Professional Advancement & Success Scholarship


and the winners are...


AirSage is excited to announce recipients of the AirSage PASS: Professional Advancement & Success Scholarship.  Funds are awarded exclusively to Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) members and support the continuing education and professional development of emerging leaders in the field of transportation planning.

Each quarter, AirSage awards scholarships for individuals with the drive to further develop their career through training, conferences, seminars or other methods of advancement.  For more information on applying for the AirSage PASS, click here.




April 2015


Reza Sardari

Reza, a GISP transportation planner/modeler at C&M Associates, Inc., was awarded AirSage PASS funds to travel to Cambridge, MA and attend MIT's Professional Education Short Programs to learn the core concepts of transportation modeling and simulation. Reza is a PhD Student in Urban Planning & Public Policy at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), where he focuses his research on residential mobility and modeling household location choice in relation to toll roads and congested highway networks. 

Reza will also presented his own findings on Wireless Signaling Data and Measuring the Impact of Built Environment on Travel Behavior at UT Arlington this month to demonstrate how big data (incidentally, AirSage data) helps planners understand travel behavior and how buildings and environment impact travel demand. 

“As a transportation planner, AirSage PASS gives me the opportunity to attend MIT's Short Program for Modeling and Simulation of Transportation Networks. This program allows me to not only learn the essential elements of the design and operation of transportation systems, but to collaborate with faculty and an international network of experts in the field. 

"I am very thankful to AirSage for supporting Young Professionals in Transportation [YPT]!  As a new member of YPT, I believe my chosen profession will enable me to fulfill my desire to design smarter cities and create great communities for the next generation.”



January 2015


Erin Toop

Erin, a young professional transportation engineer and an active member of the TRB Committee on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium Sized Communities, was able to attend the TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. 

Erin is very active in her community, advocating better urban planning and development, teaching bike usage and repair for better methods of community transportation while remaining dedicated to research in transportation and sharing her findings with other professionals through projects and speaking engagements across the U.S. and Canada.  

"I am very thankful to AirSage for supporting my journey between Edmonton and Washington, D.C. The TRB Annual Meeting is a wonderful learning opportunity and I feel fortunate to be able to participate, especially now that I am living on the opposite side of the country.

"It was great to reconnect with the other members of my committee and to hear about the state-of-the-art in research. If you are ever considering professional development opportunities in transportation, the AirSage PASS application is a painless process and is well worth the time!"



October 2014


Keith Hall

Hall, a LEED certified project engineer with Maser Consulting in New Jersey, was awarded AirSage PASS funds to cover his cost of attending the ITE 2014 Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Seattle, Washington in August. As an invited speaker, Hall presented on the ways traffic signals are planned, designed and constructed that can lead to more sustainable operations and maintenance solutions.

“I quickly learned that if you want to stay ahead of the curve, never stop learning and on this stage, the AirSage PASS has provided the vehicle to do just that. It’s phenomenal that AirSage provides this opportunity to recognize emerging professionals within the transportation industry and aids in achieving their goals by elevating them to the next stage in their careers."

Michael Janson
Janson’s AirSage PASS award will allow him to attend the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 94th Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. in January 2015. While at the conference, he’ll potentially present his research on, “Alternative High Occupancy/Toll (HOT) Lane Pricing Strategies” and their effect on market share. As an engineer with SRF Consulting Group in Minnesota, Janson wants to find new and creative ways to utilize his software development expertise in the transportation engineering field.  

“This is a tremendous opportunity to learn from and network with transportation research professionals from around the world. I’m thankful to AirSage as I would not be able to attend the conference without financial support."


July 2014



Phillip Cherry

As a transportation planner/engineer at a global consulting firm, Parsons Brinckerhoff inAtlanta, Cherry believes AirSage PASS will help him impact smaller communities. Cherry's award will cover the costs to attend the TRB Tools of the Trade Conference in Burlington, Vt. The three-day event will focus on transportation planning for small- and medium-sized communities. 

Much of the focus in transportation today is solving large-scale problems in urban areas. However, smaller communities support many of the nation’s critical universities, manufacturing centers, and farming communities… I am thankful that AirSage has the generosity and vision to support young professionals in their quest to learn.


Rachael Bronson

Bronson is using AirSage PASS funds to attend the Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place conference. She will be traveling to Pittsburgh this September to present her findings on bicycle safety. Ms. Bronson works as a bicycle planner for the city and county of Denver, where she ensures that bicycling is part of the transportation network. 

"This award is a tremendous opportunity and I feel very fortunate for this honor. It ensures that I can attend the conference, present the findings of my work, as well as learn from and network with other professionals in my field.”



Aditi Misra

The AirSage PASS will help Misra attend the North American Travel Monitoring Exposition and Conference (NATMEC) in Chicago where she will present her paper on GPS data collection for bicyclists in Atlanta.  As a doctoral student in transportation systems engineering at Georgia Tech, Misra is developing a methodology to predict the preferred route of bicyclists in Atlanta.

I am excited to receive the AirSage PASS.  The conference will be an invaluable tool to bring me up to date on the latest technology. With this, I can help create connected neighborhoods and cities where people of all ages, cultures and capabilities will live and thrive.”




