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Ehsani chosen to attend Eno Leadership Development Conference

March 11, 2012

UMTRI graduate student research assistant Johnathon Ehsani has been selected by the Board of Regents of the Eno Center for Transportation to participate in the 20th annual Eno Leadership Development Conference in Washington, D.C., June 3-7, 2012. The annual conference gives twenty of the nation's top graduate students in transportation a first-hand look at how national transportation policies are developed.

UMTRI research professors Ray Bingham and Jean Shope have been advising Ehsani as he pursues his Ph.D. in teen licensing policy, looking at the effect of different policies on teen crashes. In addition, Ehsani is involved in a number of research projects in UMTRI's Young Driver Behavior and Injury Prevention Group, of which he has been a participating team member for the past three years.

Ehsani was chosen to attend the Eno conference based on leadership ability and the potential to assume a senior role in transportation-related research and organization in the future.

"The opportunity to attend this conference is the perfect complement to Johnathon's interest and diligent work in the area of teen driver policy and its implications," said Bingham. "Experiencing the Eno Leadership Development Conference will allow Johnathon a crucial opportunity to witness policymaking in action, and more importantly, to make professional connections with others working in that important public health area."

The Eno Leadership Development Conference provides a first-hand look at how transportation policy is developed and implemented. Attendees will meet with top government officials, leaders of associations, and members of Congress and their staff. They'll have the opportunity to see how the nation's transportation policies are debated, shaped, formed, and ultimately adopted and applied. Upon completion of this intensive program, participants will be better equipped to understand the policy-making process that will become increasingly important as they pursue a career in transportation.