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Civil Engineering graduate student Keith Cochrane has been named an inaugural Rob MacIsaac Fellow by Metrolinx, the Province of Ontario’s regional transportation agency for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

The fellowship will provide Cochrane, who is currently pursuing a Master of Applied Science degree, with the opportunity to conduct research in a public sector setting. Cochrane will study the impacts and challenges of moving freight on transit over a four-month period with guidance from his supervisors Professors Matthew Roorda and Amer Shalaby as well as senior Metrolinx staff. Following his studies, he will transition to an internship at Metrolinx related to his research.

“I am proud to be associated with these highly talented students through this fellowship program. The recipients will make a great contribution to broadening the horizons of knowledge in the field of public transportation,” said Rob MacIsaac, who served as Metrolinx’s first Chair from 2006 to 2009.

In June, Cochrane and fellow graduate students Mohamed Mahmoud and Aarshabh Misra won the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Canadian Traffic Bowl Championship. Cochrane and Misra, joined by Engineering Science undergraduate student Harvey Yang, also placed second at the 2011 International Collegiate Traffic Bowl in St Louis, Missouri. The Traffic Bowl combines traffic trivia and design challenges to test the transportation engineering skills of competitors.

“I congratulate Keith on being named a Rob MacIsaac Fellow. This opportunity will not only provide Keith with a wonderful learning experience, but will also ensure that his transportation research will be applied for the benefit of our civic region,” said Professor Brenda McCabe, Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering.

In addition to his studies, Cochrane is currently serving as the President of the Civil Engineering Graduate Students Association.

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