April 2014


Andrea Barbour

Barbour, a recent graduate of the University of Memphis, will use her AirSage PASSfunds to prepare for the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) exam. Barbour works as a planner for Parsons Brinckerhoff in Nashville and will take a preparation course in order to pursue her seven-year dream of becoming a certified planner. The AICP requires their certified planners to meet rigorous standards, cultivate their expertise through continuing education and serve community interests.

“I am looking forward to becoming a certified planner, but I know that taking the test can be daunting and I will need additional help. Being able to take this test preparation course could make a huge difference in my professional advancement.”


Tony Laidig

Laidig’s AirSage PASS award will cover the costs to attend the WriteTheDocs conference in Portland, OR. The two-day event will focus on technical writing and delivery in order to improve the art and science of documentation. As a Systems 

Engineering Manager for the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York, Laidig is responsible for writing documentation at every stage of a project as it is being prepared for delivery.

He believes clear and concise communication will help his transportation projects succeed, “I intend to use the conference as an opportunity to bring current best practices in documentation to my group and my organization. I am especially grateful to AirSage for providing this opportunity.”



January 2014



Nicolas Norboge

The AirSage PASS will be able to send Nicolas Norboge—an Assistant Research Scientist at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute in Houston, Texas—to the January YPT International Leadership Meeting in Washington, D.C.  Norbage will meet with other YPT leaders to share best practices as he continues to expand the YPT Houston Chapter, which he founded and spent the last year growing to 32 members and 117 friends.

“I am looking forward to meeting other YPT chapter leaders to find out what we can do to further grow the Houston Chapter and discuss our accomplishments."



Holly Chase

Chase, a Transportation Planner with KFH Group, Inc. in Bethesda, Maryland, will use her AirSage PASS award to attend the Transit Network Design: Interactive Short Course by Jarrett Walker + Associates.  This course is scheduled for February 2014 in New York City and covers the methods behind transit design, presented in a unique and collaborative format.

“The AirSage PASS will allow me to share ideas and engage with other transportation professionals with different perspectives and experiences. I hope to learn how to make transit systems more useful, convenient, and cost effective."


Adam Moore

Adam Moore, a Graduate Research Assistant at Portland State University, is using the AirSage PASS to attend the 2014 Transportation, Land Use, Planning and Air Quality Conference 2014 in Charlotte in March. Here he will present unprecedented research conducted by Portland State University that focuses on exposure to vehicle emissions for pedestrians, cyclists and those waiting for public transit.

Presenting at the Transportation, Land Use, Planning and Air Quality Conference allows me to not only share my work with others but to receive valuable feedback from experts in the field.  This forum is one of the best opportunities for me to collaborate with others as it is the rare conference to focus specifically on transportation air quality."



Asheque Rahman

For Rahman, a Project Manager for the New York City Department of Transportation, the AirSage PASS will cover expenses associated with the ITE 2014 Technical Conference and Exhibit, which will be held in Miami in March. As an invited speaker, Rahman will discuss the NYCDOT Traffic Information Managements System (TIMS), a project that has made transportation data more transparent for the city of New York.

Attending the ITE Conference will allow me to learn more about transportation information systems, technology and ITS for transportation planning.  Additionally, it will give me the opportunity to exchange information, discuss best practices and learn about innovative solutions to issues in data and information systems."



October 2013


Rory Rowan

The AirSage PASS will reimburse Rowan—a Design and Special Projects Engineer withthe Virginia Department of Transportation—for costs of attending the September APBP Professional Development Seminar in Boulder, Colorado. An active member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Planning Association, the conference will provide Rowan with additional exposure to state-of-the-industry practices surrounding transportation and sustainable, livable communities.

“This conference is held only every other year so it was a unique opportunity to gather with advocates, engineers, planners from public and private sectors who are passionate about bicycle and pedestrian issues. I am already using what I learned in my work helping to transform the Richmond region into a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly place."



Lauren Cardoni

Cardoni, a recent graduate from the Master of City and Regional Planning program at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is using the AirSage PASS to attend the 2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia in November. The conference offers an opportunity to pursue LEED certification and to gain insights into sustainable design and environmentally responsible construction. AirSage PASS funds also opened the door for Cardoni to attend the Women in Green Power Breakfast at the conference.

“The opportunity to attend Greenbuild without financial burden will enable me to fulfill all of the continuing education requirements for my LEED accreditation and enjoy the whole experience completely stress-free!”



Daniel Tischler

Tischler, a Transportation Planner with San Francisco County Transportation Authority,will use his AirSage PASS award to attend the TRB 93rd Annual Meeting scheduled for January 2014 in Washington D.C. 

“I revel in the opportunity to use models to (attempt to) answer questions about transportation and land-use relationships, sustainability, public health and safety.  Attending the TRB annual meeting will allow me to dig deeper into this area and establish the connections necessary to become an integral member of the travel modeling community.”


Contact for AirSage PASS

Giving Back Phone: 678-399-6739

The next generation of transportation professionals is vital as our industry merges technology with traditional transportation planning methodologies.


As a provider of advanced transportation planning technology and data, AirSage wants to connect promising young minds with educational opportunities that can grow their knowledge and advance the industry as a whole. The AirSage PASS allows us to do just that.”


—Cy Smith, AirSage CEO