Eno Announces the Future Leaders Development Conference (LDC) Class of 2019

Each year, the Eno Future Leaders Development Conference (LDC) gives 20 of the nation’s top graduate students in transportation a first-hand look at how national transportation policies are developed. Students apply to the program early in the year, and those selected as “Eno Fellows” come to Washington, DC for a week of meetings with federal officials and leaders of business and non-profit organizations.

This year’s LDC will be held June 2-6th, 2019 in Washington D.C. Learn more here.


  • Greg Cohen, President and CEO, American Highway Users Alliance (Class of 1999)
  • Trish Hendren, Executive Director, I-95 Corridor Coalition (Class of 1999)
  • Tom O’Brien, Executive Director, Center for International Trade and Transportation, California State University Long Beach (Class of 2000)
  • Robert RitterOffice of Safety, Federal Highway Administration, US Department of Transportation (Class of 1998)


  • Pedro Adorno, University of Florida, Charles William Koch Award
  • Cynthia Armour, University of California, Berkeley, Thomas J. O’Bryant Fellow
  • Lorena Bernal-Vidal, San Jose State University
  • Alexandra Boggs, University of Tennessee, Lillian Borrone Alumni Award
  • Beau Burdett, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Shannon Engstrom, University of Minnesota
  • Bonnie Fan, Carnegie Mellon University, Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Award
  • April Gadsby, Georgia Institute of Technology,
  • Gabriela Giron, University of Washington, Thomas D. Larson Fellowship
  • Krishna Murthy Gurumurthy, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Jeremy Halpern, University of California, Berkeley
  • Dylan Horne, Oregon State University
  • De’Von Jennings, UC Irvine, Rodney Slater Award
  • Jessica Lazarus, University of California, Berkeley, GAR Foundation Award
  • Emma Lucken, University of California, Berkeley, Maggie Walsh, WTS International Board Chair Scholarship
  • Nicole McGrath, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Corrie Parrish, University of Oregon
  • Erin Robartes, University of Virginia
  • Peter Smet, Cornell University
  • Elizabeth Zurek, Embry Riddle World Wide



GAR Foundation Award Winner – Jessica Lazarus, University of California, Berkeley

About the GAR Foundation

The GAR Foundation is a private, independent foundation established in 1967 as a charitable trust by Galen J. Roush, co-founder and chief executive officer of Roadway Express. Today the GAR Foundation’s assets total approximately $180 million. The Foundation has distributed more than $115 million since its inception to support charitable organizations within the Foundation’s areas of interest. Charitable priorities include education, the arts, social services, and activities that are judged for the general good of the community.

The GAR Foundation’s mission statement is: “To strengthen communities in our region through discerning and creative support of worthy organizations.”

Rodney Slater Award Winner – De’Von Jennings, UC Irvine

About the Rodney Slater Award

Rodney Slater served as secretary of transportation in the Clinton Administration. Before being named Secretary in 1997, Mr. Slater was Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, where he created the National Highway System. From 1987 to 1992, he was a member of the Arkansas State Highway Commission, serving as its chairman in 1992.

As secretary, Slater truly focused on leadership. He strove to make the US Department of Transportation visionary and vigilant, and he engaged all employees to work toward transportation excellence. Through the Garrett A. Morgan program, Mr. Slater touched 3 million young people and introduced them to the challenges and rewards of transportation.

Mr. Slater grew up in Marianna, Arkansas, one of the poorest areas in America. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University and earned a law degree at the University of Arkansas. In 1994, Eastern Michigan presented him its Black Alumni Achievement Award.

The Rodney Slater Award for the Leadership Development Conference is awarded annually to a student who demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities amidst life’s challenges and adversity, a thirst for knowledge, and a drive to achieve.

Lillian Borrone Alumni Award Winner – Alexandra Boggs, University of Tennessee

About the Lillian Borrone Alumni Award Winner 

The Eno Alumni Award is given to the highest-rated applicant in each Future Leaders Development class. Eno Fellow applications are scored by the Eno Board of Regents based upon academics, service, research, work experience, and a personal statement. This award is funded through small donations from previous Eno Fellows and was established in 2015.

