Proud Miners Awarded with the IRF Fellowship
February 20, 2012 | UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
Proud IRF Fellows showing Miners' Axe (Left to right:Mouyid, Mike Dreznes, David, Kathy Mejasich & Pat Sankey)
In a worldwide competition, the International Road Federation (IRF) awarded two proud miners Mouyid Islam (Bangladesh), and David Salgado (Spain) the distinguished IRF Fellowship. Twenty-seven international graduate students from 11 countries participated in a 10-day intensive Road Scholar Program from January 18-27, 2012 in Washington D.C. In this program, IRF fellows received executive leadership training on leadership skills, knowledge, insights, and advice for developing a successful career path.
Mouyid and David also visited with the fellows the American Association State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), World Bank (WB), American Equipments Distributor (AED) National Harbor Show, Turner-Fairbank Research Center, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), Virginia Department of Transportation and, Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Headquarter. Besides these visits to governmental offices, IRF fellows also attended sessions at 91st Transportation Research Board (TRB), and participated in presentations by private corporations. The IRF Road Scholar Program also hosted an 'Alumni Dinner' and the 2012 IRF fellows had the opportunity to meet with former IRF fellows who are currently in top positions at governmental and private organizations. IRF Chairman, H.E Eng. Abdullah A. Al-Mogbel, the Deputy Minister of Transportation of the Kingdom of Arabia Saudi, attended to the alumni dinner and expressed his vision on transportation challenges and the IRF role.
The IRF Fellowship program has contributed to the development of young professionals over the last 50 year. Since 2009, UTEP has participated in the program with seven graduate students who were able to expand their knowledge and learn networking skills. For more information about the fellowship program at UTEP, please contact Dr. Carlos Chang Albitres (firstname.lastname@example.org), or visit IRF Fellows Latin-America Facebook and LinkedIn group UTEP IRF Fellows & Friends.