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Shaw Receives Jack E. Leisch Fellowship Award

Friday, November 8, 2019

Faaiqa (Atiyya) Shaw, a Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech studying Transportation Engineering and Psychology, was awarded the 2019-2020 Jack E. Leisch Fellowship on September 26, 2019.

Joel P. Leisch, F.ASCE, a Purdue BSCE '64 graduate and son of Jack E. Leisch, made the award as part of the Georgia Transportation Institute Transportation Speaker Series. The event was attended by Georgia Tech civil engineering students and faculty, including Ms. Shaw's advisors, Drs. Michael Hunter and Patricia Mokhtarian.

2019 Leisch Fellowship Award Winner. From left to right: Dr. Michael Hunter, Joel Leisch, Atiyya Shaw, and Dr. Patricia Mokhtarian - Courtesy: Attiya Shaw
From left to right: Dr. Michael Hunter, Joel Leisch, Atiyya Shaw, and Dr. Patricia Mokhtarian

The Jack E. Leisch Fellowship is annually awarded to a graduate student in civil engineering with a focus on highway geometric design, traffic engineering, traffic safety, and transportation planning. Atiyya is focused on developing a research career that prioritizes transportation system users as the most important element of transportation systems, a priority that Jack E. Leisch, one of the most pivotal figures in U.S. transportation history, also shared. She is greatly inspired by the work that Jack Leisch accomplished through his belief that roadway design must occur from the standpoint of the user of the facility. Ms. Shaw hopes that her work will continue the legacy that Jack Leisch began almost a century ago.

Atiyya follows in the footsteps of one of her advisors, Dr. Michael P. Hunter, who was the second person to receive the Leisch Fellowship, during his Ph.D. program almost 20 years ago.

Congratulations to Ms. Shaw for receiving this prestigious fellowship award.