John Hourdos, Stephen Zitzow, and Max Donath

John Hourdos, Stephen Zitzow, and Max Donath

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology presents an outstanding student of the year award to each of its University Transportation Centers (UTCs). Students receive their awards at the Transportation Research Board annual meeting in January.

The recipient of the 2015 award for the Roadway Safety Institute is Stephen Zitzow, a master’s candidate in civil engineering. His thesis focuses on the layout of high-occupancy toll lanes, culminating in a tool for practitioners to design facilities for either an open- or closed-access framework. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota with a focus on transportation engineering.

Zitzow also serves as laboratory manager and researcher at the RSI-affiliated Minnesota Traffic Observatory (MTO), where he has been involved with a wide variety of traffic safety projects under his advisor, MTO director John Hourdos. Most recently, Zitzow concluded a project investigating the safety impacts of active traffic management systems used along the I-94 corridor in Minneapolis. Research sponsors have included MnDOT, the Metropolitan Council, and other state and regional agencies.