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2022 TRF Research and Service Award Winners

For Immediate Release:

May 1, 2022

Annual Forum Participants

Take Home Distinguished Honors

We are pleased to announce the winners of Best Paper Awards from our 63st Annual International Meeting held Saint Louis, Missouri in April 2022.  Each winner received an inscribed plague and cash prize made possible by a charitable gift from the TRF Foundation.       

All papers submitted for presentation at the Annual Meeting were peer reviewed by a committee chaired Professor Ian Savage of Northwestern University.  Both the award-winning papers exemplify the high standards of the research presented at our annual conference.

Student poster award – Mitra Salehi Esfandarani, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Memphis. “Equitable Distribution of Freight Transportation: A Case Study in Tennessee”

Student paper award-. Zakhary Mallett, Ph.D. Candidate in Urban Planning and Development, University of Southern California. “Inequitable Inefficiency – A Case Study of Rail Transit Fare Policies”

Best student agricultural paper– Mohammed Mombarok, Ph.D. candidate, Universtiy of Missouri.  “Climate change-induced shifts in precipitation: response of Missouri corn and soybean basis”

Best overall paper– Cesar Rivera Trujillo, Secretaría de Infraestructura Comunicaciones y Transportes. “Establishing the first economic regulation of the Mexican rail concessions”

Three other longstanding contributors also received acclaim:

  • Distinguished Researcher, Aisling Reynolds, University of Dublin
  • President’s Award, Ray Mundy, University of Missouri – St. Louis
  • Whitten Service Award, Baruch Feigenbaum, Reason Foundation

Congratulations these award winners.

L-R: Zakhary Mallett, Mohammed Mombarok, Mitra Salehi Esfandrani, Joe Schwieterman, Michael Marzano, Gertrude Pannirselvam, Stan Simon Soloman, and Cesar Rivera Trujillo

About TRF

The Transportation Research Forum (TRF) is an independent organization of transportation professionals founded in 1958 to provide an impartial meeting ground for carriers, shippers, government officials, consultants, university researchers, suppliers, and others seeking an exchange of information and ideas on both passenger and freight transportation.  TRF conducts a national Annual Forum, and has chapters in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Louis, and South Korea.


Joe Schwieterman, Ph.D.
TRF President
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