Charles William Koch Award Winner – Pedro Adorno, University of Florida

About the Charles William Koch Award

Charles William Koch devoted his professional career to transportation improvements. Much of his professional work was in the area of railroad operations and highway traffic engineering. He conducted traffic surveys, developed traffic plans, and evaluated project alternatives for a number of improvements in US cities. He also specialized in bus and railroad operations and modernization, as well as rapid transit planning.

During World War II, he worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers in France, Germany, and the Philippines. He also spent 5 years working on traffic control, highway relocation, and transportation planning in Basel, Switzerland.

In his will, Mr. Koch made a bequest to the Eno Center for Transportation, with the purpose of increasing knowledge and developing better ways to address transportation issues.

The Charles William Koch Award recognizes exceptional academic achievement and leadership qualities evidenced by a student specializing in transportation operations.

Dr. Thomas D. Larson Fellowship Winner – Gabriela Giron, University of Washington

About the Dr. Thomas D. Larson Fellowship 

Dr. Thomas (“Tom”) D. Larson exhibited a lifelong commitment to the fields of transportation and engineering and to academic excellence. He was born near Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, and attended Penn State University, where he earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in civil engineering. He later returned to Penn State where he founded what is now known as the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute at Penn State.

In 1970, Dr. Larson helped establish the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and was later appointed by Governor Richard Thornburgh to become secretary of PennDOT. In 1989, Larson was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to head the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) where he led the preparation of the National Transportation Policy in 1990 and played a major role in molding the landmark Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991.

Dr. Larson was an active leader in a number of professional organizations, including serving as chairman of the Eno Foundation’s Board of Regents. During his many years of affiliation with the Foundation, he was a strong proponent of the Eno Leadership Development Conference program. In memory of Dr. Larson’s commitment to leadership development, the Eno Center for Transportation has established the Dr. Thomas D. Larson Fellowship – a scholarship to support the tuition costs for one student each year to become an Eno Fellow and participate in the Leadership Development Conference.

The recipient of the Dr. Thomas D. Larson Fellowship will be an individual who is enrolled in a Ph.D. program in transportation and reflects Dr. Larson’s commitment to improving the transportation field.

The Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Award Winner – Bonnie Fan, Carnegie Mellon University

About the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Award

Beginning this year, the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) will select one graduate student for a seat in the LDC. The student will be selected in conjunction with CUTC’s awards competition.

The Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) was established in 1979 by the major transportation research centers and institutes in the United States. CUTC provides a forum for the Universities and Centers to interact collectively with government and industry.

The Maggie Walsh, WTS International Board Chair Scholarship Winner – Emma Lucken, University of California, Berkeley

About the Maggie Walsh, WTS International Board Chair Scholarship

For the past 25 years, the Eno Center for Transportation has sponsored a Leadership Development Conference, whose purpose is to build early professional development and leadership qualities among emerging transportation professionals. WTS selects a member to attend this prestigious program.  The WTS participant will meet top policymakers and transportation leaders, learn how advocates influence policy positions and become familiar with the development and implementation of transportation public policy.

Conference for Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) Award Winner – Krishna Murthy Gurumurthy, The University of Texas at Austin

About Conference for Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) Award

For the second year, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) award is given to one outstanding student who is a COMTO member. COMTO selects the candidate to attend Eno’s Future Leaders Development Conference from the class of Eno Fellows.

COMTO was founded in 1971 with the mission to ensure opportunities and maximum participation in the transportation industry for minority individuals, businesses, and communities of color, through advocacy, information sharing, training, education, and professional development.

If you applied to be in this year’s class but were not accepted please stay tuned. We received many excellent applications but weren’t able to accommodate everyone in this year’s class. Sign up for our Future Leaders Development Conference Interest List to stay informed.


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