With a heavy focus on transportation and traffic-based engineering coursework, Berman is a Schreyer Honors Scholar, consistently on the Dean's List, and has received the President's freshman award.

Berman, who lived in Massachusetts until she was 8 years old, said the Big Dig is what attracted her to civil engineering and transportation at a young age.

"Going back to Massachusetts for visits made me realize how fascinated I was with the fact that Boston had an entire highway underground. I thought, 'It would be really cool to design something like that,' so I decided to pursue my degree in civil engineering."

Berman's favorite course to date is Transportation Safety, where she worked to develop safety performance functions that predicted crashes on all rural, two-lane highways in Pennsylvania. She is currently involved with Bridges to Prosperity, which designs and constructs footbridges for rural communities in developing countries. She also serves as an active volunteer with the Women in Engineering Program. Berman plans to graduate from Pennsylvania State University in May, 2018.

The ASCE Transportation and Development Institute is pleased to congratulate Danielle on winning this prestigious fellowship.

The Jack E. Leisch Fellowship is a memorial to the outstanding professional accomplishments and contributions of Jack E. Leisch, M. ASCE, to the fields of geometric design, traffic engineering, and transportation planning. The fellowship is supported by the income from donations in Mr. Leisch's honor.