A SUPA alumnus and graduate students were among the winners at the American Planning Association – Texas Chapter’s 2014 Awards:
Alumnus Doug McDonald (’09 MCRP, ’10 MPA), Senior Planner at the City of Plano, won the Chapter President’s Award.
Graduate students working at the Institute of Urban Studies won a Student Project Award (Honorable Mention) for their Comprehensive Land Use Plan for the City of Palestine.
Congratulations – we’re so proud of our students and alumni!
Alumnus Dr. Basil Schaban-Maurer has authored a book, “Rise of the Citizen Practitioner,” based on his citizen engagement research. He holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from SUPA, a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Architecture from UTA’s School of Architecture, and a doctorate in Architecture, Urban Design and Urban Planning from McGill University. He is an Adjunct Professor of Urban Design at Concordia University, Principal of architecture and planning firm ARK Tectonics, and Director of the Urban Science Institute.
Alumna MaryAnn Means-Dufrene will be the new executive director at Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth. She served as deputy chief of staff to Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price for two years and will begin her new position on Oct. 20.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Fort Worth Business Press reported the appointment and listed Means-Dufrene’s accomplishments while serving as deputy chief of staff. The Business-Press report included a statement from the Komen search committee co-chairs that Means-Dufrene’s “… local community connections and varied professional background, coupled with her leadership skills, will be invaluable to the organization.”
Means-Dufrene holds a Master of Public Administration degree from SUPA.
Alumna Dr. Rumanda K. Young was honored with the Lt. Gen. John W. Morris Civilian of the Year Award by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
A story on the DVIDS site notes that the award “recognizes the employee who individually has made the most significant and noteworthy contributions to the mission, reputation and prestige of the Corps of Engineers – including significant participation in areas outside the workplace – in the past calendar year.”
Young is chief of the Master Planning Section of the Corps’ Fort Worth District Regional Planning and Environmental Center and the regional energy program manager for the Corps’ Southwestern Division in Dallas.
The story includes a statement from Col. Charles H. Klinge, the Corps’ Fort Worth District Commander, “Dr. Young’s pioneering work in master planning and resource management, and her teaching and mentorship of students and staff, represent a new generation of leadership that is advancing the Department of Defense energy sustainment mission.”
Young holds a Master of City and Regional Planning degree and a doctorate in Urban Planning and Public Policy from SUPA. She teaches at UTA and Southern Methodist University.
Congratulations to Dr. Young on the award!
The official numbers for Spring graduates are in. Thirty-two graduate students earned their degrees through the School this spring, including three doctoral students. On the undergraduate side, 84 students earned their degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, six with Latin Honors.
Congratulations to all our graduates!
View photos and video of the School’s commencement ceremony.
Story and photo by Sara Abraham-Oxford
Dr. Treviño (standing) works with students during the workshop.
Students and staff attended the Spatial Analysis Workshop hosted by the School last week. Dr. Jesús Treviño, an Urban Planning and Public Policy (UPPP) alumnus and professor at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Mexico, led the workshop.
The workshop was “really useful for academic research although it was quite heavy material for three days,” said Kukhyoung Kim, a UPPP student. She noted that an especially useful feature of the workshop was access to some of Treviño’s research databases along with step-by-step instructions on conducting spatial analysis on them. Kim added that the workshop’s focus on combining spatial and non-spatial data required some statistical knowledge in addition to using geographic information systems (GIS).
SUPA’s spring commencement ceremony was held May 9 at the UTA’s College Park Center. The ceremony included hooding for doctoral candidates on stage. Program directors Dr. David Coursey, Dr. Ard Anjomani and Dr. Rod Hissong hooded the School’s masters candidates before the ceremony.
Dean Barbara Becker, the faculty and staff congratulate these graduates and welcome them as SUPA alumni.
of the School’s commencement ceremony.
Post and photo by Sara Abraham-Oxford
Dr. Maher Alshammari, a visiting scholar at the School of Urban and Public Affairs, is somewhat acquainted with SUPA faculty and the UTA campus. Alshammari earned a Master of City and Regional Planning degree as well as a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Pubic Policy from SUPA. He is currently on sabbatical leave from his position as Assistant Professor at the University of Dammam in Saudi Arabia.
While at SUPA, the scholar is working on his research titled “A Comprehensive Street Addressing System for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: An Exploratory Study of Replicating the US System in the Kingdom.” He will examine the challenges of improving the system for identifying buildings, streets and neighborhoods in Saudi Arabia; evaluate previous approaches to the system; and review the system used in the U.S. Additionally, Alshammari will use a survey to identify elements of an ideal addressing system suitable for Saudi Arabia. The research goal is to determine how a well-organized street addressing system could serve Saudi Arabia.
Alshammari particularly appreciates the guidance of Professor Ard Anjomani, who was the chair of his dissertation committee, as well as the resources available through the Institute of Urban Studies and the UTA Library, while he works on his research. He will be at SUPA until January 2015.
by Joanne Lovito-Nelson
Alumnus Havan Surat holds the position of Research Transportation Planner in the Urban Transportation Center in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Surat says he works primarily on Department of Transportation projects related to academic research at both the federal and state level.
Prior to moving to Chicago, Surat worked for the City of Fort Worth in the Planning and Development Department. His article titled Three-Dimensional Spatial Analytics and Modeling Is Now SOP for the City of Forth Worth, Texaswas published in ArcNews.
Surat holds a Master of City and Regional Planning Degree from The University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Urban and Public Affairs as well as a Masters in Urban Design from the University of Texas, Austin.