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Civil Engineering Student Named Student of the Year

Virginia WiseVirginia “Annie” Wise, a graduate student pursuing her Masters of Civil Engineering degree with a concentration in transportation, was named the 2013 National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) Student of the Year. She was selected as the most outstanding student from the ten universities that make up the CFIRE consortium.          

Wise serves as a graduate research assistant with the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute (IFTI). IFTI Interim Director Dan Pallme said, “We are so proud of Annie and her accomplishments. She is an exceptional representative for the U of M and IFTI.” Wise will receive her award during the annual Transportation Research Board conference held in Washington DC in January 2014.

Wise says, "I am very honored and thankful for the tremendous opportunities that the University of Memphis and IFTI have provided me!" Prior to beginning her research with IFTI, she received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Memphis where she graduated magna cum laude.

During her graduate research, Annie has been heavily involved with the West Tennessee STEM Hub as it works to promote STEM interest and education in the region through outreach, educational support, and the dissemination of STEM-related information. She is also collaborating on a research project to promote livability in freight-centric urban areas in Memphis, and will devote her thesis research to this topic. Involved in numerous other transportation-related projects, Annie is thrilled to be studying and researching in this field!

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