CTEDD was pleased to present our 2019 Student of the Year, Mr. Brian Staes of the University of South Florida, at TRB in January of 2020. Brian was selected by a jury of research faculty as the person who best embodied CTEDD’s spirit of student achievement, and we look forward to his future contributions to the field of transportation.
Brian Staes, E.I., is a graduate research assistant under the direction of Dr. Robert L. Bertini at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) located at the University of South Florida. He is currently working on an assessment of highway operations in the State of Florida and California during both large-scale notice and no-notice evacuations. He graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) with a bachelor’s in civil engineering in 2018. While attending FGCU he was an engineering teacher’s assistant and an active member in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). His area of focus for his master’s is transportation engineering and he is currently working on his master’s thesis which will identify variations in limited access facility traffic flow theory during evacuations. He plans on pursuing a PhD at the University of South Florida under the direction of Dr. Robert L. Bertini.